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Reading the Bible Together – Day 35

DAY 35

A.M. Reading: Genesis 33

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Recall what God had told Jacob to do and what God had said He would do.

Recall how Jacob felt when he heard Esau was coming with 400 men.

A “think” question: Explain the difference that occurs when someone focuses on what God has said opposed to what emotions arise when one looks at “earthly” circumstances.

In Chapter 33, Jacob and Esau meet face to face.

Did Jacob’s fears come to pass?

Describe the meeting between Jacob and Esau.

Did God fulfill His Word to Jacob?

When Jacob finally settles in the land, what does he build?

What does he name it?

That name meant “God, the God of Israel”.

Jacob (Israel) worshiped the LORD God – the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac.

A “think” question: Why is it so important that we trust and worship God, even when we face seemingly fearful circumstances? How do “what if” thoughts and fears stand in opposition to faith in what God has said? How does this apply today?

P.M. Reading: John 19

John Questions Worth Pondering:

The hour had come. Jesus was fulfilling the work that the Father had sent Him to do.

What does Pilate now do?

What do the soldiers do?

In v. 4 what does Pilate say again?

How do the chief priests and officers respond?

What does Pilate once again say?

What do the Jews then accuse Jesus of?

How does Pilate react?

As Pilate questions Jesus, what are His responses?

From that point on, what does Pilate seek to do?

What does Pilate declare to the Jews?

And, again, what was their response?

What was Pilate’s final action?

So what did the Jews do?

Then what final words did Pilate write?

What were the soldiers’ actions?

How were their actions a fulfillment of prophecy?

Who did Jesus ask to care for His mother?

What did the soldiers give Jesus to drink?

How is this a fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 69:21?

What did Jesus say as He died?

A “think” question: What had He finished?

What did the soldiers do to those being crucified?

Did they break Jesus’ legs?

How is this a fulfillment of prophecy?

What did the soldier do to Jesus’ side?

How is this a fulfillment of prophecy?

Who were Joseph of Arimamthea and Nicodemus?

What was strikingly similar about them?

What did these two men do to honor Jesus?

Read Acts 2:22-23 as Peter later preaches. Compare with John 19.

A “think” question: Although we know that it was by the hands of wicked men that Jesus was crucified, how do we know it was also God’s perfect plan and the finished work that Jesus was sent to do? How does this truth apply to your life today?

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 34

DAY 34

A.M. Reading: Genesis 32

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Jacob and Laban had departed from one another on peaceful terms. God had indeed been with Jacob as He said He would.

What does Jacob see as he continues on his way?

What does Jacob say as he is assured that God is still with him?

Now Jacob must face Esau.

Recall what had happened between Jacob and Esau all those years before.

What had Esau said regarding Jacob? (Genesis 27:41)

What message does Jacob send to Esau?

How does Jacob respond when he hears that Esau is coming to him with four hundred men?

Why does Jacob divide his people?

Then Jacob calls out to the Lord God.

“Think” questions: How do you hear humility in Jacob’s prayer? How is Jacob’s prayer based upon God’s own word? How is Jacob’s prayer based upon God’s covenant? How can these truths help us as we pray?

Describe how Jacob has instructed each company to address Esau?

Once Jacob was alone, Scripture describes him wrestling with a “Man.”

To understand more of who the “Man” was look at the insight given as He changes Jacob’s name.

What was his name changed to? Why?

Note: For additional insight see Hosea 12:3-5. The Angel of the Lord is believed by most Bible scholars to be the pre-incarnate Christ.

Note: The name Jacob meant “deceiver”, but the name Israel means “he struggles with God”.

A “think” question: The Biblical account of Jacob shows a physical, enduring struggle with God as he knows all that God has promised him yet fearing what he would surely experience as he comes face to face with Esau and his past. Today we do not face such a physical struggle with God, but how can we face spiritual struggles with Him? Can we always find God faithful to what He has spoken?

Think upon these truths!

P.M. Reading: John 18

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Immediately after Jesus’ prayer from the previous chapter, where do Jesus and His disciples go?

Indeed, the hour had come.

Very prayerfully and carefully read Chapter 18. As you read note everything you learn about:

Judas-

The detachment of troops-

Jesus’ knowledge and response-

Peter’s immediate response-

Jesus’ instruction to Peter and reason-

Annnas-

Caiaphas-

Peter and the other disciples-

Jesus’ response to Annas-

Nearby officer-

Jesus’ response to the officer-

Being sent to Caiaphas-

Significance of the rooster crowing-

Pilate-

The Jews-

The King of the Jews-

Jesus’ responses to Pilate-

Pilate’s response to the Jews-

Jews response when Pilate offers to release Jesus-

The hour had come. The events were unfolding just as they had been ordained before the foundation of the world. Jesus is fulfilling the work that the Father had sent Him to do.

Pray regarding the truths in this passage.

Think upon these things.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 33

DAY 33

A.M. Reading: Genesis 31

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

What changes arose between Laban and his sons toward Jacob? Why?

What does the Lord direct Jacob to do?

Recalling God’s covenant, who is the God that Jacob is trusting and serving?

As the Lord tells Jacob what to do, what does the Lord say HE will do?

As the rest of the chapter unfolds, name all the situations or problems that arise and ways that you can see that God was with Jacob.

A “think” question: When the Lord directs His people to do something, He is always with them as they do it! How does that truth apply to you today?

P.M. Reading: John 17

John Questions Worth Pondering:

As Jesus has prepared His disciples for His departure, assuring them it is for their benefit that He goes away and that He will send the Holy Spirit, He turns and prays to the Father. These are His last words before His enemies come to arrest and ultimately crucify Him. Let’s walk verse by verse, and truth by truth, through His prayer.

What does Jesus mean by saying “the hour has come”?

How will Jesus glorify the Father?

What has the Father given to Jesus?

What will Jesus give to those that the Father had given to Him?

According to verse 3, what is eternal life?

Now as Jesus finishes the work that the Father sent Him to do, what does He pray the Father would do for Him?

Explain Jesus’ place before the world was.

Jesus then prays for the disciples.

What has He done for those men?

Who gave them to Jesus?

What have they kept?

What do the disciples now know?

What did they receive from Jesus?

Who does Jesus pray for?

Who does He not pray for?

What does He pray for the disciples? Why?

Who has been keeping them?

Who was the only one who was lost? Why?

What does Jesus pray would be fulfilled in them?

Again, what has Jesus given them? v.14

What does Jesus pray regarding the disciples relationship with the world?

By what means does Jesus pray that God would sanctify them?

Note: “Sanctify” means to be set apart to God for His purposes.

Jesus declares that God’s Word is ______________.

Where will Jesus send them?

How will they be sanctified?

Jesus then prays for all who would believe through their word.

What does He pray for them?

What will the world know through them?

What does Jesus pray to be the final destination of those who are His?

What was the relationship between the Father and the Son, even before the foundation of the world?

What do the disciples and all believers know?

What does Jesus pray will be in them?

A “think” question: Looking back over all Jesus prayed, and knowing that He prayed perfectly in the Father’s will, what things can we be assured of?

Think deeply!

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

God’s Purpose for My Life

God “sanctifies” believers. He sets them apart unto Himself to be used for His purposes. Have you ever wondered what God desires for your life? It is in the truth of His Word where He grows us and guides us into His purposes!

And it was Jesus Himself who prayed this prayer!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 32

DAY 32

A.M. Reading: Genesis 30

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Describe the relationship between Rachel and Leah.

How does that relationship affect Rachel and Jacob?

How do you see the problem continue between Rachel and Leah?

Describe what took place regarding the mandrakes.

Note: To really understand why Rachel wanted the mandrakes so badly, check out some Bible dictionaries to find out what mandrakes were. (They were plants, believed in the ancient culture, to have an aphrodisiac and improved fertility effect.)

Who is the one who actually opened Rachel’s womb?

Add to your list of all Jacob’s sons and his daughter. List their mothers.

Describe Jacob’s agreement with Laban regarding the flocks and herds.

How does the Lord prosper Jacob?

P.M. Reading: John 17

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Today read John 17 with an awareness that the disciples were hearing God the Son communing with God the Father.

Pay special attention to the word “given” – all the things “given” by the Father and all the things “given ” by the Son.

Think upon these truths.

We will return to this chapter tomorrow.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 31

DAY 31

A.M. Reading: Genesis 29

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

As you recall, Jacob had fled from his family after the deception in which he took his brother’s blessing. He now comes to the land of his relatives.

Describe his meeting of Rachel.

How is he received by Laban?

How does Jacob respond when Laban asks what Jacob would like as wages for his service? Why?

Recalling that Jacob had deceived his father, now we see that Jacob is deceived.

How does Laban deceive Jacob?

How does Jacob get Rachel, whom he loves, as his wife?

Children begin to be born to Jacob, sons who will eventually be known as the 12 tribes of Israel.

List the first four sons and their mother.

What is Rachel’s situation?

We will see the story continue.

P.M. Reading: John 16

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Recall that Jesus is preparing His disciples for His departure. He has told them that the world will hate them.

What does He now say will happen to them?

Why will these things happen?

Why is it to their advantage that Jesus goes away?

What do you learn about the Holy Spirit?

Add to your list.

Very important – what is the Holy Spirit called in verse 13?

What does He guide into?

Whose authority does He speak from?

Who does He glorify?

“Think” questions: How do these truths help one discern what things are of the Holy Spirit and those that are not? How can we see perfect agreement between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Will they ever say things contrary to one another? Why or why not?

The disciples do not know of the coming resurrection of Jesus.

How is He explaining His death and resurrection?

As He has declared so many times, where did Jesus come from?

Where is He going?

What does Jesus explain, once again, about prayer?

However, what does He say about their scattering?

In spite of all these things and the tribulation in this world, what may we find in Jesus?

A “think” question: How do the truths that Jesus taught His disciples as He prepared them for what was to come also prepare us to face the tribulations of today?

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 30

DAY 30

A.M. Reading: Genesis 28

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

We saw that Jacob left his family to protect his life from Esau and to find a wife of his people.

What did Esau then do? Why?

Recall the blessing that Isaac gave Jacob as he left to go to Padan Aram.

Describe Jacob’s dream.

What did God say to him?

A “think” question: Compare the covenant that God made with Abraham, and then with Isaac, and now with Jacob. What were the things that God said to all three? (Hint: Look for what God said about land, seed, and blessing.)

What did Jacob say when he woke up?

What did he then do?

A “think” question: How can we see that it is God who chose the line in which Christ would be born and was not based upon any goodness in man?

P.M. Reading: John 15:12-27

John Questions Worth Pondering:

In verse 12, Jesus once again gives His commandment.

What is His commandment?

In what manner were they to do this?

What is the greatest demonstration of love?

In what manner did Jesus lay down His life for His friends?

Also, recall that His life was never about Himself. He laid His life down. He only did what the Father (the One who sent Him) commanded Him to do.

What determines who His friends are?

We know that Jesus laid down His life in death, but what else did He do for His friends – what did He make known to them?

A “think” question: If we lay down our lives for our friends, what would we make known to them? How would this be loving them, as Jesus loved us?

Did the disciples choose Jesus? Who chose them?

What were they appointed to do?

More “think” questions: How are “going” and “bearing fruit” and “asking” related to laying down your life for others? How are “going” and “bearing fruit” and “asking” related to loving one another as Jesus loved us?

Did all receive Jesus?

Who does the world hate? v.18, v.19, v.23

What Scripture was being fulfilled?

If someone hears Jesus’ words, how will they receive the one who speaks His words?

What do we learn here about the Holy Spirit?

Add to your list about the Holy Spirit.

A “think” question: How does the Helper (the Holy Spirit) help the believer carry out these commands that Jesus gave?

So much truth! But remember, Jesus is preparing His disciples in how to walk after His departure.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 29

DAY 29

A.M. Reading: Genesis 27 – Genesis 28:5

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Isaac has aged. As was customary, he desired to give a blessing to his son.

Recall what God had said at the time of the twins’ births (Genesis 25:23).

Also recall that Isaac loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Describe Isaac’s request, Esau’s actions, Rebekah’s request, and Jacob’s actions.

How can we see both Isaac and Rebekah attempting to bring about their own desires for their sons?

Would God have been able to perform what He had said without human hands, and their lying and deception?

How was Isaac’s blessing to Jacob in agreement with what God had said?

What was Isaac’s reaction when the deception was revealed? v. 33.

Did he change the blessing? (Evidently at some point, Isaac remembered or submitted to what God had said about his sons and left the blessings as they were spoken.)

Read Hebrews 11:20. How were the blessings given?

How does Esau react?

What does Rebekah do?

How does she get Isaac to agree to send Jacob to her brother?

In Genesis 28:3-4, how can we see that Isaac honors Jacob as the heir to the covenant that God made with Abraham, and then with Isaac?

God’s Word will stand. However, consequences remain for Jacob’s deception.

P.M. Reading: John 15:1-11

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Jesus continues to prepare His disciples for His departure. He uses an example of the vineyard, which the people of that day understood.

Who does Jesus say that He is?

Add to your list of who Jesus is.

Who are the branches?

Who is the vinedresser (the one who cares for the vine and the branches)?

What does the vinedresser do to the one who does not bear fruit?

What does the vinedresser do to the branch that bears fruit? Why?

In what passage has Jesus already told them that they were clean? (John 13:10-11)

Who was not “clean” in that passage?

So in the current passage, was Judas a branch bearing fruit or a branch not bearing fruit?

Now, speaking to His disciples, Jesus gives another instruction.

What does He tell them to do? Add this to your list of what Jesus told His disciples to do.

(Note: The Word “abide” means “to stay or to remain”).

What is the only way the believer can bear fruit?

And apart from Him, what can we do?

Note the contrast. Abiding in Him produces MUCH fruit. Not abiding produces NOTHING!

What happens to the one not in the vine?

Read verses 7-8. Compare with 14:13-14.

A ” think” question: What is the connection between abiding in Jesus and His words abiding in us, asking in His Name, asking whatever we will, bearing much fruit, and the Father being glorified?

Jesus has said to abide n Him and let His words abide in us.

Next what are we told to abide in?

How do we abide in His love?

How did Jesus abide in the Father’s love?

Recall in Chapter 14 how someone demonstrates that they love Jesus.

And it is there where He wants us to remain!

What is the result of abiding in Jesus, having His words abide in us, and abiding in His love (keeping His commandments – the things He is telling His disciples to do)? The result is ______________________.

(Note: He told us in Chapter 14 that He left His peace with us. Now he is telling us how we receive His joy! Interesting that love, joy, and peace are the first three things in the list of the fruit of the Spirit! Fruit from abiding in Him! Fruit of the Spirit within!)

Glory to His name!

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 28

DAY 28

A.M. Reading: Genesis 26

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

When the famine occurred, what did the Lord instruct Isaac to do and not to do?

Why could Isaac be tempted to leave the land and go to Egypt?

What would “faith” do?

How did the things the Lord said to Isaac reconfirm the covenant that God made with Abraham?

Compare the events that occurred concerning Isaac and Rebekah and the men of Gerar with Abraham and Sarah.

What similarities do you find?

Why did the Philistines ask Isaac to leave?

Compare the events that occurred concerning Isaac’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Gerar with Abraham and Lot’s herdsmen. What similarities do you see?

What did Isaac build as Abraham had done?

What did he do there?

Compare the covenant that Isaac made with this Abimelech with the covenant Abraham had made with the earlier Abimelech. What similarities do you find?

Recall what God had said about Abraham in Genesis 18:19.

A “think” question: Considering all the comparisons made between Abraham and Isaac, how would you describe the effect parents have upon their children – both good and bad?

One final question: Why would Esau’s choice of a wife (wives) be a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah?

P.M. Reading: John 14:15-31

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Let us continue in John to hear the truths that Jesus was leaving for His disciples before His departure.

What demonstrates when someone loves Jesus? ( v. 15, 21, 23, 28)

What does the Father and the Son do for those who love Him? (v. 16, 18, 21, 23, 27)

List the truths Jesus taught about the Holy Spirit.

Who gives the Holy Spirit … v. 16

How long He stays with us … v. 16

What He is called … v. 16

What He is called … v.17 (Recall Jesus is the way, the TRUTH, and the life.)

Who can receive Him? … v. 17

Where does He dwell? … v 17

How will He come? … v. 26

What two things will He do? … v. 26

Spend time thinking on these truths.

What did Jesus leave with His disciples? v. 27

What two things does He tell them not to do?

A “think” question: What is the relationship, if any, between a troubled or fearful heart and peace within? What takes away a troubled or fearful heart?

Woven throughout this passage, what truths about the relationship between the Father and the Son does Jesus tell His disciples once again?

Can you find any additional instructions that Jesus is leaving His disciples?

Add them to your list.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 27

DAY 27

A.M. Reading: Genesis 25

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Does Abraham have other children?

Recall that a part of the covenant with Abraham was that through him all nations would be blessed. Through his linage would come the Messiah. Therefore, we see all of the genealogies listed in the Bible. You will also notice the chosen line … not Ishmael, but Isaac. And we will see that pattern repeated.

Why did Abraham give all that he had to Isaac?

Does he give anything to his other sons?

Why did he send the other sons away from Isaac?

At Abraham’s death, who did God bless? Why?

Did God fulfill the things He said He would do concerning Ishmael? Explain.

Where did Isaac turn when he and his wife had no children (descendants)?

How did God answer?

What does God say regarding their children?

Describe the two sons.

“Think” Questions: How can we see God fulfilling His Word regarding the two sons?

How can we see that the lineage of the Messiah would again be “Through this son, not this son”?

P.M. Reading: John 14:1-14

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Let’s continue looking at what Jesus was telling His disciples just before His death, burial, and resurrection.

Reread John 13:1, 33, 36.

What is He telling them?

Does Peter understand?

This conversation is continued in Chapter 14.

Where is Jesus going and what is He going to do?

Why is He doing this?

Does Thomas understand?

How does Jesus answer him?

Add to your list of who Jesus is!

What is the only way one can come to the Father?

How would they know the Father?

Does Phillip understand?

Complete the following important truths:

The one who has seen Jesus has seen ________________.

Jesus is in ___________________.

The Father is in ______________.

The words Jesus spoke were from ____________________.

The works that Jesus did were from ___________________.

The ___________________ dwells in Jesus.

Jesus is in _______________________.

The Father is in ________________.

Where is Jesus going?

Because He goes to the Father, what kind of works will the believer do?

How will those works be done?

How is the Father glorified?

Think about your list of what Jesus was teaching the disciples, and add what He is now instructing them to do.

A “think” question: Here are some of the truths Jesus was teaching His disciples: In humility, serve one another as He served. Love one another as He loved. Ask, in His name, that He may do the work so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Are these the truths that guide our lives?

Think on these truths.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!