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, February 11, 2016

Leave a LEGACY behind by ‘INVESTING’ in OTHERS

Leave a LEGACY behind by ‘INVESTING’ in OTHERS

February 11 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 7-9

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "This is what pertains to the Levites: From twenty-five years old and above one may enter to perform service in the work of the tabernacle of meeting; and at the age of fifty years they must cease performing this work, and shall work no more. They may minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of meeting, to attend to needs, but they themselves shall do no work. Thus you shall do to the Levites regarding their duties." (Num 8:23-26)

This concluding paragraph of the book of Numbers chapter 8 gives us a good summary of this chapter as well as provides us a report on the actions of the priests and the people in obedience to God’s word. The first ten chapters of the book of Numbers details a significant pattern as it starts with an announcement of God’s word followed by the details of that word, and finally ends with a report of compliance. We would then naturally expect that obedience by the priests and people will regularly follow God’s commands as they make their way in their journey to The Promised Land.

In this summarized statement for the Levites, God announces that the Levites were to serve from twenty-five years of age to the age of fifty (v. 24). However in Numbers 4:3, the starting age was thirty years. It may be possible that the lower age limit of thirty years (in 4:3) would apply to those who carried the tabernacle through the wilderness, and the lower age limit of twenty-five years (8:24) apply to those who would provide their services at the tabernacle after it had been set up in the Promised Land. It is also possible that the additional five years may be some sort of apprenticeship or a time of preparatory training. In 1 Chr. 23:24–26 David lowered the age of Levitical service to twenty because transportation of the tabernacle was no longer necessary. Still later on, the age was lowered to twenty (see 2 Chr. 31:17; Ezra 3:8), probably because of different circumstances.

On the other end, God set an age limit of fifty years for retirement, after which those retiring would not engage in active duty or heavy work, but could continue in some kind of supervisory capacity doing ministry through overseeing the work of others (vv. 25, 26). The upper age of fifty marked the point of retirement from active tabernacle service, but men older than that were to continue as watchmen guarding the premises. Even after they retire, the Levites were told that they should minister to their brethren and attend to their needs. Even though their retirement ago was fifty, but after that they were to serve others with hearts of love!

It can be pointed out that the Levites are pictures of Christian believers, who are redeemed, cleansed, and set apart to serve the Lord, having no inheritance on earth. In fact, our lives take on a new meaning when we invest in others. Someone has said that we should aim for success until we are forty years old, and thereafter we should aim for significance! Through our years upon this earth, we attain a lot of wisdom and practical knowledge, and we should be willing to share that with the younger generation who are closely following our footsteps. Let’s leave a legacy behind by investing in the lives of other people!

"The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away." (1 Peter 5:1-4)

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