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:2:13 @ And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

kjv@Matthew:2:14 @ When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

kjv@Matthew:2:15 @ And was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

kjv@Matthew:2:16 @ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

kjv@Matthew:2:17 @ Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy (Jeremiah) the prophet, saying,

kjv@Matthew:2:18 @ In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Note: The application of context already known means little to the personal benefit of this daily devotion if similar context in our own lives cannot/will not be found. For instance, how is that we can boil things down to one or two possible options and both deducted directions to go are wrong? how is it that we go callously unaware of something important until a stranger points it out? till it causes a troubling climate of possible reactions? How is it we go about our lives much in the same way as every generation before us and yet we feel somehow superior and doing it all that much better? These are the considerations that we truly need to be having amongst and with ourselves.


What is man believing/doing?:

We knew that Herod was going to have to react. Had this not been a major threat, he wouldn't have sought to make a major intimidating statement. The fact is that Herod is diligently inquiring of his Hebrew counsel because Herod is diligently going to move to silence this mockery of his ability to rule with iron fist.

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

Herod is no doubt under the influence of his own pride and national influence, the influence of fear from Rome, the influence of anger at the Magi's disregard. More than that though he is under the same influences that all kings have been under, that of having to rule over rule-less man. Joseph in contrast is under the influence of an angelic dream, a new found openness to the messengers and messages of a higher plane.


Matthew's legal case brings up an infamous national event that centered around the possible Messiah being born in Bethlehem and Herod's horrid response fulfilling prophecy. These types of events are impossible to stage or concoct out of thin air.

These things are happen without Jesus saying word or taking a step.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Being a tyrant or extreme potentate does not mean one is free from the political momentums, perceptions and influences as others, it only means that one does not ultimately operate within the conscionable borders of most; when a message has to be sent violent intimidation and it's relative ease especially amongst your own people seem to speak loudest.
  2. Easier for most to live at peace with tyranny then at peace with their own conscience. The first requires little strength or resource, the second requires God's.
  3. the mere possibility of God moving in a direction man does not desire/intend for brings destruction.
  4. despite man's many good intentions his deceptive/reckless heart must be ruled, quite often by rulers of an iron fist or no other. It is not only this heart that makes it a absolute necessity, but also makes it fairly easy to be ruled in this manner.

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