"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, February 5, 2012

February 5 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 16-18

God’s WORD alone is our ‘STANDARD’ for LIVING: Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'I am the Lord your God. According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.'" (Leviticus 18:1-5)

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for generations and had been dominated by the Egyptians for a very long time. It was possible that they have gotten used to the ungodly lifestyle of the Egyptians and would adopt that lifestyle moving forward. On the other hand, Canaan was the land that God was going to give to the Israelites based on His promise to their ancestor Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). It was possible that the Israelites would be tempted to imitate the Canaanites physically, culturally, and religiously.

In the above passage we read that God forbade the Israelites to practice the abominable customs of both the Egyptians and Canaanites. The redemption of the Israelites from Egypt involved not only bringing them out that geographical location but also removing the idolatrous and pagan practices of the Egyptians from their hearts (18:3, 24–25, 27, 30). They had now become a nation dedicated to God and His holiness, and must determine to live holy, Godlike lives according to their covenant relationship with God (see Exodus 20).

Note that “I am the Lord” appears twenty-one times in chapters 18 and 19 emphasizing that the Israelites were now solely under God’s authority. ‘The Lord’ here translates the divine name ‘Yahweh’, the name by which God had revealed Himself to Moses (Exodus 6:2, 3). In using this name, God was showing His willingness to reveal Himself to them, to redeem them, and to be their God. In order to help the Israelites avoid the “abominable” practices of the Egyptians and Canaanites (Lev. 18:3, 30), God gave them His holy ordinances which would produce lives fulfillment, joy, and overall prosperity.

Let us be clear that our lives of holiness set us apart from the people of this world as we make God’s Word alone as our standard of living. Our moral guidelines do not come from our neighbors or by these world standards, but only from God’s Word. We should not love this world or the things of this world, but rather seek to do only the will of God (1 John 2:15-17). Let us not be confirmed to the ungodly culture of this world, but rather renew our minds through God’s Word and walk in His will always!

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)

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