"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, August 14, 2011

August 14 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 22-24

PROMISE that GOD will be our future RIGHTEOUS KING: "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Jer 23:5-6)

With the words "Behold, the days are coming", prophet Jeremiah speaks a message of hope from God for the future. This is one of the great messianic prophecies of Jeremiah in the Old Testament. Judah’s many unrighteous kings were like shepherds who had destroyed and scattered God’s flock (Jer. 23:1-2). However, God promises to raise up in David’s line another King who would be “a righteous Branch,” that is, another descendant of the Davidic line (see Isa. 11:1). In Zechariah 3:8, He is “My servant the BRANCH.” In Zechariah 6:12, He is presented as “The Man ... the Branch.” And in Isaiah 4:2, He is “The Branch of the Lord.” These correspond to the four ways Christ is presented in the Gospels—as King, Servant, Son of Man, and Son of God.

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this messianic prophecy. As King, He will reign “wisely” and justly; and His name will be “The Lord Our Righteousness” or “Jehovah-Tsidkenu” (v. 6) is one of seven compound names of Jehovah. His reign will bring about a new exodus when God will summon the Israelites out of all the countries where they have been scattered and restore them to their own land (see Jer. 16:14–15). These verses also speak to us that one day Jesus Christ will return in glory to execute justice and judgment and His reign over all (Luke 1:31–33).

Jesus Christ is the root and offspring of David (Rev. 22:16), the horn of David (Psalms 132:17, 18) and our future righteous King who will judge the world justly as “The Lord Our Righteousness”. Today, let us bow before Him and worship Him in holiness!

"Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, "The Lord reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.' Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with His truth." (Psalms 96:9-13)

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