Family Resources for Bishop's Year of the Bible: Week 46

Sun, Oct 10th, 2021
Dear Parents, due to the content of our next couple of chapters and the age of our intended audience, we will switch to the Psalm for today the 28th Sunday in Ordinary time and follow with Psalms of David.  
Psalm 90: 14, 16-17
“Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!”
“Let your work be seen by your servants and your glory by their children; and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours; prosper the work of our hand for us!  Prosper the work of our hands!

  • What did you hear?
  • I wonder how God can fill us with His love?
  • Does God’s love make you want to sing for joy?
  • Who are God’s servants? We are
  • What “work” of God can we see? All of creation! Blessings, His help for us
  • I wonder what it means to “prosper the work of our hands”?

Mon, Oct 11th, 2021
Psalm 3: 1-4 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom- 2 Sam 15)
“O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying to me, “There is no help for you in God.”  But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.  I cry aloud to the Lord and he answers me from his holy hill.”  (Psalm 3: 1-4)

  • What did you hear?
  • Does it sound like someone is in trouble?
  • Does it sound like they are afraid? No
  • Why? Because God is his shield and protector!
  • It says,  “I cry aloud to the Lord”.
  • And what does the Lord do? He answers!
  • Can we call out to the Lord when we need help?
  • Will He answer us?

Tues, Oct 12th, 2021
Psalm 71: 1-3
"In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.  In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.  Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”  (Psalm 71: 1-3)

  • What did you hear?
  • How can we take refuge in the Lord?
  • I wonder what it means for God to incline his ear to us?
  • What is the strongest, safest place you can think of?
  • Is God stronger and safer than that?

Wed, Oct 13th, 2021
2 Samuel 15: 13-16a (David flees from Jerusalem as his son Absalom seizes the throne of King David)
“A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the Israelites have gone after Absalom.”  Then David said to all his officials who were with him at Jerusalem, “Get up!  Let us flee, or there will be no escape for us from Absalom.  Hurry, or he will soon overtake us, and bring disaster down upon us, and attack the city with the edge of the sword.”  The king’s officials said to the king, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king decides.”  So the king left, followed by all his household…”  (2 Samuel 15: 13-16a)

  • What happened?
  • Does this remind you of the words in Psalm 3 that we read on Monday?
  • “O Lord, how many are my foes!  Many are rising against me”
  • What does King David do?
  • He and all the people leave Jerusalem.
  • I wonder where he and all the people will go?

Thur, Oct 14th, 2021
2 Samuel 16: 1-2
“When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, carrying two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred bunches of raisins, one hundred of summer fruits, and one skin of wine.  The king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?”  Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the King’s household to ride, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine is for those to drink who faint in the wilderness.”  (2 Samuel 16: 1-2)

  • What did you hear?
  • Do you remember who Mephibosheth is? The son of Jonathan, King David’s dear friend.
  • Why do you suppose that Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, brought all the food and donkey’s to King David?
  • Do you think this might have been an answer to a prayer of King David to God for help?
  • Does God surprise us at times, just when we need it?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2021
2 Sam 17: 27-29
“When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites and Machir son of Ammiel from Lodebar, and Barzillai the Geleadite from Rogelim brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, meal, parched grain, beans, and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat; for they said, “The troops are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”  (2 Samuel 17: 27-29)

  • What did you hear?
  • When David arrived in Mahanaim what happened? 3 men brought food and supplies for the king and all who were with him.
  • Why did they help King David and his troops? They were loyal to King David.
  • I wonder if God was helping King David during his flight from Absolom?
  • I wonder how much God loves King David?

Sat, Oct 16th, 2021
2 Samuel 18: 31-32  Note:  David’s troops have gone into battle against Absalom and his troops.  After a hard battle, a Cushite man reports to King David that his son Absalom, who pursued him in battle has lost.
“Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, “Good tidings for my lord the king!  For the LORD vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who rose up against you.”  The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?”  The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to do you harm, be like that young man.”  (2 Samuel 18: 31-32)

  • What did you hear?
  • Is the battle over?
  • What did the Cushite man tell King David?
  • What does it mean the LORD “vindicated” King David? Defended, Shielded, Protected, Given victory