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Daily Reading: 15th 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.

We continue to look at some of those who suffered persecution.

In Genesis there is the account of Joseph being persecuted by his brothers, who sold him into slavery.

Later he was persecuted by his Egyptian master and thrown in prison, because his master’s wife accused him of trying to seduce her.

One of the weapons of persecutors is false accusations. Jesus faced this when He was before the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin. They couldn’t get two witnesses to agree about anything concerning Jesus.

Perhaps most followers of Jesus will have to face people saying false things about them. Let us be encouraged to withstand this, because we share in the inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven.

During the Exodus Moses faced the persecution of his own people grumbling against him. This back fired as God caused the ground to open up and swallow up the grumblers.

Samson faced the persecution of the Philistines. They wanted to get rid of him, because he was too strong for them. They tricked his wife, a philistine, into luring Samson to reveal the secret of his strength.

Persecution can come from within our closest family members. Job’s wife turned against him, as well as did his three friends.

David was pursued and persecuted by Saul.

David wrote these words:

[12] The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.

[13] But the Lord just laughs, for He sees their day of judgment coming.

[14] The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.

[15] But they will be stabbed through the heart with their own swords,

and their bows will be broken – Psalm 37.12-15 (NLT).

David also understood that his persecutors would be judged by God; they would not go unpunished for their wicked treatment of those who put their trust in God.

Jesus gives all the persecuted the assurance that they will receive the Kingdom of Heaven.

The promise of Jesus is:

Be full of faith until death, and I will give to you the crown of life – Revelation 2.10.


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