Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Even princes sit and speak against me,
but I will meditate on your decrees.
Your laws please me;
they give me wise advice Psalm 119:23-24
We discussed meditating on God’s word yesterday, while looking at our verses from Psalm 119. It is vitally important to meditate on God’s word. It is vitally important for me, and for you, to ask God to reveal His truths FOR US through our daily readings.
I KNOW that I need to emphasize the importance of prayer, meditation and quiet listening…as we read God’s word each and every day!!! Is He speaking to you through our daily readings? Are you heeding His call on your life?
Invite God into your reading time today! We are going to be reading Matthew 23 and Luke 20 and 21.
“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12
Study Questions for Matthew 23
For which practices does Jesus condemn the teachers of the law and the Pharisees in Matthew 23?
What does Jesus predict in Matthew 23:33-39?
Reread Matthew 23:23. Which essential quality for those whose religion is pure (not hypocritical) – justice, mercy, and faithfulness – do you struggle the most to live out? And, in which relationship(s) will you begin to practice this approach more consistently?
“Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.” Luke 20:17-18
Study Questions for Luke 20
In the vineyard who do these characters stand for (connect to the right answer)?
Tenants God the Father
What do you think v17 is referring to; explain the stone and capstone (cornerstone)?
What is the story in v9‐16 talking about?
How does this apply to you?
What is Jesus’ position on the people of God paying taxes, even to a government that does not honor God (v25)?
What is the reaction of the spies who were trying to trick and catch Jesus(v26)?
How did Jesus feel about the legalistic lifestyle (v27‐33; 46‐47)? Does v38 show God has more interest in the living (relationships) than in the dead (rules)?
Was Jesus human (a descendant of David) or divine (God in the flesh, the Savior of David)?
“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” John 21:25-28
Study Questions for Luke 21
Is Jesus more interested in the amount that we give, or the degree of sacrifice when we give?
Have you ever given in a sacrificial way like this widow?
Does Jesus promise an easy road for his followers or times of persecution? v12
What can encourage us when we go through those sufferings(v15, 18, 19)?
What about the Christians that we hear about that suffer physically? Is this a different kind of protection that Jesus is talking about?
After Jesus died and ascended, how can we expect Him to return (v27)?
How should we react as that time draws near (v28)?
What does Jesus say about the endurance of what is written in the bible (v33)?
How does v34 connect with Philippians 4:6‐7 in terms of our life perspective?
What is Jesus doing in v37 at the end of the day in preparation for the next day?