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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GOD will JUDGE with MERCY, TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS

GOD will JUDGE with MERCY, TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS

July 21 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 16-18

"In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness." (Isaiah 16:5)

The above verse is a possible reference to the rule of Hezekiah, but more likely it is a prophecy of the messianic rule of the throne of David. "On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name," says the Lord who does this thing. (Amos 9:11-12) This prophecy is repeated in the New Testament as well: “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things." (Acts 15:16-17)

Moab’s only hope is in making peace with Judah. The refugees of Moab would send tribute to Judah’s king, asking him to take them in and “be their shelter from the destroyer”. Moab would go to the king of the house of David and ask Him to rule over them. The spoiler, extortioner, and oppressor will cease, and the Lord will reign on the throne of David in mercy, truth, and righteousness. The reference to One sitting on the throne in the tabernacle of David would seem to place this passage in a millennial context, when Christ shall sit upon the throne of David and extend His mercy toward the remnant of Moab.

This prophecy assures us of the mercy God had in store for us in the future! God’s people shall not be long outcasts; they shall have tribulation ten days (Rev. 2:10), and that is all. Jesus shall sit upon the throne in truth, and will be a protector to those that have been a shelter to the people of God. He shall seek judgment and do right to those that are wronged while punishing the wicked. He shall hasten righteousness, and will not delay to do justice. Thus, Moab’s salvation ultimately lies in the coming One, Jesus the Messiah, whose throne will be established (9:1–7; 11:1–5). In other words, God will establish Israel’s rule over Moab (11:14) through One who is a descendant of David (see 61:1; Luke 4:18–20).

Thus, prophet Isaiah looked beyond this event to the time when the Son of God would sit on David’s throne and bring in righteousness and justice (16:5). God had already made a covenant with David (55:3; 2 Sam. 22:51; Ps. 89:28). In Jesus, the Son of David, the nations find shelter as He would be faithful to His promises and would judge with mercy, truth and righteousness.

Let us be assured that one day all the wrongs and injustices done against us will be done right as Jesus will rule over the throne of David and will judge with mercy, truth and righteousness!

“Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.’ Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with His truth.” (Psalms 96:10-13)

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