Living for Christ

October 2012 Daily Devotion Archive

October 1:
The Ten-Fold Message of "What Jesus Taught": Final Warnings

"Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" - Matthew 7:21-23

False Professions (A lack of faith demonstrated; your profession is NO evidence.) - "Lord, Lord..." the second Lord leads me to think that this person has a relationship with the Lord, or rather, believes they do. This person has lived a deceived life and will not enter Heaven. When these people die and give an account of themselves, look at the list they give: They prophesied, cast out demons, performed many wonders, all in Jesus' name...and yet to their own glory. What did HE say? "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" A pastor said once that, in the Greek, lawlessness = no law. 1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is lawlessness.



October 2:
The Ten-Fold Message of "What Jesus Taught": Final Warnings

"Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" - Matthew 7:21-23

False Professions 1 John 3:6 tells us that no one who keeps sinning has either seen Him or has known Him. It's like Him saying, "Depart from Me those of you who claim to be my disciples who confess Me as Lord and yet you live as though I never gave you a law to obey." The question is not if you know Jesus, but rather, Does He know you? John 10:14 says, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own." Galatians 4:9 says, "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?"



October 3:
The Ten-Fold Message of "What Jesus Taught": Final Warnings

"Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" - Matthew 7:21-23

False Professions Psalm 37:38 says, "But the transgressors shall be destroyed together..." The NIV says, "All sinners will be destroyed." Who are they? Revelation 21:8 tells us, "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." I underlined two that can apply to just about all of us at one time or another. So, do you know Jesus, does Jesus know you?



October 4:
The Ten-Fold Message of "What Jesus Taught": Final Warnings

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." - Matthew 7:24-27

False Foundation - 2 Timothy 2:19 says, "Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.'" Iniquity = wickedness. Christ is a solid foundation, we can build upon. He is the Rock. When trouble comes, be sure to be firm, standing on the Rock!



October 5:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." - Matthew 8:1-4

The cleansing of the leper - The leper shows genuine faith. The NKJV Nelson's study Bible states, "It does not necessarily mean that if one simply believes, God will do something, but that He can do it." How many times have we prayed and expected God to do something instead of knowing that if He wills it, it will be done? Could your faith be stronger? Jesus wants the leper to honor the law of Moses by offering a sacrifice for his healing of leprosy. In doing this the Priest will soon find out the Messiah has come.



October 6:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed." ... When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" ... Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour. - Matthew 8:5-8, 10, 13

The centurion's servant healed of palsy - The centurion demonstrated great faith. He believed if Jesus just commanded this healing it would be done. In verses 10-13 Jesus is telling us that the Jews, who are sons of the kingdom will not feast in the kingdom, but Gentiles will. You see His own betrays Him and does not believe, yet the Gentiles will, and will feast at the wedding banquet. Jews thought that they had a passport to Heaven because they are God's chosen people, but they betrayed Him, and God now extends His forgiveness to all!



October 7:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. ... that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses." - Matthew 8:14-15, 17

Peter's wife's mother healed of fever - After Jesus healed Peter's mother she began to serve (probably cook) for Jesus and her guests. After we are sick typically we are weak, but in her case, Jesus completely healed her! In verse 17 Jesus is fulfilling prophesy. When it says he bore our sickness it does not mean that the sickness is transferred, but that he bore the burden of it.



October 8:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?" - Matthew 8:23-27

The stilling of the storm - At His word, and by God's will miracles happen! This happened to show them how little their faith is and to increase it! Jesus is master over ALL creation.



October 9:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

And suddenly [two demon-possessed men] cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. - Matthew 8:29-34

The demoniac healed - The demons knew who Jesus was; the Son of God! They also know that they will be judged by Him, and we see that they asked Him permission to go into the swine. It also must have been scary to those who witnessed this. A man able to command demons? Because of their lack of understanding and fear, they asked Him to leave.



October 10:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. - Matthew 9:1-8

The man cured of the palsy - The man with palsy was healed because of his faith; he believed that Jesus is who he says he is, and because this man believed, his sins are also forgiven him. I do not think I had realized this as two separate things happening and yet the same, because the healing was also proof that this man's sins were forgiven also.



October 11:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. - Matthew 9:20-22

The woman with the hemorrhage healed - This woman knew in her heart who Jesus was and believed in her heart that if she but touch His garment she would be healed. But Jesus knew, and made known the miracle that happened just then. Her healing was just proof of her faith. After you were saved, was their evidence of your faith? Something that changed? These people were ill, and the evidence was in the healing; for us, we receive the Holy Spirit as evidence we are forgiven and saved. In Matthew 9:12 Jesus said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." We are all sick in sin, in need of the Great Physician to heal our heart conditions--to heal the cancer which is sin. So, what changed in you?



October 12:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land. - Matthew 9:23-26

The ruler's daughter raised from the dead - Back in verses 18-19, the ruler came and worshipped Jesus demonstrating faith that if He just come and lay his hand on his daughter she would live. As these two with the disciples approached the home, look what happens: The crowd ridiculed Jesus. It seems they fear what they do not understand or who they do not understand.



October 13:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. - Matthew 9:27-31

Two blind men given sight - Again, more faith. That is what Jesus wanted from those He healed. He said to these men, "See that no one knows it." He did not want people to simply come to Him for healing. He wanted to heal their souls, and forgive their sins.



October 14:
The 10 Miracles of What Jesus Wrought

As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!" But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons." - Matthew 9:32-34

The dumb demonic healed - In Isaiah 35:4-6 it says, "Say to those who are fearful-hearted, 'Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.' Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing." So it was prophesied that when the Messiah comes He will do these things. The Pharisees completely miss it.



October 15:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me." - Matthew 11:2-6

John the Baptist - John is undecided here. He must have thought Jesus would have rode in, establish His kingdom and take over as King. John seems to have doubts as to whether or not Jesus is the Messiah; it seems His expectations are not met. What about you? Do you have expectations of Jesus that are not being met? Should it not be enough for us that if all He ever does for us is save us when we ask? Think about it.



October 16:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! But wisdom is justified by her children." - Matthew 11:16-19

This generation - The children of Israel are not accepting John's ministry, which they saw as a bunch of rules. They are also not accepting the ministry of Jesus when He associated with sinners and tax collectors. Israel's heart had grown hard and unresponsive.



October 17:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." - Matthew 11:20-24

The Galilean cities - The cities were unrepentant: After all the miracles and works Jesus had done, they still did not believe. Their punishment for seeing this and remaining hardened and still refusing to believe, is Hell.



October 18:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!" ... [Jesus said,] "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." ... And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--that they might accuse Him. ... [Jesus said,] "Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." ... Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. - Matthew 12:1-2, 8, 10, 12b, 14-15 (Also see Matthew 12:24-28, 38-40)

The Pharisees - The Pharisees are unreasonable, looking for anything that they can accuse Jesus of. They want Him killed! Look, Jesus answered each time: He is Lord of the Sabbath, it is lawful to do good, a kingdom divided against itself will not stand, only by God's Spirit can Jesus cast out demons, and they keep looking for a sign, when His time is come they will see that He is the Messiah who will rise and save.



October 19:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them." - Matthew 13:13-15

The Multitudes - The people are undiscerning. They do not understand. They are blind to the truth. Jesus speaks in parables to reveal and conceal truths. That is the purpose of a parable.



October 20:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?" So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. - Matthew 13:54-58

The Nazarethites - They refused to believe that this boy who grew up there, who played with the other kids, who was a carpenter's son, and as we know them, had step-sisters and step-brothers. He grew up just like all the other kids...so it seemed. Now He stands teaching as if He is God Himself! So they rejected Him. They lacked faith.



October 21:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him." - Matthew 14:1-2

Herod the King - John is dead and he thinks that Christ is John resurrected from the dead and performing these miracles. Herod even knew about Jesus, but we can see that Herod is an unintelligent person.



October 22:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? ... Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." - Matthew 15:1-3, 7-9

Jerusalem Scribes - These Scribes were so concerned about rituals and tradition that they fail to observe simple commands. They gave the appearance of following God, but they deny Him in their hearts. As Christians, we are to bring our thoughts into obedience of Christ. Dwell on His commands, hide His Word in our hearts, bind them around our necks and on the walls of our homes to keep us from sin. These scribes are unconciliatory, which means; irrational, harsh, and stubborn.



October 23:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red; and in the morning, It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening. Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed. - Matthew 16:1-4

Pharisees and Sadducees - They keep looking for a sign, when His time is come the only sign they will see is His death and resurrection from the grave (similar to Matthew 12:38-40). These men are unrelenting.



October 24:
The 10 Reactions What People Thought

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. - Matthew 16:13-20

The Twelve Apostles - After listening to what all the other people thought of Him, being amongst these evil men, the Holy Spirit reveals who Jesus is! They know who Jesus is. He is the Christ the Son of God! Such glad recognition!



October 25:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. - Matthew 19:13-15

Message: The little Children and Jesus - I can remember a dear old man in my home church. He had the heart of a little child. He prayed with passion and tears of emotion when his heart was burdened about the youth. He loved kids and wanted to see their salvation. He was excited about what the Lord was doing and what the Lord could do. He was so honest; he prayed so honestly and sincerely--a holy and righteous man. So, how are children likened to the kingdom of Heaven? Salvation and Heaven are gifts and a child accepts good gifts. Are we ready to accept what has been done for us, and readily receive the gifts God has for us, without question or hesitation; with eagerness and excitement, like a child?



October 26:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. - Matthew 19:13-15

Message: The little Children and Jesus - I can remember a dear old man in my home church. He had the heart of a little child. He prayed with passion and tears of emotion when his heart was burdened about the youth. He loved kids and wanted to see their salvation. He was excited about what the Lord is doing and what the Lord could do. He was so honest; he prayed so honestly, sincerely--a holy and righteous man. So, how are children likened to the kingdom of Heaven? Salvation and Heaven are gifts and a child accepts good gifts. Are we ready to accept what has been done for us, and readily receive the gifts God has for us without question or hesitation--with eagerness and excitement, like a child?



October 27:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. ... "And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." - Matthew 19:21-22, 24 (Full story: Read verses 16-26)

Message: The Rich Young Man - The rich man was seeing salvation being obtained by good works. You see, the religious leaders' example of religion was flaunty, and they appeared to live as good men. Jesus wanted this man to realize that only God is good and any good in another comes from God. Even if he wanted to keep the commands, that also comes from God. We are to live out these commands because that is what Christians are known by, and as an act of faith. To enter the kingdom. Jesus must be your Savior, as well as your Lord. He will save you, but have you given up the control? Are there any idols standing in your way? This was the rich man's problem, hindering him from eternal life. His wealth meant more to him than placing Jesus as Lord in his life. What is taking Jesus' place in your life?



October 28:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

"And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day. But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?" - Matthew 20:9-15a (Full Story: Read verses 1-16)

Message: The Parable of the Workers in a Vineyard - The Nelson Study Bible explains it this way, "In the context of Matthew, the workers with the contract represent Israel; they had the promises and the covenants. Those without an agreement represent the Gentiles, who would be made equal with the Jewish people when salvation became available to all through faith in Jesus Christ."



October 29:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." - Matthew 20:25-28 (Full story: Read verses 20-28)

Misunderstandings - As Christians, we are to carry our cross, along with the burdens of others. Here Jesus is asking these two men, James and John, if they could suffer as He would suffer. Ultimately, James was killed and John was exiled on Patmos. Jesus further says that it is not up to Him, but to God who has prepared those places. Have you ever realized that where you are, no matter how low or insignificant it is to you, God has a special plan for you and the lives you touch? No matter where we are in our walk with God, He always has a place for us; it just may not be where we want to be.



October 30:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: Approaching Jerusalem

Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!" Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!" So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened." So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. - Matthew 20:29-34

Miracles - Amazing, these two blind men knew the Lord Jesus and did not see him. Maybe they heard the crowd talking, but these men could see in their hearts and knew the truth long before they received physical sight, because they already believed it was Jesus!



October 31:
The Propaganda of the King of Judea: At Jerusalem

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them, and immediately he will send them." ... And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" - Matthew 21:1-3, 8-9 (Full story: Read verses 1-11)

The King and the nations - As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, we need to note a few things. Jesus is riding on a colt, which is a sign of humility. The disciples placed their cloaks on the colt for Jesus to sit upon, a sign of showing reverence and honor to royalty. The people in the crowd with Jesus as He is entering Jerusalem are waving and laying palm branches on the ground before Him, which is also a sign of reverence and honor to royalty. They are also singing, "Hosanna!" This word means, "save now!"