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, July 23, 2012

July 23 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 22-24

JESUS CHRIST holds the KEYS of the HOUSE OF DAVID: "Then it shall be in that day that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah. The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open." (Isaiah 22:20-22)

The above passage refers to a high official by the name of Eliakim, whom God would honor in place of the arrogant Shebna (v. 15). Eliakim, the steward of Hezekiah, would hold the key to the palace in Jerusalem. God regarded Eliakim (36:3, 11, 22; 37:2) as His servant, a special designation for one close to God!

Eliakim had the key that gave him an audience with the king (Matt. 16:19). The key of the house of David refers to the responsibility of protecting the Davidic line. As the steward “over the house” of Hezekiah, Eliakim would determine who would be allowed to see the king, a position of great authority and trust. He would also make decisions that only the king could overthrow. He would be a person upon whom people could rely in Jerusalem. The process of opening and shutting refers to his absolute authority in civil affairs. What an honor to be called My servant by God Almighty! (v. 20)

Eliakim was a type of the Lord Jesus, who would be a responsible and compassionate ruler with full authority. The passage here is a quotation of Isaiah 22:22, a characterization of Eliakim. The significance of the statement is that Jesus, the Davidic Messiah, is the key providing access to God.

To the Philadelphia church the Lord Jesus appears as holy, true, having the keys of the house of David, as one who opens and no one shuts, and one who shuts and no one opens (Rev. 3:7).  In other words, He has administrative power and uncontestable control. The key of David is an Old Testament allusion to the absolute sovereignty of God (see 5:5) in opening doors and shutting mouths, and represents authority as the One who opens and shuts the door in the Davidic kingdom, a prerogative that is Christ’s as the rightful “Son of David” (see Matt. 1:1).

Jesus Christ is also the key to the God’s Holy Word. His administrative authority is revealed here as well; He opens and shuts doors of ministry (Acts 16:6–10). Connected with David, He is depicted in His messianic kingly office, and holds the keys to the house of David. Let us remember to faithfully serve Jesus today and in the days to come for He will be the absolute authority one day in the near future!

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." (Rev. 3:7-8)

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