Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 14, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 42

Reassure me of your promise,
made to those who fear you.
Help me abandon my shameful ways;
for your regulations are good.
I long to obey your commandments!
Renew my life with your goodness. Psalm 119:38-40

“Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you.” Let’s concentrate on the word “fear” in today’s inspirational verse. What does this word mean when we are using it in reference to God, specifically when you read it in the Old Testament? Does it mean to simply be afraid of God or does it mean something just a bit deeper??

According to the Nelson’s Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament, fear or its Hebrew equivalent, YARE (3372) means “to be afraid, stand in awe, fear.” When you are using the word “fear” in connection with someone with an exalted position…God, these words connote “standing in awe”. This “awe” is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of God and renders Him proper respect. 

If you look up some synonyms for revere…you will find these words; awe, admire, respect, look up to, hold in highest regard, worship, honor, esteem and venerate. I think this makes it pretty clear that we are not supposed to be cowering in a corner, shaking in fear of God. Those of us who “fear the Lord” are worshiping Him, are living in awe of Him, honoring Him, esteeming Him…holding Him in highest regard. 

Let’s look at Psalm 119:38 – 40 again, with our new understanding…

“Reassure me of your promise,
made to those who honor, esteem, respect, revere, worship and are standing in awe of you.
Help me abandon my shameful ways;
for your regulations are good.
I long to obey your commandments!
Renew my life with your goodness.”

Verses 39 and 40 are asking for God’s help with keeping us in align with Him. When I read these words in verse 39, “Help me abandon my shameful ways”, it reminded me of the words I heard, in the sermon, this past Sunday, the pastor said…”Never take grace for granted by throwing it in the dirt.” I want to abandon my old shameful ways, I do not want to take grace for granted. I long to have my life renewed with the goodness of the Lord.

Today’s Reading Assignment – John 14 – 17 

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1

“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.” John 14:30-31

Study Questions for John 14

Read verse 1. Why were Jesus’ disciples troubled and anxious? (13:21, 33,38) What did he tell them to do? What does it mean to trust or believe in God (and also in Jesus)? Why would he tell them this?

Read verses 2-4. What is the promise Jesus gives here? How does this promise build faith? Why is it important to believe it? To what does Jesus refer when he speaks of his “going”?

How did Thomas respond? Why had he lost the way? Are there any modern Thomas’?

How did Jesus answer Thomas? Read verses 6. Why is Jesus the way? Why is Jesus the truth? What is truth? (See 16:28) Why is Jesus the life? (1:4, 5:24)

Read verses 6,7. How did Philip respond to Jesus’ words? (8) What did Philip think he needed in order to believe? Why didn’t he need this at all? (1:18) How can we believe? (10, 11)

What else do you know about Philip? (6,7) Read verse 12. How did Jesus encourage him? How could Philip do greater things than Jesus? (13, 14; Mk. 11:23; 1 Jn. 5:14)

How must disciples show their love for Jesus? (15) What did Jesus promise to those who love him? What can we learn about the Holy Spirit from the name given him? (16-18)

What does the Holy Spirit do for believers? Contrast this with the work of evil spirits in men. (Think about Saul in 1 Samuel.) How can we know God and have his Spirit? (21)

What did Judas (not Iscariot) want Jesus to do? Why? (22) Why does Jesus reveal himself to disciples, but not to the world? (22-24)

What else can we learn about the work of the Holy Spirit? (26) What promise does Jesus give to those who receive the Holy Spirit? (27) How is Jesus’ peace different fro worldly peace? (Ro. 5:1; Gal. 5:22,23a)

Read verse 28. Why should Jesus’ disciples be glad instead of fearful and anxious that he is going to the Father? Read verses 30-31. Why does the prince of this world, Satan, have no hold on Jesus?

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13

“The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.” John 15:19
Study Questions for John 15

What do verses 1 through 5 reveal about the relationship between God and his children? (Read Isa. 5:1-7, Jer. 2:21 for the Old Testament background of this parable.)

In what respects does the vine and branch relationship describe our relationship with Jesus? (1,5) What does it suggest about the importance of commitment? What are the consequences if we break this relationship? (verse 6)

What are the two kinds of branches that God either cuts off or trims clean? (2) Why is this done? What does this pruning and trimming mean practically to a disciple? Why do even those who believe in Jesus need this trimming?

Read verse 3. What is the function of the word of God in the life of a disciple? (See 1 Pet. 1:23)

Read verses 4 though 6. What does it mean to remain in Jesus? (See verse 7; Col. 2:6,7) What does Jesus promise to those who remain in him? What happens when we try to be fruitful without Jesus?

How many times is the word “fruit” repeated in verses 1-8? Why is it so important to bear much good fruit? (verse 8; Ge. 1:28)

Read verses 9 and 10. How did God love Jesus? How did Jesus show his love for the disciples? How did Jesus remain in God’s love? What, then, does it mean to remain in Jesus’ love? What happens when we remain in Jesus’ love and bear fruit with the love of God? (11)

What did Jesus teach us about how to bear the fruit of love more specifically? (12,13,17) How did Jesus bear the fruit of love? (13) How can we be Jesus’ friends? (14) What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus? (15)

Why are Jesus’ disciples hated? (18-21) What must we do when we are persecuted? (26,27) What does Jesus do for us? What happens to those who hate Jesus and his disciples? (22,23)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ John 16:13-15

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Study Questions for John 16
What did Jesus predict about the disciples’ future? Who would persecute them? How? Why? Why did Jesus tell them these things now, not before? (1-4)

Where was Jesus going, and why was it to the disciples’ advantage that he go? Why could the Holy Spirit not come unless he left? (5-7)

What did Jesus teach about the work of the Holy Spirit? Why does the Holy Spirit rebuke the world about sin? About righteousness? About judgment? Think about the meaning of each of these.

What else does the Spirit do? (13,14) Why is he called the Spirit of truth? What is the main point of his teaching? How can we receive the Holy Spirit? (Lk. 11:11-13)

How did Jesus explain to his disciples the meaning of “a little while”? How does the parable of birth apply? What will be the cause of their grief? The cause of joy?

What privilege do disciples have because Jesus died and rose and sent the Spirit? How can the joy of the disciple be complete? (22_24)

What did Jesus tell the disciples plainly about the Father and about what would happen in the future?

What was the disciples’ response to his prediction of his resurrection? What would happen to them when Jesus was arrested and crucified?

What was Jesus’ personal faith and assurance? (28,32,33) What was his confidence about his disciples? What does it mean to us that Jesus has overcome the world?

“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” John 17:3-5

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.” John 17:9-11

Bible Reading Plan Day 42

Study Questions for John 17
To what time was Jesus referring when he said, “Father, the time has come…”? (See John 1:29) What was his personal prayer request? (1, 5) What was his life purpose? (Lk. 22:42-46; Jn. 12:27, 28) What should be each person’s life purpose? (Ro. 11:36, 1 Cor. 10:31)

How did Jesus render glory to God while he was on earth? (4) In what respect did Jesus’ death on the cross glorify God? (Heb. 5:8; Ro. 5:8) How would God glorify Jesus?

What authority did God give Jesus? (2) What is eternal life? (3) What does it mean to know God and to know Jesus whom he sent?

Read verse 6-8. How did Jesus bring people to know God and to know himself? (3, 4, 6, 7; 16:30-31) What did Jesus want to teach his disciples? What can we learn here about the importance of Bible study?

Read verses 9-16. Why did Jesus pray for his disciples? what were his prayer topics for them? From what was Jesus asking God to protect his disciple? What does this suggest about Satan’s work and God’s work?

Read verses 17-19. Why must Jesus’ disciples be sanctified? (What does this mean?) Why “by the truth”? What does verse 18 mean?

Why did Jesus sanctify himself? How did Jesus sanctify himself?

What are Jesus’ two main prayer topics for those who would believe through his disciples’ message? What does it mean that all believers become one? What is the result when all believers truly love one another?

Read verse 24. What does this second prayer topic mean? What is the best blessing Jesus wants his followers to have? What hope does this prayer plant in believers?


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