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Secretly

December 20, 2016

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Secretly

Sometimes,  doing things “secretly”  have  good  and loving surprises  in mind.     And,  then again  sometimes,  doing things “secretly”  have sinister,  evil plans  in mind  that won’t work  unless they remain hidden.     King Herod  of Judea  had very sinister,  evil plans  when the magi  from the East asked  where the new  “King of the Jews”  was to be born.     They had followed “a star”  and felt like  it was pointing  to Jerusalem,  the capital of Judea.

Seeing  “a star” was important  because of Balaam’s prophecy  of a King  in Numbers 24:17,  describing a powerful king,

I see him,  but not now;
I behold him,  but not near;
A star shall come forth  from Jacob,
A scepter  shall rise  from Israel,
And shall crush  through the forehead  of Moab,
And tear down  all the sons  of Sheth.

Herod wanted all the power  and was not willing  to give it up.     So,  Herod asked the Jewish religious leaders  where the Christ King  was to be born.     They answered,  “Bethlehem”,  because  Micah 5:2  says,

But  as for you,  Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little  to be among  the clans  of Judah,
From you  One will go forth  for Me  to be ruler  in Israel.
His goings forth  are from long ago,
From the days  of eternity.

Then Herod  “secretly”  told the Magi  where to find  the baby King  —  and to report back,  so he too  could worship the new King.     That was  an evil lie  because Herod wanted  to kill the baby Jesus  before He had a chance  to grow up  and take the throne.

God foiled Herod’s sinister plan.     But  even today,  Satan works  through unbelievers  “secretly”  making plans  to tear down Christianity.     Some of Satan’s techniques  include false doctrines,  cults,  New Age practices,  superstitions,  greed for worldly stuff,  faithlessness,  etc.

But,  God remains with all  who put their trust  in Him,  so we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your eternal victory,  over sin,  death,  and the devil.”

Love,
Margaret

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

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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