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, February 9, 2015

We have been ‘REDEEMED’ by God’s FIRSTBORN SON

 
We have been ‘REDEEMED’ by God’s FIRSTBORN SON

February 9 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 1-3

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites instead of their livestock. The Levites shall be Mine: I am the Lord. And for the redemption of the two hundred and seventy-three of the firstborn of the children of Israel, who are more than the number of the Levites, you shall take five shekels for each one individually; you shall take them in the currency of the shekel of the sanctuary, the shekel of twenty gerahs. And you shall give the money, with which the excess number of them is redeemed, to Aaron and his sons." (Num 3:44-48)

The book of Numbers starts with God directing Moses and Aaron to number the people of Israel by their tribes or armies (Num. 1:3-4) in order to organize them and assign them specific duties. Previously, when God had killed all the firstborn of the Egyptians and spared the firstborn of the Israelites, He had sanctified all these firstborn of Israel, both man and beast, for Himself (Num. 3:12-13).

However, among the tribes of Israel God established the Levites as the priests to care and do the work in the tabernacle, and chose the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel (Num. 3:11-13). This is what God declared repeatedly: “The Levites shall be Mine” (vv. 11b, 45b). When the Levites were numbered by Moses and Aaron, all the males from a month old and above added up to 22,000 (v. 39). When all the firstborn males from a month old and above in Israel were numbered, their total number was 22, 273 (v. 43). This meant that an excess of 273 firstborn Israelites were to be redeemed by the Levites (v. 46) that was done by Moses taking 5 shekels from each of the firstborns individually (v. 47). So, for the total of 273 excess firstborn Israelites, a total sum of 5 x 273 = 1356 shekels was collected by Moses and handed over to Aaron and his sons as the total redemption price (vv. 49-51).

What does this mean for us? One thing that we need to understand is that God’s laws are constant and timeless, and God does everything through His foreknowledge and infinite wisdom. While the firstborn among the Israelites were redeemed by the Levites, they paid the redemption money @ 5 shekels per person. For the sins that we were born with and committed during our lifetime, being the New Testament ‘Levite’ and belonging to the priesthood of God (1 Peter 2:5, 9), the redemption money had to be paid by God’s firstborn Son, Jesus Christ. He could not pay it through just money for the cost of the redemption was too high. So, our Lord Jesus Christ paid our redemption money by paying the price of His own blood on the cross of Calvary!

Thus, we have been redeemed by God’s firstborn Son, and He gave up His own life doing that. What a wonderful God we serve and worship! Do we need a better reason to be more thankful to God and glorify Him today?   

"Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19). "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor 6:20).

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