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.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 1-3

The ‘MOST’ IMPORTANT CHOICE of our LIFETIME: "Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand." (Exodus 2:11-12)

The above passage details an incident from the life of Moses when he was 40 years old. All these years by divine providence he had the privilege to live in the royal Egyptian palace being called the ‘son of Pharaoh’s daughter’, who had undertaken the responsibility of raising him up. It is interesting to note that his mother Jochebed (Exo. 6:20) was uniquely privileged to raise his son all the while being paid by the royal palace for this service (Exo. 2:9). So, for the first 40 years of his life, Moses enjoyed a position of royalty in Pharaoh’s court as he was reared up in luxury, comfort and privileges.

During this period while he was growing up in Egypt, Moses was learning “all the wisdom of the Egyptians” and became “mighty in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22). Moses was now grown, not in age and maturity only, but in power and was renowned for his accomplishments and military prowess. Even though Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, but his knowledge did not overrule his sympathy for his own people. His godly parents may have made him aware about the promises of Jehovah God to his forefathers, and Moses may have become aware that the time was not far distant when his fellow brethren were to be delivered from their Egyptian bondage. The time was near that they should begin their journey to the land of Canaan that was promised to Abraham, and confirmed to Isaac and Jacob.

So, at the age of 40, Moses went out of his royal palace to visit his own people, and it was there that he viewed an act of injustice of an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew mercilessly. Moses could do one of two things at this moment: (1) He could turn a blind eye to this incident and return back to his comfortable palace surroundings; or, (2) He could align himself with his Hebrew brother and defend him against the Egyptian’s tyranny. Moses made the most important choice of his lifetime that is distinctly described by the writer of Hebrews with these words: "By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward" (Heb. 11:24-26). There are four elements to this most important choice that Moses made on that eventful day:
  1. First, he “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter”: Even though Moses had a good chance to succeed the throne in Egypt, “he refused” the wealth, honor, power, prestige, and, even the chance to rule over Egypt.
  2. Second, he “chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin”: He voluntarily chose hardship over comfort; shame and reproach over fame and honor; afflictions over sinful pleasures; and the wilderness over the palace court.
  3. Third, he “esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt”: He not only endured suffering, but he esteemed it as of more worth than all the wealth of the greatest and richest country on earth.
  4. Fourth, he was guided to “refuse…choose…esteem” by his faith in God: His faith must have developed through his godly mother who had taught him about Jehovah God who had promised his grandfathers the land of Canaan as an inheritance. The pleasures of sin were of brief duration in view of the eternity of God’s glory.
So, Moses walked by faith with his eyes on the invisible being occupied with his future rather than the present. He exchanged the comforts of the palace with the harsh wilderness, and the pleasures of sin with the reproach of Christ. Although he was trained in Egypt, Moses never forgot his mother who had nursed him and his godly heritage. That was why he identified with his suffering brethren on that fateful day. In turn, God used the wilderness during the next 40 years to prepare Moses for the deliverance of the people!

Every day, we also encounter crucial choices – whether to live for God and obey Him or, enjoy the pleasures of sin for the moment. The most important choice that we face in this life is whether to accept the salvation freely offered through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and walk in the newness of life. Let us intentionally choose to obey God’s Word and reject all the world has to offer us every moment of our lives as we join with Joshua who proclaimed: "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15).

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