Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Readings for January 29 2012

Hello Everyone,

BK sends out a weekly email to the members of the GE Choir and it usually contains a pun. The pun this week is “Atheism is a non-prophet organization.” I don’t know about you but I chuckled.

And speaking of “prophets” the Old Testament (also known as the Hebrew Scriptures or the Tanakh; see here for the meaning and derivation of the word) lesson in Deuteronomy is all about the prophets that come after Moses.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 – This passage actually finishes with verses 21 and 22 which concerns discerning true and false prophets. Who is speaking here (the majority of the book is essentially his last will and testament)? Why is it necessary for the people of Israel to have prophets? What should the people do when they hear the words of a prophet and what will happen if they don’t? What will happen to a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods? What will happen if they speak false words claimed to be God’s?

Psalm 111 – Where will the psalmist give thanks for the Lord? Describe the “Works of the Lord”. What has the Lord done? In verse 4, how is the Lord described? In verse 9, what did the Lord do?

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 – This is the entire chapter. What is the main concern for Paul and the Corinthians in this passage? The primary source of meat in Corinth in those days was from the animals slaughtered at the many temples to the false gods of the Greeks and Romans. Why would this be a problem? What is Paul’s rationale? What is his ultimate decision? How would this apply in our lives today? What should we do?

Mark 1:21-28 – Where does Jesus and the first disciples go? What did they do on the Sabbath? What did Jesus do first and why was the congregation amazed? Who interrupts the proceedings and what does he say? What was the response of Jesus? Again, what was the congregation’s response? What are the demons of our times? How should we respond?

Have a great week studying the Word of God and may that study bless you in all you do.

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