Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scripture Readings for October 23, 2011

Grace and Peace to All,

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Now, on to the topic. This week we finish the story of Moses and will begin to read about Joshua and the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan next week. We also continue with the Pharisees and Sadducees confronting Jesus on the Monday before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 – The Israelites have finished their 40 year journey and are on the east side of the Jordan. Much of Deuteronomy is written as Moses’ final farewell. Due to an incident 40 years earlier, Moses is not allowed to enter Canaan with the people. In Chapter 34 where is Moses and where does he go? What did he see (much like the bear that went over the mountain)? When he died, where was Moses buried? How old was he at his death? Who is the greatest prophet in Judaism and why (vs. 10-12)?

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 – Not all Psalms are written by David. Who is the attributed author of Psalm 90? To whom is he speaking? What do he ask for in verses 13-17?

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 – What does God what his people to be in verse 2 and why? What does God command us to do in verses 15-16 (3 things)? Who should we not hate? What shouldn’t we do to any of our people? What should we do? Specifically, who are the neighbors this passage is talking about?

Psalm 1 – Who are the happy people and what are they like? Who are the wicked people and to what are they compared? What will happen to the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked?

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 – What happened in Philippi that brought Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to Thessalonica? Why does Paul spread the message of the Gospel? What did Paul not do while he was in Thessalonica?

Matthew 22:34-46 – In 21:23, Jesus’ authority is questioned. Jesus then gives three parables we read over the last few weeks: the two sons, the wicked tenants, and the wedding banquet. This past Sunday we read about the traps, in the form of questions, that the authorities tried to spring on Jesus. The first was over the paying of taxes. We skip the question about the resurrection with the bride of seven brothers none of whom impregnated her. This week we have the final question and a question by Jesus. What is the greatest commandment and what is the other that is like it? What does Jesus ask the Pharisees?

Have a great week reading the Good Book.

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