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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 1-3

SIGNIFICANCE of the ‘LOCATION’ for God’s TEMPLE: "Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign." (2 Chron. 3:1-2)

From the above passage we can understand that Solomon constructed God’s temple on Mount Moriah that was located north of the ancient City of David. Mount Moriah was one summit of a range of hills which went under the general name of Zion. The name “Moriah” is used only one other time in the Bible, in connection with “the land of Moriah” where Abraham was told by God to take Isaac and sacrifice him as a burnt offering (Gen. 22:2). This was the very place where Abraham showed his willingness to sacrifice Isaac, and was later renamed as “Yahweh-Yireh” or “The-Lord-Will-Provide” (Gen. 22:14).

We need to also realize that the Temple was built on the very site where God had demonstrated His presence to David by igniting his burnt offering with fire from heaven (I Chron. 21:26), in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. David had received explicit instructions from the Lord that the very site that he had purchased from Ornan, and where he had already built an altar, should be the location of the future temple (1 Chr. 21:18, 26). Mount Moriah is known today as the temple mount and the site of the Muslim Dome of the Rock. It is a hill directly north of Mount Zion, the location of David’s tabernacle (1 Chr. 15:1).

There is a great significance of the location that Solomon had chosen to lay the foundation of God’s temple. From the incident of Abraham willingly sacrificing his son Isaac in this location, we can infer the following five points of significance:
  1. It was a place of obedience: Abraham had traveled for three days to reach this place that God had told him (Gen. 22:3-4), and signifies total obedience on his part to the command of God.
  2. It was a place of faith: When Isaac asked his father for the lamb needed for the burnt offering, Abraham replied by faith that “God will provide for Himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen. 22:6-8). This was certainly a place where Abraham’s faith was displayed.
  3. It was a place of consecration: Upon reaching the designated place, Abraham built an altar and placed the wood in order. After this, Abraham bound Isaac and laid him on the altar upon the wood (Gen. 22:9). We do not see Isaac struggling with his father, but totally surrendered to the wishes of his father willingly and thus signified that this was a place of consecration.
  4. It was a place of sacrifice: Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his beloved son (Gen. 22:10). This place speaks about a father being willing to sacrifice his joy, his love, his hope and above all his most precious beloved son to the command of God.
  5. It was a place of redemption: God did not allow Abraham to kill his son Isaac, but instead provided a ram that redeemed the life of Isaac and was offered for a burnt offering instead of Isaac (Gen. 22:13).
Today, our bodies are the temples of God, as He dwells inside of us. There is a great significance of the location of God’s temples, which are our bodies. Can we use our physical bodies to be instruments of obedience, faith, consecration, sacrifice and redemption as we present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God?

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor 6:19-20)

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