Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 82

Prayer Point. While most gods were thought to side with the powerful, our God is as a God who defends the weak. Pray today that God would intervene on behalf of the poor and the weak (people of Haiti, the unborn, children in the foster care system, the civilians in Syria …)

Mark 6:13-29

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. In yesterday’s reading (see Mark 6:1-13), Jesus sent out his disciples to preach repentance and heal the sick. The surprising thing is that they do it and word gets back to Herod, the puppet king and cruel tyrant who ruled Israel with a iron fist.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Herod interprets the miracles performed by Jesus’ disciples.
  • Why Herod is so afraid of John the Baptist coming back from the dead.

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. 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 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 8:1-13

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 following background to guide you.

Background. The subject of eating meat sacrificed to idols was a controversial subject for those living in the pagan Roman world. The meat from animals sacrificed to the local gods were offered for sale in cities like Corinth and Christians fought over whether it was allowable for them to each such meat.

How does Paul answer the question: ‘is it right for Christians to eat meat sacrificed to idols’? How does Paul view these other ‘gods’? Under what circumstances should Christians, who have no problem with eating meat sacrificed to idols, not eat it? Why are Christians sometimes called to lay aside their freedoms? In a church you will have both strong and weak Christians. Who should sacrifice for whom? Why?

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. 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 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 45:16-28

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. How does Pharaoh express his support to Joseph regarding his father Jacob?
[“You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.  Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’” (Genesis 45:19-20 NIV)]

Joseph again shows partiality toward Benjamin.  How?
[Joseph gave Benjamin about 300 shekels of silver (about 7 ½ lbs.) and five sets of clothes.  His brothers got no silver and but one set of clothes.  Not that it matters and that it is completely beside the point, but Benjamin was never complicit in Joseph’s being sold into slavery in the first place.]

What is Joseph’s parting advice to his brothers?
[“Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, ‘Don’t quarrel on the way!’” (Genesis 45:24 NIV)]

Once Israel’s boys return to him and tell him, “Joseph is still alive!  In fact he is ruler of all Egypt.”, what is his reaction?  
[Naturally Jacob is reluctant, he was, in fact, stunned, to believe that Joseph could be alive after all this time (about twelve years).]

How is Jacob convinced of the truth of the news he has just received?
[Israel sees all the carts that were sent along with his sons to convey Jacob and his family to Egypt.  This persuades him that he will see Joseph before he dies.]

Obey. The three steps of Gospel obedience

  • Walk. 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 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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