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 7, 2012

February 7 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 22-24

Keeping our LAMPS always ‘BURNING’ for GOD: Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the Lord continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations. He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually." (Leviticus 24:1-4)

In the above passage we see that God instructs Moses that pure oil from pressed olives was to be burned in the gold lampstand continually. This is the repetition of a law that God had previously given in Exodus 27:20, 21. Olive oil was the fuel of the golden lampstand, the only source of light inside the tabernacle, and it was to burn continually. The lampstand symbolized the life-giving and light-giving power of God, and was shaped to resemble an almond tree in full bloom.

Only the purest olive oil was needed for the lampstand because it stood within the tabernacle, and it was supplied by the people of Israel. This oil for the sacred lampstand was extracted by pounding olives in a mortar by hand, a process that produced the finest, lightest olive oil. It was the duty of Aaron the High Priest and his sons (Exodus 27:21) to trim and refuel the lamps every morning and evening (Ex. 30:7, 8).

 A deeper and comprehensive study of God’s Word reveals that the pure oil used in the lampstand is symbolic of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:2-6), and the light that radiates from the lampstand is symbolic of Jesus Christ who revealed Himself as the “Light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus Christ was the true light that came to this world to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and was the glory of His people Israel (Luke 2:32).

Before Jesus departed to His heavenly abode, He told us that we are now the light of this world in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil 2:15). The light that is within us is the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Let us keep our lamps continually burning for God and before others with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us!

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" (Eph 5:8).

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