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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 24 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 19-21

The ‘SIGNIFICANCE’ of the ‘TEN COMMANDMENTS’: "(1) You shall have no other gods before Me. (2) You shall not make for yourself a carved image. (3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (4) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (5) Honor your father and your mother. (6) You shall not murder. (7) You shall not commit adultery. (8) You shall not steal. (9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (10) You shall not covet...anything that is your neighbor's." (Exodus 20:3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13-17)

In the Law, God gave the Israelites more than six hundred specific commandments. All of them were based on the Ten Commandments (Decalogue) mentioned above, the summary of the Law recorded on stone tablets and stored in the Ark of the Covenant (25:16)

The Ten Commandments were divided by the Lord Jesus into two sections, one covering love to God and the other covering love to one’s neighbor (Matt. 22:37–40). The first four commandments describe how the people are to relate to God, while the remainder describe how God’s people are to relate to each other (Deut. 4:13). Through these, Yahweh summarized for His people the main stipulations of the Mosaic covenant. Thus, a new age has begun in God’s relationship with His people. These commandments are not merely a collection of prohibitions and mandates, but constitute a theological expression of the nature of God Himself as we can see each of the commandments declaring the character of God.

The Ten Commandments are still significant and binding upon everyone today for the following six reasons:
  1. It is appropriate that God’s authority should be acknowledged by His children.
  2. These commandments have been written by the finger of God Himself on tables of stone and have never been repealed until today.
  3. The Ten Commandments are badly needed in the light of present-day immoral conditions.
  4. Jesus Himself respected the Ten Commandments, taught them extensively, came to fulfill them and confirmed their timeless application (Matt. 5:21-37)
  5. The teaching of the New Testament Epistles leads us to obey the Ten Commandments (Rom. 13:10)
  6. God will chastise those who disregard the Ten Commandments (Psalms 89:27-29)
God instituted the Ten Commandments knowing full well that humans will be prone to commit errors like lust, covet, strike out in anger, etc, which will bring disorder. Each of the Ten Commandments offers a shield of protection against that disorder – we have the freedom to say ‘no’ and avoid harm. These rules are thus for our benefit as well (Mark 2:27).

Let us also understand our love to God is expressed by obedience to His will (Psalms 40:8; John 14:21; 1 John 5:2–3). Under the old covenant, God’s law (through the Ten Commandments) was written on tables of stone (Exodus 24:12), but under the new covenant, God writes His word on our hearts (2 Cor. 3:1–3). As we meditate on the Word, the Holy Spirit will make it a part of our inner being, and we become more like the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 5:17-19)

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