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.

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 19-21

‘HOLINESS’ is NOT an OPTION but a REQUIREMENT: And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God…And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you’…Therefore you shall consecrate him (priest), for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy." (Leviticus 19:1-2; 20:7-8; 21:8)

The key verses selected (above) comes from each of the three chapters that we have read today, where God details various moral and ceremonial laws regarding the conduct of the people (Lev. 19), the penalties for breaking these laws (Lev. 20) and the regulations for conduct of the priests (Lev. 21).  A dominant theme of Leviticus is that of holiness, both of God (inherent to His nature and person), and also of His people (acquired through maintaining discipline in life).

God was leading the children of Israel from one pagan culture (Egypt) to another pagan culture (Canaan), both of which followed many despicable and unholy religious/social practices. It is not surprising that God wanted to stress again and again to the Israelites the importance of maintaining a holy and sanctified life for the simple reason that ‘God is holy’. Holiness is the essence of God and so God demanded and reiterated time and again that His children should also be holy. The basis of all holiness is found in the words “I the Lord your God am holy” (v. 2).

Israel’s fundamental calling was to be a “holy nation” (Ex. 19:6). They were to be “separated from sin” and “to cling unto the Lord”. Israel was required to be holy because God is holy. God’s holiness served as the model for the entire Israelite congregation. True holiness manifests itself in more than ritual and sexual behavior. Indeed, it pervades all of life both vertically (toward God) and horizontally (toward others). God’s holiness and subsequently human holiness must provide the bases for all human behavior.

Let us understand that holiness originates from God and emerges in our relationship with parents and children. We too must imitate God in holiness by practicing numerous duties that reflect Him. It affects the way we worship and treat the poor, the stranger, a neighbor, women, animals, the soil, and the aged. Just as these are all mingled together, so Peter exhorts Christians, "As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:15-16)

I have read somewhere that God the Father’s passion, God the Son’s pattern and God’s the Spirit’s presence are all sufficient for us to pursue holiness in all areas of our lives. God the Father proclaims “Be Holy”, God the Son presents the model “Be Holy as I am Holy”, and God the Holy Spirit promises to help us: “I will make you Holy”. Does the fact that we serve a ‘holy’ God make any practical difference in our day-to-day lives?

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord" (Heb 12:14)

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