"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, April 27, 2015

Always ‘REMEMBER’ our COVENANT with GOD!

Always ‘REMEMBER’ our COVENANT with GOD! 

April 27 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 16-18

He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance," when you were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. (1 Chron. 16:14-19)

The above passage is part of a lengthy psalm and a composite of Psalms 105:1–15; 96:1–13; 106:1, 47, 48. This psalm titled as ‘David’s Song of Thanksgiving’ was delivered by King David to Asaph and his brethren on the occasion of installing the Ark of God in the midst of the Tabernacle constructed by David in Jerusalem for this purpose. This psalm has two main parts: verses 8–22 are addressed to Israel, verses 23–34 are addressed to all the nations and the concluding verses 35 and 36 close this psalm. 

Having just become king over all Israel, David was very much aware of God’s faithfulness in granting the Israelites the land over which he had dominion. In this psalm, David exhorts the Israelites to sing the greatness of God and seek His face (vv. 8–11). The Israelites should remember the deeds of God and the marvelous works which He has done in the past (vv. 12–14). The Israelites should above all remember God’s unfailing covenant - the unconditional promises that God had made to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (vv. 15–22).

A covenant can be understood as an instrument that had bound God and Israel together legally and formally. This was an arrangement between two parties—in this case, a superior party (God) and an inferior party (Israel)—by which the two made solemn pledges of mutual loyalty and commitment. God’s promises in the covenant were based on His faithful character. To Abraham, God promised land (Gen. 12:7) and innumerable descendants (Gen. 15:5; 17:5–8). God designated Abraham’s descendants as the people through whom He would bless all nations (Gen. 12:2, 3).

In this psalm David was reflecting on the reliability of God’s promise to Abraham—a promise renewed to Isaac and confirmed to Jacob. When Jacob went to Egypt, his extended family amounted to only seventy persons (Gen. 46:27), and that is why God remarked that they were ‘indeed very few’ in number when He made His unilateral covenant with Israel. God’s covenant brings life (2 Cor. 3:6) and can always be trusted (Genesis 9:17).

Let us understand that a covenant is sacred (Jos 9:18-21; Gal 3:15) and binding upon both parties, not only on those who make them but on those who are represented (Deut. 29:14, 15). Our Lord Jesus Christ has established a new covenant with us today (Luke 22:20), and He is not only the substance of this new covenant (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8) but also the Mediator (Heb 8:6; 12:24) and the Messenger of this covenant as well (Mal 3:1). This new covenant is superior to the old covenant (Hebrews 8:6) as the old covenant was just foreshadowing the new covenant (Hebrews 10:1). Let us always remember our covenant with God and live our lives in such a way that we will faithfully fulfill our part of this covenant!

"For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." (Heb 9:13-15)

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