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WEEK THIRTEEN: HOPING FOR A SAVIOR

Prayer:
 

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought and word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(A Methodist Prayer of Confession)

WEEK THIRTEEN | DAY ONE

 

READ:  Micah 5:2-4; Malachi 3-4


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

LEARN: Certain prophets were given the difficult task of reminding the people of their sins while also offering hope for the future. We must all acknowledge that we are sinful and in need of God’s grace. Even when we feel like we’ve got things under control, we are still imperfect. This is why God promised His people a shepherd ruler who would care for His flock and offer them grace. The prophets were sent as a way of preparing Israel for their coming king.

 

RESPOND:

  • It has been said that we cannot completely appreciate the free gift of God’s grace until we understand how truly sinful we are as individuals.

  • Pray this week’s prayer of confession out loud. Every place there is a “we” in the prayer, replace it with “I,” and ask for God to offer His grace specifically to you today.

WEEK THIRTEEN | DAY TWO

 

READ: Jeremiah 30-33


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

  

LEARN: As we learned a few weeks ago, Jeremiah is often referred to as the weeping prophet. He provides a sorrowful account of the destruction of Jerusalem from inside her walls. And yet, even with this traumatic perspective, Jeremiah still offers us words of hope. He speaks of God’s new covenant with His people: a covenant characterized by grace and peace. And this new covenant will be sealed by God’s presence: He will be with His people!

RESPOND:

  • In Jeremiah 32, the prophet takes prophetic action instead of simply offering divine words. He buys a field as an expression of hope for the future. Israel will eventually return to the promised land, and Jeremiah will have use
    of his new field.

  • Have you witnessed/taken any hopeful actions during this season of pandemic? In what ways are you preparing for the future in hope?

WEEK THIRTEEN | DAY THREE

 

READ: Ezekiel 1-5; 37


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: Ezekiel is known as one of the more eccentric prophets in the Old Testament. He records many prophetic visions like the angels that he sees in chapter 1 or the army of dry bones coming back to life in chapter 37. Ezekiel also took many drastic actions such as lying on his side for over a year and shaving his head with a sword. But all this he did as a faithful servant of the Lord. And, like his fellow prophets, Ezekiel offers visions of hope for a future of restoration to the people in exile. We serve a big God, and this is not the end!

 

RESPOND: Ezekiel’s ministry with the rebellious Israelites in exile is an important reminder of this spiritual truth: as followers of God, we are called to be faithful, not just successful.

  • Are there any areas of your life where you feel God calling you to be faithful, even if you are uncertain of the outcome?

  • What can we learn from Ezekiel and the other prophets about the importance of faithfulness to the Lord?

WEEK THIRTEEN| DAY FOUR

 

READ: Daniel 1-3


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: Daniel is written in two sections. The first half of the book contains stories of Daniel living in exile in Babylon. The second half of the book contains powerful, confusing visions. But the focus of the book as a whole is about remaining faithful to God, regardless of our circumstances, because He is worthy of our trust. Daniel and his friends were given special treatment by their captors because of their potential. But Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow down to their new king. Even when he threatens their lives, they remain faithful to God.

 

RESPOND: First, the king tries to bribe Daniel and his friends with glamor and comfort as a way of getting them to reject their faith in God. Next, he tried threatening them with death by fire. But still, the four remained faithful to the Lord.

  • Which of these two distractions  – comfort or discomfort – is more likely to lead you astray in your faith?

  • What steps can you take, like Daniel and his friends, to remain faithful under fire?

WEEK THIRTEEN| DAY FIVE

 

READ: Daniel 4-6


JOURNAL: Write your initial thoughts on today’s reading. What words or phrases stuck out to you? What questions do you have about what you read?

 

LEARN: Daniel is also famous for his ability to interpret dreams, and the king of Babylon enlists his help to understand a dream that he had. The king’s son also seeks Daniel’s help to interpret his dream. Both dreams are ultimately about the dangers of human pride. The king does eventually humble himself before God, but his son does not, and both experience the consequences. But again, Daniel is threatened because of his faith. The king throws him in the lions’ den, because Daniel continued to pray to God, even when it was decreed to be illegal. But, God does not forsake his faithful servant.

 

RESPOND: Often, we may take this for granted, but it is a true blessing to live in a country where we can worship our God openly. Many Christians around the world attend underground churches, because if they were caught with a Bible, they could be put to death.

  • Pray and thank God today that you have the religious freedom to worship Him in all the ways that are available to you.

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Church of the Saviour United Methodist is a multi-generational Christian congregation serving Montgomery, Blue Ash, and other communities in the northern region of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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8005 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

513-791-3142

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