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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 10, 2020
Blinded Faith

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 14:60-65 KJV
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

Luke 2:21-24 KJV
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

One of the hardest thing to grasp is the importance of the first born. For God used even second born to fulfill his will. Why is the first born dedicated to God for what purpose, but the purpose of reminder of the first born in Egypt that died for God because of the Pharaoh's and Egyptians unbelief. It was for the purpose of them being set free from the yoke of bondage. Yet what was given according to the law but two turtle doves at the time of Christ. If sacrifice for Christ why then did Christ have to die according to scripture for our sins? Sacrifice to replace Christ sacrifice as a baby, was a substitutionary gift based ont he law that all first born males would be redeemed. Yet Christ would become our redeemer. I started with the passage in Luke this morning because there something important at the trial of Jesus before the High Priest, he asked Jesus if he was the son of the blessed. He first born of a virgin. A choosen sacrifice by God to set his people and draw all nations to him. God would let his own son die for the sins of the world. In John 11 it speaks of one High Priest declaring one man would die for the nation. Yet the priesthood was blinded knowing who Jesus was.

Now hard to grasp why any sacrifice had to be made in our modern world in since we no longer make sacrifice except in sending soldiers off to war. Now we sacrifice sons and daughters in war. The sacrificial call came from the time of even Abraham when Isaac was willing offered on the altar and God provided a substitution sacrifice in Isaac place. Yet the idea of sacrifice goes back even to the Cain and Abel, one gift be offered a lamb and the other sacrifice was fruit and only sacrifice was worthy. It has to do with the fact that Adam was sacrificed for Eve sin, for Eve gave the fruit to Adam. Did Adam know where the fruit came from?

I sometimes feel like we could go in circles over tradition, and even formalities with God. Then realize there is a reason what did God give up with man but continual friendship in the garden. Did God suffer his friendship with man, no he continued to talk to Adam and Eve. The division is where they lived. The divided by a gate and flaming swords to keep them out. God desires to make a bridge for you and I, he does so in symbolizism of sacrifice of his Son Jesus. He would have Christ lead like a sheep to the slaughter, and have him crucified because people did not recognize him as God, nor did they see him as king, but for a few that followed him faithfully all the way to cross and through the resurrection. You can sacrifice your relationship with God but it does not change who he is, and you can sacrifice Jesus, but it will not change his power or his status in heaven as the Son of God and the Word of God and title Lord in heaven sitting on the right hand of God. Making him ruler of the universe. Ruler of the heart, soul and forgiver of sin.

Christ desires not to leave us behind, but bring us to his home in heaven, not before our time, but when our life is over or his return. We are to reign with him one day as sons and daughters but never God. Our status is not lords, we are queens and kings, ruling as priest, kings, queens and judges in the kingdom of God. Jesus told the priest that he would be sitting at the right hand of Power, and he would see him coming in the clouds. Testifying of the his return one day. The Priest would not be part of the resurrection at the time of Christ beyond a witness. All believers will witness the return of Christ.

Yet we dealing with the first born being sacrifice, God giving up His Son to show his love for man, that he love man and though they continued to reject him, he would continue to love them. Even though they reject him as God He would continue to love them. Yet God also declares a judgment that will come that will separate those that will continue to follow him, verse those who will not. God is going to separate the unbeliever from his people, so there will no longer be a division between his people and him, or no one dividing his people from him.

God sacrifice his son, by allowing him to serve us while He walked the earth with all kinds of miracles and wonders. Yet God still had the relationship with his Son and also showed he was chosen for this call by the anointing of the Holy Spirit with descension as dove at Christ baptism. Even the cross the awareness of Christ being the chosen or the son of the blessed was will known. The purpose of the cross was to draw all men to him from all over the world. To call his people homeward those that believed. Homeward to continue in the direction of the cross by faith, carrying the torch for his Son in faith. The sacrifice coming with the denying and killing of his Son, for at anytime he could of rescued Jesus.

God forgives us of the sin of denial of who Jesus is, but he also forgive us of our unbelief upon confession of faith and repentance of sin. He also help us to believe in the power of his word. God gave dominion and power to Jesus, that his word could be trust and believed by faith that his Son paid the price for our sin of unbelief that keeps us separated from him, but giving us a bridge maker through his Son, by keeping his promise of him sending his Son to be the way maker/and sacrifice for our sin. Anyone looking to him would be saved. We bruise Christ and beat Christ with our unbelief. It through Christ power we do believe and not by our own power, or another. Christ does not give up on our lack faith if we humbly omit our unbelief and lack of understanding. Unbelief is the first sin we all commit, yet it is also the first sin forgiven with belief.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to understand your sacrifice more completely about our own unbelief that crucifies our Lord. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Exodus 13:1-2 KJV
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.

Isaiah 53:1-12 KJV
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

John 11:49-53 KJV
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Acts 8:30-35 KJV
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.


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