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2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
The Escape to Egypt
13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”[e]
16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. 17 Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A cry was heard in Ramah—
weeping and great mourning.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead.”[f]
The Return to Nazareth
19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”
21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
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Esther 8 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Decree to Help the Jews
8 On that same day King Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Then Mordecai was brought before the king, for Esther had told the king how they were related. 2 The king took off his signet ring—which he had taken back from Haman—and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed Mordecai to be in charge of Haman’s property.
3 Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. 4 Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she rose and stood before him.
5 Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. 6 For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?”
7 Then King Xerxes said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “I have given Esther the property of Haman, and he has been impaled on a pole because he tried to destroy the Jews. 8 Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king’s name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. But remember that whatever has already been written in the king’s name and sealed with his signet ring can never be revoked.”
9 So on June 25[a] the king’s secretaries were summoned, and a decree was written exactly as Mordecai dictated. It was sent to the Jews and to the highest officers, the governors, and the nobles of all the 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia.[b] The decree was written in the scripts and languages of all the peoples of the empire, including that of the Jews. 10 The decree was written in the name of King Xerxes and sealed with the king’s signet ring. Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service.
11 The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemies. 12 The day chosen for this event throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes was March 7 of the next year.[c]
13 A copy of this decree was to be issued as law in every province and proclaimed to all peoples, so that the Jews would be ready to take revenge on their enemies on the appointed day. 14 So urged on by the king’s command, the messengers rode out swiftly on fast horses bred for the king’s service. The same decree was also proclaimed in the fortress of Susa.
15 Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. 16 The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. 17 In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree arrived, the Jews rejoiced and had a great celebration and declared a public festival and holiday. And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.
(#351 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Its origin is profound to say the least. Vernacular comes from the root word which means “a slave born in the master’s house, rather than abroad.” Keeping this root meaning in mind will then bring greater illumination and spiritual significance to the definition of vernacular. It describes the normal, common, or native language spoken in a province. It’s the vocabulary of the national or domestic language, as opposed to foreign words. In the world of architecture, vernacular refers to buildings that have domestic functions. Now let’s blend these high concepts together so we can extract the spiritual significance. Even if born a slave, it is completely natural to learn and adopt the language of the master or the culture; it is the functional choice. For what master would have his servant learn any language other than that which fosters perfect understanding of all that the master requires? Consider who your Master is, and then ask yourself: “What language am I speaking?”
You were born-again into the Yahweh’s house. Before that time you were separate from the Messiah, excluded from citizenship of Israyl and foreigners to the covenants of the promise. You were far removed until the shed blood of the Messiah made you a citizen. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens of Israyl and also members of Yahweh’s household (Ephesians 2:12-13, 19). You were once bound to a different master and spoke a different language. Your new Master uses Kingdom vocabulary and speaks the language of Heaven when He communicates with you. Your redemption requires that you learn this new language, the native tongue that the Master uses to rule His domain (province). When you become a citizen who speaks the native tongue, foreigners will struggle to understand you. You will appear to them to be very peculiar (Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Peter 2:9).
Be not dismayed that you all-of-a-sudden seem strange to these aliens. You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israyl. (Ezekiel 3:5) You are being sent to those who speak the same vernacular, slaves born again into the Master’s house who now speak the King’s language. Was this not precisely Yahweh’s instruction to Yahshua? But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israyl. (Matthew 15:24) The sheep being sought after have a name; it is Israyl! Whether born in the house and separated at birth, or a slave grafted in (read Romans 11), the language of Heaven is for those the Father calls Israyl!
The vernacular of the Kingdom of Heaven was never meant to be understood by the masses loved one; it was, however, meant to rule the masses. Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. (Isayah 32:1) Come out from among the nations; leave Babylon (differing tongues leading to inner confusion) behind (Revelation 18:1-4). Learn the language of Heaven. And if you are destined to rule, it is your work to perfect the vernacular. Perhaps then, “Thy Kingdom come” will be “Thy Kingdom has come!”
What language are you speaking?
Love’s Attributes (6)
(#160 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“Love does not behave rudely!” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Love does not behave rudely, and therefore, Yahweh is not rude!
Everything in Yahweh’s Kingdom repeats in patterns loved one, and therefore, in your life as well. Through these patterns we can deduce many things about what our minds are saying and what our thoughts really mean. If you tend to be thinking rude thoughts towards someone, you do not “love” them! If you claim otherwise, either you or Yahweh is a liar. And last we checked, “Yahweh is not a man, that He should lie.” (Numbers 23:19) If you are indeed having rude thoughts, what are they really saying?
Is this not the whole crux of the matter? What does your rudeness say to Yahweh? You would do well to decipher this and walk it out to its end. “If you think rude thoughts, who are you truly bothered with?” If you let the Spirit prevail in the declaration that “He must increase, but you must decrease” (John 3:30), you will always discover that all of your rude thoughts and “mind issues” are with Yahweh Himself. The carnal mind is always at enmity against Yahweh! (Romans 8:7) And do not be deceived loved one; rudeness is carnal! Yahweh is the Creator of every aspect of your conscious and subconscious mind. Please understand that acknowledging the truth of what He has told you about yourself is essential on your path to whole-mindedness! And whole-mindedness is your path to perfect love.
This sixth pillar of love needs much work; for as you claim to love, and yet have rude thoughts, you remain steeped in your carnal lies. And these lies are the worst kind because you are lying to yourself!
I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. (John 13:34-35)
(#092 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
I will know that you stand firm in One Spirit, contending in One mind for the faith of the good news without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved, and that by the Almighty. (Philippians 1:27-28)
I will not leave this battlefield! I will raise no white flags! It’s not man that I fear, although you might think the tears are a sign of weakness. I know that I am to fear only Yahweh; it has been ingrained into my conscience. You might think that time away from my family will change my course, and in Him I say no. No! I will persevere in the strength of my Heavenly Father, for it is only in Him that I live and move and have my identity (Acts 17:28).
I hide under the shadow of His wings. I cry out, “Be merciful to me, O Mighty One, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1) I declare to mankind, “Your battle is not with me, but with Him, and therefore my calamity will pass at your expense. Your hopes will be dashed, your tactics exposed. You are powerless in the name of Yahshua. You are defeated in the name of Yahshua. Your lies are exposed in the name of Yahshua. Yahweh will cause [my] enemies who rise against [me] to be defeated before [my] face; they shall come out against [me] one way and flee before [me] seven ways.” (Deuteronomy 28:7) “Your end has come. Cry uncle right now O man; surrender. Ask Yahweh for mercy or your wounds will only be more penetrating. Victory has come for me. Victory has come and it is in the power of the Name; Yahweh!”
(#003 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Oh My little ones, if I gave you a glimpse into My day, you would experience both wonder and conviction. Come with Me for a moment, above the clouds. Look down on humanity with Me; listen with a discerning ear. Can you hear the prayers, the ones that actually get past the clouds? (Lamentations 3:44) Do you hear the prayer prayed most often? “Talk to me Yahweh.” Yes, that one.
“How can this be,” I ask? My word is My voice. My Son is My voice. My voice is written from Genesis to Revelation. The problem is not whether I have spoken; it is the time you spend listening. Such little time you give Me.
Have I not told you the wise man rises before the birds to seek My face? I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. (Proverbs 8:17) Why, then, do you make your own plans and throw Me in the middle? You extract verses that fit your agenda, and then fall into despair when none of it manifests. Am I here for your amusement and convenience? Or, am I the one who delights in disciplining My sons and daughters in order to perfect them? (Deuteronomy 8:5)
My voice is all around you; have I not written so? But, it is in the silence that My words manifest, not in the chaos, not in the fire, and not in the flesh. I commune using My still small voice within you (1 Kings 19:12). Like a sleeping baby in My arms, I whisper to you. “My loved one, come away with Me; come away with Me; come away with Me.”
Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to Yahweh; Let us lift our hearts and hands to the Mighty One in heaven. (Lamentations 3:40-41)
Merciful One from the Suffer Well Devotional Series) Here is the link to the video on Mercy by Carols Perdomo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLxlN… Yet He was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time, He restrained His anger and did not stir up His full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. (Psalm 78:38) It is because of My love for you that I grieve over you. You see, your anger manifests from selfish desire, whereas Mine rises in desiring for you. Have I not said all that I have done is good? (Genesis 1:31; Romans 8:28) Every time you walk away from My Garden of love, My only choice is to watch, as My children walk into pain. My anger is kindled as you walk away from all of the blessings I have for you. Do I raise cursed children? Oh how you need to long to know Me better. My ways, unlike yours, are always directed towards goodness. How many times would you watch a young child slam her head into a wall, after explaining to her why it will only hurt her? What bothers you most about a scenario as this? Of course, it is the pain you see the young girl putting herself through. After a bit, it causes you to stop her against her will. Yes My child, this is what burdens Me about My children. The constant desire to add pain to the life I have provided for you. Yes, now you see. Obedience to Me is mandatory, however, only so I can bless you more. I am Abba Father, and I know better than you.
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