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Reading the Bible Together – Day 24

DAY 24

And for us … God provided The Lamb of God!

A.M. Reading: Genesis 22

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Chapter 22 is one of the most amazing accounts of the testing of faith that one could imagine.

How does God test Abraham’s faith? What does He tell Abraham to do?

How does Abraham respond?

Recall all the things that God had promised Abraham in the covenant that He had made with Abraham concerning Isaac. Even when Abraham wanted the blessings of the covenant to come through Ishmael, what had God said?

Knowing clearly what God had promised concerning Isaac, how is this command from God a test as to whether or not Abraham would believe all that God had promised?

How thoroughly does Abraham obey God?

What does Abraham tell Isaac when he asks about where the offering is?

When did God stop Abraham?

What did God now “know” about Abraham’s faith?

How did God provide?

What did Abraham call the place?

How did God, once again, reconfirm the covenant that He had made with Abraham?

Let’s “think”:

We have been learning much about who Jesus is as we have been reading through the book of John. What symbolic truths about Jesus parallel this account of Abraham and Issac? Try to think of at least three.

The Light of the World came … so that we would not remain in darkness. Praise His Name!

P.M. Reading: John 12:38-50

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Chapter 12 concludes with a tragic picture of the unbelieving Jews.

What had Jesus shown them all this time?

Yet what was the state of their heart?

John then quotes from Isaiah.

Isaiah 6 explains how Isaiah was sent to preach to the nation of Israel though they would not hear.

How was this similar to what Jesus was sent to do?

What was the state of their eyes?

What was the state of their hearts?

Nevertheless, what does John say of some of the rulers?

Tragically, why wouldn’t those rulers confess Him?

What does it look like when someone loves the praise of men more than the praise of God?

Yet, Jesus cries out one more time.

Let’s look carefully at the truths He declares.

When someone believes in Jesus, who are they believing in?

When someone by faith “sees” Jesus, who does He see?

Why did Jesus come as a light into the world?

But, what if someone hears Jesus’ words and does not believe?

Did Jesus come to judge?

What did He come to do?

For the one who rejects Jesus and does not receive His words, will judgment come?

What will judge him?

When will that judgment take place?

Did Jesus speak on His own authority?

Who commanded Him what He should say and what He should speak?

What is the Father’s command?

Therefore, what can we KNOW about everything that Jesus spoke?

Think deeply upon these truths.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading the Bible Together – Day 23

DAY 23

A.M. Reading: Genesis 21

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

God’s appointed time had come!

How does God fulfill His promise to Abraham?

What did they name this child of promise?

What had God told Abraham in Genesis 17:19?

Note: The name Isaac means “laughter” or “he laughs.”

Why is this such a fitting name for this child?

A couple years later, we see Ishmael laughing at Isaac in a different way.

What does Ishmael do?

What occurs as a result of this situation? (Include Sarah’s response, Abraham’s response, and God’s response.)

Recall what God told Hagar in Genesis 16:11-12.

Recall what God told Abraham in Genesis 17:20.

In the light of what God said, was He going to let Ishmael die?

What does God reconfirm to Hagar in 21:18?

Does God always keep His Word?

The chapter concludes with Abraham and Abimelech making a covenant with one another, not only between themselves, but also including who? (Verse 23)

In the final verse of the chapter, as Abraham worships, what does he call God?

Why is that important?

Note: In the account of Ishmael and Issac, it may seem difficult to understand why things occurred as they did and why God said to cast out Ishmael with the bondwoman. However, in Galatians 4, the Apostle Paul uses this very account to illustrate a very important truth. In a symbolic way, he shows that Hagar’s son was according to the flesh, but Sarah’s son was according to promise (by faith). He explains why salvation could never be according to the works of the flesh trying to keep the law, and that salvation is according to promise (by faith) in God’s promised Son, Jesus Christ. The works of the flesh could never inherit what God has promised in salvation by faith. Likewise, Ishmael (born according to works of the flesh) could never be heir with Issac (born according to promise by faith).

It is amazing how the Scriptures build truth upon truth!

P.M. Reading: John 12:20-36

John Questions Worth Pondering:

Jesus finally says that the hour has come.

Did you notice how God again works according to His appointed time?

What spiritual truth is He declaring as He begins to talk of the grain of wheat?

How does this relate to the death that He will soon face?

How does this also relate to anyone who wishes to serve Him?

Why is Jesus’ soul troubled?

Will He ask the Father to deliver Him from this hour? Why or why not?

What does He ask the Father to do?

Describe the Father’s immediate answer.

What explanations did those who witnessed this event give?

What explanation did Jesus give?

What did He reveal about His death?

Once again, did the people understand?

What truths did Jesus declare about light and darkness?

How does someone become sons of light?

A “think” question: What has been the consistent thing that Jesus is calling the people to do? What is the relationship between “believing” and “faith”?

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!

Reading Through the Bible – Day 22

DAY 22

A.M. Reading: Genesis 20

Genesis Questions Worth Pondering:

Abraham journeys on.

What deceptive tactic does Abraham use in dealing with Abimelech, King of Gerar?

Where did we see this deceptive tactic before?

In Chapter 12 (in Egypt approximately 25 years before), we saw how God intervened with Pharaoh on Sarah’s behalf.

Now, how does God, once again, intervene to protect Sarah?

Describe the interaction between God and Abimelech.

What will happen to the king if he doesn’t restore Sarah to Abraham?

Describe the interaction between Abimelech and Abraham.

As Abraham attempts to justify his behavior, what excuses does he give?

Is his faith in God and God’s promises seen in these behaviors? Why or why not?

What had God told Abraham about his wife and the promised son?

In obedience to God, how does Abimelech restore Sarah?

In what way does God bless Abimelech and his household?

A “think” question: What does God do when He sees righteousness?

P.M. Reading: John 12:1-19

John Questions Worth Pondering:

The time of the Passover is approaching. Recall at the end of Chapter 11 that people were wondering if Jesus would come to Jerusalem for the Passover.

(Very important note: Passover was the time for the killing of the sacrificial lamb in the Jewish religion.)

Six days before the Passover, where do we find Jesus?

What does Mary do?

(Note: 300 denarii was about one year’s wages for a worker at that time)

List all the things you learn here about Judas Iscariot.

How does Jesus reply to Judas?

For what two reasons did the Jews come to this house?

What were the chief priests plotting to do to Lazarus? Why?

In verse 13, many of the believers are crying out, quoting from the Old Testament.

What are they proclaiming?

(Note: These Old Testament Scriptures were proclaiming that He was the Messiah!)

What was the significance of Jesus coming into town riding on a donkey?

(Note: Jesus is showing in the fulfillment of the prophecy that He is indeed the Messiah!)

Interestingly, did his disciples understand at that time?

When did they understand?

How are the people responding?

How are the Pharisees responding?

Recall how often Jesus had said His time had not yet come. Now as the Passover is approaching, the time appointed by the Father is near. He has shown Himself to be the Messiah, sent from the Father above!

Think deeply upon these things.

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within!