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, September 4, 2012

September 4 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 28-30

Our WORLD will KNOW that JEHOVAH alone is GOD: "Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; they shall know that I am the Lord, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. Then they shall know that I am the Lord." (Ezek. 30:25-26)

Ezekiel chapters 25-32 describe the judgment of Jehovah God against foreign nations. In particular, God’s judgment against Egypt and her ruler Pharaoh is highlighted in chapters 29-32. The fact that Egypt will be gifted to Nebuchadnezzar (29:17-21) as the grandeur of Egypt will be shattered (30:1-26) has an implied objective – that the whole world should know that Jehovah alone is God!

Egypt was a prosperous nation situated just south of Israel. As always, Egypt had looked upon the land of Canaan as being part of her own territory. It was reluctantly that Egypt had ceded this land to other nations temporarily until she could at some time reclaim it. From their recorded history we know that the Israelites lived in Egypt as slaves for over 400 years. It was during this time that the Israelites were greatly influenced by the Egyptian culture!

On the other hand, Egypt never learned its lessons from the pain it received during the period of Exodus when the angel of death passed through their land and killed all their firstborn sons. The sin of Egypt was pride and its actions of leading the Israelites away from Jehovah God into much of the idol worship. Also, like other nations, the king of Egypt – Pharaoh – saw himself as a god who tried to intimidate the Israelites into passive submission.

In fact, time and again the Israelites rebelled against God to seek help from Egypt. God’s frustration is this matter is clearly revealed through prophet Isaiah as follows: "Woe to the rebellious children," says the Lord, "who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who walk to go down to Egypt, and have not asked My advice, to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!" (Isaiah 30:1-2)

In order for His elect to finally be free from the shackles of Egypt, it was time for Jehovah God to enact retribution. What we read is the next four chapters (29-32) is how God dealt with the Egyptians through seven prophecies (or, oracles) listed against them. At the end, the whole world should know that Jehovah is God alone. It is interesting to note that the phrase: “then they shall know that I am the Lord” is repeated 60-70 times in the book of Ezekiel, and in particular, 9 times in chapters 28-30 (28:24, 26; 29:6, 16, 21; 30:8, 19, 25 & 26).

We will either know the Lord in His grace and mercy, or in His wrath and fury. The choice is ours! However, regardless of our response, God wants us to know that He alone is the Lord. Jehovah God is determined to be heard throughout the entire world that He alone is God. He is the Lord—and sooner or later we will know that He is. One day "every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:11)

"O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth." (Isaiah 37:16) "For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God." (Psalms 86:10)

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