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, March 31, 2013

March 31 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 4-6

DISREGARDING God’s LAW invites DISASTER for our FUTURE: "So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David." (2 Sam. 5:12-13)

After many years of waiting, David finally became the king over Israel (v. 3). As David’s kingdom became firmly established and under his firm control, he began acquiring more wives and concubines for himself (v. 13), and these wives were in addition to the six he already had before through whom his six previous sons were born at Hebron (3:2–5). David would soon discover that becoming a successful king did not necessarily translate into success in personal and family life!

David was known as a ‘man after God’s own heart’ (1 Sam. 13:14; 16:7), and his son Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived on this earth (1 Kin. 3:12; 4:29–32; 10:3, 6–7, 24). Yet, they both violated God’s commandments by multiplying wives for themselves (2 Sam. 3:2–5; 5:13; 1 Kings 11:1–3).  This was due to the fact that the status of kings in ancient times was often measured in part by the size of their harems. However, David’s polygamy led to enormous problems later as he tried to blend his various families together.

Bible scholars are united in the opinion that most of David’s marriages were political marriages that were used to seal treaties and for creating foreign alliances. In entering into these alliances, David was violating God’s commandment that stated: "neither shall he (the king of Israel) multiply wives for himself" (Deut. 17:17). Not only did David’s polygamy violate the Law, but it led to enormous problems as he tried to blend his various families together.

In fact, David’s polygamy led to problems in both his personal and family life, and set a poor example and a dangerous precedent that his successor, Solomon, would follow to his peril. Solomon married 700 wives and had 300 concubines, and even though he was the wisest king alive, these women turned his heart away from Jehovah to idols (1 Kin. 11:3). God judged him for that sin by allowing the kingdom to be divided after his death (11:9–13). Thus, the historical events taking place for David’s descendants demonstrate the biblical principle that the sins of the parents did extend “to the third and fourth generations” (Exo. 20:5).

Let us always remember that disregarding God’s law will surely invite disaster for our future! When we ignore sin and refuse to listen to God’s warning, we invite failure into our lives. Let us be always careful to check our actions and decisions by God’s standard, which is His Word, and make conscious efforts to obey God completely. Instead, if we follow our own carnal desires, then our ending will be one of tragedy and utter failure.

"All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Prov. 16:2, 25)

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