Matthew 4 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Yeshua was going all over Galilee,teaching in their synagogues preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness among the people.” Matthew 4:23
Before we moved to California,my family and I lived in suburban Chicago…the #2 least-churched city in America. A person’s success in Chicago seems only hindered by their willingness to get up early and work late. In a word, it’s driven.
Soon after school began, it became apparent that we were going to have a Bible study before school. We started in Matthew chapter 1, and every day I would teach something from the next chapter. Sound familiar…?
When we got to Matthew Chapter 4, I asked, “What was the good news of the kingdom that Yeshua was teaching and preaching?” My daughter Ruth answered quickly, “That Yeshua died for us?” Nope. This was 3 years before He did that.
So, what was the “good news” Yeshua was preaching?
The good news that Yeshua was preaching is very simple:G_d can be trusted to fulfill His promises. 400 years had past since Israel’s last prophet. 14 generations had past since their exile to Babylon. Had G_d forsaken His promises and covenant with Israel?Not in the least.
Messiah was standing before Israel, accompanied by signs &wonders. The reason why Yeshua came first to the Jew, then to the Gentile, is because the promises were given to the Jew first. The Jews who believed G-d’s promises of Messiah were looking & praying for the “deliverer”. Yeshua came at the time G-d appointed and He didn't just heal a few sick people. He healed every kind of sickness, including the root of all sickness, sin.
Are you searching for deliverance? Do you feel lonely and forsaken by G_d? I have GOOD NEWS for you: G-d can be trusted!!
“Whoever calls on the Name of the L-rd will be saved.”Romans 10:13
G_d has promised never to leave or forsake His children.Because He was faithful to fulfill His promise concerning the atoning work of Messiah, Yeshua, we know that G_d’s yet-to-be fulfilled promises to believers(including spending eternity with Him because of our faith in Yeshua) can be trusted, as well.
~Steve Wiggins, Assistant Rabbi
Daily Devotional, Tuesday April 23, 2013