GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 4-6

‘Do not treat God’s forgiveness lightly’: Leviticus chapters 4-6 mainly describe two offerings that the children of Israel had to offer to God: the sin offering (4:1-35) and the trespass offering (5:1-6:7). It is to be noted that these offerings are only for sins that are committed unintentionally. See the different examples mentioned below:
  1. When any person sins: 'If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them’ (Lev 4:2)
  2. When the whole congregation sins: 'Now if the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally, and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which should not be done, and are guilty’ (Lev 4:13)
  3. When the ruler sins: 'When a ruler has sinned, and done something unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord his God in anything which should not be done, and is guilty’ (Lev 4:22)
  4. When common people sin: 'If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty’ (Lev 4:27)
  5. When a person commits a trespass: ‘If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the Lord…’ (Lev 5:15)
Once the offering is made, we read in Lev 4:35b: ‘So the priest shall make atonement for his sin that he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.


There is a spiritual application for us: we can receive the same forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ. ‘For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?’ (Heb 9:13-14). ‘But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7, 9).

However, we need to understand that we cannot keep on sinning intentionally again and again and expect forgiveness from God. ‘He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy (Proverbs 28:13). Our Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that we should not keep on sinning and expect forgiveness from God when he told the man whom he had healed by the pool of Bethesda: "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you" (John 5:14). This is what Jesus also told the woman caught in the act of adultery: "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more" (John 8:11). Let us be very careful that we do not treat God’s forgiveness lightly!

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