"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, October 2, 2011

October 2 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 1-3

Changing SELF-Righteousness to GOD’s Righteousness: Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." (Zech 3:1-4)

In this fourth vision (3:1–10) the interpreting Angel of the Lord shows prophet Zechariah a trial scene in which Joshua, the high priest during the early days of the postexilic period (in Ezra 3:2 he is called Jeshua), is standing before God, the Judge. “Satan” is the actual Hebrew word in the text and could be translated “the accuser” or “the prosecutor”.

Joshua’s filthy garments represent the pollution of sin, which is the apostasy and infidelity of Israel. Joshua is helpless to cleanse himself, but God removes the sin and then provides His righteousness (Rev. 19:8). These actions symbolize God’s restoration of the priesthood and the nation. Thus this vision discloses the change from self-righteousness to God’s righteousness!

The cleansing of Joshua was not complete with the removal of his sin-soiled garments. God replaced the dirty clothes, dressing Joshua in clean garments that represented the gift of God’s righteousness. As sin is removed by the work of Christ, so His righteousness is placed in the believer’s account (Rom. 5:18, 19; 2 Cor. 5:21). We are clothed in the garments of Christ’s righteousness. The fact that Joshua had no part in his cleansing indicates that this work was totally by God’s grace (Eph. 1:7).

Let us understand that Satan is always looking for opportunities to “accuse” us before God (Job 1:6–12; 2:1–7; Rev. 12:10). However, we are chosen by God and belong to Him, and Satan cannot condemn us (Rom. 8:31–39). We can actually defeat this accuser through (a) trusting in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ, (b) believing in the Word of God completely, and (c) giving our lives in obeying God’s commandments. God removes our sin and clothes us with His righteousness because Jesus died for our sins and lives to intercede for us today!

"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe." (Romans 3:21-22)

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