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, February 14, 2012

February 14 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 16-18

Do not ‘COMPLAIN’ against God’s ordained LEADERS: On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” Now it happened, when the congregation had gathered against Moses and Aaron that they turned toward the tabernacle of meeting; and suddenly the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared. Then Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of meeting. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” (Numbers 16:41-45)

In the above passage we read that the Israelites accused Moses and Aaron of killing God’s people. God in His anger threatened to destroy all of them with one stroke, but Moses and Aaron went before the tabernacle of meeting to intercede for the people. However, God struck the people with a dreadful plague that killed 14,700 people that day. Only when Aaron rushed into the midst of the congregation with incense and made atonement for the people was the plague stopped. It was the priestly intercession of Aaron which stopped the plague and saved the people who complained against him and Moses!

We should note that the cloud signified the presence of the Lord not only for guidance, but also for judgment (Num. 12:5, 10; 14:10; 16:19). The plague was a punishment from Yahweh against His people who were slow to learn some vital lessons. God was prepared to destroy the nation of Israel but Moses and Aaron acted as intercessors for the sinful people. In fact, Aaron stood “between the living and the dead” to stop the plague—as a shadow of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who took a similar stand in the gap between life and death for all of us!

The important lesson to be learned here is that we should not complain against God’s leaders no matter what happens. If God has placed them in a leadership position, God will take them out of that position if they fail to live up to God’s standards (Psalms 75:6-7). Who are the people who complain? Jude gives us an accurate description with these words: "Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries." (Jude 1:8)

So, what should we do instead of complaining? Lam 3:39-40 gives us the answer: "Why should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord." Let this incident be a life lesson for us to remember always!

"Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not...complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1 Cor 10:6, 10-12) 

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