"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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 19-21

Will ISRAEL, EGYPT and ASSYRIA be UNITED in the FUTURE?: "In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." (Isaiah 19:24-25)

Egypt, Israel’s oppressor at the time of the Exodus, centuries later became her ally against Assyria. Isaiah prophesied that God would come in judgment against Egypt, bringing division and defeat. Egypt, with the life-giving Nile River, was a haven for others in times of drought. But “the waters of the river will dry up” (19:5) —a picture of great calamity. However, Isaiah prophesies future blessing for Egypt. He described a time (called “that day” in 19:16, 18, 19, 21, 23–24) when Egypt will acknowledge the Lord and will join with Israel in worshiping Him.

We can observe the conversion of Egypt described in sequence:
  1. They shall speak the language of Canaan (v. 18a)
  2. They shall swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts as their King (v. 18b)
  3. They shall set up the public worship of God (altar & pillar) in their land (v. 19)
  4. When they are in distress, they shall seek the God of Israel (v. 20)
  5. The knowledge of God shall prevail among them (v. 21)
  6. They shall come into the communion of saints (v. 23)
When Egypt and Assyria become partners in serving God Israel shall make a third with them (v. 24); they shall become a three-fold cord, not easily broken. Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, that is, they will form a triple alliance, enjoying the blessings of Christ’s kingdom. The Savior and a Mighty One (v.20) who brings universal blessing refers to Jesus Christ Himself ruling over Egypt during the millennial kingdom. The highway running from Egypt to Assyria through Israel pictures a time of international peace when Egypt and Assyria will become God’s people.

Thus, prophet Isaiah sees a time when Israel will be a partner and ally of her former foes, and together they will become a blessing to all the inhabitants of the earth. Isaiah promises that one day the God of Israel will be the God not only of the Arab and Jewish nations, but also of the whole world. This was what God had promised many years ago, when He had called Abraham, the father of the nations, to serve Him:

Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen 12:1-3)

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