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More Jesus Reading2023-03-03T16:16:51-08:00

Today’s reading:

John 1, 1 Chronicles 1-3,

Reflective Questions

John 1: What does John say in his prologue (v. 1-18) about the Word? How does this information about Jesus impact you?
1 Chronicles 1-3: Why was this long genealogy, particularly the royal line of David, important to the chronicler?

Tomorrow’s reading:

John 2, 1 Chronicles 4-6, Psalm 73

Reflective Questions

John 2: What does the wedding story at Cana tell you about Jesus? What is your response?
1 Chronicles 4-6: What editorial explanation does the author add to this section of the genealogy, and what can you learn from it?
Psalm 73: Describe the psalmist’s problem, how he resolved it and his conclusion.

Previous reading:

2 Thessalonians 3, 2 Kings 25, Psalm 72

Reflective Questions

2 Thessalonians 3: What does Paul ask them to pray for him? What do you ask for prayer for?
2 Kings 25: So ends the long sad story of Israel and Judah’s decline. Why do you think the author ends the story with Jehoiachin freed from prison and eating at the king’s table?
Psalm 72: What is the first thing the psalmist asks God to give the king? Why is that first?

2 Thessalonians 2, 2 Kings 23-24,

Reflective Questions

2 Thessalonians 2: In light of all that was happening, what does Paul encourage them to do? (see v. 15)
2 Kings 23: What positive steps did Josiah take to renew Judah? What negative steps (what did he eliminate)? What does this suggest for your renewal?
2 Kings 24: What were the external political circumstances contributing to Judah’s decline and downfall? What were the spiritual conditions?

2 Thessalonians 1, 2 Kings 21-22, Psalm 71

Reflective Questions

2 Thessalonians 1: Pray v. 11-12 over yourself and those you love today.
2 Kings 21-22: After Manasseh’s disastrous reign, what sparked the spiritual renewal under Josiah? What could you do to encourage revival?
Psalm 71: What does it mean for you to take refuge in the Lord? How will you do it today?

1 Thessalonians 5, 2 Kings 19-20,

Reflective Questions

1 Thessalonians 5: What instructions does Paul give in light of the coming Day of the Lord?
2 Kings 19: Describe Hezekiah’s prayer. How can it be a model for your prayers? What was God’s response?
2 Kings 20: Characterize Hezekiah in this chapter? What is good? Bad?

1 Thessalonians 4, 2 Kings 17-18, Proverbs 14

Reflective Questions

1 Thessalonians 4: What does Paul urge them (and us) to do “more and more”? (Hint: there are two things.)
2 Kings 17: The author explains why Israel was taken into captivity. Summarize the reasons. What is your take-away?
2 Kings 18: The bronze snake Moses made had become an idol. What good things are you tempted to idolize?
Proverbs 14: Which proverb speaks to you today? Why?

1 Thessalonians 3, 2 Kings 15-16,

Reflective Questions

1 Thessalonians 3: Pray v. 12-13 over yourself and those you love today.
2 Kings 15: The author summarizes Azariah’s 52 year reign in two verses (v. 3-4). Summarize them in your own words. How do you want your life summarized?
2 Kings 16: Who did Ahaz seek help from when invaded by Aram? What were the results?

1 Thessalonians 2, 2 Kings 13-14, Psalm 70

Reflective Questions

1 Thessalonians 2: What images does Paul use of his care for the Thessalonians? Compare this to your care for others.
2 Kings 13: What reason does the author give for Israel’s prolonged oppression by Aram?
2 Kings 14: Consider the parade of kings you’ve read about. What conclusions do you draw about how good or bad leaders affect a nation?
Psalm 70: “Hasten…come quickly…do not delay.” Where in your life do you feel the need for God’s timely help and deliverance?

1 Thessalonians 1, 2 Kings 11-12,

Reflective Questions

1 Thessalonians 1: How does the Lord’s message “ring out” of your life? Pray today that it will!
2 Kings 11: Compare and contrast Athaliah and Jehoiada: their motivations and actions.
2 Kings 12: Joash led well because of the influence of Jehoiada. Who are your mentors? Who are you mentoring?

Colossians 4, 2 Kings 9-10, Psalm 69

Reflective Questions

Colossians 4: What does it mean to be “devoted to prayer” (v. 2)? What action step can you take to do that?
2 Kings 9: Who do you know that drives like Jehu (v. 20)?
2 Kings 10: What was Jehu’s mission? Where did he succeed and gain the Lord’s approbation? Where did he fail?
Psalm 69: How does the psalmist’s faith in God express itself in the midst of his dire circumstances?

Colossians 3, 2 Kings 7-8,

Reflective Questions

Colossians 3: What might change if you were to do your work “with all your heart as working for the Lord”?
2 Kings 7: Compare the four lepers and your Christian witness in a) need; b) discovery; c) action. What was their motivation to share the good news? What is yours?
2 Kings 8: What “coincidence” happened that resulted in the widow’s land being restored? Where have you seen God work through “coincidence”?

Colossians 2, 2 Kings 5-6, Psalm 68

Reflective Questions

Colossians 2: What has Jesus done for us (see v. 13-15)?
2 Kings 5: Compare and contrast the actions of Naaman, Elisha and Gehazi.
2 Kings 6: What does the story of Elisha and the blinded Aramean army (v. 8-23) teach you about spiritual warfare? About God? How does it reflect the gospel?
Psalm 68: What does this psalm say about God? How will that change the way you live today?

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