The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:4:12 @ Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

kjv@Matthew:4:13 @ And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim;

kjv@Matthew:4:14 @ That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

kjv@Matthew:4:15 @ The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

kjv@Matthew:4:16 @ The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

kjv@Matthew:4:17 @ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Note: Today's passage has the people in darkness seeing a great light. Throughout this devotion so far we have peered into this darkness if to see into our own darkness. We've begun to familiarize ourselves with some key influences upon man pulling him the directions that he has been pulled. Yesterday we began to gaze into a much different light of Jesus.

What is man believing/doing?:

The first thing we have to tackle is John the baptist being cast into prison. Let me briefly mention that men (capable Pharisees) seeking to do good are strangely caught in a pose of not doing anything in support of the great prophet calling out the adulterous marriage of one of the kings. They are sitting on their hands while John who has done precisely according the the Law of Moses suffers and they have not likely because this is after all a king. They are in direct violation of judgment having not respect for particular people and for not standing for the righteous unjustly oppressed. This is exactly where seeking to do right without having ear to the direct voice of God can get us.

Second, note that Jesus is not directed by the Father to proceed with His ministry until after John has completed his. Neither is He directed for some reason to come to the defense of John. Not only would most "right in their own eyes" men jump out ahead of the Spirit to begin their acts of doing right, the acts they would immediately begin to do would venture off an entirely different direction building upon the fame or predicament of others doing the same right.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

One might say that if Jesus was not directed neither then were the Pharisee's. We know however from other gospel accounts that John also had called the Pharisees out as being vipers, that the Pharisee's had responded by attacking the authority by which John baptized. There was bad blood between the two. The chances were most likely that the Pharisee's were just glad to have John out of the way. Is that the same as doing right?


Similar transition Saul to David etc.. in that the next anointed patiently wait for the Lord's time clock so as to not step on the anointing of the previous.

Seeing the light does not mean that the light is received outright. In the many details to follow I believe that we are going to see as described by John the Apostle the light being rejected, having loved darkness rather than the light.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We expect that rulers will be adulterous and we expect that the religious leaders will be duplicitous. We expect goodly men that bravely call things out for what they are to be grossly punished. Why should we expect anything different? At the same time we expect our religious leaders to be our spiritual stand ins, to be for us what we ourselves know we should be but have willed not, to know what the time is, to know when light is shown. How is it possible that we can expect that and this simultaneously of them as well? Is it that we hide ourselves behind them so as to not stand out front? liable personally before our Lord?
  2. What does great spiritual light look like and why was it not observed in this region? Could it be that it was seen but intellectually minimized or transfered? Could the bitter revelation of the thoughts and intents of the human heart attempt the transference of fault upon the light itself? Be the essence of our denial and rejection of Jesus?

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