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Daily Reading: 14th September 2016

 

Matthew 5.10 cont.

Oh the blessing of the ones having been persecuted on account of their being righteous, because the kingdom of the heavens is theirs.

Persecution has always been with us, and Jesus promised that it always will be with us until He comes again in His glory.

The writer to the Hebrews gives a chilling list of some of those who suffered persecution, not just from the Old Testament, but also from the time between the two Testaments.

In chapter 11 he lists many of the heroes of faith who suffered for their faith in God.

Let’s read about these heroes of faith from Hebrews 11:24.40

There was Moses:

[26] He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him (NLT).

He then lists a number of others who are examples of faith under persecution:

[32] Well, how much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.

[33] By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,

[34] quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

[35] Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others trusted God and were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. They placed their hope in the resurrection to a better life.

 [36] Some were mocked, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in dungeons.

[37] Some died by stoning, and some were sawed in half; others were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, hungry and oppressed and mistreated.

[38] They were too good for this world. They wandered over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground (NLT).

There are many incidents of God’s people remaining faithful to Him despite the persecution that they suffered.

Their inheritance is the Kingdom of Heaven.

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