Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 2
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:1:1-17
What is God doing?
- The one thing/same thing as HE has intended and planted and established all along (see: devotion:Matthew:1:1-17 )
- The fulfillment of a promise made from Adam and Eve on
- To crush the serpent's lead/rule/captain
- Walk mankind step by step through the rational process of what/why/how the promise is to be fulfilled.
- Allowing man to try anything he himself can do to make himself and his world to be righteous, proving HIS way to be only right.
- Being long-suffering with the people chosen to carry HIS oracles until then.
- Bringing HIS Son (Eve's "seed") into this world to be in the flesh so as to become the perfect covering for mankind's sin.
- Announcing HIS moving forward to Mary beforehand nkjv@Luke:1:27-38 (note not begging consent)/Allowing her fiancee Joseph to find her with child after the fact before stepping in.
What is man doing?
- Many things/all of which are corrupt in some aspect, inescapably continuing generations over (even in the very best of saints).
- Producing covering of own, making covering to be what it is not, rejecting notion of there needing to be a covering.
- Being as gods in their own eyes/being right in their own eyes/determining themselves what good and evil is.
- Testing God's authority as a nation with their adultery, idolatry, faithlessness.
- Joseph struggling with a personal decision leaning towards whether to put Mary secretly aside.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
- There is something that must be said about God and the fulfillment of HIS plan:
- The promise made is unconditional and unstoppable.
- While individual free will is at play in all of this, it in no way is the determining factor.
The human interaction of free will within God's plan has much more to do with how willingly and how favorably one intends to follow along with the present movement of God's plan pressing forward. We look back on the 42 generations in Joseph's lineage yesterday and we can reasonably prove that each of these men/women followed what God had already laid out for them with varying levels of awareness/willingness/faithfulness; each with particular strengths yes, but more certainly considerable weakness. Those that rose near to the top were those that willingly set aside what commonly would have been done by mere human determination and resource for that which could only be performed by God's.
Joseph will continue to be pressed unexpected directions in the coming passages, not as he would likely see fit, but will remain trusting/faithful to his (and Mary's) small portion within God's mysterious plan. This may be part of what is meant in our study "...they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus".
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