Daily Scripture & Questions
Matthew 22; Mark 12 How are the parables of the wedding feast and the parables of the tenants similar? How does Jesus’ answer about taxes (“render to Caesar. . .”) teach us that we need to obey civil government? Up to what point does that obedience go? Many people tried to trap Jesus with questions. How does Jesus’ answer regarding marriage after the resurrection show that Jesus was not afraid to confront wrong teaching and faulty assumptions?
Family Devotions—Scripture & Questions
Read Mark 12:28-34 and Matthew 22:34-40. What are the two summary commandments on which the Old Testament depends? Remember, “Law and Prophets” is what the Hebrew Scriptures were often called—what we call the Old Testament. In the Mark account, why does Jesus say the man is not far from the kingdom of God? Have you gotten to the heart of a relationship with God or are you still just trying to “keep the rules”?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Psalm 27:7-10 “Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, LORD, do I seek.’ Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.”
Express to the LORD your desire to seek His face, and not merely His hands that would provide tangible blessings. Make sure there is no unconfessed sin that would hinder your communion with God. Then rejoice in God’s promises of being there for us, even when other people are not.