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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!