March 8, 2019 Daily Devotional
Read: Deuteronomy 19
“If a malicious witness comes forward and gives false testimony against someone, then both the men involved in the controversy are to stand before Adonai, before the priests and the judges in office at the time. The judges are to investigate carefully. If they find that the witness is lying and has given false testimony against his brother, you are to do to him what he intended to do to his brother. In this way, you will put an end to such wickedness among you.” (Deuteronomy 19:16-19 CJSB)
Those claiming to love the Christ-to-come hated Jesus of Nazareth. It wasn’t that they simply struggled to see Jesus as Messiah. No, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day altogether hated that He claimed to be so. The second Person of the Trinity Who was, is, and is to come was before them, and their misguided theology and pride blinded them from welcoming the Savior come. So, they concocted a malicious and false testimony against Him. The ones who were to judge in such cases became the fabricators of the falsehood. “You are to do to him what he intended to do to his brother.” Jesus did not desire to see Annas, nor Caiaphas, nor any of His accusers condemned to a cross. Christ came and received the cross of sin and death, so that we could bear a cross of surrender, rather than a tree of spiritual criminality. The innocent One welcomed our guilt, so that the guilty could receive the Messiah’s innocence. It is time to put an end to the malice, falsehood, and wickedness among us.
Today's Meditation: Give truth to the world.
Look to the East,