One of the things that we heard yesterday from the gospel of Luke is the danger of hearing Scripture and then having the words snatched away as if the hearing never happened. According to 8:12, the devil is actively trying to do this. The Scriptures, however, teach us to do exactly the opposite. They teach us to mull over (meditate upon) God’s Word day and night.

So, let us continue to think upon, absorb, work in, work out, apply, plan, and act upon what we have heard from the Scriptures!

The following are some follow-up devotionals to help you do that by way of asking (and you answering!) simple questions about the Scripture and yourself:

Follow-up devotionals for use in Private and Family Worship

Psalm 37:23-31

Questions for understanding this Scripture passage

  • From whom are a man’s steps (23a)? What does the Lord think of His own plan (23b)? • What does this mean for believers when they stumble (24-25b)? Who else benefits from this (25c, 26b)? What does this confidence free believers to do (26a)? • What instruction for us is supported by the description of the good man (27)? What does observation of providence prove to be true about God’s character (28a)? What action of God is therefore certain for believers (28b-c, 29)? For the wicked (28d)? • What two things can you hear from a righteous man (30)? Where does he get these things (31a)? What else does he do with these things (31b)?

Questions for living out this Scripture passage

  • What trouble are you in right now? What promise does this passage give you about that trouble? • How does this passage shift you from thinking about “how to get out” of your situation more toward “how to be godly” in your situation? What changes might you make in your approach as a result of this new focus? • How would an emphasis upon worshiping God’s faithfulness help you maintain this focus? What will you do to emphasize this worship?

Suggested songs: Psalm 37:23-31, #108 Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right

Suggested memory verse: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23)

Deuteronomy 24:5-22

Questions for understanding this Scripture passage

  • What principle of behavior for individuals and for cultures does v5 teach concerning marriage? v6, 10-13, 17-18 concerning lending? v7 concerning man-stealing? v14-15 concerning wages? v16 concerning criminal justice? v17a concerning criminal and civil justice? v19-22 concerning charity? • What principle of behavior for individuals and churches does v8 teach regarding keeping themselves fit for worship? How does the ministry of Jesus’ superior priesthood improve upon the details of regaining cleanness before the Lord? • What reasoning is given for following these laws in vv9, 18, 22? What does this teach us about the connection between history and following God’s law? What do we want God to see and hear in connection with our lives (13)?

Questions for living out this Scripture passage

  • Whose future or current marriages can you bless? How? • From what kind of person have you borrowed money, and on what terms? To whom have you loaned money and on what terms? How can these situations be brought more into line with this passage? • In what ways is justice corrupted in our local courts? What can you do to contribute to the biblical solution rather than the problem? • What do you have in abundance? How can you give to the poor from your extra?

Suggested songs: Psalm 19, #151 Jehovah’s Perfect Law

Suggested memory verse: You shall not pervert justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge. (Deuteronomy 24:17)

Philippians 3:2-3

Questions for understanding this Scripture passage

  • What three names does Paul give the circumcision party here (2)? What special point does each name make about them? • Who are the truly circumcised now (3a, cf. Rom 2:29, Col 2:11)? Where are they permitted to worship (3b, cf. Jn 4:19-24)? In what Lord do they rejoice (3c, cf. 3:1, Neh 8:10)? • By comparison, how much confidence do they have in their body or themselves (3d)?

Questions for living out this Scripture passage

  • What actions of yours are you tempted to put your trust in? Can they give God’s access or strength?

Suggested songs: Psalm 119, #461 Not What My Hands Have Done

Suggested memory verse: For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. (Phil 3:3)

Hebrews 4:16

Questions for understanding this Scripture passage

  • Is v16 describing individual action or corporate action? How do you know? Does it also apply to the other? • Where does corporate worship take place (16b)? Who is there? Which Persons? On what basis is Each gracious and merciful? • What kind of place is the throne for us? For what two things are we to come to it? Under what conditions are we to come to it? When do we find ourselves in those conditions?

Questions for living out this Scripture passage

  • What are your needs this week? What have they been in other weeks? • Where do you need to go? With whom? To whom? In what way? For what reason? • How does this verse change inform the priority of corporate worship in your life? How does it inform your attitude toward corporate worship?

Suggested Songs: Psalm 130, #507 Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Suggested memory verse: Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Luke 8:4-18

Questions for understanding this Scripture passage

  • What was the group who needed the warning of this parable (4)? What is the purpose of this parable for the disciples (10a)? What is the purpose of it for others (10b)? • What is the seed (5a, 11)? Who is active in taking our attention off of the Word (5b, 12)? What is our faith like if something else is more foundational when we are desperate in a trial (6, 13)? • If we make much of the cares of this world, what will it do to our life from the Word (7, 14a)? What other things can we kill our faith by making much of (14b)? • If the Word is the seed, what kinds of thoughts and actions are the fruit (8, 15)? What is required in order to bear such fruit (end of 15)? • What (18a) are vv16-18 still talking about? What, then, is the lamp in v16? What can we be sure will happen with biblical truth at the last (17)? And what will happen to us, depending upon how we hear it (18b-c)?

Questions for living out this Scripture passage

  • What opportunities do you have to see Scripture? What are some of the ways that the devil has tried to take it off of your mind/heart at these times? How are you going to fight against that? • When you have a trial, upon what do you tend to fall back, other than Scripture? What are you doing to make Scripture first? • What cares have you been making much of? What pleasures have you been making much of? • In what situations have you been doubtful or embarrassed of the Word?

Suggested songs: Psalm 1, #383 Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast

Suggested memory verse: Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him. (Luke 8:18)

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