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Does God Protect Us from Danger? (Y1.T1.D13)

Updated: Sep 18


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Yes. God knows how frail we are and warns us of impending danger.


We see a great example of this at the time of Jesus' birth. God determined who would and would not see the young Savior.


That might sound harsh, but the reality is, not all people had his best interest at heart. Herod, who felt threatened by Jesus, granted the wise men permission to go and see the young child and bring back information, but in reality, Herod wanted him killed. Fortunately, angels instructed the wise men to go home a different way.


Of course, today, every person on earth can access the Savior. The good, the bad, and the indifferent can all approach the King of kings because “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).


However, while Jesus has the power to handle anyone, we aren't equally equipped. Like the wise men of Jesus' day, we need God to determine who should be in our inner circle. That's why the Bible encourages us to surround ourselves with men and women of honor and integrity and not hang out with people who pursue deceit and disaster (Psalm 1:1–6).


Is it always easy to discern the intent of others? No, I wish it was.


But God promised in Psalm 37:7 that if we rested in him, we wouldn't have to worry about men who make wicked plots. And because God has "created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame, and forges a weapon for his work; and (he has) created the destroyer to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you will prevail." (Isaiah 54:16–17)


God’s Warning in Action


25 Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 He came in the Spirit into the temple. When the parents brought in the child, Jesus, that they might do concerning him according to the custom of the law, 28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,


29 “Now you are releasing your servant, Master,

according to your word, in peace;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;

32 a light for revelation to the nations,

and the glory of your people Israel.”


33 Joseph and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him, 34 and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. 35 Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


36 There was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn’t depart from the temple, worshiping with fastings and petitions night and day. 38 Coming up at that very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:25–38)


1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet, (Matthew 2:1–5)


1 Now you shall gather yourself in troops,

daughter of troops.

He has laid siege against us.

They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. (Micah 5:1)

Micah 5:2a, Matthew 2:6

2b But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

being small among the clans of Judah,

out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel;

whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.

3 Therefore he will abandon them until the time that she who is in labor gives birth.

Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel.

4 He shall stand, and shall shepherd in the strength of Yahweh,

in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God:

and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth.

5a He will be our peace (Micha 5:2b–5a)


7 For Yahweh says,

“Sing with gladness for Jacob,

and shout for the chief of the nations.

Publish, praise, and say,

‘Yahweh, save your people,

the remnant of Israel!’

8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country,

and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth,

along with the blind and the lame,

the woman with child and her who travails with child together.

They will return as a great company.

9 They will come with weeping.

I will lead them with petitions.

I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters,

in a straight way in which they won’t stumble;

for I am a father to Israel.

Ephraim is my firstborn.


10 “Hear Yahweh’s word, you nations,

and declare it in the distant islands. Say,

‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,

and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock.’

11 For Yahweh has ransomed Jacob,

and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.

12 They will come and sing in the height of Zion,

and will flow to the goodness of Yahweh,

to the grain, to the new wine, to the oil,

and to the young of the flock and of the herd.

Their soul will be as a watered garden.

They will not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance;

the young men and the old together;

for I will turn their mourning into joy,

and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

14 I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness,

and my people will be satisfied with my goodness,” says Yahweh. (Jeremiah 31:7–14)


Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:18

16 Yahweh says:

“Refrain your voice from weeping,

and your eyes from tears;

for your work will be rewarded,” says Yahweh.

“They will come again from the land of the enemy.

17 There is hope for your latter end,” says Yahweh.

“Your children will come again to their own territory.


18 “I have surely heard Ephraim grieving thus,

‘You have chastised me,

and I was chastised, as an untrained calf.

Turn me, and I will be turned;

for you are Yahweh my God.

19 Surely after that I was turned.

I repented.

After that I was instructed.

I struck my thigh.

I was ashamed, yes, even confounded,

because I bore the reproach of my youth.’

20 Is Ephraim my dear son?

Is he a darling child?

For as often as I speak against him,

I still earnestly remember him.

therefore my heart yearns for him.

I will surely have mercy on him,” says Yahweh.


21 “Set up road signs.

Make guideposts.

Set your heart toward the highway,

even the way by which you went.

Turn again, virgin of Israel.

Turn again to these your cities.

22 How long will you go here and there,

you backsliding daughter?

For Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth:

a woman will encompass a man.” (Jeremiah 31:16–22)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Please give me the patience of Simeon and Anna, who waited a lifetime to see you. Help me trust in You with all my heart and no lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Guide me toward those who seek your ways and away from people who prefer unhealthy and dangerous behavior (Psalm 1:1–2). Thank You for being my refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm 91:2). My life is forever Yours.


Amen.


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