|Posted on December 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
When we look at Matthew, Chapter 2, (verse 1) we are told that the king at that time in Bethlehem, was Herod. And it continues that,
“in that day, there came wise men from the East….”
Who were traveling, following a star.
And they knew what (who) they were searching for because verse 2 tells us they asked,
“where is He that is born the King of the Jews.”
And verse 8 tells us that King Herod inquired of the wise men of this “king” of what time the star appeared.
You see he was questioning them for information; for he feared that this “King” was certain to replace his reign as king. So he was threatened by the prophecy of the birth fulfilled.
And I am sure he went to his astrologers, soothsayers and witches and charmers to divulge the time that this child was possibly born.
The word of God continues and tells us that the wise men arrived “to the house”, “where the young child lay”, (verse 9).
This confirms that the wise men were not in the Manger Setting with the shepherds in that 7-day timeframe immediately after the birth of Christ.
Now when they appeared to the Christ child, the scholars have determined from one of many references in the Book of Matthew further down in verse 16 of Chapter 2, by the kings orders to slay all the children under the age of 2 years old. So I am free to conclude that they were looking for a child; not a baby.
So the Wise Men, the word of God tells us, came prepared, with gifts for a King.
The word of God tells us that the Wise Men thought to bring to this new born King, not a teddy bear, not toys, not a candy cane, not a bicycle; but, “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
Treasures befitting a “King”.
Yet, the Wise Men, the word of God tells us, brought to the Christ Child, “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
It says, when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Treasures, different, more significant than just a gift. For we give gifts at Christmas, but the true Son of God, the “King of the Jews”, received treasures of “gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.
Because, they were not giving their gifts to a child.
They were presenting their offerings to a King, Priest & Savior.
“Jesus, is the Reason for this Season”.
Devotionals: Matthew 2:1-16
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|Posted on December 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM||comments (1)|
As the baton passed this past week from one Patriarch to the next Man of God in my family of Levites, the Lord was sure to also give new orders to the Leaders in our family that will continue to carry their Mantels under new Oversight, (not restricted to my family only) in this New Year that is upon us.
As the history of our Patriarch this Mighty Man of God was eulogized, our David, the Rev. Esic Rhodes, Jr., son of our families’ Abraham, his father, the Rev. Esic Rhodes, Sr., was paid our respects as we said our “goodbyes” to the old; as new orders were transferred which came with Urgency, Power and Authority.
It is time now, to MOVE FORWARD.
As we move reconciled as one body into 2012, shoulder-to-shoulder/shield-to-shield on this battlefield, we carry a Mandate to walk in Authority; unchangeable, unmovable, steadily, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as we speak forth the uncompromised word of God.
In these last days there is no place for ‘gray’ areas as we must be now even more determined to continue to speak forth the truth in black and white, unwavering; but with more impact, emphasis and authority, forthright and direct, “thus saith the Lord” in this these last days.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” II Timothy 4:6
When a boxer prepares himself for the fight for the big crown, he exercises and challenges himself, eats protein and drinks those milkshakes.
This is not a boxing match; nor are we any longer on a training ground.
In this endtime hour we must be girded up in the word that has already been prepared for this day and time, for this hour; clothed in our armor; prepared for battle, weapons ready to fight in offense as well as defense of the Word of God.
The word is to “persevere, press-in and press on Mighty Warriors of the Lord! Give to those who will receive and shake the dust off your feet to those who do not. Shut down all the white noise even from ministries on the outside and get focused on what God is speaking directly to YOU.”
The Lord has shown me that not every piece of the Military stands in the same position.
There are those of us who are standing on the wall speaking forth what is to come;
and others that are fighting the enemy (wickedness) through the vehicles of prayer (praise, supplication, petition, intercession) in the Air: “high places, pulling down strongholds”, (binding, rebuking and delivering).
There are others who are foot soldiers, fighting in hand-to-hand combat, face to face; evangelizing, preaching and teaching the truth of the word.
There are others who are positioned to enter and surround the enemy unawares, from the backside.
‘Nobody’ stands in all places of position at one time; and ‘everyone’ does not have the same assignment on the battlefield. So stop looking to one another for direction; for the Commander-in-Chief, the God of Strategy, the Lord God Almighty has entered the room in All His Power, Glory and Authority and in His Majesty is speaking into you, YOUR assignment.
Let all the earth keep silence….and let Him speak directly to you as He takes you back to that original conversation you had with Him in your mother’s womb, to remind you of why you were called; taking you back so that you can move forward.
For, it is time NOW to not ‘walk’, but to “RUN with swiftness the race that YOU have been assigned. Stay focused and do not look to the left or to the right. For the Lord God has spoken and said, “I AM the Lord your God and I come quickly.
You have been taught to fish, now, become true Fishers of Men.
RUN! With my word of redemption.
RUN! With my word of restoration & reconciliation.
RUN! With my word of Salvation to Eternity.
For the time is not long and you must also get ready for the judgment-- for it is nigh.”
With or without you, I am determined to Run!
I've Got My Orders! And I am running the race that has been set before ME with focus in this endtime hour! I pray that you will heed the word of God and do the same. For as the Apostle Paul, I want my legacy to be:
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:…” II Timothy 4:7
Go in His Grace into the year 2012!
Torch photo: http:/devonadaptiverowing.blogspot.com/2011/05/2012-olympic-torch-comes-to-devon.html
December 9, 2011