Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 33

Prayer Point. Psalm 33 praises God because he is our creator, sustainer, protector and savior. How have you experienced God in these ways? Remember them and worship God in response then pray for the faith to trust God as you face the problems of today.

Mark 9:14-29

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. Jesus, Peter, James and John return from the mountain (see Mark 9:2-13 for that exciting story) to find the other disciples in a heated debate with the teachers of the law. There is a demon-possessed boy they are unable to heal.

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ criticism of the crowds (most likely including the disciples) and what they are missing.
  • How the boy’s father responds when Jesus points out his lack of faith.
  • Why the disciples were unable to cast out the demon.

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 13:1-13

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. What must we possess in order for our gifts, talents, accomplishments, and sacrifices to have any meaning? How does Paul define love? What is it? What is it not? How does Paul’s definition compare to your understanding of love? Why is love greater than any of the spiritual gifts? Why do you think Paul considers love to be greater than faith and hope?

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.

Exodus 2:23-3:15

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. No water needed here!  So Moses is busy tending his sheep on the far side of mount Horeb when he saw something that demanded his attention.  This is the first phase of the Lord’s plan to rescue the Hebrews from the grip of the Egyptians.  What was it?
[Moses saw a bush which was burning yet the bush was not consumed.  Truly a marvel of physics.]
What did Moses do?
[He approached the bush but was halted by the LORD.]

Why was Moses halted by the LORD?
[The LORD said, “‘Do not come any closer,’ God said.  ‘Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’]

It is safe to say that Moses did not know who it was who was talking to him.  The LORD then identifies himself.  What was Moses’ reaction?
[“At this, Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3:6 NIV)  Moses’ attitude will change later when he asks to see the glory of God; God tells him that he could not see God’s face and live.]

What is the good news and what is the bad news?
[The good news is that “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.  I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.’” (Exodus 3:7 NIV)  The bad news: “‘So now, go.  I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 3:10)  I can hear Moses saying: “Me!?!  You’re sending me??  No thanks!]

How does Moses actually answer the LORD?
[Moses is respectful enough to say: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)]

How does the LORD reassure Moses in this venture?
[As had happened many times before to Moses’ ancestors, the Lord promised to be with him this time as well.]

Moses now begins to try to dismantle this commission.  What is his first issue?
[‘Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?”  Then what shall I tell them?’”  (Exodus 3:13 NIV)]

What is the Lord’s come-back?
[“God also said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.’  God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14-15)  I include verse 15 because that verse becomes instrumental in a discussion Jesus will have with the Sadducees about resurrection. (See Matthew 22:23-32)]

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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