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That Which Does Not Profit

December 21, 2014

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That Which  Does Not Profit

There is that saying  that is used year around  —  and especially  at Christmas time  —  “Wise Men Still Follow Him“.     It is in reference  to the magi,  also called the wise men,  who traveled  for two years  following a star  (because they probably were astrologers),  in order  to find  and worship the Messiah King.     The whole story  is told  in chapter 2 of Matthew.

The point is  that even though  they were  from a foreign country  (possibly Babylon  or somewhere  in the Persian Empire),  they had the common sense  to recognize  a truth  and the wherewithal  to endure hardship  because  of that truth.     When the Israelites  were exiles  in their area  many years before,  God’s word  was listened to  and absorbed  by their captors.     In God’s word  was Balaam’s prophecy  of a King  in Numbers 24:27,  saying,

A star  shall come forth  from Jacob,
And a scepter  shall rise  from Israel…

This prophecy  was noted  by the wise men,  and when they saw  a special star  in the sky,  they decided  to follow it  and find the prophesied King.     As the account goes  in chapter 2  of Matthew,  they finally found the King,  Baby Jesus,  and worshiped Him,  presenting Him  with the finest  of their gifts  —  gold,  frankincense,  and myrrh.     Then they had the common sense  to listen  to a warning  from God  in a dream,  and returned  to their home  by a different route  because King Herod  would have killed them  for not reporting  the whereabouts  of the Baby King.

Their faith  in God’s prophesied word  gave them the strength  to endure hardships  and dangers.     Their obedience  by faith  was honored  by the Lord,  as they were kept safe  for their journey.     When they saw Joseph,  Mary,  and Jesus,  the humbleness  of this poor King’s family  did not shake their faith  about Jesus’ true Kingship.     That shows  that they trusted God’s ways  far above  what most people  would tend  to think.     Their trust was truly wise.

In contrast  to the faith  and wisdom  of these foreign astrologers,  is how Israel  was during the time  of Jeremiah,  around 600 B.C.     Israel  was so degenerate  at that time  that the LORD prophesied  to Israel  through Jeremiah  in Jeremiah 2:4, 8, and 11,  saying,

What injustice  did your fathers find  in Me,
That they went far  from Me
And walked  after emptiness  and became empty?…….

And walked  after things  that did not profit…….

Has a nation changed gods,
When they were not gods?
But My people  have changed their glory
For that which  does not profit.

And so  it is today.     People all around the world  celebrate “Christmas”  with Santa,  elves,  reindeer,  presents,  feasts,  and music  of all sorts.     With all this empty celebrating  they have exchanged  the glory  of God  in Christ Jesus  for things  that do “not profit” them.     They are so unwise  that they refuse  to accept  the truth  about the birth  of Christ.     There is a better way  to celebrate  the Truth.

The truth is  that we are all sinners,  doomed  to die eternally.     But,  God’s love  for us  is so great  beyond words,  that He sent Jesus  to be born  in poverty,  suffer,  die,  and be resurrected  as a full payment  for all  of our sins.     This Jesus reigns eternally  as King of kings,  LORD  of lords,  and God  of gods.     Wise men  will not only see this,  but will accept Jesus  as King  in their hearts.     With Jesus  as a true King  in their hearts,  they will obey  His ways,  because they realize  it will be  to their eternal glory,  peace,  and joy.     That will be incalculable “profit”  for all eternity.

Wisely following  our Lord  and King,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  there is no other king  as wonderful  as You  and so filled  with love,  forgiveness,  and faithfulness  as You are  for Your people.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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