Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, March 15, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 139

Prayer Point. Have you ever contemplated that the Creator of the universe knows you?  He was there when you were conceived. He will be there when your life come to an end.   He has been and will be there for every step of your journey. How would your life change if you believed this? Confess your unbelief to God and ask for the faith to believe this amazing promise.

Mark 2:23-3:6

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.  Sabbath law—It was unlawful to work on the seventh day of the week. Israel’s religious leaders had determined that picking grain to eat constituted work. Why does Jesus go out of his way to challenge this interpretation? What is Jesus saying about the Sabbath? What is he saying about himself?

Healing was also considered work.

The heart of the law was to Love God and Love your neighbor. The commandments, including the Sabbath Law, was an explanation of what that meant. How does Jesus demonstrate that his opponent’s interpretation of the Sabbath violated the heart of the law?

While it was unlawful to heal someone on the Sabbath, apparently it was lawful to conspire to kill the Son of God on the Sabbath. What do you think about this?

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.

1 Corinthians 4:1-17

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. Why does Paul ask the Corinthian Christians to follow his and Apollos’ teaching? How were they to determine if Paul and Apollos were true teachers? Why were the Corinthians asked not to “go beyond what was written”?

The Corinthian Christians were not unlike American Christians. We often believe that our economic prosperity is an indicator of our superior wisdom. It is that kind of pride that leads to divisions in the church and stunts our growth as Christians.

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 41:1-13

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 background to help guide you.

Background. Dreams were of great significance in ancient times; they were the means by which God could communicate with man.  The dreams of the cupbearer and the baker were of great importance to those individuals, but most of the time the dreams mentioned are intended for a wider audience.  We have not yet seen the realization of the dreams Joseph had while still with his brothers – that will come to pass later in Genesis.  The dreams of Pharaoh will have ramifications for Joseph and his family for hundreds of years to come.

What were the two dreams of Pharaoh?
[“When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.  After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.  And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows.  Then Pharaoh woke up.  He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.  After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted – thin and scorched by the east wind.  The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads.”   (Genesis 41:1-7 NIV)]

Pharaoh has a problem: he cannot interpret these dreams.  What is his course of action?
[He sends for all the magicians and wise men of the land to interpret the dreams but they could not.]

Pharaoh still has a problem.  It is here that we begin to see the influence and importance of the cupbearer.  How can the cupbearer help both Pharaoh and Joseph?
[Well, to use the cupbearer’s words: “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.” (Genesis 41:9 NIV)  Indeed, the only thing Joseph requested of the cupbearer was to be remembered in the court of Pharaoh.  Here it is two years later.  Better late than never!  The chief cupbearer informs Pharaoh that there is a man in the prison who may be able to interpret his dreams.  He then tells Pharaoh about his own experience and the experience of the chief baker while they were both imprisoned and how accurate the interpretation that Joseph rendered turned out to be.]

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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