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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Consider our High Priest, Christ Jesus

Consider our High Priest, Christ Jesus

January 27 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 28-30

Exodus chapters 28 and 29 describe the priestly garments of the High Priest, Aaron, which served three purposes:
  1. Decorative -- They were to give Aaron glory and beauty (Exodus 28:2), which would display the beauty and authority that belonged to God himself.
  2. Functional -- Each item of the garments had a functional role. The breastplate served as a pouch to contain the sacred lot, Urim and Thummim (Exodus 28:30) while the linen trousers were for the sake of modesty (Exodus 28:42)
  3. Symbolic – There was symbolic elements to these garments as well. The two onyx stones on the ephod bearing the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were a memorial gesture (Exodus 28:9-12). The twelve precious stones of the breastplate representing the twelve tribes of Israel symbolized the High Priest bearing the judgment of the children of Israel before God continually (Exodus 28:29-30). The clothing of the High Priest was to provide a measure of realization of his task in representing Israel to God.
All of the high priestly garments have a wonderful significance for us too. Once we understand what these tell us about our heavenly High Priest, Jesus, we will find a deep-seated thankfulness rising up from within our spirit, and an encouragement to draw near to God with a purified heart in full assurance of faith (Hebrews 13:15; 10:22).

Hebrews 3:1 exhorts us to “consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus”. Jesus Christ is now our High Priest who sits at the right hand of God the Father and continually makes intervention for us. Romans 8:34 tells us “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us”.   

Today let us go boldly to the throne room of God in prayer as we consider our High Priest Jesus Christ. "Seeing we have such a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses (being tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin), let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:14-16). 

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