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.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 7 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 37-39

Ultimately JEHOVAH will be GLORIFIED among the NATIONS: "I (God) will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward. The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them." (Ezek. 39:21-24)

Moving forward in last nine chapters of the book of Ezekiel, we are given a glimpse of how Israel’s new order will be established. A new temple will be built as a sign of God’s presence among His people (chapters 40–43), and a new service of worship will be established so the people will have direct access to their God (chapters 44–46). Then a new division of the land will be made for the people (chapters 47–48). Through it all, God’s power will be demonstrated to all the nations (both Israel and the Gentiles), and God’s glory will be revealed to everyone! (v. 21)

However, the narrative of the events leading to the key passage of today’s devotion deals with the new life that the nation of Israel will experience when her people are gathered back into her land by Jehovah and restored into fellowship with Him. God promises that He will gather His children together from wherever they have been scattered all around the world (see 37:21-23). In retrospect, the Babylonian exile did not show that God had failed in His promises, but to the contrary, it demonstrated to Israel and to the nations alike that God’s sovereignty was universal. Even though God afflicted His people, He had not abandoned them (vv. 25–29). After describing how God would crush His enemies (see chaps 38-39), the prophet describes the glorious restoration of the people of God in great detail (chaps 40–48).

In that day, all the Gentiles everywhere will know that Israel’s captivity was not because God was unable to prevent it but because the Israelites brought it upon themselves due to their uncleanness and their transgressions. However, through it all God’s great purpose was fulfilled, which was to restore the captivity of the nation of Israel and draw His people to Himself. This will happen after the battle of Gog and Magog, which will provide a two-fold result: all the heathen Gentiles shall see God’s judgment (v. 21), and the entire house of Israel shall know that Jehovah is the Lord their God from that day and forward (v. 22). 

The final outcome is that ultimately Jehovah will be glorified among the nations! Israel will be saved by God’s mercy, not by their merit; for Jehovah will gather Israel together to Himself for His name’s sake. The regathering of Israel will be one of the greatest demonstrations of God’s power through the ages! As Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was in the past, and the resurrection of Christ from the grave is for the present, so Israel’s regathering and regeneration in the future will eternally magnify the Lord! God will fully demonstrate His glory both among the nations and among His chosen people Israel one day in the future!

"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen." (Psalms 72:18-19)

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