The center column holds the main text for each day, while the right column includes secondary texts.
Basic Tips:1.) Use a translation you can understand. If new to the Bible, try the NIrV or The Message, which are both available online. 2.) Use a kids Bible with kids. 3.) Keep a pencil and notebook around to write down questions, observations, and conclusions. 4.) Have fun. Use your imagination and your brain.
Questions to Guide You:
In God’s providence we will read about King Jesus’ first act after his triumphant entry. He does not attack Rome rulers, but the Jewish priests. And he reminds every one of his chief purpose.
- According to Matt 21:12-22, what was Jesus’ first act? Why is he so angry? How does Jesus’ fury marry with your imagination of Jesus?
- They were changing money into the Jewish currency and selling sacrificial animals for people to use in worship. They were doing so in “The Court of the Gentiles,” which is the outer courtyard of the temple, but is the only place non-Jewish people can worship the Lord. It is as close as the nations can get to God. How does this affect your understanding of Jesus’ anger?
- Lev 21:18 prohibits the blind and lame from entering the temple, and yet Jesus heals them “at the temple” (vs14), so they can worship. If they could come to Jesus sick and be healed, can you? Who is welcome in Jesus’ presence in the temple?
- What does Isaiah 56 promise to the nations, the non-Jewish people looking for God? How is this money changing thwarting that promise?
- Why does God care about the nations? What is his promises to Abraham regarding the nations?
- Jesus quotes “Den of robbers” from Jer 7. What is God angry about in Jer 7, and how does it match Jesus’ anger?
- According to Genesis 12 and Ezek 39, what is Israel’s purpose in the world for the nations? How is their faith to affect the nations? How does this culminate in Rev 7? What does it mean for us as a church? What does it mean for how we think about non-believers? Should we withdrawal or engage?
- Psalm 9 and 99 are both proclamations to the nations. What do the authors want the nations to know? Why is the God of Israel so good, the nations need to know about him?
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