The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional Year 2
( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )
kjv@Matthew:1:17 @ So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
- Before - (OLD TESTAMENT)
- After - Joseph's consent sought devotion:Matthew:1:18-25
Note: Day one of our devotion. We need to lay down the focus of our devotion through Matthew. It is to determine what men are doing, what they are believing and what influence might be observed over them to do and believe as they are. Each day in this gospel we will consider a growing context of what was happening with them so that we might peer also into what we might be doing and believing as well and what influence same or similar we might be operating from. In the next gospels we will venture off into other focuses, however the information garnered from this initial pursuit will be extremely important to carry into those other focuses.
What is man believing/doing?
Today, to begin with we have the opportunity not only to look horizontally into the lives of individuals many of which can be scripturally identified (highly encouraged), we can also look vertically into a forty-two generation composite of what man collectively able to do doing and believing as he does, being under the influence that he is. Not only are each of these individuals snap shots of the surrounding generation of a nation for which they represent, they are a snapshot collectively of a nation many generations in length.
What we see in the composite view is a nation that if not for the constant stirring of God that likely would have ended much sooner than this final generation of the nation of Israel. As we traverse this gospel in the weeks to come we will likely see much clearer the doings and believings and influence thriving that brought them to this.
Surely in this list we see the fabric of the very best intentions woven in the reality of what good and evil men are able and unable to achieve. Old testament context leads one to perceive a near constant back sliding from where God has moved to position them, tremendous movements and articles and revivals of God's doing met nearly immediately with fatigue and disdain and returning to vanity.
What is making man to believe/do as he is?
I believe in the effort to come that we will be better able to grasp what influences are over man. Today we can at the very least sense that while it is the human course typically of nations to decay, most at much quicker rate, this is the nation claiming to be God's chosen we are talking about. If their part of the covenant between them and God had been upheld (or even been upholdable) this nation would not have ended as it did nor gone through the many dire events that it had while it existed.
Zedekiah is actually considered the last king of Judah who is the third son of Josiah, appointed by the King of conquering Babylon. The the kingly line branches here and ends while the blood line follows through Jehoiakim's son Shealtiel the first of the non kings or princes. It does not seem to be because any of these later kings were any good that the line went the way it did, only by God's promise and discretion.
All the items religious elements we can list (covenant, law, land, temple, etc..) can be operated in the carnal without need for the spiritual gift of life in Christ Jesus, but not one can be fulfilled without Him.
- What does this tell us about our present condition?
- Despite good intentions and revivals of faith and commitment man is largely unable by his own resource to turn against the tide/establish a foothold/maintain that foothold/advance that foothold for any length of time. This holds true even with God's frequent injection of sacred elements such as covenant, prophecy, communication to, double measure, law, temple, ark, intercession/deliverance of, longsuffering and mercy, direction through established prophets. Each is met with a observable entropy of their obedience and resolve.
- Man is largely unaware of the near cyclic repetition, each generation thinking it is better to the last seeing the mistakes made and fully expecting to correct them only to make mistakes of their own, the similarity of those efforts every several links down the chain.
- We will see in the gospel to come the many fatal mistakes we make as individuals in our approach towards God illustrated in the faces and circumstances of the many who approached Him in that day.
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