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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

No JOB is ‘TOO SMALL’ in the HOUSE OF GOD

No JOB is ‘TOO SMALL’ in the HOUSE OF GOD

April 30 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 25-27

"Among these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, among the chief men, having duties just like their brethren, to serve in the house of the Lord. And they cast lots for each gate, the small as well as the great, according to their father's house." (1 Chron. 26:12-13)

After King David had planned and prepared everything for his son Solomon to build the temple, he realized that it would be useless to just construct a beautiful temple unless it served the people of Israel effectively and brought glory to God. So, before he died, King David also organized the temple workers by giving them specific tasks and responsibilities, and putting them under able leaders who would oversee and supervise these workers to do their tasks effectively.

There were three classes of Levites among the temple workers: the gatekeepers (vv. 1–19; cf. 9:17–27; 16:38), the treasury guards (vv. 20–28; cf. 9:28, 29; 23:5, 28, 29), and the civil/judicial officials (vv. 29–32). The gatekeepers guarded the entry points into the temple and also opened and closed the temple gates every day, while the treasury guards guarded the costly materials (used to build the temple) and the valuables that were stored in the treasury inside the temple (vv. 27, 28). All these temple workers were assigned to their posts by lot, and were stationed at the four directional (north, south, east and west) gates of the temple (26:12–19).

The gatekeepers were priests who were responsible for the care of the temple. Their tasks included the following: guarding the entrance to the temple (9:23-27; 2 Chr. 23:19), protecting the ark (15:23), and overseeing the collection and distribution of monetary offerings (2 Kin. 12:9; 22:14; 2 Chr. 31:14). The gatekeepers had to be Levites (9:26; 15:23; 23:5), and their office could be traced back to the time of Moses (9:26).

Among the gatekeepers were the Korahites (v. 1) whose father Korah had rebelled against the leadership of Moses (Num. 16:1-40). We can see that God’s ways are truly wonderful. Another group of people included among the gatekeepers were the sons of Obed-Edom (v. 8), who had sheltered the ark after the death of Uzza (1 Chron. 13:14). God had not forgotten Obed-Edom’s faithfulness as well.

Let us understand that daily administration and functioning of the temple in Jerusalem called for dedicated service from many different sets of people, which included (but were not limited to) priests, Levites, musicians, treasurers, gatekeepers, soldiers, and state officers. In the similar manner, each of us has been called by God to perform a specific task in His kingdom on this earth. No task or job or ministry is too small in the house of God. As the priests of God’s kingdom (1 Peter 2:5, 9) we are helping to build His church on this earth (Matt. 16:18). We must be faithful to fulfilling our calling, and complete the tasks that God has entrusted us to do on this earth!

"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Eph 2:19-22)

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