Bible Reading 20130228

Leviticus 2

  • I have to admit, I don’t understand the reasons behind some of these instructions. An in depth study and research should give me insight, but in itself – just like how the Israelites received it – I just have to take it as it is. Sometimes we don’t really understand God’s instructions. I believe the real ‘pleasing aroma’ is not the offering itself, but faith and love, expressed through obedience.

Bible Reading 20130225

Psalms 96

  • Sing to the Lord , bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. (Psalms 96:2 ESV) Where would I be without the Lord? Without His grace? Without His guidance? Knowing my disposition and tendencies, I would’ve been in a sad, purposeless life. I would not have all these blessings – my family especially. Sure, I would be able to fake happiness and being a good guy on the outside, but in my heart would reign selfish thoughts. To think that the Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth, would even consider me. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (Psalms 96:4a ESV)

Bible Reading 20130219

1 Corinthians 13

  • Another way of looking at these verses is that it’s not just a list of what love is, but a list of why love is the greatest of all the spiritual gifts.

Bible Reading 20130215

Esther 8

  • Again, Esther demonstrated “the humble request”. This is in spite of the fact that she had God’s backing, a whole nation praying for her, being a queen, and she obviously had the king’s favor shown via the death of her enemy and the exaltation of Mordecai. She didn’t get exactly what she asked for – the revoking of the previous decree – but she got something better. She had the power to make any decree she wanted, like a blank check. Her decree? The right to self defense.

Bible Reading 20130214

Leviticus 1

  • God has clear instructions for offerings – it should be the best, and should be done properly. This is a ‘pleasing aroma’ to the Lord. What do I offer to God? When I give my time, tithe, talent (which are, in the first place, all given by God..) do I give Him the best? Or do I give the ‘remains’?

Bible Reading 20130213

Psalms 95

  • Our God, our Lord, our Maker is great! All other things – things that I become anxious with – are so very small in comparison. And he cares for us. So don’t harden your heart, listen when He speaks.

Bible Reading 20130212

1 Corinthians 12

  • Spiritual gift/s are given and are empowered by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of serving the body of Christ. God composed the body in such a way that each member cares for one another.

Bible Reading 20130204

Exodus 40
Esther 7

  • Anointing for serving God is done once, but cleansing is, and should be, done regularly.
  • There is a way, and timing, for making requests. Even requests for one’s life, and the lives of an entire nation. Learn from this.

Bible Reading 20130131

Psalms 94

  • (v.12 ESV) Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord , and whom you teach out of your law
  • (v.19 ESV) When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul.

Bible Reading 20130128

Esther 6
1 Corinthians 11:2-34

  • When Haman recounted the past, he ‘honored’ himself. When the King recounted the past, he honored Mordecai. Again, talking about being humble. Haman’s pride turned against him.
  • When partaking of the Lord’s Supper, what does it mean to do it in an ‘unworthy’ manner? Of course, it does mean having unconfessed sin, or not repenting. But from the context, it also means having a self-centered heart – especially towards brothers in Christ.