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.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:2:1 @ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

kjv@Matthew:2:2 @ Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

kjv@Matthew:2:3 @ When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

kjv@Matthew:2:4 @ And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

kjv@Matthew:2:5 @ And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written by the prophet,

kjv@Matthew:2:6 @ And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda; for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

kjv@Matthew:2:7 @ Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

kjv@Matthew:2:8 @ And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

kjv@Matthew:2:9 @ When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

kjv@Matthew:2:10 @ When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

kjv@Matthew:2:11 @ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

kjv@Matthew:2:12 @ And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Remember that the context moving forward is a nation (God's chosen nation) on it's final gasp. Why that is and why the Savior is needed at this time is what we are searching into passage by passage. We have already sensed that it is along the lines of human resource verses divine resource, choices and decisions being made not made out of either ignorance or arrogance or both, doing what is right in their own eye while increasingly hardening to what is right in God's, and a selective or deaf ear to the messengers and messages sent by God. These initial insights are further substantiated by Old Testament evidences.


What is man believing/doing?:

Today we see the temple city caught off guard and troubled by the arrival of a caravan of Christ adoring and inquiring foreign mystics. Who they are, what they know and how they know it are just a mystery to them as it is now to us. How Christ could be born without them knowing it may not be a function of God's lack of preparation and announcement as it is their lack of attention and observance. Rumors as old as two years have likely circulated from shepherds and temple step prophets of stars and angels and prophecies and mute priests etc... Not that these are the first rumors, but these are substantial enough that if a God fearing people were truly hungry/desperate enough and search for it, it certainly would have been found out.

The issue at hand is regarding a largely deaf ear and a going about daily business just the same as always (even in the abhorrent oppressions of a conquering empire), being blind the the present conditions and their spiritual causes, being surprised and troubled when a foreign religion has to be sent to point out to you what you un-observantly have missed.

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

Might it have to do in part because of the contexts that we have already discussed? could this the continuation or consummation of the human influences driving the nation down for more than forty-two generations? Could this be the faulty reasonings and deductions caused by false or corrupted religion and lack of fortitude to do what is unselfishly right? You bet it is, but it is more than that.

Now there is trouble. Trouble over what the present king is going to do because of this. Trouble because of mystics slipping away. Trouble in the kings court for not being on top of this. Trouble on the throne because of what the greater Roman Governor of Palestine and those to who he reports to are going to think. Not only has their blindness kept them from the observance of such a monumental heavenly occurrence, it has backed them into the corner of very troubling possibilities and counter reactions.


Matthew is building a legal case of commonly known evidences by the people of that time in Jerusalem. If any one or group could deny these evidential facts the gospel would have been disproved and instantly become toothless. Instead the gospel explodes like wild fire in part due to the public's familiarity with these occurrences. Most dissent centers on theological matters such as incarnations and virgin births not to literal matters such as how people there at the time were responding and conspiring.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. things are much easier to believe if put ahead into the future, when they come presently it means too many different things and places immediate impositions and requirements. As much as we like to complain about the way things are, imagine the way things would have to change personally if this is the Christ and how the powers that be might react.
  2. the common people, though many devout, leave weightier matters of scripture and prophecy to leaders. The leaders are held in a curious light, known for their hypocrisy and social cast yet left unchallenged as to their knowledge and public intent. These particular leaders, especially the priests are seen as intermediaries/intercessors between man and God, there is no connection to God without them.
  3. everyone has their own expectations as to how something like this would play out, rarely are any such based in reality, resemblance to expectation is typically the bases for belief.

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