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:2:13 @ And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

kjv@Mark:2:14 @ And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

kjv@Mark:2:15 @ And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

kjv@Mark:2:16 @ And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?

kjv@Mark:2:17 @ When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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?:


Why was Matthew's position as disciple held off to this later date? We'll never know exactly. It has the appearance of being earlier on in this gospel if chronological. We can assume that the time was right whether for him or for Jesus. More than one gospel however makes it a point to make this offset known.

Did Matthew know Jesus ahead of this? Had the request to follow been made previously? Was Matthew allowed to process it at his own pace? Had the other disciples been allowed this as well? Jesus describes the process as the Father having given these men to His care, is their consent built in to the process? Was this event Matthew's idea?

By things happening the way they did (however they did) the occasion stands out as being memorable and illustrative of the workings of righteousness. That the critics couldn't resist the opportunity shows the happenings of the eve most disturbing to their cause and sensibilities. If disturbing in this simple and social respect how much more vile to the events quick to come.

Jesus came for all men. Not all men will willingly receive Him. Not many will be curious enough to entertain acquaintance and cordiality with Him. Those that are not offended are more likely to come along while those that are more likely to become vocal or worse. Offense or acceptance are at the hands of what one perceives to be righteousness' intention for them.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Opposition to our Lord's righteousness travels nearby in packs, acceptance in individuals meeting together at His occasion. Opposition is monolithic/superior/separated/discomforted/enforcing, acceptance open/hospitable/inclusive/sought out of perceived and mutual need.
  2. Opposition doesn't always have to mean that something is being done wrong, it may simply means that regardless of what you are going to say or do people are likely going to be opposed. Add a righteousness foreign to most into the mix and you have people up against you that forcibly think they know all the better.
  3. There are those who believe that righteousness is of their making and insistence instead of knowing that it is of HIS nature and effect.

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