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, February 8, 2014

God’s Sabbath Principle and Provision for Obedience

God’s Sabbath Principle and Provision for Obedience

February 8 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 25-27

In Leviticus 25:1-22, we read about God’s Sabbath principle, which occurred every seventh day of the week and every seventh year in the life of the Israelites. “…in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard” (Lev 25:4).
We note that Sabbath was instituted by God (Gen 2:3), blessed by God (Exodus 20:11) and sanctified by God (Exodus 31:15). It was made for the Israelites (Mark 2:27) as a sign of the covenant with God (Exodus 31:13, 17), and they were commanded to keep it and sanctify it (Ex 20:8; Lev 19:3, 30). During the Sabbath everyone (including servants and cattle) were allowed to rest (Exodus 20:10; Deut 5:14), and no work was allowed to be done during Sabbath (Lev 23:3).
This was a type of the heavenly rest (Heb 4:4, 9) for worship (Ezek 46:3; Acts 16:13), scripture reading (Acts 13:27; 15:21), and preaching of God's word (Acts 13:14-15, 44; 17:2; 18:4). Even though Jesus was the Lord of Sabbath (Mark 2:28), He was accustomed to observe it (Luke 4:16) and taught others on this day (Luke 4:31; 6:6). The New Testament Church observed it on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2), as it was commanded to be a perpetual observance (Exodus 31:16-17; Matt 5:17-18).
 
God’s Sabbath principle for us is to cease from our daily work activities one day per week and offer it to God for worship, Bible meditation, Bible Study, prayer, fasting and fellowship with the saints of God. As in the Old Testament where God promised to provide for the daily needs of the Israelites for observing the Sabbath (see Leviticus 25:20-22), God will provide for all our basic needs if we dedicate one day a week to Him and His kingdom“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (what to eat, drink, wear, etc.) shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33).

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