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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For Febuary 10, 2020
Righteous By Belief

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 12:1-12 KJV
1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

Jesus knew who he spoke about, and who he spoke too, and his enemy knew as well who Jesus spoke about. I watched part of the impeachment hearing and those interested in it, I am sure others are trying to as well. The worse part of this trial is that the Senate is to involved in the situation to make a sound decision, because it effect them to personally, a regular court hearing would not of allowed them in the jury. When one allows emotion to rule oneself, then those emotions might win every time. Is Jesus allowing his emotions to effect his speaking of truth or his speaking truth the form of prophecy of what will come, because of the enemies hatred?

I know for one that if one had to stand against one enemies in court in such a fashion, right or wrong, the enemy has no way of winning if he out powered. However Jesus is not out powered, but religious leaders are, they just do not know it. If we look at the trial to come for Jesus, it was to face the religious court and then the political court. He was and is Son of God, Lord of Lords. Equal with God the Father, and yet separate person. His rule on his house was his to have, but religious leaders obeyed not. Then you got the fact the religious leaders are looking at their own victory once Jesus is dead, because they see themselves as having victory over this man, who they do not even consider him to be the Messiah, he not what they thought a Messiah ought to be. The religious leaders mad because he cause discord in the temple, but not even his disciples backed him it appears. In other words Jesus acted alone. When Jesus begins to speak, we see him talking about his death again, but also talking about those God had sent before him and were slain for speaking truth about God in heaven, as well as exercising the law of faith, that others did not agree with. No proof others did not join in the insurrection on the temple porch.

The vineyard a place where grapes are harvested for the wine vats, juices and so forth. Made into raisin perhaps. The allegory of the vineyard had to do with the time to harvest or to reap what was sown, product of the fields, meaning God's people productivity each prophet were sent to the religious leaders to collect God's productivity and the prophet were killed and so God sent his sent Son to die for the sins of those caring for the vineyard. See God's ministers are care givers of God's flock. God comes himself and destroys the ministers and bring new ministers to care for his people, because those he sent before to gather and check on things were not welcome.

The Son of God was sent and rejected would become the chief corner stone. Talking of himself, being chief corner stone of the new temple/church(God's people/blocks). God would raise the dead, Christ would raise again on the third day, beginning of the new group of people called Christians. Now not all this is said, but with sight of scripture to come we understand the picture a little clear, if we only hear the story we might be puzzled by how the chief corner stone could be his Son. This parable made his enemies angry. Did they fully understand, they understood he was accusing them of killing spiritual leaders that came before him, including John the Baptist. John the Baptist crime was speaking against the King's brother in law wife and his public affair with her.

Jesus is guilty by law of man but not the law of God. This cause even human conflict if we did not know how the story ended with his resurrection. His act unjustified, or justifiable. The religious leaders believing they knew God and God's ways, but never figuring out how to trap Jesus, until the day he got angry enough to rebel against their authority. This is where the church begins rooting for Robin Hood and His Merry Men. Not exactly. The crowd was angry with Jesus the day of his beating and crucifixion, enough to allow Barabbas free from his crime of insurrection, and I suspect and wonder if he was not one of the money changers in the temple. Yet there is only one hint in one Bible dictionary(internation Standard Bible Dictionary) I was looking at that indicated he may of been a priest son, but no evidence of it, he could of been just a political prisoner, but no proof of this either. What of the two thieves that hung beside Jesus. We do not know if there were any other arrest at the time of insurrection, or if there were arrest in connection to the insurrection in the temple, or if this was the nature of the reason for the crucifixion. It been to long ago but what the Bible records is Barabbas is released. However Barabbas was accused of insurrection and was released by the political leaders as they did at the time of the Passover. Yet there may of been other riots and insurrections for different reasons at the time that Barabbas man released might of been involved in. It a theory we can not bridge and that okay. What important we know Barabbas a criminal would be released.

What my point in bring these things to someone attention, there is alot we do not know about the cross of Jesus and what he would bear for the people, but one would be concerning our personal sin, why because when we covert to Christianity we not only saying I believe in Jesus but I believe in God Father that sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, for my sin of unbelief, my sin of disobedience of unbelief and my sin of disobedience to sin of opposition. Those that killed the prophets long ago were in opposition to God and his word, and those that would kill God's only begotten Son Jesus would be in opposition to him. We kill Jesus with our unbelief. Harsh news, but it is that simple. Our belief in Jesus is key to our salvation. Our works and actions of obedience is only part of our faith in him, it is however not counted as righteousness, but our belief is, like Abraham belief made him righteous before God, but he was not a perfect man before God. Noah was righteous and obedient but also disobedient at times. The humanity of our us coming through our disobedience at times, but our salvation is believing God and Christ. Christ blood covering our sin, just as the sacrificing of the lamb and bull did in Old Testament scripture.

Christ being on trial by the end of the week of his insurrection against the temple rule that allowed for those selling there, though it was against God. Temple leaders are in sin because of selling is going happening on the porch of the temple. The story unfolds our belief becomes ever more important to his resurection, or coming out of hole like Daniel did the lions den, yet Daniel was alive and his faith in his God proven by his belief, so much the king repents. Jesus came out of the tomb though he face the pit and came up and out, setting the captives free. In Christ humanity did he realize what he did? One has to understand he prophesied his death and resurrection. He told about his destruction, to his rising. He knew the consequences for his action that were for his Father kingdom.

Dear Heavenly Father, there much we do not know fully about Christ death beyond prophecy, but we know you grace that comes through faith in your Son Jesus. Help us not be blinded by the law of man that we can not see your law of faith, love and hope, in payment for our sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: John 15:1-2 KJV
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Mark 15:6-15 KJV
6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

1 Peter 2:1-25 KJV
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.


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