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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 34-36

PROCLAIMING the ‘NAME’ and ‘ATTRIBUTES’ of ‘YAHWEH’: Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:5-7)

When YAHWEH revealed Himself to Moses, it was more than His appearance but He revealed His character as well. He declared Himself to be a God of mercy, grace, patience, and goodness (v. 6). Yet at the same time, God executes justice on wrongdoers (v. 7). These two “sides” to God’s moral character—being merciful and being just—does not contradict but rather complements each other. For God to be merciful He must right the wrongs that people do; that calls for justice. On the other hand, to be fully just God must allow for the weakness and limitations of His creatures; that demands mercy.

We can note that YAHWEH proclaimed His name to Moses by expressing His character, His awesome wonder, and His mercy. When the Gospel of John introduces Jesus as The Word, there is celebration of the fact that He is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17) and was echoing the words of the above passage. To see Jesus is to see the Father! (John 1:18).

The name YAHWEH is holy as Jesus taught us through His prayer (Matt. 6:9b), and should not be taken in vain (Exodus 20:7). This name is a strong tower of refuge for us (Proverbs 18:10) that should be leaned upon (Malachi 3:16). This is the name that will be written on our foreheads one day in the future (Rev. 22:4).

When YAHWEH proclaimed His name —the great “I AM” - He was actually revealing His seven attributes to Moses and to us, which are as follows:
  1. He is merciful – not giving the punishment that we deserve.
  2. He is gracious – being kind and benevolent towards us.
  3. He is long suffering – patiently enduring all provocation from us.
  4. He is full of goodness – revealing His virtue and moral excellence.
  5. He is Truth – as an indisputable fact or reality (John 14:6)
  6. He is forgiving – as he grants pardon and absolves us from any wrongdoing (Jer. 31:34)
  7. He will punish the wicked – who do not seek Him for forgiveness (Psalms 99:8)
These seven attributes are revealed through His agape love that He bestows upon us (1 Cor. 13). Because He is gracious and long-suffering, God gave His people another opportunity, just as He does with us today (1 John 2:1–2). He gave a “second chance” to Abraham (Gen. 13:1), Jonah (Jon. 3:1), and Peter (John 21:15).

Can we proclaim His wonderful name and turn to Him today?

"The Lord is merciful and gracious; slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:8-12)

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