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:6:1 @ Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

kjv@Matthew:6:2 @ Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

kjv@Matthew:6:3 @ But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

kjv@Matthew:6:4 @ That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Today's notes: What Thy Right Hand Doeth

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Note: Our context puts Jesus one evening pointing out passage by passage the flaws inherent in our self manufactured righteousness. People will leave from this evening sermon attempting to further generate a righteousness that they can see as right. Believing our righteousness to be smoother and shinier than it it is we have already traversed a poxed battle field showing of the anger and murder and the retaliation that we are capable of self justifying for the sake of our righteousness, the irrational impulse driving us to doing the things we know are not right, the frequent divorce and detachment of our selves from that which have sworn ourselves to hold mutual and important, our effort to secure the unsecureable/unforeseeable by bankrupted oaths sworn to God's good reputation, our reduction of large scale commandments to love down to blind and self serving motions of compromise and avoidance etc... Today we examine the shell casing at foot from all our self righteous efforts, in this example our feigned giving of alms and the inescapable manufacture from it of reasoning.

What is man believing/doing?:

Right hand left hand, it is almost as if we shouldn't trust our own selves. By the time the left hand has found out about the intention to give, the intention has been massively changed into something that it shouldn't be; it becomes reasoning; it becomes calculation. What should be a instinctive/decisive immediate and unfiltered motion of benevolence towards another person becomes a contraption of elevating ourselves. A person is in need; there shouldn't be any other reasoning required in order for us to do it. But, of course there always is further reasoning usually along the lines of possible gain our advantage.

The blowing of a trumpet in alms is obvious hypocrisy; it was meant to be. Even a person without Christ would be able to identify that type of hypocrisy, so then the attempt on our part becomes to make the hypocrisy not so obvious, make it less self rewarding. Well unfortunately it is still hypocritical. Attempt to escape this and you will find that you cannot. The teaching is not on how to suddenly be unfeigned about giving, the teaching is to point out that the entirety of the righteousness that we have been able to manufacture all this time is filled with the same inherent and self deceptive flaws hidden throughout.

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

You can imagine how mad the Pharisetical types are going to get when it is suggested that the Law and the Traditions are not going to get you past this spiritual conundrum; after all it is the Law and the Traditions telling us to give alms. How could something be given by God that cannot be resolved by man himself and instead is made to prove to man that he cannot do it? Well that can be said about the entire Law and that in fact is why that the Traditions have taken them so far astray. It is not for man to fulfill, it is for man to know himself to be a sinner in need of Christ; Christ who fulfills all Law. You see however that the manufactured righteousness always sees itself as being capable, always sees itself if not having fulfilled it already then just steps away from successfully accomplish it. Righteousness on that human plain is always by what it is capable of doing. Jesus is simply and effectively showing that it is not capable nor ever will be... unless...!


Our study links today show a pattern in the OT where God's displeasure over alms fueled much of the prophet's national rebuke time after time.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Giving becomes more about us and what we'd receive by giving than what are the needs and issues surrounding those to whom we are giving. Investment into a needing person no further than a quick impersonal monetary fix makes alms hollow (repetitively so).
  2. Because the professional beggar has so often violated the conscience of the self interested much of the care for the poor has been outsourced to government bureaucracies making for the professionally poor. Alms becomes tax, tax becomes revenue, revenue becomes politics and entitlements, charity becomes planned for tax deductions. While the professional abuser makes out well, the truly poor still typically go without. This as such is a furtherance of oppression.

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