"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 31, 2012

January 31 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 1-3

The IMPORTANCE of ‘SALT’ in our OFFERINGS to GOD: "And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt." (Lev 2:13)

When God made the stipulations regarding the grain offering, He made it clear that every grain offering had to be seasoned with salt, which was a sign of the covenant between God and Israel. This became known later as “the salt of the covenant” (Numbers 18:19; 2 Chronicles 13:5; Ezekiel 43:24). Since salt is associated with permanence, it signified that God’s covenant with Israel was unbreakable and binding upon both parties to fulfill it. Just like salt preserved perishable goods, the covenant that God had established with Israel would be preserved forever. Also, just like salt is indestructible by fire, it symbolizes the enduring covenant between God and Israel.

The altar was the table of God; so just like salt was always set on our tables to add flavor to food, God would accept the offering as a “sweet aroma” (Lev 2:9b) from His children. In ancient times, salt was a symbol of friendship between two people, and may have been a factor for why God insisted that salt should be a part of every grain offering.

Let us understand that God wants salt through our words, as it speaks of purity as our speech must be always with grace (Col. 4:6), so must all our religious performances be seasoned with that salt. Our Lord Jesus Christ may have had covenant faithfulness in mind when He told His followers, “You are the salt of the earth” (Mark 9:49-50; Luke 14:34-35). We are the key ingredient in this world just like salt is in everyday life as it seasons and brings out the flavor of food, hinders the spread of corruption and creates thirst.

Let us exhibit this spiritual reality and our usefulness in this world every day of our lives!

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (Matt 5:13)

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