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, September 5, 2016

Be RESPONSIBLE as ‘WATCHMEN’ & ‘MESSENGERS’ of GOD

Be RESPONSIBLE as ‘WATCHMEN’ & ‘MESSENGERS’ of GOD

September 5 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 31-33

"So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul." (Ezek. 33:7-9)

Ezekiel chapter 33 marks the beginning of the second part of the book of Ezekiel. While the first part of this book (chaps 1-32) focused on the past and the present happenings of the old city of Jerusalem; the second part of this book (chaps 33-48) focuses on the future of the New Jerusalem, the City of God. The second part of the book begins by repeating two important themes: first, a reiteration of Ezekiel’s call as watchman (vv. 1–9); and second, the doctrine of individual moral responsibility (vv. 10–20).

We should note that Ezekiel’s original ministry of judgment was completed, so God appoints him to a crucial position for the second time where his focus is now on God’s restoration of Israel. Thus, Ezekiel now receives a second commission as a ‘watchman’ and a ‘messenger’ of Jehovah God. His initial commission (see 3:16–27) was more or less concerns with the judgment of God, while his second commission concerned restoration and blessing of the people of Israel. Ezekiel received his second commission at a crucial juncture in 585 B.C. when the news of Jerusalem’s fall had just reached Babylon (v. 21). 

In the land of Israel, every walled city had a watchman to insure its safety and security. It was the duty of the watchman to scan the horizon and sound the alarm for any impending danger. The prophet Ezekiel was assigned as a ‘watchman’ of Israel.  There are three crucial things to note concerning the responsibilities that God had entrusted His prophet:
  1. God had ordained Ezekiel to be a watchman who was responsible for the entire house of Israel. As a watchman, when he saw the sword coming, he was to blow the trumpet and warn the people of Israel of the incoming danger.
  2. Ezekiel’s responsibility was only to warn the house of Israel, while the people of Israel were responsible to heed the warnings. If he warns the people faithfully, but they do not hear, then they will be responsible for their own destruction.
  3. If Ezekiel fails to warn the house of Israel, God will hold him ultimately accountable for their destruction. This means that if Ezekiel fails to warn the people and they perish, then God will require their blood from his hand.
Thus, as a spiritual “watchman”, the prophet Ezekiel carried an awesome responsibility to warn not only of physical death, but also of spiritual doom. The enemy seeking to destroy the people was their sinful way of wickedness. To point out their sin, asking them to repent and turn to God was Ezekiel’s mission. If Ezekiel failed to warn his people, he will be held accountable of spiritual manslaughter. Apostle Paul testifies regarding this during the closing days of his life: "Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears" (Acts 20:26-27, 31).

Let us be aware that it is our solemn responsibility to ‘watch’ for the souls of others as we have to give an account before God (Heb. 13:17). We should measure our responsibilities by our knowledge of God’s Word and the opportunities that we get every day. Let us be responsible as 'watchmen' and 'messengers' of God as we obey His instructions today: "Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?" (Prov. 24:11-12)

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