Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, February 13, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 85

Prayer Point. God has forgiven us in the past. How can we expect Him to forgive us today? Because God’s love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace, came together in Jesus.  He forgives us because Jesus bore the curse for our sin and earned our blessings with his perfect life. Confess your sins to God and receive the forgiveness that Jesus earned for you.

John 8:21-32

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.  “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin.  Where I go, you cannot come.”

Jesus begins to push back against the Pharisees and speaking as The Prophet that he is, he warns them that they are under God’s judgment if they do not change.

What must the Pharisees do or believe in order to avoid dying in their sin? What are they choosing not to ‘see’ and understand? Origin in Middle Eastern culture is extremely important. No one gets to speak on their own authority. Who you are is based on where you come from and the identity of your family. Notice that Jesus speaks to those same questions. Where is Jesus from? Who is his father?

Some of the Jews listening to Jesus put their faith in him. What advice does Jesus have for them? What must they do to be true disciples or followers of Jesus?

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 12:9-21

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. If you boiled down Jesus’ way of life or his ethical teaching it would boil down to two commands:  love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you reduced it to one word, that word would be ‘love’. Paul in these verses fleshes out for us Jesus’ vision of love.  What does love look like within the church (verses 9-13)? How are we to express love to those outside the church. (verse 14-21)? Which challenges you more?

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 27:30-45

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. Esau had been sent on an errand to kill and prepare wild game for a meal for his father.  While he is gone Jacob pulls off his great caper.  Unawares, Esau returns with a hot meal (wild game) and presents it to Isaac who now is suspicious of having been tricked.  Isaac now knows that he has been deceived but he cannot withdraw his blessing from Jacob so Esau has to settle for second best.  What is Esau’s response to these events?

[“Isn’t he rightly named Jacob (deceiver)?  He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright (which Esau actually sold), and now he’s taken my blessing!” {v. 27:36 NIV}

What kind of blessing can Isaac give to Esau?
[None, really.  “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above.  You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother.  But when you grow restless you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” (v. 27:39-40 NIV)]

What are Esau’s plans for Jacob?
[Very naturally, Esau holds a grudge against Jacob and plans to kill him once their father dies.

What is Rebekah’s advice to Jacob?
[She tells Jacob to go to her brother Laban until Esau’s passion subsides.  Jacob will learn he holds no candle to Laban when it comes to deception.]

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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