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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 10 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 4-6

FULFILLING our specific ‘ROLES’ in the CHURCH: "This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, relating to the most holy things: When the camp prepares to journey, Aaron and his sons shall come, and they shall take down the covering veil and cover the ark of the Testimony with it. And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die." (Num 4:4-5, 15)

The Israelites were on a journey as they were traveling to The Promised land, and they had to carry with them all their personal belongings on their own. However, God’s tabernacle, being the holy structure where God inhabited among his people, could not to dismantled and transported by just anyone among the Israelites. To do this critical logistics of transporting, God appointed specific Levitical families with the delicate task of dismantling, transporting, and erecting God’s tabernacle. This work was dangerous, because it involved handling heavy sacred equipment, and was restricted to men between the ages of 30 and 50 who were physically strong and capable to do this work.

In fact, God instructed Moses to handle the mammoth task of moving the tabernacle of God by organizing teams around specific tasks. Each team or, a specific Levitical clan was assigned specific duties in this logistical maneuver, which are specified below:
  1. Aaron and the priests carefully prepared the ark, lampstands, utensils, and furniture for the move. Each piece had specific wrapping requirements (vv. 5–16).
  2. The sons of Kohath were assigned transportation of the items that Aaron and the priests had packed. This team could not go to work until the tabernacle’s holy things were completely wrapped and ready to be placed on the carrying poles (v. 15).
  3. The sons of Gershon then collected and carried all the hangings, screens, and remaining utensils. Their work was carried out under strict supervision (vv. 21–28).
  4. The sons of Merari loaded and carried all the bases, pillars, bars, cords, and pegs under the supervision of the priests, who were careful to name each worker assigned to carry each individual item (vv. 29–33).
  5. Eleazar, the future High Priest of Israel, was the overseer of transporting and setting up the tabernacle. He was to make sure that all the holy objects were covered before the sons of Kohath were allowed to enter (v. 16).
  6. Ithamar, the younger brother of Eleazar, was over the work of the sons of Gershon (v. 28) and sons of Merari (v. 33).
The putting up and taking down of the tabernacle was tasks as essential as the offering of the sacrifices or, the burning of the incense, and so had to be done with great precision. It was important that God’s tabernacle go with the people, so God instructed the priests and Levites exactly how to dismantle it and carry it. Each detail about God’s assignment is significant and must not be left to mere human wisdom. Every person is vital to God’s work, no matter what task God assigns. No task is trivial, not even taking care of the pegs (3:37). Some Levites had heavier burdens than others, but God had given them the assignments and He would enable them to do their tasks faithfully.

This kind of combined teamwork should be among the Christian believers today as well. We can see the cooperative model of the church that Apostle Paul had taught, when he used the image of the body of Christ functioning according to each member’s nature and ability (see 1 Cor. 12:4–26). By working together, planning systems and assignments carefully, and overcoming tendencies toward competition and conflict, believers today can rise to the challenge of managing the kingdom work in a way that honors the Lord. One thing is evident – every believer has an important specific role to play in the Church!

Today, let us understand what role God has placed for us in His church, and faithfully fulfill our specific roles to the best of our ability and with God’s help: "And He (Jesus) Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph. 4:11-13)

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