Day 9 - Where Do I Need Light Today?

Read Matthew 4:12-17

A prophet is quoted again!  This time the passage chosen from the prophets shows the focus of Jesus' ministry: light to the Gentiles.  The heart of Jesus' message? - Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near!  These were very strong words from a new King in an occupied nation.  Israel was not exactly in charge of it's own affairs.  They constantly had another nation looking over their shoulder and bossing them around.  For Jesus to declare that a kingdom is coming....let's just say it probably wasn't the safest thing to preach.

How do you think the very nationalistic, proud Jews felt about the prophecy that Matthew brings up?  If Israel is God's chosen people, then the Gentiles are clearly not the chosen people.  Why would the Messiah come to include them?

Lord, shine the light of your love and truth on the dark places of my life where I refuse to see people as you see them.  I surrender my will and weak flesh to your sovereign authority as the true King.


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