Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 115

Prayer Point. An idol is anything we trust for our security and significance outside of God. We all have them and without God’s intervention, we will become like the lifeless gods we serve. What idols have a hold on your heart? Confess them to God today and pray for the faith to believe that God will keep his promises and satisfy our souls.

Matthew 28:1-16

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 question weighs heavily on Mary, Mary and Salome as they approached Jesus’ tomb? Jesus’ tomb had been sealed by Pontius Pilate with a detachment of soldiers left to guard the tomb. The concern of the religious leaders and the Romans was that the disciples would come and steal the body and claim that Jesus had risen from the dead. Who is it that opens the tomb? What do the women hear from the angel? Who do they see on the road back to the disciples?

The soldiers guarding the tomb also have a story to tell and they hurried back to share it with the chief priests. How do the chief priests conspire to keep the story secret? Why were the soldiers willing to go along with the story? What does this event tell you about the condition of the chief priests’ hearts?

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 15:29-41

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 is the resurrection of the dead, not just Christ’s but our own, so central to the Christian faith? What sacrifices in Paul’s life would be pointless if the resurrection was not true?

The idea of a physical resurrection was absurd to a Greek culture like the city of Corinth. The Greeks believed that the spiritual world was good, but that the physical world was bad. The body was something to escape from, not restore.

Why be resurrected, if the physical world is what you want to be liberated from? For Christians, the physical world was created good and will be restored by Christ.

What does Paul point to show that resurrection is built into God’s creation? How is our life experience like that of a planted seed?

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 12:40-41

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. How long had the Israelites been in Egypt?  Why is the “vigil” so important?  (“Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.” (Exodus 12:42 NIV))

What are some of the restrictions regarding those who may partake of the Passover meal?

Why, do you suppose, the bones may not be broken? (v. 46)  Psalm 22 may be of some help with this one, or Psalm 34.  (“It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house.  Do not break any of the bones.  The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.  A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the LORD’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. (Exodus 12:46-48 NIV)  “I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint.  … All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.” (Psalm 22:14, 17)  “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” (Psalm 34:19-20 NIV))  See John 19:31-37.

What is an absolute requirement of any male who wants to partake of the Passover meal?  Why?  (All males must be circumcised.  This, I believe, is because circumcision was the original covenant made with Abraham and is a sign of being an Israelite.)

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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