OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Mar 01]--Right-Hand Man

Daniel 7:9-14

            Christians have a lot of names or titles for our Savior (which is of course one of my favorites). His name was Jesus, which means “God saves” or “God to the rescue,” but his titles are many. He’s called the Lord, the Son of God, the Alpha and Omega, Lamb of God, and Christ (or Messiah) among many others. He obviously accepted these titles. But if you didn’t know already, you might be surprised to learn what Jesus’ favorite self-designation was.

            What did he call himself while he was on earth? Well, for some reason he called himself the “Son of Man.” In fact, often he refers to the “Son of Man” in the third person, and if you were reading the Gospels for the first time you might wonder who this guy is who Jesus is talking about. Then you realize, “Oh wait, he’s referring to himself. . .”

            Why did he do this? There are two explanations, and but since Jesus never explained himself, I wouldn’t be dogmatic about either of them. The first that I’ve heard is that this is his identification with humanity. He certainly did that. The first chapter of Matthew has a list of names in his human ancestry, and there are quite a few characters on that list of whom I’d be ashamed to associate myself. But he squeezed himself down into a human body and took up our nature and experience to the fullest (minus sin). And then he associated himself with our sin (in a sense) when he took our sin upon himself on the cross. So there’s no aspect of our existence with which he’s not intimately acquainted.

            So maybe that’s why he used the term to refer to himself. The phrase is pretty generic and actually means “human being.” The Lord called Ezekiel that several times, and there was no Messianic undercurrent when that happened.

            But there’s another explanation, and it’s just as valid, if not slightly more. Jesus couldn’t call himself the Messiah, nor did he encourage others (most of the time) to call him that, simply because the word had political implications which would mislead people as to his mission. He didn’t come to set up a political kingdom on earth (not this time, anyway); he came to redeem us and claim the spiritual kingdom that his Father would give him.

            But by calling himself the Son of Man, it’s pretty likely he was identifying himself with the “son of man” described in today’s passage, and that is the Messiah. This Son of Man comes into the Almighty’s throne room, approaches the Lord God, and receives from him “authority, glory and sovereign power” and the worship of the nations. Not for a brief spell like every other ruler who’s ever lived: His kingdom is an eternal one that shall never end. This is undoubtedly in stark contrast to the monotonous string of kingdoms in chapter two (which we examined yesterday). The Almighty Father has a “right-hand man” in whom he vests all authority.

You ever hear the term “flash in the pan”? That’s the perfect description of every earthly kingdom. But not this one. He set up a spiritual kingdom over every kingdom on earth and over every authority in the spiritual realm. And one day he’ll return to complete the process of world conquest.

Why is this important to us? Well, I have nothing really new to tell you. Just a reminder that in the context of this passage, it’s easy to forget that the Enemy’s kingdom has only a short number of days, and not a second longer than has been given to him by our Father. And when the time is right, the “Son of Man” will claim his kingdom for all to see. Are you ready for that? Really?

Lord Jesus, I know that you rule over the heavens and over authority and over everything seen and unseen. But there are some pockets of rebellion—within me. Please put them under siege, and be ruthless.

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