Knowing God

Aug 31, 2016 – Genesis 10

Read Genesis 10

Get yourself a map of the ancient world. 

This chapter presents the descendants of Noah. 

Now, using that map you found, see if you can find the directions Shem, Ham and Japheth went.

Praise God for His work through the flood and preserving the human race.

All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood. -v32

Aug 30, 2016 – Proverbs 10

Read Proverbs 10

This chapter appears to be a collection of wise sayings given by Solomon. However there are themes here that consistent with what is written elsewhere in Proverbs.

What is said about the “godly” in this chapter?

How are the lazy portrayed?

Why is there a contrast between the godly and wicked?

What is said about speech in this chapter?

If you take the time to think about the proverbs, you will find much that is applicable to our lives today. What is one thing you can learn from this chapter that will affect your life today?

We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. -v7

Aug 29, 2016 – Psalm 34

Read Psalm 34

Fear. Praise. Confidence. These emotions, and others, are contained in Psalm 34.

Notice the text at the very beginning of this Psalm. That helps us understand the context.

Think through what you’ve read in the Psalm. What is the flow of thought?

How does David express himself?

What can you learn about those who do right? about those who do evil?

What can we learn about the Lord?

Righteousness vs evil. Which will you choose to do?

But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. -v22

Aug 19, 2016 – Daniel 9

Read Daniel 9

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading through Daniel. This chapter records Daniel’s prayer.

  • When did this particular event take place? (v1-2)
  • What prompted Daniel’s prayer? (v2)
  • Examine his prayer (vv 4-19) closely. What were the main points of Daniel’s prayer?
  • But, something amazing happened. Who appeared to Daniel? (v20-21)
  • Why did Gabriel come?
  • Describe the meaning of “the earlier vision” that Gabriel gave to Daniel.
  • Find a good commentary and see what they have to say about this description from Gabriel!

We can learn from Daniel that confession of sin is an important part of being right before God. When you pray today, ask God to forgive you for your sins. Go ahead and list them before God as you seek forgiveness.

I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain. -v20

Aug 18, 2016 – Mark 3

Read Mark 3

There’s lots of activity in this chapter. 

Look at vv 1-6

  • What happened here?
  • What was the interaction between Jesus and the Pharisees?
  • Why were the Pharisees wanting to kill Jesus?

Now, move on to vv 7-12

  • Find a map and see if you can see the wide geographic spread of where the people came from.
  • Why did Jesus tell his disciples to get a boat ready?
  • Why did Jesus tell the spirits not to reveal who he was?

The apostles were chosen in vv 13-19

  • What do you know about each of them?
  • What do you suppose was the criteria for being chosen?

Review vv 20-30

  • What was the complaint against Jesus?
  • Why were the teachers of religious law against Jesus?

Finally, look at vv 31-35

  • Why did Jesus give this response to the statement that his mother and brothers are outside?

Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. -v14

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.