Week 12

Memory Verse: Psalm 84:11

Reading #1: Genesis 25:29-26:5

Questions:  What logical reasoning did Esau use for selling his birthright for a bowl of soup?What was going on in the land at the time God renews His covenant with Isaac?  What charges, commandments, statutes and laws do you think God was commending Abraham for having obeyed?

Reading #2: Exodus 16:1-21

Questions: What was going on in the wilderness of Sin with Abraham’s descendants? What were they wishing for in verse 3 and how does it remind you of Esau?  In verse 7, what does Moses tell the Israelites they will see in the morning?  What was on the ground in the morning and where had it come from? In verses 19-21, what happened to the left-over manna?

Reading #3: Isaiah 30:19-26

Questions:  What was going on in verse 19 and how does God respond?  What kind of bread does God give them this time?  Who will the people see?  In verse 26 what does God promise to do for them and what was the cause of their injury?

Reading #4: John 6:22-71

Questions:  What truth does Jesus confront these “seekers” with in verse 26? What food does He encourage them to “work for” instead, and how does Jesus say they’ll actually get it?

In verse 32 what evidence does Jesus offer them as a sign of His authority? What is promised to al those who “look on the Son and believe in Him?” After hearing these truths, what characteristic thing are the Jews once again doing in verses 41, 52 and 60? 

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 84B “For God the Lord is shield and sun; The Lord will grace and glory give.  No good will He withhold from one who does uprightly walk and live.”

Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed  “Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut His glories in, when God, the mighty Maker, died for man the creature’s sin.”

In Thanksgiving Let Us Praise Him “From the first bright light of morning, to the last warm glow of dusk; every breath we take is sacred, for it is God’s gift to us.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Iceland, India, Indonesia

Week 11

Memory Verse: Revelation 21:22,23

Reading #1: Genesis 15:7-20

Questions: What might be the significance of the “smoking fire pot and a flaming torch” passing between the animal halves?  What does the Lord promise the still-slumbering Abraham?

Reading #2: Exodus 12:1-28

Questions: What purpose did the blood of the lamb serve?  According to verse 11, in what manner were the Israelites to eat the Passover meal?  According to verse 23 what was the Lord going to do to the Egyptians? What were the Israelites to do when they entered the land promised to Abraham?

Reading #3: 1 Peter 1:12-25

Questions: Instead of being dressed for action like the Israelites, how does Peter encourage us to be prepared in verse 12?  According to verses 18-21, with what knowledge should we prepare our minds?  What does it do to your own mind to think that the plan of Christ, the Passover lamb, was put in place “before the foundation of the world?”

Reading #4: Revelation 5

Questions: Backing up to chapter 4, verses 9-11, what is the response of “the four living creatures and twenty four elders” to the Lamb, by who’s will all things were created and continue to exist? In verse 13, what is the response of every creature in heaven and on earth?  What is your response when you read a passage like this?

Psalms and Hymns

Beneath the Cross of Jesus “I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of your face.

Near the Cross “Near the cross, a trembling soul, lover and mercy found me; There the Bright and Morning Star sheds its beams around me.”

Praying Under the Same Sky

Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary

Week 10

Memory Verse: Isaiah 60:1-3

Reading #1: Genesis 15:7-16

Questions: Why do you think it was so much easier for a childless old man to believe that he would have offspring as numerous as the stars than to believe he would actually possess the land he occupied?  What role does Abraham play in the covenant making process beginning in verse12?  What does the Lord warn will happen to Abraham’s descendants as “a dreadful and great darkness” falls upon him? 

Reading #2: Exodus 10:21-29

Questions: What plague falls on the land of Egypt where Abraham’s descendants are enslaved?  What conditions are the Israelites experiencing in their corner of the land?

Reading #3:Psalm 18

Questions: In verse 6, how is David’s situation similar to that of the enslaved Israelites?  In verse 9, what accompanied God as He came down to rescue David?

Reading #4: Luke 23:44-49

Questions: What condition fell over the land at the time of Jesus’ death on the cross?

Psalms and Hymns

Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme “His very word of grace is strong as that which built the skies; The voice that rolls the stars a long speaks all the promises.”

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart  “Still lift your standard high, still march in firm array; As warriors through the darkness toil till dawns the golden day.”

Praying Under the Same Sky Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala