Bible Readings: May 2-8 2022

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to continue our Daily Bible Readings. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans, check out  faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2022 May 2-8

Monday, May 2

Read Judges 10-12

THINK: The theme of Judges is the downward spiral of Israel’s national and spiritual life into chaos and apostasy, showing the need for a godly king to lead it. (ESVSB) What strikes you about the judges listed in these passages? Who was Jephthah and what was he known for? How was he treated by his family and fellow countrymen? What was he called upon to do and how did he respond? Note the diplomatic discussions between Jephthah and the Ammonites in 11:12-28.  How did Jephthah end the discussions in vs 27? What was Jephthah’s tragic vow?

 

PRAY: Jephthah was a flawed judge who made a very foolish vow. His story makes evident the need for permanent salvation through the coming line of King David. (ESVSB) We can see plenty of evidence today of downward spiral of national and spiritual life around the world. Pray for revival. Ask God to raise up leaders at all levels that would seek Him with all their heart. Pray for those taking the gospel of Christ to all nations. God, help us be a House of Prayer! Pray for the West Campus Search Team, and for the man God has set apart to serve alongside Pastor Jayson and the elders.

 

Tuesday, May 3

Read Judges 13-15

THINK: Israel’s downward spiral continues, and Samson is the last of the judges. Note the circumstances surrounding his birth. Any similarities to other biblical characters? (Gen 16:1; 1 Sam 1:2; Luke 1:7) Samson’s exploits fall into two segments (ch 14-15 and ch 16). In this first segment, the Spirit of the Lord “rushed upon him” on three separate occasions. However, Samson also violated two of the three requirements of a Nazarite’s vow. Yet, it is evident that God was using Samson to accomplish His own purposes (14:4), even with Samson’s failures.  What does this reveal about God?

 

PRAY: God’s sovereignty is on full display at the same time Samson is pursuing what seems right in his own eyes (14:3). God’s desire is to judge the Philistines and deliver Israel. Samson’s desire was to please himself. Ask God to search your heart and reveal selfish desires that are opposed to His will. Acknowledge that God is ultimately in control of the affairs in your life and ask for his help in being faithful in your daily walk with Christ. Ask God to bless our South Campus elders as they continue to process the Assessment report and ponder how best to strengthen our ministry.

 

Wednesday, May 4

Read Judges 16

THINK: The sexual impurity of Samson has grave consequences for him in this chapter. Note that “the Spirit of the Lord” mentioned previously is not used here. The machinations of Delilah are stated in detail—what attempts does she make to compromise Samson? Why does Samson finally give in to her pleading? What is the bitter result? How did the Philistines humiliate Samson? The key to Samson’s strength wasn’t really in his hair; it was the Lord! The drama of Samson’s life ends with the Lord bringing judgment upon the corrupt and idolatrous Philistine people.

 

PRAY: God is the true Source of our strength! How does our heavenly Father supply strength and power to his people? Ask God now to fill you with the Holy Spirit for today’s labors and walk of faith. Ask God to help you walk in the obedience of faith, trusting him and relying on him to accomplish his will for your life. Is there lust of the flesh, of the eyes, or pride that causes you to stumble? Confess it to God and ask for his help. Pray for our upcoming VBS ministry.

 

Thursday, May 5

Read Judges 17-18

THINK: Verse 6 is the key to this entire section, for everyone does “their own thing” rather than trust in the Lord and obey his law. Micah is a prime example; what does he do? Consider how today it is not uncommon for people to devise their own “religion” to please themselves, a faith fashioned after what pleases them (2 Timothy 4:1-4). Why does Dan need a homeland? The apostasy of Micah now passes to the tribe of Dan, when they steal both his cultic objects (household gods and images) and his “personal priest.” Then the Danites seize Laish with great brutality, a sad episode.

 


PRAY
: Just as in the days of the Judges, today people fashion their own idols and personal spirituality. In prayer, acknowledge this sin and apostasy to God, asking him to bring revival and spiritual awakening to our nation. Admit to God that in our nation “everyone does what is right in their own eyes.” Ask God to change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, hearts that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to walk uprightly. How is your walk with Jesus today? Talk to God about that. Heavenly Father, help Faith Baptist remain true to you and to the gospel! May Christ be glorified!

 

Friday, May 6

Read Judges 19

THINK: A sad and horrible chapter: “These verses recount one of the most sordid stories in the Bible. Rape, murder, and callous indifference lead to the death of an innocent woman and, eventually, to civil war.” (ESVSB) You will find this account a parallel to Genesis 19 and the story of Sodom. Now Israel is on par with the wicked Sodomites, a heartbreaking low point in their life as the people of God. Sadly, we are also reminded in reading of the moral decay of our own nation and world, with sex trafficking, violence toward women, murder, and indifference toward the truth as daily occurrences in our news sources. Ponder vv. 29-30.

 


PRAY
: Admit to God the wickedness of our own land. Cry out to God for deliverance. “Have MERCY upon us, O God! Have mercy! Forgive us for our rampant licentiousness. By the power of the Holy Spirit change us, life by life, family by family, through the gospel of Jesus Christ. HOSANNA! Lord, save us!” Ask God to clearly lead us at Faith in this season of Anticipating Change. “Lead on, Father!”

 

Weekend, May 7-8

Read Isaiah 56:9-57:13

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.

 

THINK: The ESV SB says, “Selfishly complacent leaders, morally lax people, and idol-worshiping hypocrites have no place in God’s kingdom.” What a commentary it is on the leaders that “his watchmen are blind” and “they are shepherds who have no understanding.” Sadly, the condition described here is parallel (is it not?) to the corruption we’ve been reading about in Judges this week. Idolatry and lust and a multitude of wrong choices lead to an utter lostness and separation from God. Yet, even still, the door remains open to repent, “take refuge” in God, and be saved.

 

PRAY: What a week it’s been, reading in Judges and now this passage in Isaiah. The praises of God’s great compassion (the last three Sundays) have given way to the wayward corruption of God’s people. Pray for clarity in our understanding of the devastation sin produces and the hope the gospel provides. Ask God to give us the fulness of truth and the Holy Spirit as we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Pray for our pastors preaching on this sobering text on Sunday morning.

 

FAITH GROUP: What makes both Judges and this passage in Isaiah hard to read? Do you find that the corruption often found in our leaders, flawed as they are, and in many cases completely in denial of biblical truth, leaves you feeling hopeless? What hope do we have, living in such a wayward culture? How do we foster hope rather than despair? How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ? Share your strategies with one another and then pray for a true spiritual awakening in our time. Praise the Lord, he never changes, and his grace is sufficient to fulfill his purpose!