Daily Bible Readings – Friday, April 25, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 118

Prayer Point. This psalm is a song welcoming the Messiah (Savior) to the city of Jerusalem. It’s true meaning was not realized until the crowds sang as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on his way to the cross. Praise God  because when we cried out for help, he sent Jesus to die for our sins. Give him thanks and remember that  his love to us endures forever.

Luke 24:1-12

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. At first light on Easter Sunday morning, women from Jesus’ community of disciples hurried to the tomb to complete the preparation of Jesus’ body for burial. They don’t find the body of Jesus. What do they encounter instead? Why do you think they reacted the way they did? Why do the angels say that they shouldn’t be surprised that Jesus had been raised from the dead? Why do you think they, and all the disciples, had such a hard time believing it?

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 15:51-58

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 will perishable people like us become imperishable and inherit the kingdom of God? Whose victory makes this transformation possible? Who or what was defeated? How are we to live today in light of this amazing future that Christ has opened for us?

What can’t “flesh and blood” and “perishable” inherit? How will this problem be solved? You’ll have to read tomorrow’s reading.

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 13:1-2, 11-16

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. Why is the firstborn male to be consecrated to the LORD?   Can you think of any “firstborn” males (in Israel) who had been consecrated to the Lord? (The firstborn male is to be dedicated to the Lord because of the price exacted of the Egyptians – all of the firstborn of both man and beast died on the night of the Passover.  Examples: Samson, Samuel, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5); John the Baptist, and of course, Jesus.)

Verse 13 commands that “every firstborn among your sons” be redeemed.  What does “redeem” mean?  (It actually means to “buy back”.  The redeeming of the firstborn male was later to be designated to the tribe of Levi once the Israelites enter the Promised Land.  The redeeming is another reminder of what happened in Egypt.)

What will “your son” ask you in days to come as outlined in verse 14?  (“‘What does this mean?’  Say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt.  This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.” (Exodus 13:14-15 NIV))

Again with the sign on the hand and forehead.  This must be significant.  What do these symbols represent?   (Heart and hand – thinking and doing)

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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