A.M. Reading: Genesis 4
Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:
Once Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden, they bore children. They reproduced “according to their kind” – children with a fallen human nature. Though the Scripture doesn’t fully expound upon it, the text indicates that God had revealed what sacrifice would be accepted.
What offering did Cain bring?
What offering did Abel bring?
Even today, is bringing the best work of our hands an acceptable sacrifice to God? Why or why not?
How did Cain respond in his heart?
How do you see God addressing Cain’s heart?
How did Cain then respond in his actions? Had he heeded God’s word?
How is the inward heart connected to our outward actions?
Let’s do some cross-referencing.
Read Matthew 15:18-19. What is Jesus teaching about the heart and outward actions?
Read Matthew 5:21-22. What is Jesus teaching about anger?
Read Colossians 3:8-10. For the believer, what is instructed regarding anger (as well as other sins). Why?
What deep truths can you learn through the passage about Cain and Abel?
How do these truths apply in your life?
P.M. Reading: John 2:1-12
John Questions Worth Pondering:
Look back at your list from John 1 about who Jesus is.
Here’s a sample list. Add to yours if you like.
Jesus is the Word.
He was in the beginning with God.
He was God.
All things were made through Him.
In Jesus is life.
He is the light of men.
He is the True Light.
To those who receive Him, He gives the right to become children of God.
He became flesh and dwelt among men.
He has the glory of the only begotten of the Father.
He is full of grace and truth.
Grace and truth comes from Him.
He is in the bosom of the Father.
Jesus has declared God, whom no one has seen.
Jesus is the Lamb of God.
He takes away the sin of the world.
The Spirit descended from Heaven on Jesus and remained on Him.
He is the Son of God.
He is the Messiah.
He is the Christ.
He is the One that Moses and the prophets wrote of.
He is the King of Israel.
He calls men to follow Him.
He knows the hearts of men.
Think deeply upon who Jesus Christ is! Praise His holy Name!
In one chapter, John has magnificently declared Jesus to us all!
He has told us. Now in chapter 2, John begins to show us. He begins to describe the miracles that Jesus did as Jesus begins to reveal Himself.
Let’s begin another list – The Miracles of Jesus.
Describe the first miracle that Jesus did.
Can any of us as natural humans do that?
How did Jesus have that ability? Explain.
Why was He beginning to do miracles? (Verse 11)
Talk with the Lord about these truths.
May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!