"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?

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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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 7-9

Our responsibilities as God’s ‘Holy & Royal Priests’: The Bible is clear that we are now both the ‘holy priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:5) and the ‘royal priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:9) of God. We will continue in this role as "...priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years" (Rev 20:6). 

Our reading today highlights the consecration and the start of the priestly ministry of Aaron and his sons, and there are some learning points for us as we reflect on Leviticus chapters 8 & 9:
  1. In Leviticus 8:7-9, we read that Aaron and his sons were dressed up with the priestly garments consisting of the tunic, sash, robe, ephod, breastplate, turban and crown. As the ‘royal priests’ of God fighting the ‘good fight of faith’ (1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7), we also have an armor of God to wear, which include the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:11-17).
  2. In Leviticus 9:7-14, we see that Aaron first offered the sin and burnt offerings for himself, and thereafter he presented the offerings for the other people (Lev 9:15-21). Our role as priests unto God is also to “…offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5), which are praises to God. “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb 13:15).
  3. In Leviticus 9:22-23a, we see that Aaron blessed the children of Israel after offering the sin, burnt and peace offerings on their behalf. We are also instructed as ‘priests of God’ to bless others irrespective of their behavior towards us (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14; 1 Cor. 4:12).
After Aaron had done all that was required of him, we see in Leviticus 9:23b-24 that (1) the glory of God appeared to all people; (2) the fire of God consumed the burnt offerings and the fat on the altar, and (3) the people shouted and fell on their faces acknowledging the greatness of God. When we faithfully carry out our responsibilities as God’s ‘Holy & Royal Priests’, God is pleased with us and Jesus Christ is glorified, acknowledged and revered by others around us.

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