Read Genesis 18
Genesis is full of mysterious appearances of God and His work. This chapter includes some new things. Just to help jump-start our understanding, the three men are often considered to be the Lord and two angels.
There are two major sections – vv 1-15, and vv 16-33. While looking like distinct sections, they are related.
Take a look at the first section, vv 1-15.
- Where does this narrative take place?
- Did Abraham know who these three men were when he saw them?
- Why did Abraham respond to their appearance the way that he did?
- What did the men tell about Sarah, and how did Sarah respond?
Now move on to vv 16-33.
- How did the Lord come to tell Abraham about his plans to destroy Sodom?
- How did Abraham respond to the news? Why?
Looking back at this chapter, we can see a couple of important things. God was going to make sure that Abraham and Sarah knew that their son was from the Lord. They were both too old for normal child-bearing. Additionally, God is showing that he is holy, and that his patience with sin will only last for a time. Judgement will come to those who rebel against Him.
“I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” -v19
Read Proverbs 18
This chapter is packed full of thoughts about relationships and things that affect relationships – friends, wife, effect of speech, pride.
As you read, think about these questions…
- What relationships do you see mentioned?
- How can types of speech affect these relationships?
- Why is wisdom important in relationships?
- Friends are mentioned several times. What is said about friendships?
Everyone needs to evaluate their relationships to make sure their relationships are healthy. According to this chapter, what do you need to do to make healthier relationships?
And then my favorite verse is in here…
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD. -v22
Read Psalm 9
Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) is being celebrated this week. This Psalm is very appropriate.
Note that in the first verse, the writer says, “I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” He is remembering the goodness of the Lord, and then lists several of these things.
Consider what you are thankful for. Why are you thankful for these things?
Be very specific with this exercise.
<pause to make a list>
Now, how can these things lead you to praise to the Lord?
Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. -v11
Read 2 Timothy 2
Today’s reading is a continuation of Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Remember that Timothy was a young pastor who obviously had a close relationship with his mentor, Paul.
As you read this chapter, think about these things…
- How would you describe the closeness between Paul and Timothy?
- What illustrations did Paul use to help Timothy understand endurance or suffering?
- Paul talks about why he is suffering. (Remember that Paul is in jail in Rome at this point.) From vv 8-10, why does Paul suffer?
- Starting in v15 and going to the end of the chapter, Timothy is encouraged to “be a good worker”. What is the goal?
- Describe are the characteristics of a diligent worker for Jesus that Paul lists.
That command to be a good worker is very much applicable to us. As you consider your service to the Lord, what is He showing you that you need to change? How can you be a better worker for the Lord?
Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. -v8
Read Mark 9
What was your impression of this chapter? Did you notice anything that you’ve never seen before?
The action in Mark moves pretty fast, and this chapter is no different.
- Why do you think the transfiguration (vv 1-13) took place?
- Is there anything you can learn about how you should respond to Jesus?
- Jesus also removes a demon from a boy. This has happened before. What is the purpose of this?
- What did the disciples learn from this event?
- The disciples were people. They had the same human struggles we have. What are your thoughts about vv 33-37?
- Is this relevant to us today?
Jesus is the Son of God, and his authority is demonstrated in this chapter. Ask God to help you believe more fully in Jesus.
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” -v24
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Do you know God?
Can you really know for sure you are going to heaven? Is it really possible to have a relationship with God and to know your sins are forgiven? God does not want you to live in uncertainty. He wants you to know for sure that you are going to heaven.