Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 20, 2013


Moments with God

New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Day 20

Our inspirational verse for today is found in Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) 

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” 

God’s Word is alive! The more you expose yourself to it, the more it will expose itself to you. 

Reading assignment for today is Matthew 16, Mark 8 and Luke 9:18-27

 Bible Reading Plan Day 20

He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!  Matthew 16:2-3

Study Questions for Matthew 16

What were the Pharisees able to discern? (2-3)


What was the only sign to be given? (4)


What was the leaven of the Pharisees? (12)


Who did people say that Jesus was? (13-14)


Who did Peter say that Jesus was? (16)


Upon what did Jesus say He would build His church? (18)


What did Jesus give to Peter? (19)


Jesus said some would not see death until they saw what? (28)


“At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” Mark 8:16-18

Study Questions for Mark 8

Why did Jesus touch the blind man twice? (23-25)


What value did Jesus place on the soul of a man? (36-37)


“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:23-27

Study Questions for Luke 9:18-27

In verse 18, what does Jesus ask to get the disciples thinking? Why do you think he asked a general question before his next very personal and very specific question in verse 20?


Why do you think people would have thought Jesus was John the Baptist? How would he have reminded people of Elijah? Why do they think they thought that in Jesus one of the ancient prophets had arisen?


Look at Peter’s answer in verse 20. What do you think his own words meant to him? What do they mean for us today?


Since Peter answered the question correctly, one would assume Jesus would breathe a sigh of relief and then commend Peter and the other disciples. But what does Jesus do in verse 21? Why do you think he did this? How does the fact that he must suffer, be rejected, be killed and rise again explain why the disciples couldn’t tell the world that he is the Messiah at that point? (Remember that he still had a year or so of ministry to go.)


Verses 23-26 are a profound summary of what it means to be a follower of Jesus-a disciple, one who learns from a teacher. What are three things in verse 23 that one must do to become his follower? What do each of these mean for us today?


What do you think Jesus means by “lose their life for my sake” in verses 24-25? How does this “save” our lives?

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