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.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 28-30

JESUS CHRIST is the FULFILLMENT of the ‘ABRAHAMIC’ BLESSING: "Now Jacob…dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen. 28:10-14)

A vast majority of Christians in this world limit their scripture reading to the New Testament as they understand that only the New Testament has relevance for our present day life. They feel that the Old Testament is only a historical account of the people of Israel, and is therefore of no importance to them. However, as Apostle Paul tells his spiritual son Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:15, we should "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15), for "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." (2 Tim. 3:16). Keeping this in mind, let us look closely how Jesus Christ is revealed in and through the Abrahamic blessing, and how it was always God’s plan to bless us through His Son Jesus Christ.

To lay the groundwork for this discernment, we need to understand whom God was referring to by “the seed” that was part of His blessing to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The earliest reference of “the seed” is when God cursed the serpent (Satan) for deceiving the woman into disobeying His express command of not eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Gen. 3:15). Bible scholars agree that this is the very first prophecy in the scriptures that has any reference to Jesus Christ. In the above statement, God is referring to His Son Jesus Christ with the words “her Seed” or, “the Seed of the woman”. Even though Satan “bruise His heel” by getting him killed on the cross, Jesus bruised the head of Satan by triumphing over him through His resurrection on the third day (Col. 2:15).  

We can now see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic blessing in Jesus Christ, as “the seed” is mentioned multiple times whenever God blessed Abraham at the very beginning or referred to this blessing later to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well. See the evidences below:
  1. First, when God made His “Great Promise” to Abraham: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).
  2. Second, when God confirmed to Abraham after verifying his faith and commitment: "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Gen. 22:18)
  3. Third, when God reiterated his earlier promise to Isaac: "And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." (Gen. 26:4-5)
  4. Fourth, when God reconfirmed His promise to Jacob: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac…in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen. 28:13-14)
Jesus Christ is “the seed” who will finally and literally fulfill the Abrahamic blessing, and through Him all the families of the earth will be blessed. Everyone who hears the gospel & receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior will be blessed enough to receive an eternal life along with an eternal home in heaven.

Let us take part in fulfilling the Abrahamic blessing as we obey the “Great Commission” that our Lord Jesus has charged us before He left this earth so that through it, all the families/people groups/individuals appropriate this blessing in their lives as well: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19-20)

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