Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 5
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:2:13-18
What is God doing?
- One thing/same thing fulfilling promise made kjv@Genesis:3:15
- Protecting/fulfilling. In order to eventually crush the serpent's rule the child must survive long enough to conduct an earthly ministry, fulfill an intricate weave of several related prophecies, prove itself innocent and to be from God, die having bore the punishment due the sins of all mankind, rise to the right hand throne of God, have it's enemies placed under it's footstool, return as victor.
- Having successfully fulfilled the prophecies of being born of a virgin, of being born in Bethlehem, of people of the vicinity crying because of a slaughter of their children, of having been in Egypt, it becomes time to fulfill the prophecy of Him being a Nazarite.
- Dealing with a secession of Herods. Allowing man/man's government to prove himself to be what he/it truthfully is.
- Allowing Satan to show himself for what he is and where he is hanging out.
- Steering Joseph through the battlefield maze in this case via dreams.
What is man doing?
- Many things all corrupted in some sense
- Being gods in their own eyes as evidenced in those that sought Messiah's very life, those now controlling the former nation. Remember that these kings are no longer of the God anointed line of David, God has removed the Scepter of Judah because of Israel's continual rebellion and faithlessness. Because of what Israel deemed right in it's own eyes they have left themselves as a once great nation now not sovereign over itself, as a miserable/undesirable territory on the southern frontier of Rome.
- There is a certain amount of obedience from Joseph that God is using. This obedience is based largely on trust rather than discernible and sequential logic. It may be the result of Joseph's love of and male obligation to wife and family more than any traditional religious sense, but it is obedience to God's directives nonetheless.
Note that there is not one person likely at that time that is keeping any track of all this that is being fulfilled presently, these things will be collected later by Matthew and others as a larger body of evidences. Certainly, no one then knowing these many prophecies would have foreseen that this is way these prophecies would be fulfilled. It is not until all of these things are completed and collected and analyzed side by side in the light of the final death and resurrection ascension and empowerment of the Apostles by the Holy Spirit that the overwhelming preponderance of proofs state the full case for Christ.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
There are things God plants in our lives, a wife and children for instance, that draw us towards obedience. We may not know where God will lead us next, but being responsible for other dear ones and having that particular determination to see them through adds a further level of sheer trust if not desperation to our walk that might not be as present if were just for us alone. We tend to seek deeper, to ask longer, to sacrifice that much richer, to persevere that much stronger when we are connected and engaged and responsible to and for others. That is why so many saints are grown out of strong congregations and so many vibrant marriages; in a sense they have to be.
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