Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 11
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:4:18-22 Calling of Disciples
What is God doing?
The focus is now specifically on Jesus. The Father is telling Him where to go, who to see, what to say, what to do, how to do it etc... and Jesus is obeying. The Father is confirming HIS approval by signs and wonders. The directive was to go and Jesus went; note that it wasn't to stay and have the people come unto Him. It was to go in to all Galilee with the three fold purpose of teaching in the Jewish synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, healing all manner of sickness and disease. That is what Jesus is doing. If He were to do anything other than what the Father had sent Him to do he would be stepping outside of His rightful claim of being Messiah. nkjv@John:5:19 nkjv@John:5:30-37 nkjv@John:10:37
What is man doing?
The people are meeting Jesus where He goes. They are bring out their sick and diseased and possessed, they are hearing Him teach and preach, they are speaking of Him and spreading His fame throughout the region and following Him in multitudes. But, as in all things human they are doing these things and receiving these things with self generated sort of a corrupted sense. They are imagining for themselves what this is to mean/who Jesus is, placing their own expectations of what Jesus is to do, filtering it through their own interpretations of the Law and Prophecies, coating it in a exaggerated sense of national pride, etc...
If a person came to town with a verifiable track record of healing all manner of illness, one would certainly carry their sick loved one out in to the street and approach the healer desirously. That would only be compassionate, right? If at the same time that healer was making the claim that He is the Son of God and that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand repent therefore, one likely would still attempt to get their healing while it was available, but would be less likely to believe more fully the claim so as to turn and repent. Compassion for the individual has then been commingled with the lack of compassion for the Son of God that is obediently performing the work of the Father in our midst.
Understandably, it may be all too much for anyone present then to consider at one time. Further, Jesus has yet to actually die on the cross and by His resurrection be proved by the Father of this extraordinary claim. It all remains a long road of patience and endurance and trust for Jesus not to slide into the temptation of not trying to force matters by taking them into His own hands.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
The commandment to us left by our risen Lord and Savior is very similar to the commandment He Himself received and subjected His earthly living to. The long road of patience, endurance and trust that He traveled hard upon is the same narrow road we too must press ourselves forward on. Likewise, the temptation to force acceptance of the message by our own hand is fully present. It all ties itself very closely to the commandment of loving God with all one's heart/soul/strength and loving one's neighbor as one's self. The two commands are nearly inseparable, in fact the going out in His name gives cause and occasion for the love as thyself. Love is in deed patient and enduring and trusting even when other's reaction against it not.
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