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.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 7-9

God ‘WILL ACCEPT’ our FREEWILL OFFERINGS: "Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers' houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering. And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Accept these from them, that they may be used in doing the work of the tabernacle of meeting; and you shall give them to the Levites, to every man according to his service." So Moses took the carts and the oxen, and gave them to the Levites." (Num 7:2-6)

Numbers 7 is the longest chapter that specifically deals with generous offerings brought by the leaders of the tribes just after the tabernacle was set up. This chapter emphasizes that sacrifice and ministry are essential to the life of God’s people. As tribal leaders, these men set an example in giving to the Lord’s work. The tabernacle had now been built, but now there must be means of transporting the tabernacle fixtures, except the ‘holy things’ inside the tabernacle that had to be carried on the shoulders of the sons of Kohath (v. 9).

On the first day of the first month in the second year after the Exodus, Moses set up the tabernacle (Ex. 40:2, 17). After Moses finished his work in setting and consecrating it for the work of God, something unrehearsed happened. Then, the newly appointed twelve tribal leaders rose to the occasion, and on their own initiative presented six covered carts and twelve oxen as offering for the newly dedicated tabernacle (v. 3) that would be later utilized by the sons of Gershon and Merari to assist them in transporting their parts of the tabernacle and its furnishings (vv. 7-8). We can note that covered carts would have been especially appropriate for the transportation of the elements of the tabernacle.

What we can understand from this act of liberality is that these tribal leaders were responding to the grace of God that was shown in the establishment of the tabernacle and priesthood. Their generous response in giving led to a greater blessing, which was God’s continued presence among them as God spoke to Moses from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubim (v. 89).

In today’s day and age, God expects us to offer ourselves (Romans 12:1) and what we have for the work of God’s kingdom. God is not forcing us to do anything, but He expects us to offer our time, talents and treasures to Him for the work of His Kingdom. If we do that cheerfully, God will bless us with His presence, speak to us directly (Num. 7:89) and guide us continually (Num. 9:15-23) as we move forward in our life journey. God will accept our freewill offering today!

"Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Cor 9:7-8)

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