"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, January 20, 2012

January 20 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 7-9

UNDERSTANDING God’s PURPOSE in ‘OUR’ DELIVERANCE: So the Lord said to Moses: "See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them." (Exodus 7:1-5)

The first six chapters of Exodus are concerned with the person of the deliverer, while the next six chapters give a detailed account of the work of redemption. As a general laying out his war strategy, God explains to Moses in the above passage what he should expect when he attempts to free the Israelites from the Egyptian slavery:
  • Moses would represent God before Pharaoh, and his brother Aaron will be his spokesman (prophet).
  • Moses would speak to Pharaoh through Aaron everything that God would command him. The essence of this communication would be that Pharaoh should release the Israelites from Egypt and give them freedom.
  • God will harden the heart of Pharaoh, so that this will create multiple opportunities for God to display His power through signs, wonders and miracles in Egypt.
  • God will finally lay His hand upon the Egyptians through great judgments, and will bring out the Israelites out of Egypt.
  • Through it all, all the Egyptians would know that Jehovah was the one true God and He alone should be worshiped, served and obeyed.
Thus, God’s purpose of delivering the Israelites was that all the Egyptians would know that Jehovah alone was to be worshiped, and that was why He raised Pharaoh (see 9:16; Rom. 9:17, 18). God had planned from the very beginning that all the Egyptians would know that He and He alone was the living God!

As we relate this story to our personal lives, we are the New Testament Israelites, who were in the kingdom of darkness (represented by Egypt), and under the control of Satan (represented by Pharaoh). It was the mercy and grace of God who chose to redeem us from slavery through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (represented by Moses). Our Lord Jesus Christ came into our world to save us (John 1:11) just like Moses traveled back to Egypt to save the Israelites!

However, when we are delivered from sin and death, God has a greater purpose through our deliverance – that the unsaved world around us should know that Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, is ‘the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to God except through Him’ (John 14:6) and that salvation is found through no other name than through the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Let us truly understand God’s purpose in our deliverance today, and make every attempt to tell everyone in our circle of influence that Jesus Christ alone to our means of salvation!

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods". (Psalms 96:1-4)

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