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:4:23 @ And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

kjv@Matthew:4:24 @ And his fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

kjv@Matthew:4:25 @ And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.


Note: Surely by now you have gathered that my assertion to you is that all of mankind is operating from one place and Jesus is operating from a totally different place. I believe that all of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament supports this assertion. Man because of his enmity with God is having to manufacture right and wrong on his own from a much inferior knowledge base: the knowledge of good and evil. Without the direction of the Holy Spirit and without the obedience to that direction as implied, man is inescapably tied to his fallen nature. Without the sacrifice and resurrection of God's Son Jesus man is spiritually lifeless and void of possibility of this very same Holy Spirit.

What is man believing/doing?:

Multitudes from near and far are already following Jesus. Held to context we must suppose that even these many that are following Him are following Him for self manufactured reasons. There are as many manufactured reason to follow (or not) as there are manufactured concepts of right and wrong.

We know that in the near future a large group of these followers will falsely coalesce into a political faction demanding Jesus immediately become their king. We also know of a group called out by Jesus seeking only to be fed. Even among the inner circle disciples debates will arise as to who is the greatest and what position they will have in His government; they will even attempt to forbid Him the obedient course the Father would have Him to take. Even the disciples of the imprisoned John the Baptist will join with Jesus to voice John's concerns. If there is anyone who is understanding where Jesus is operating from including us His future congregations I would like to know whom that is.

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

Jesus is operating fully in obedience to the Father. The Father tells Him to heal and His obedience is confirmed by the Father as a true healing. He is told to stop in one place and preach the gospel of the kingdom, His obedience is confirmed by the thoughts and intents of His listeners being revealed, shut tight spiritual eyes being cracked opened. Man however knows not the Father and everything that Jesus is to them is a projection of their own desire and expectations put upon Him.

The people deciding to follow Jesus are only different from the people deciding not to follow Him in this regard: that they are willing to entertain their present curiosity for the time being. Both are manufacturing to the fullest.


When it is said that Jesus bore the sins of many, it should be included in the consideration that He is in this passage and many others bearing the false projections that all men are placing upon Him at this time.

The other gospels suggest that there is a good deal of time between the previous passage in Matthew and this one, perhaps an entire regional tour. It does not effect our present considerations but it does effect our understanding of the placement of this within chronological harmony.

The kingdom of heaven is never portrayed as being about the quantity of people (though there are many there eventually) it is about the quality of the king's character and rule plus the obedience of His faithful. It is portrayed as coming with great price having undergone great tribulation and persecution and dependent upon the condition of the receivers heart. In every way shape and form it is vastly different from the form of kingdom we are accustom to think of and more easily accept.

Jesus does not ask for fame, in fact He frequently requires His delivered subjects to tell no man, nor does He stage events in order to generate more publicity. This fame comes about right now from the outside in because of the sheer astonishment and expectation sensed by the masses.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Multitudes are prone gather to what is right with the wrong expectation and with unsustainable motives. I guess people have to first wear those motives out before knowing to latch on to His great spiritual provisions.
  2. The joy of the moment is easily squelched by the trouble (real and imaginary) it will soon cause, People will have to be committed to this, yet they will not because they are committed to the path of least resistance and the path of the mass instead.

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