Week 5

Memory Verse: Psalm 104:19

Reading #1: Genesis 1:16-19  

Questions: What  purposes did God give for “the two great lights?”  What would be different about every morning and evening from the fourth day on?

Reading #2: Psalm 136:1-9

Questions:  In what ways is David’s Psalm of praise echoing the creation account of Genesis 1:16-19?  What characteristic does David attribute to God when He made the heavens?  What do you think he means by that?  What conclusion does David draw from the existence of sun, moon and stars?

Reading #3: Song of Solomon 6:10

Questions:  What words would you use to describe the moon?  What words would you use to describe the sun? Why do you think God uses imagery like the sun in this passage and in Psalm 19:4-6, to describe brides and grooms, and by extension, Christ and His church?

Reading #4: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

Questions: Which elements of creation does Paul employ to illustrate the idea of different “kinds?”  How does Paul further categorize the heavenly bodies?  Why do you think Paul is so careful to make these distinctions when talking about the resurrection of the dead?

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 104C: “The moon You have set the seasons to show; the sun will its time for each setting know.  When you make the darkness, the night follows day, and beasts of the forest creep forth seeking prey.”

Psalm 136A: “Who placed the great lights on display; His mercy lasts forever; The sun to rule the sky by day; His mercy lasts forever; The moon and stars to rule the night; His mercy lasts forever; Who Egypt’s firstborn all did smite; His mercy lasts forever.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile

Week 4

Memory Verse: Psalm 33:6

Reading #1: Genesis 1:14,15

Questions:  What purposes does God give for putting lights in the expanse of the heavens?  What do you think about those lights being “for signs” when there weren’t any people made yet to see them?  What does the statement “And it was so” say about the power of God’s Word?

Reading #2: Jeremiah 31:31-37

Questions: What happened to the old covenant?  What does God promise in the new covenant?  What does God’s ability to create the sun and moon and stars and keep them in order say about His ability to keep a covenant with His people?  

Reading #3: Matthew 2:1-12

Questions: What is the arrival of the new covenant heralded by?  Whose arrival was being heralded?  By whom, for whom, and through whom was that star created?  When had the fixed order of the motion of that star been set in place?  

Reading #4: Matthew 24:29-31/Luke 21:25-28

Questions: What will be happening in the sky when Jesus returns again?  What will be happening on earth?  How does Luke tell us to respond when we see these things take place? 

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 33A “Jehovah’s word the heavens made, and all the host of them arrayed His breath has caused to be.”

My Father’s World “This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the sphere.  This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—His hand the wonders wrought.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria

Week 3

Memory Verse: John 3:16-19

Reading #1: Genesis 1:3-5

Questions:  Considering the obviously antithetical natures of light and darkness, why do you think Moses makes the point that “God separated the light from the darkness?”  What do you think the source of that light was?  

Reading #2: Matthew 4:12-22

Questions: When Jesus begins His ministry, who or what does He claim to be?  What condition are the people in He is talking to and what does He tell them to do?  Why?

Reading #3: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 

Questions:  What examples does Paul use to illustrate the ways believers are to be separate from unbelievers?  What reasons does he give?  What is the ultimate goal of that separation?

Reading #4: 1 Peter 2:1-12

Questions: For what purpose did God call His people out of darkness into light?  What have God’s people received that distinguishes them from all other people?  

Psalms and Hymns

Great Is Thy Faithfulness  “Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.”

All Creatures of Our God and King “All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia, Alleluia!  Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam, O praise Him.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize