Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, February 20, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 105

Prayer Point. Romans 1 tells us that our sin is rooted in our failure to recognize God and give thanks to him. We are often ungrateful because we forget what he has done for us. Psalm 105 recounts what God did for Israel, but what has God done for you? Take note of the big and small things He has done for you and offer Him your thanks.

John 10:19-30

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’ opponents are faced with an conundrum.  They claim he is a demon-possessed sinner, but they  can’t explain how a “sinner” just opened the eyes of the blind.  So during the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) they decide to ask Jesus outright, “Are you the Christ? (that’s Greek for Messiah or Anointed One).

How has Jesus already plainly ‘told‘ them who he was?  How does Jesus explain their unbelief?   Who has given Jesus his sheep?  What is it impossible to do to one of Jesus’ sheep? How does Jesus understand his relationship with God the Father?

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 John 2:18-29

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. John tells his readers that this is the ‘last hour’.  This refers to the period of time between the ascension of Jesus into heaven and his return.  It is the last hour in the sense that nothing else need happen before the return of Christ.

John will warn his readers against anti-Christs. An anti-Christ is one who serves the devil who seeks to undo the work of Christ and block the expansion of his kingdom around the world.

Pay close attention to …

  • The marks of an ‘anti-Christ.’  What an anti-Christ does.  What an anti-Christ denies.
  • How Christians are called to resist anti-Christs.
  • The mark of someone who is born of God.

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 32:3-21

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. As Jacob approaches Seir in the land of Edom, he sends emissaries to his brother in order to establish peace (or reconciliation) between them.  He informs Esau how rich he has become and how much God has blessed him.  “Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.” (Genesis 32:5)

Of course, Jacob had reason to be fearful of his brother.  When last we saw Esau he was breathing threats against Jacob and just waiting for Isaac to die so that he could carry them out. (Gen. 27:41)  When Jacob’s messengers returned they told him that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men.  A show of force?  What is Jacob’s plan?
[Jacob divides his family and his wealth into two parts so that if Esau had plans for evil and not for good that all would not be lost.]

Jacob reminds the “God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac” of what?
[Jacob reminds God that he told Jacob to return to the land of his birth and that he would prosper his family and begs that God would deliver him and his family from the hand of Esau.  “But you have said, ‘I will surely prosper you and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” (Genesis 32:12 NIV)]

Apparently that was not good enough…

Jacob decides to bribe his brother into peace.  What does he offer?
[“… he selected a gift for his brother Esau: two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.” (Genesis 32:14-16 NIV)  “For he thought, ‘I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” (Genesis 32:20 NIV)]

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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