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.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 10 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 4-6

God’s Principle of Separation: In Numbers 6:1-21, we read about the law of the Nazirite. God established the Nazirite rule to form a small group who would separate themselves from others in total service to God (Num 6:2). They would follow special rules to be closer in mind and spirit to God. There are two kinds of Nazirites mentioned in the Bible:
  1. Those who were separated from the womb - like Samson (Judges 13:5) and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15)
  2. Those who were separated by a particular vow (Num 6:2)
The Nazirites were required to be holy (Num 6:8) and were esteemed pure by others (Lam 4:7). Due to this, they were prohibited from wine or strong drink (Num 6:3, Luke 1:15) and also from grapes or anything made from the vine (Num 6:3-4, Judges 13:14). They were also prohibited from cutting hair or shaving the head (Num 6:5, Judges 13:5; 16:17) and from defiling themselves by the dead (Num 6:6-7). They were raised by God for the good of the nation (Amos 2:11).

However, we find a bad example in the case of Samson who disregarded two of the three main prohibitions of the Nazirite: touching the dead (Judges 14:8-9) and cutting hair (Judges 16:19). Due to this, he had a tragic end in his life and is a warning to us as well.

God has also set up a principle of separation for us. We should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers through marriage, and we should stay away from everything that is unclean. Our bodies are the temples of the living God (2 Cor. 6:14-16). Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:17-18). 

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