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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 20 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 34-36

Jesus Christ is our ULTIMATE “City of Refuge”: In Numbers 35:9-34, God commands Moses to appoint six cities of refuge to run in and hide, which would serve as interim shelters for murderers who commit crime by accident until they are brought to trial. They should not leave the vicinity of the cities of refuge until the death of the High Priest, and it is only then that they are free to go back to their homes (v. 28).

In both the Old and New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ is alluded to as our “City of Refuge”:
  • Old Testament: "Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you" (Zech 9:12)
  • New Testament:"Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us" (Heb 6:17-18)
These cities of refuge are a shadow of the rich mercies of salvation that we have obtained through Jesus Christ:
  1. These cities of refuge rear their towers of safety on highsimilar to Christ raised up on the cross (John 3:14-15) and then exalted to the right hand of God the Father after His ascension (Philippians 2:9).
  2. The highway of salvation resembles the smooth and plain paths to the cities of refuge – similar to the path that leads to our Redeemer Jesus (John 14:6).
  3. Road signs were set up pointing to the cities of refugesimilar to the ministers of the gospel who direct sinners to Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).
  4. The gates of the cities of refuge stood open night and daysimilar to Christ who will not cast anyone who goes to Him (John 6:37).
  5. The cities of refuge afforded support to everyone who entered its wallssimilar to Christ who promises support for us when we abide in Him (John 15:4-5). 
  6. Finally, the cities of refuge were a protection for allsimilar to Christ who promises us divine protection from the wrath of God (Romans 8:1).
It is therefore clear that Jesus Christ is our ULTIMATE “City of Refuge”! God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalms 46:1)Let us run to Him alone for help in the time of need. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).

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