Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, March 2, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 114

Prayer Point. We are called to both fear and love God as Israel did. Psalm 114 explains why. It is the power of God that causes the earth to tremble, but it is that same power that breaks the power of oppression and sets us free. Pray that God will fill you with a reverent fear of his power, but also gratitude that this same power rescued us from slavery to sin and death.

Luke 9:18-27

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. While Jesus performed many miracles and preached with an unmatched authority, he largely kept his true identity as the Son of God under wraps.  He does want the world to know him, but he will reveal his divinity through his crucifixion and resurrection.  Consequently, the people are intrigued by him, but not quite sure who he is.  One possibility is that he is Elijah, which makes sense, because the Old Testament taught that Elijah would return before the coming of the Messiah (Israel’s long awaited liberator-king). That was the role John the Baptist played (Mark 9:9-13), for the role of Messiah (Christ) is reserved for Jesus.

Pay close attention to …

  • Whom the crowds believe Jesus to be.
  • Peter’s answer and Jesus’ response to his confession.
  • The unlikely future of the Son of Man (Messiah) and what it means for Jesus’ disciples.

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.

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

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. Paul continues his contrast between the “ministry that brought death” with its letters on stone (a reference to the Law and the 10 Commandments) and the “ministry of the Spirit”. You can not understand this passage without the background of Exodus 20 where God gives the 10 Commandments through Moses. When Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the stone tablets written by God his face radiated with such an intensity that the people could not look upon his face. They could not bear to look at the reflection of God’s glory on his face.

Now, Paul says, things are different. Through the followers of Jesus Christ, there is a new ministry of the spirit. How is this ministry of the spirit different from the old ministry of death? Notice especially what Paul says about the veil. Who takes away the veil that the people had previously begged Moses to wear? What happens in verse 18 to those with unveiled faces?

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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