Devotion Time: August 23-29, 2010

Suggested Instructions.

Read the assigned passage for the day, memorize the given memory verse for each day and answer the reflection question provided.  Click here to download the DT Packet.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              8/23            Hebrews 1
Tuesday              8/24            Hebrews 2
Wednesday        8/25           Hebrews 3
Thursday            8/26           Hebrews 4
Fri-Sun               8/27-29     Jeremiah 11-20

Memory Verses and Reflection Questions

Monday, 8/23

Memory Verse.

Hebrews 1:2   but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Reflection Question.

Hebrews 1:1-2a

“The story of divine revelation is a story of progression up to Christ, but there is no progression beyond him.  It is ‘in these last days’ that God has spoken in him, and by this phrase our author means much more than ‘recently’; it is a literal rendering of the Hebrew phrase which is used in the Old Testament to denote the epoch when the words of the prophets will be fulfilled, and its use here means that the appearance of Christ ‘once for all at the consummation of the ages’ (9:26) has inaugurated that time of fulfillment.  God’s previous spokesmen were his servants, but for the proclamation of his last word to mankind he has chosen his Son.”

What about God can I learn from the fact that “God spoke” to us first “through the prophets at many times and in various ways” and later “by his Son”?

Reflect upon the privilege that I have to see the final and ultimate revelation of God through Jesus (Matthew 13:17).

How should I live my life given that it is the “last days” where God himself is fully revealed?

Tuesday, 8/24

Memory Verse.

Hebrews 2:10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Reflection Question.

What can we learn about God from the fact that God “for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering?”

What are some concrete ways I can participate in the work of salvation through suffering? Are there some evasive maneuvers I employ to avoid suffering?

Wednesday, 8/25

Memory Verse

Hebrews 3:12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Reflection Questions

Hebrews 3:12-15

“The believers should ‘take care’ or ‘beware’ (blepo, ‘see’, used metaphorically) because within any Christian community there may be those whose outward association does not reflect the inward condition of the heart.”

“Faithfulness grows from an encouraging association with the community of faith.  In 3:13 the author prompts us to ‘encourage one another daily.’  In other words, the give and take of positive encouragement from others in the body of Christ provides a safeguard against heart-hardening sin and spiritual bankruptcy. […] but life lived with the people of faith is an indispensable ingredient in a faithful walk.”

What picture of the church, and relationships within the church, emerges from this text?

Given “sin’s deceitfulness,” why is it wise to encourage each other daily?

How do I respond to encouragement from other believers to not harden my heart or be led away by sin’s deceitfulness?

Thursday, 8/26

Memory Verse

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Reflection Questions

Hebrews 4:1-6

“The Israelites of Moses’ Day illustrate a problem facing many who fill our churches today.  They know a great deal about Christ, but they do not know him personally – they don’t combine their knowledge with faith.  Let the Good News about Christ benefit your life.  Believe in him and then act on what you know.  Trust in Christ and do what he says.” (Life Application Study Bible  (Wheaton, Illinois, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1997) 2224.)

What is the danger of hearing the word of God but not combining with faith?

What are the truths that I have heard that I have not combined with faith?  How has this led to not entering into God’s rest?

What is the faith that I need when I hear the word of God?

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