"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, May 3, 2014

SEEKING God’s GLORY for His Temple

SEEKING God’s GLORY for His Temple

May 3 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 4-6

Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: "For He is good, for His mercy endures forever," that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chron 5:13-14)

Once the construction of the temple in Jerusalem was complete, King Solomon took the right steps of bringing the Ark of God into the inner sanctuary (Holy of Holies) of the temple. A careful reading of 2 Chron 5:2-14 provides us the steps that King Solomon took in properly installing the Ark of God (the visible manifestation of God’s presence) in the temple in Jerusalem, and provides to us a symbolism of God’s presence filling the living temples of God in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:
  1. King Solomon assembled everyone together in one place (including the elders, the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers and all men of Israel (v. 2-4a). Similarly, our Lord Jesus Christ also told His disciples to gather together in Jerusalem: “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4).
  2. The Levite priests bore the Ark of God on their shoulders (v. 4b-5) exactly as per God’s prior instruction. Solomon must have learned a lesson from his father David when he chose an alternate means to transport the Ark of God. Similarly, it was the disciples of Jesus who assembled in the upper room in Jerusalem – no outsiders or unbelievers participated in that prayer meeting (Acts 1:12-15)
  3. King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel sacrificed sheep and oxen in abundance (v. 6). Similarly, during the ten days of waiting, the 120 disciples must have humbled themselves before God and got right with God as required in Psalms 51:17: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart-- these, O God, You will not despise."
  4. The sanctified Levite priests sounded the trumpets while the Levite singers clothed in white linen made one sound in praising God (v. 11-13). Similarly, all the disciples gathered in the upper room “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14a).
  5. When all this happened, the temple of God was filled with the glory of God (v. 13b-14). Similarly, on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled all the disciples waiting in the upper room: "When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4)
Let us clearly understand that God has designated our body as the temple of God as mentioned in 1 Cor 6:19: "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?" We need to seek the glory of God to fill our temples everyday of our lives. In order to do that, we also need to take the very steps that King Solomon and the 120 disciples took for the glory of God to descend in the temple.

When the glory of God fills us, we can be the light of the world - the city on the hill that is visible to everyone outside and the lamp that gives light to everyone inside the house (Matt 5:14-15). Let our light so shine before others that they would see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matt 5:16).

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