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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For January 18, 2020

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 6:1-6 KJV
1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

One almost has to think for a moment why would Jesus family, friends and neighbors not believe that He was at the minimum a prophet, or a teacher. Why did they not believe He could do miracles or was it not so much a lack of faith by a deaden heart to why the Messiah had come. They knew Jesus was Mary Son, who had both brother brothers and sisters in their community. Perhaps it was because miracles did not come forth from anyone beside Jesus. Maybe they did understand who Jesus is and was to be. I think it maybe to do with he grew up there as any boy would full of mischief and play with all the children in the neighborhood. When this Jesus grows up, and is baptized in the Jordan they were blinded of who Jesus is, has not fully able to see that he is Emmanuel, God with them. That he was a boy that grew into a man. That He was the word of God that became flesh to live among us to teach us how to live and the word of truth as it should be understood.

It is Martin Luther King Day, and when i think of racist in our world sitting beside the other race world eating together at a meal in common idea of peace and safety, I wonder is Martin Lurther King, really that far from the reality of our day where hate seem to arise based on color, background, neighborhood, and so forth. Rich and poor segregating even more. Yet one can see MLK Day maybe as a day of recognizing equality of all people and all languages, backgrounds, race, neighborhoods and so forth. If last year pandemic did not teach the world anything unique, it would be that pandemic did not care what color of skin, nationality, neighborhood and so forth. Why does evil have to plague the world for us to see it has no bigotry in our land or world. Why should our land be divided by a pandemic not caused by boundaries, or limitation but designed by man stupidity.

Jesus seemed to be labeled in his day by who family he came from and where they lived. How many children were in the home, and the fact this on one thought of him as special or extraordinary. Jesus being the big brother to his siblings no doubt realized others did not understand who he truly was by what they understood not by scripture. He went about teaching the scripture to help some to believe, instead of doing miracles that helped with unbelief. Scripture being more important then the miracles wrought by his hand. Proof of who was, inside the scriptures of Isaiah and the prophets.

Racism is only as big as those who only judge the outer book by its cover and not the inner being that goes forth to share truth, hope and faith or pure meanest. Jesus minister in his village of both Jews and Gentiles. Not one group of people but a group of different backgrounds. Had his mother kept him segregated til his time of ministry, we will truthful not know. Yet when it comes to leadership Jesus was not believed by some that knew of him or knew him. Maybe someway those growing up years labeled Jesus as a true Jew of faith, because of tradition and hatred toward gentiles. Even he did not display bigotry, yet traditions may of caught up with him here. He was told on more then one occasion you talking to a gentile, or you talking to a sinner. Maybe not until adulthood when he could express his love of all people, it was not seen until much later in life. Maybe he was judged by talking always to gentiles about faith long before it was time for him to minister.

Truth is freedom and peace only a dream or is it a reality. Even Paul taught there was no difference between Jew and Gentile, and yet bigotry was still displayed in Acts to division when even eating. We call all Christians equal because of faith in Christ Jesus then we need to be acting on that faith and say there is no more division of race, rich/poor, and neighborhoods, we are all united by Christ and the work he has for us to do. Jesus did not allow the bigots of his day to stop him from talking to sinners or gentiles, he went about teaching those who question truth about the need of all people to know him and his Father God. These bigots would not have faith in Christ power or in his ability to heal, even with evidence, because of legalism ideas in their heart.

Where are you today as far as accepting others as Jesus did, with seeing he was needed in everyone life including the sinners, and outcast of society? Wake up the Bible is and never was about hate, but about God's love for mankind. God's grace to the world that is why He sent Jesus, not just to be sacrifice for all sinners, but to teach us all the importance to love each other.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for sending your Son to explain you love us all and not just one group of people. That you taught love to all and repentance of sin for all, even the church world. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Luke 19:7-10 KJV
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 4:9-14 KJV
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Acts 10:28 KJV
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

John 3:16-17 KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


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