Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 March 2023 | Devotional

Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 March 2023 | Devotional

Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 March 2023 | Devotional

Do You Know That? Daily Guide Reading is published by Scripture Union Press & Books Ltd, an arm of Scripture Union Nigeria. Daily Guide is a true nondenominational, interdenominational Christian Bible engagement/reading aid – meditate on the Bible without denominational colorations. May the Lord bless you as you study!

Today’s Topic: Duty to God and to the State

Opening Prayer: Help me to understand the exceeding greatness of your power as I read through this passage, dear Lord.

Scripture: Mark 12: 13-17

Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 1: What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?

Outline For Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 March 2023

What challenges you about Jesus’ response to the trap that these religious leaders set for Him? If Jesus had replied ‘Yes’, the Pharisees would have accused Him before the Jewish people of being a traitor.

And if ‘No’, the Herodians would have accused Him before the Roman authorities of treason. Jesus’ response in v.17 shows that our duties to God and to civil authorities are not in opposition to each other. The State provides many services that make life worth living. We must therefore fulfil our civic responsibilities including payment of taxes and duties. Likewise, we must fulfil our responsibilities as citizens of God’s kingdom.

There is however a limit, in the event of a conflict between the demands of the State and the sovereignty of God and the lives of the believer. Where the State demands what is due to God, we have only one response (see Acts 4:19; 5:29). Christians over the ages have suffered because of putting Christ first and this persecution continues today. This has however made some Christians to either lower the standard or deny the faith outrightly.

It must be noted that the cross remains the symbol of Christianity. The Master said that except we take up our cross and follow Him we are not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38-39)

• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?

Closing Prayer
I pray that I will always recognize that God is sovereign over my life, over my country, and that loyalty to Him comes first.


… I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… – Philippians 3:8

► The love of God that made Him give up Himself for us.
► The benefit we enjoy in knowing and serving Him.

► Grace to daily be renewed in the spirit of our mind and to lay aside every corrupt and lustful spirit.
► Discipline to put on the new self which is in the likeness of God, created in righteousness, holiness and truth.
► Living the crucified life daily, as we consider our members dead to immorality, impurity, evil passion, evil desire and greed.

► Refusing to deny the self-life, thereby refusing to take up our cross daily and following Jesus.
► Going back to our vomits, therefore remaining dead to Christ and losing our relationship with Him.

Offer a prayer of faith in line with Philippians 4:6 ‐ 7

One Year Bible Reading Plan
Numbers 17, 18, Acts 6

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