Devotion Time: November 22-28, 2010

Suggested Instructions

Read the assigned passage for the day and answer the reflection question(s) provided.  There are no memory verses. Click here to download the DT packet.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday                     11/22               Revelation 13
Tuesday                     11/23               Revelation 14
Wednesday               11/24               Revelation 15
Thursday                   11/25               Revelation 16
Fri-Sun                      11/26-28         Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi

Reflection Questions

MONDAY, 11/22 –Revelation 13

Reflection Questions

Vv. 1-10

  • Why was the beast’s power illusory?
  • Reflect on the words “given” and “allowed.”  What does this say regarding the sovereignty of God?
  • What implication does the fact that “all inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast” have on Christians?
  • How should Christians understand the “call for the endurance and faith of the saints” given this?

v.13-14

  • What are the tactics that the beast employs to deceive the inhabitants of the earth?  How does this contrast to the ways in which Christ displayed his power to the world?  (cf., 1 Cor 1:18)
  • What is the relationship between display of power and men’s idolatry?  What are some examples of such idolatry of power that I can see today?

vv.16-17

  • “Identifying this particular mark is not as important as identifying the purpose of the mark. Those who accept it show their allegiance to Satan, their willingness to operate within the economic system he promotes, and their rebellion against God. To refuse the mark means to commit oneself entirely to God, preferring death to compromising one’s faith in Christ.”[1] What does Satan use to motivate people to receive the mark?  How is this comparable to how Satan works today?

TUESDAY, 11/23 – Revelation 14

Reflection Questions

vv.1-7

  • What are the characteristics of those who have the Father’s name written on their foreheads?  What specific areas of my life are inappropriate as one who bears the “mark” of the Father’s name?

vv.12-13

  • How does the concept of “blessedness” in these verses contrast with the common idea of blessing?
  • What is the relationship between patient endurance and the fact that my deeds will follow me?

vv.14-20

  • What lesson can I draw from this picture of God as the one who will harvest earth?
  • What is the most important issue for my life in light of this?
  • What is my only hope in the face of judgment?  (cf. Isaiah 63:3-5; Hebrews 13:11-13)  How should I live in light of this?

WEDNESDAY, 11/24 – Revelation 15

Reflection Questions

vv. 1-5

  • This song is reminiscent of the song of Moses in Exodus 15 after God delivered the Israelites from Egypt.  How much is this song my song of salvation? In what ways can remembering who God is and the way that He delivered me enable me to persevere despite the trials and temptations I face?

vv.7-8

  • The tabernacle of the Testimony is a Greek translation for the Tent of Meeting in Exodus 40:34.  What is the significance of the fact that no one could enter the temple until the plagues were completed?
  • Reflect on the cross of Jesus where the wrath of God was poured out for my sins so that I can approach the throne of grace.

THURSDAY, 11/25 – Revelation 16

Reflection Questions

vv. 2-9

  • What is the angel’s perspective towards God’s judgments? What is a typical person’s view towards God’s judgments? What is the reason for the different view?
  • What is the people’s response to being seared by the intense heat of the sun?  What is most disturbing about this response?
  • How do I respond to God when I face consequences of sin or the exposure of sin in my life?   What does this reveal about my view towards God?

vv. 10-11; 21

  • While men are in agony, what is the first thing that they do?  What does this reaction show about people’s basic attitude towards God?

vv. 12-16

  • Armaggedon symbolizes the final overthrow of the forces of evil by the might and power of God.[2] Before that point, what are the demons actively engaged in doing?
  • What signs of the battle against God do I see around me today?
  • What does it look like for a Christian to “stay awake and keep his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed”?

[1] Life Application Study Bible, study notes (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 1991) 2320.

[2] Frank E. Gaebelein, Gen. Ed. Expositor’s Bible Commentary CD (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992) note on Revelation 16:12-16.

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