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:8:1 @ When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

kjv@Matthew:8:2 @ And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

kjv@Matthew:8:3 @ And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

kjv@Matthew:8:4 @ And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Today's notes:


Note: For the past several passages we have sat down and listened to our first sermon from one Jesus of Nazareth. We are leaving astounded, yet not necessarily perceiving the true understanding of it that Jesus would rather have us astounded by and operating in. We are going to be manufacturing our own implementations of what He had said. Previous to this sermon we had been watching as people began responding to the possibility of a long awaited savior, expectations and tensions related all pointing to a largely manufactured sense of what things are and how things must go. Soon into it, we were privileged to witness the baptism of this Messiah claimed to signify a path toward fulfilling a different "all" righteousness. We also peeked into a Satanic set of temptations misusing scripture being capably handled by the Christ aimed at getting the Christ to use His own resource rather than remain obedient solely in His Father's. Jesus then by example is an introductory model of this new narrow direction toward exceeding un manufactured God gifted righteousness.

What is man believing/doing?:

The multitudes are believing something more about Jesus; something as varied and individual as the many faces that are watching on Him; something that we are not going to be able to put our finger directly on. It is safe to say however that no matter what it is that they are believing what they are still lacking is the connection between Father God and who we will come to know as the Father's only begotten Son Jesus Christ. How are we going to come to that conclusion unless to see the Father directly confirming HIS Son with wonders at every step?

One man comes forward out of the crowd with one thing on his mind. It is not "LORD of Lords" likely, not deliverance from all sin, not warrior king here to claim his throne and re-establish the nation Israel to it's former glory; it is his own horrific unexplainable curse of leprosy. We see the Father then seeking to divinely establish HIS Son with strong confirmations and using the occasion of this man and many others to mercifully do so.

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

Without the connection Father to Son, curiosity is perhaps the biggest draw to Jesus, especially if He is able to pull off such miraculous things as healing leprosy. Curiosity can be as intellectual as "how does He do that" or "what's the trick". Curiosity can be as practical as "if He can do that for him He could probably do this for me". Curiosity can be as pessimistic as "what happens when the religious/political elite catch wind of this" or "haven't we seen the beginnings of this before". Curiosity can be as spiritual as "is He a prophet" "what do the prophecies have to say about this", "is this Elijah", "is this David", "is this Satan".

To make the essential connection a whole lot more proof and confirmation is going to have to come; few there will be to keep track of it for latter testimony. Crowds will certainly come and go, man's fickle sense of popularity will wain, generations of first hand witnesses will pass. Somehow the confirmations by testimony must remain. It is up to God the Father to do this for if by man's determination and resource this ultimate righteousness would also fail.


dict:all leprosy

kjv@Mark:1:41 Mark adds "moved with compassion"

priest had power to diagnose leprosy, segregate from others, pronounce when one has been cleansed of and receive sacrifice from, but not to heal

leprosy often used as illustration of man's sin nature and our segregation

Jesus does not appear to set aside all leprosy in His earthly ministry, only specific instances of it; same as other disease and defect. It surely is His future will, but as of this time it must be conjectured that it somehow serves a purpose and that His death and resurrection must be firmly in place first. It can be theorized that no single element of the curse can be rightly lifted until the entire curse be gone.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. People are willing to follow the spectacle of Jesus as long as He is meeting their needs/expectations. The moment He turns to request they serve His command or they sense that He causes them danger from other authority or He serves the Father's command in ways unexpected, many (most) (all) go running.
  2. As much as the many miracles of Jesus meant to the many that received or witnessed them, in the final trial and passion of Jesus they had no more weight in the long run than did the familiar position and authority of the chief priests and Sadducee and crises, even though they knew them to be hypocrites and cheats and attention grabbers.

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