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Fourth Week in Lent

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Study: Study the reading and consider the background.

Jesus told this parable to help people see God in the faces of those we typically would not acknowledge; the hungry, thirsty, poor, naked, sick, and imprisoned. Jesus was intentional about indicating that we are expected to act. Our world has needs, and our actions are crucial to creating in this world an environment that more closely resembles the kingdom God intended for this world.

Read: Follow the parables and teachings of Jesus, as Jesus moved ever closer to the cross.

Sunday, Matthew 25:31-46, Last Judgment
Monday, Psalm 98:7-9, Psalm
Tuesday, Matthew 24:29-51, Teachings of Jesus
Wednesday, Matthew 25:14-30, Parables of Jesus
Thursday, Matthew 26:1-5, The Plot to Kill Jesus
Friday, Matthew 26:6-13, The Anointing at Bethany
Saturday, Matthew 26:14-16, Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Week of October 26 – November 1

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Pray: God of abundant blessing, you granted wisdom, wealth, and long life to your servant, Solomon. Grant us wisdom, so that we may know your ways and follow in your footsteps, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Study: Study the reading and consider the background.

Solomon was the first son born to David and Bathsheba after they lost their first son because of David’s sin. David had many other sons with other women, and many of them wanted to become ruler after David. But the prophet Nathan, and Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, plotted to ensure Solomon would be king. Bathsheba appealed to David in his final days to appoint Solomon king, and David agreed. Solomon succeeded David as king.

As king, Solomon became the primary instrument of carrying out God’s plan for Israel. God asked what God could give to Solomon. Instead of asking for gifts that would serve Solomon alone, Solomon asked for wisdom so that he could rule God’s people wisely, and with justice. Solomon’s request pleased God so much, God gave Solomon wisdom as well as riches and long life. As long as Solomon followed God’s ways, he would continue to receive God’s blessings.

Read: Follow the story of Solomon. See how God uses even imperfect humans to carry out God’s work in the world.

Sunday, 1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28, Solomon’s Wisdom

Monday, 1 Kings 6:1-22, Solomon Builds the Temple

Tuesday, 1 Kings 8:1-13, Dedication of the Temple

Wednesday, 1 Kings 8:54-61, Solomon Blesses the Assembly

Thursday, 1 Kings 10:1-13, Visit of the Queen of Sheba

Friday, 1 Kings 10:14-29, Visit of the Queen of Sheba

Saturday, 1 Kings 11:1-13, Solomon’s Errors

How did God bless others through Solomon? Where did Solomon succeed? Where did he fail? How did his successes and failures shape the kingdom?

Bless: Wise and wonderful Lord, speak wisdom to our hearts in the reading of your word. Amen.

Week of October 19-25

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Pray: Patient and forgiving God, you helped David see his sin, and then you forgave him, and remained faithful to your promises. Help us see where we fall short, so that we might live rightly in you, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Study:

One day while King David was walking upon the king’s roof, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. He asked about the woman and discovered she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah. He sent for her, and lay with her, and she became pregnant.

When David discovered she was pregnant, he sent for Uriah who was serving as a soldier in David’s war. He tried to get Uriah to go home and lie with his wife so that it would seem as though her baby belonged to Uriah. But Uriah was a faithful servant, and soldiers were not to enjoy comforts of home while they were serving. Uriah refused to lie with her.

To cover his indiscretion, David had Uriah sent to the front lines of the war, where he was killed. When Bathsheba’s time of mourning was over, David brought her to his house and she became his wife.

All of this angered God, who had given David everything he had ever wanted or needed. God sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. Nathan used the story of the rich and poor man to reveal David’s sin. David repented. As a punishment, God did not let his child live. But then God forgave David and remained faithful to God’s covenant with David.

Read: Follow the stories of Solomon’s birth and rise to power, following the death of his father, David.

Sunday, 2 Samuel 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9, David and Bathsheba

Monday, 2 Samuel 12:15b-23, Bathsheba’s Child Dies

Tuesday, 2 Samuel 12:24-25, Solomon Is Born

Wednesday, 1 Kings 1:1-21, The Struggle for Succession

Thursday, 1 Kings 1:22-27, The Struggle for the Succession

Friday, 1 Kings 1:28-53, The Accession of Solomon

Saturday, 1 Kings 2:13-25, Solomon Consolidates His Reign

Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.

God of grace, help us hear the promise of grace in the midst of acknowledging our failures. Give us courage to trust in your love. Amen.