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, October 6, 2014

The GREAT SACRIFICE of CHRIST, our SHEPHERD-SAVIOR

The GREAT SACRIFICE of CHRIST, our SHEPHERD-SAVIOR

October 6 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 13-14

"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion," says the Lord of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered" (Zech 13:7)

It should be noted that prophet Zechariah prophesied around 520 B.C. Five centuries later, Jesus cited this prophecy about the striking of the Shepherd as applying to Himself (compare v. 7 with Matt. 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–34). This verse envisions God’s chosen Shepherd-Savior suffering at the hand of God Himself. Jehovah God orders His sword to awake against His only begotten Son – our Lord Jesus Christ. The Good Shepherd was struck at Calvary, and the Jewish sheep have been scattered ever since.

The sword, an instrument of death, is likened to a warrior being roused for action, and is also the symbol of judicial power (Rom. 13:4). Our Lord Jesus Christ took the full brunt of the punishment that was meant for the sins of the whole world, as He indeed was the “Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)

The term “My Companion” is used elsewhere of one who is a near neighbor or close companion (Lev. 6:2; 18:20; 19:15). It suggests a relationship of equality, as Jesus Christ, God’s Son enjoyed that relationship from eternal past.

Thus, to save His flock, the Good Shepherd was smitten through suffering and death (Isa. 53:4, 10). Let’s remember that the next time we are smitten because of our faith, our Good Shepherd-Savior has silently borne all the sufferings (Matt. 5:38–42; 10:16–26) leaving for us a good example to emulate in our lives!

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation." (2 Cor 1:5-6)

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