Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 3

nkjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.


nkjv@Matthew:2:1 @ Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

nkjv@Matthew:2:2 @ saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."

nkjv@Matthew:2:3 @ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

nkjv@Matthew:2:4 @ And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

nkjv@Matthew:2:5 @ So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

nkjv@Matthew:2:6 @ "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel."'

nkjv@Matthew:2:7 @ Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.

nkjv@Matthew:2:8 @ And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also."

nkjv@Matthew:2:9 @ When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

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

nkjv@Matthew:2:11 @ And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

nkjv@Matthew:2:12 @ Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:1:18-25

Quoted resource: strongs 'G3097'

G3097 @ μάγος magos mag'-os Of foreign origin [H7248]; a Magian that is Oriental scientist; by implication a magician: - sorcerer wise man.

What is God doing?

What is man doing?

Just as the elite and religious of Jerusalem saw the caravan of Magi as an potentially troublesome intrusion, an invasion of something other, we can see Messiah's entrance (even as a speechless infant) as an invasion into the rule/headship of Satan. It is as a city and a captain that God's Eve seed has been sent to crush. But first, this Serpent must snap at His heel. By this coming venomous strike we prophetically know that the greater Messianic fulfillment is approaching near.

At this time Holy Jerusalem is the picture of what the slight of the deceiver can do even with the truest God given forms of faith given man's rebellious heart. It possesses all the appearances of it's intended holiness, all appearances of it's zeal and fanaticism, but it's heart is far from it's professed Lord. All signs should tell them that for more than 500 years they have been distant and off the mark. They see it though as the privilege inherent in God's election of their people to suffer such things, not as God's stern rebuke and sovereign preparation.

The world at large is in no better of a state. It soon will be no less repelled by the present occurrence of Christ. Having long observed though what God has in times past done upon and through HIS chosen nation/having some acquaintance with what had been long prophesied/having strongly observed this people's hardness and hypocrisy/disbelief and murmur against the very God that they profess, well some Gentiles in this present dark world will see what is obviously a much different light and become convinced that it is of God's hand; they will be drawn of God to follow this now infant child soon resurrected Messiah for millennia to come.

What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?

The slight and subtly of our accuser is extraordinarily pervasive. It's way of thinking is more familiar and appealing to us. It is well suited for the masses. Not always does it attack the holy in direct blows; frequently it is over a long time slowly bending.

Thereto as followers of Christ, it is quite easy to slip off track yet be totally unaware of it just as it is to not see the warfare what it is preferring to see it as something much less. Often it takes something completely intrusive and foreign to get us to think somehow differently, to re-examine, to more deeply seek out. Questioning convention is at all times encouraged, but in the same respect not abandoning those things divinely proven is urgent.

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