Daily Bible Readings – Good Friday, April 18, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 54

Prayer Point. What does David believe and pray for when he is attacked by his enemies? Meditate on David’s answer and allow the psalm to help you address your fears with prayer.

John 13:36-38 (Morning), 19:38-42 (Evening)

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. (Morning) On the night Jesus was betrayed, he tells his disciples that he is leaving for a place where they cannot come.  This is quite distressing because Jesus’ disciples believe that he is about to be crowned king.

Where is Jesus going that Peter cannot yet go?  Why do you think Jesus predicts that Peter will disown him?

(Evening) The Jewish Day of Preparation was the day before the Sabbath (Friday).   The day of preparation ended at sun down so both men would have had little time to complete the burial, therefore they buried Jesus in a tomb nearby.  Both Nicodemus (you can read his story in John 3) and Joseph of Arimathea were secret disciples of Jesus.  Why do you think they chose this time to come out in the open?

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 Peter 1:10-20

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. When Peter speaks of prophets, he means the prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Moses, etc.)  What guided these prophets? What two things did they point to? Whom were they serving?

This teaching did not originate with Peter. He was with Jesus after the resurrection and before his return to heaven. Here is what Jesus taught Peter and the other disciples concerning the Old Testament.

Luke 24:46 … This is what is written [in the Old Testament]: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Now that Peter’s readers have received the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how are they called to live in response? Who do they imitate? Who do they now belong to? What was our purchase price?

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.

Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33

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. Compare verses 1-9 of Chapter 3 with the first two Chapters of Job.  What is the principal difference?

How would you describe the great shift of attitude beginning in verse 19ff?   Can you see another parallel with Job?  How is hope rekindled beginning in verse 31?  Can you see a difference between the LORD’s attitude in Chapter 2 and here (vv. 31-33)?

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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