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@Mark:14:66 @ And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:

kjv@Mark:14:67 @ And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.

kjv@Mark:14:68 @ But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

kjv@Mark:14:69 @ And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

kjv@Mark:14:70 @ And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.

kjv@Mark:14:71 @ But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

kjv@Mark:14:72 @ And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Recall that Peter was more than willing to die for Jesus and has both stated and behaved so. Popular contemporary analysis suggests that Peter fell to the fear of what the servants may have done to him had his identity been exposed (or something along those lines). This conflicts with the evidences already mentioned. How out of bounds would it be to propose a alternate tact?

Peter had (oddly at the time) been exhorted to pray that he not enter temptation. He chose rather to sleep. We think of the temptation Peter had entered as the temptation to hide his identity from the young woman and others. The temptation more truthfully may have been from that foretelling onward to prove Jesus wrong. That could be what put Peter at the palace and that is why he anxiously bids his time awaiting the opportunity not to deny his prophetic accuser. The inquiry of the maiden would not have gotten him there, remaining where he could be seen from above and called upon to testify would. Certainly this is conjecture on my part, better however we consider all the approaches temptation might take.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Most often our test is not in the upper quarters, it is down in the servants concourse. And it is not always for fear of what could happen, it is in preparation for what we rather to happen. One who sets out to prove the Lord wrong has set out to deny the Lord by the very thought.
  2. We all know that testing is coming, that there will be opportunity to fail Jesus, but we think in terms of big and epic event not in terms of the small seemingly inconsequential intrusions. Because of this we deny Jesus in the many smaller things in approach to what we perceive to be the singular large test. We can build up valor against the one, but we let our guard down for the many others.

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