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@Luke:5:27 @ And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

kjv@Luke:5:28 @ And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

kjv@Luke:5:29 @ And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

kjv@Luke:5:30 @ But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

kjv@Luke:5:31 @ And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

kjv@Luke:5:32 @ I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Today's notes:


Study Resources:

dict:torrey Publicans

dict:easton Scribes

dict:tcr Sinner

dict:torrey Righteous


Jesus did not come to call the righteous because there are no righteous to be called; not one. He came instead to call sinners because we are all sinners; every one of us. For those that assume that they are righteous it is a complete offence. After all that they have tried to do to make themselves righteous they are still nothing more than sinners in the same desperate need of a Savior. They are just oblivious to the reality. Their initial intention (wanting to be righteous) is good although quite misdirected in that it is based upon what they are desirous of doing for God rather than receiving what God is desirous of doing for them.

Their murmuring is levied against the disciples as if to burden them away from their master as is often the case. You don't attack the center without first separating the support of it from it's periphery. These disciples are of course weaker in their understanding and ability to counter and are likely because of their upbringing closer to the traditional framework planted throughout the region by the teaching of the scribes. Make them uncomfortable and you will likely make them to react with what they are most familiar with. Weaker yet was the far periphery that supported Jesus because of familiarity they had with the disciples. Cause division in any of these ranks without simply attacking Jesus which would cause them to rally and you've made in roads into the eventual defeat of their master leader.

Attacks are very similar today. Typically they are based upon the finer points of legalism and one's desire to make themselves "righteous". Either you attack the Church which lessens the support of the church members or you attack the church members which makes them lose support for the church. More times then not those attacked will resort to what they are most familiar with and that is conformity to peer pressure and peaceable avoidance of tension. Never do you have to attack the Christ directly which might have the opposite effect.

The righteousness of the scribe differs vastly from the righteousness intended for the disciple of Jesus. For the scribe and Pharisee and many religious types righteousness is something that they already are not something that they will never be outside of Christ. For the disciple Christ is their righteousness, something that only He can be, if any of it is self contained it is nothing more than His growing effect upon them in the process of discipleship. Think of it as the difference between what is inherent and what is imputed.

Key Messages:

Declaring Certainty

kjv@Job:15:14 @ What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

kjv@Deuteronomy:6:25 @ And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

kjv@Deuteronomy:30:20 @ That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

kjv@Romans:10:4 @ For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

kjv@Hebrews:1:8 @ But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

kjv@Hebrews:1:9 @ Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

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