Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 81

Prayer Point. God, who rescued Israel from slavery, has also rescued us from slavery to sin through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. How can we not believe that this faithful God will not satisfy us today? Confess to God those areas of your life where you are struggling to trust him to satisfy you. Pray for the faith to open your mouth wide so that he might fill it.

John 8:12-20

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to guide you.

Background.  John has collected a series of “I am …” statements that Jesus made throughout his ministry. In this week’s reading Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world.”

What does Jesus promise to those who follow him as the light of the world?

In Jewish law you needed to have two witnesses to bear account of something. Here it seems to the Pharisees that Jesus is bearing witness for himself. Who does Jesus put forward as his 2 witnesses? Why was that such an audacious thing to say? What are the Pharisees missing here?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Romans 12:1-8

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points?You can use the following background to guide you.

Background. After having spent the first half of the letter to the Romans describing the love and grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ, Paul now describes the life of love we are to live in response to God’s love.

What does it mean for us to worship in response to what God has done for us in Christ? What pattern don’t we conform to anymore? How do we live this new life?

In what ways are we called to see ourselves differently? 
What image does Paul use to describe the church? Where do we, as individuals, fit into that picture? How is this a change from the way we normally see ourselves?  What determines our role in the church or as Paul describes it, “the body of Christ”?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Genesis 27:1-29

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points?You can use the following background to guide you.

Background. We have already seen that it is God’s plan that Jacob receive Isaac’s inheritance. (Gen. 25:23)  Since it appears that God cannot be trusted to keep his word, what do Jacob and Rebekah plan to secure the blessing to Jacob?

[They devise a scheme to deceive the blind Isaac by substituting Jacob for Esau.  Jacob lies to his father (who is on his deathbed!) telling Isaac that he is actually Esau.  Rebekah is complicit in this deception for she told Jacob exactly what he needed to do to get the blessing.  So Isaac blesses Jacob thinking he is Esau.  Keep in mind that the firstborn received a double potion of the inheritance.]

Did you ever wonder how things might have unfolded had everyone believed that God could be trusted to perform what he promised?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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