Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 3
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:1:18-25
Quoted resource: strongs 'G3097'
What is God doing?
- One thing/the same thing - Bring about the fulfillment of a HIS promise by a now well preannounced/described Messianic seed of Eve crushing the rule of Satan to set things right.
- At sometime previous had planted enough of the truth in a foreign religion to secure their awareness and watchfulness for HIS soon Messianic fulfillment.
- Using the testimony of local shepherds and foreign Magi to alert Shepherd-less Jerusalem to the birth of Messiah.
- Preparing to use the blindness/hardness of HIS chosen oracle carrying people as a vehicle of proof and transmission to the greater Gentile world as a whole.
What is man doing?
- Many things/all corrupt in some aspect - whatever is right in own eyes
- Manufacture a covering for self
- Using science, magic, astrology and mysticism as replacements for the "given" faith.
- Using even the truer forms of religion as a shield against the actual movement of God's intentions.
- Using political authority as a check against God's movement.
Just as the elite and religious of Jerusalem saw the caravan of Magi as an potentially troublesome intrusion, an invasion of something other, we can see Messiah's entrance (even as a speechless infant) as an invasion into the rule/headship of Satan. It is as a city and a captain that God's Eve seed has been sent to crush. But first, this Serpent must snap at His heel. By this coming venomous strike we prophetically know that the greater Messianic fulfillment is approaching near.
At this time Holy Jerusalem is the picture of what the slight of the deceiver can do even with the truest God given forms of faith given man's rebellious heart. It possesses all the appearances of it's intended holiness, all appearances of it's zeal and fanaticism, but it's heart is far from it's professed Lord. All signs should tell them that for more than 500 years they have been distant and off the mark. They see it though as the privilege inherent in God's election of their people to suffer such things, not as God's stern rebuke and sovereign preparation.
The world at large is in no better of a state. It soon will be no less repelled by the present occurrence of Christ. Having long observed though what God has in times past done upon and through HIS chosen nation/having some acquaintance with what had been long prophesied/having strongly observed this people's hardness and hypocrisy/disbelief and murmur against the very God that they profess, well some Gentiles in this present dark world will see what is obviously a much different light and become convinced that it is of God's hand; they will be drawn of God to follow this now infant child soon resurrected Messiah for millennia to come.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
The slight and subtly of our accuser is extraordinarily pervasive. It's way of thinking is more familiar and appealing to us. It is well suited for the masses. Not always does it attack the holy in direct blows; frequently it is over a long time slowly bending.
Thereto as followers of Christ, it is quite easy to slip off track yet be totally unaware of it just as it is to not see the warfare what it is preferring to see it as something much less. Often it takes something completely intrusive and foreign to get us to think somehow differently, to re-examine, to more deeply seek out. Questioning convention is at all times encouraged, but in the same respect not abandoning those things divinely proven is urgent.
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