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.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:1:21 @ And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.

kjv@Mark:1:22 @ And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

kjv@Mark:1:23 @ And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

kjv@Mark:1:24 @ Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

kjv@Mark:1:25 @ And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

kjv@Mark:1:26 @ And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

kjv@Mark:1:27 @ And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

kjv@Mark:1:28 @ And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

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?:


In consideration of God's righteousness the question here becomes, where do the unclean spirits come from? why are they allowed? why are they being dealt with individually? The answer frankly is that we are not immediately going to know this nor come to this understanding on our own; God has put a priority on what information HE is willing to distribute first.

Our understanding of how any of this could be righteous begins with the prerequisite presumption that God in every infinite respect is doing this (whatever it is) exactly right. From that presumption we can conclude that because of what we know about HIS loving and creative nature, that oddities/collisions in the fabric of our limited human understanding are signals in the grand understanding that there is much more that God has to consider in all of this than what we are allowing ourselves to be aware of.

Presumption does not end at presumption/trust, rather it is the point where our seeking with the light of what we do know about the person God and what HE is continuing to reveal to us as we step out into HIS revelation begins.

The origin of the unclean or demonic spirit is debatable. Some claim fallen angels. As I understand from kjv@2Peter:2:4, the fallen angels are chained and bound awaiting the fiery pit. It may be that some were left unchained for this time. Others point to the souls of a speculated combined race of part angel part human giants preceding the great flood called Nephilim. These too are hotly contested as scripture does suggest that angels are neither male or female and therefore likely cannot reproduce. That pre-flood man (or else Satan) was able to genetically engineer something to this effect would be astonishing given that these are spiritual beings, but there was sufficient cause for God to destroy the world that then was regardless.

If the scriptures were left purposely unclear about demonic origin instead focusing largely upon their allegiance to Satan and recognition of the opposing hand of God, would that intended confusion be unrighteous? Would not such knowledge distract us from HIS greater cause?

Why did Jesus not come to destroy demons? The oddity is the suggestion that even something as wicked as demons could in some respect despite themselves and their master serve some righteous purpose (as indicated by God's allowance for them to remain). As they are a direct reflection of the Deceiver, is it not best that we are at least vaguely aware of his presence and mission in order to more fully know of God's?

If I had to guess why not destroy evil, I say that it may be better to strengthen man to the point where it/they no longer have influence over him. The only way to do that is for us to become Jesus' possession and in thereby Jesus' authority.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The religious centers where people are intending to be closest to God are at this time the places that they would likely be the farthest. How would they know if not for God showing up at their podium to teach them otherwise?
  2. The question can be asked, if we did know these things more fully, would we be any better off? would we be any more loyal and faithful? would we be any more compelled or embolden to proceed in the pathway of love and truth?
  3. Authority often takes form in the things that we gravely fear. To witness one who without fear or reservation immediately and without struggle prevails over that which we fear is astonishing authority. To know that this is the very creator's power issued in confirmation and not (for this time) the one's own power is utterly earth shattering.
  4. It is fairly easy for us to compartmentalize our perception of how much satanic activity is going on around us. The Jews certainly acknowledged and were well aware of it (as are most other cultures), they were likely shocked though seeing the amount of activity surrounding them here as the light of Jesus further exposed it.
  5. Fame will be proven in these gospels to be a jagged and dull blade as the majority of fame will be spread for the wrong reasons. Rumors, legends, lore, exaggeration, idolatrous innuendo and false worship, all are historic blazes racing ahead of the actual truth when it comes to man.

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