Knowing God

Oct 4, 2016 – Proverbs 15

Read Proverbs 15

This is the final chapter in a lengthy section contrasting wickedness and righteousness. Many ideas previously seen are also in this chapter.

But, I’d like you to focus on a specific topic today. Speech or the way you talk appears frequently in this chapter.

Look back through this chapter and think about these things…

  • What are the verses that refer to speech?
  • How does the wise person handle their speech?
  • List the characteristics of speech that are positive… negative…
  • Why is it important to be wise in speaking?

Pick out one of the positive/wise aspects of speech you see in this chapter. Think about ways you either been successful or not. Now, ask God to help you be positive/wise with your speech, and be thankful that God is patient with us!

The lips of the wise give good advice; -v7

Oct 3, 2016 – Psalm 2

Read Psalm 2

Were you a little confuse when you read this psalm? Who is being talked about? It helps to take a look at Acts 4:25, and we see that Peter indicates the author is David.

This psalm describes the celebration when a king is anointed in Israel. Surrounding nations look for opportunities to break away from being subjected to God through Israel. God’s response is that He put His chosen king on the throne. God declares that the king is His son. And the psalmist suggests that the other kings should submit to God’s chosen one on the throne.

Wow! That’s a lot packed into that psalm.

Of course, there are the allusions pointing forward to Jesus Christ sitting on the throne, and all nations of the earth being subject to Him.

Read the psalm again, and think about the relationship of God to the nations. What about God’s relationship to individuals? Sin is resistance to subjection to God.

The primary aspect of our worship of God is willingly putting ourselves under His authority. Will you worship God by doing this?

But what joy for all who take refuge in him! -v12

Sep 30, 2016 – Daniel 12

Read Daniel 12

This chapter concludes the interesting book of Daniel. It builds on the narrative from chapters 10 and 11. If you missed those days, go back and read them.

What is your impression of this chapter?

How can you learn more about understanding the things in Daniel 12?

Think about the book as a whole. How would you describe it to a friend?

Is there anything in this book that can encourage you to live a godly life?

Daniel shows us God’s sovereignty over world events. He took a young man who was brought into captivity and used him to show that God is over human rulers. It is good to keep this in mind when we are in troubling times.

Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. -v3

Sep 29, 2016 – Mark 6

Read Mark 6

Notice that this chapter starts with Jesus in Nazareth, his hometown. Pay attention to the events in this chapter.

Give some thought to the first 12 verses.

  • What is your response to the people who said, “He’s just a carpenter…”?
  • How does Jesus respond to them?
  • Why did Jesus send the 12 disciples out in pairs?
  • Is there anything you notice about Jesus’ instructions?

Verses 14-29 give us a glimpse into the mind of Herod.

  • Who did Herod think Jesus was?
  • Why had Herod beheaded John the Baptist?

There are two astounding miracles described in vv 30-56

  • Describe the feeding of the 5,000.
  • What is the most unusual thing that you notice?
  • Why were there leftovers?
  • Why did Jesus walk on the water?
  • How did the disciples respond to Jesus?
  • After crossing the lake, what was the behavior of the crowds?

Jesus met the needs of the people – both physical and spiritual. As we work to share the “Bread of Life” with people around us, do not forget to share physical bread as well. Pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see the needs around you.

They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. -v56

Sep 28, 2016 – Genesis 14

Read Genesis 14

There are a couple of significant events in the chapter you just read. The first is that there is a battle of four kings against five kings, and the resulting rescue of Lot by his uncle Abram. The second event is the blessing of Abram by Melchizedek, king of Salem.

As you re-read the chapter, you might want to map out the war of the kings on paper so you can better follow what’s happening. Just remember that this is all a part of God’s promise to Abram to make him great.

The war between the kings is documented in vv 1-16.

  • Where did this war take place?
  • Where were all 9 of the kings from?
  • How did Lot end up getting taken captive? And how did Abram hear about it?

The account of Melchizedek blessing Abram is in vv 17-24.

  • What can you learn about Melchizedek in these verses? from other places in the Bible?
  • What did Abram do in response to the blessing?
  • How did Abram respond to the demand from the king of Sodom? Why is this important?

This chapter may seem foreign to our way of life, but it was common in that time. Throughout history, God moves the hand of rulers to accomplish His will. Pray that your eyes will be opened so that you can see God’s work in everything around you.

And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you. -v20

Don't make reading the Bible a chore. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and follow along as we read the Bible together!

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.