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Romans 2:10
...but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew and then for the Gentile.

Paul is building the case for the Gospel by connecting our behavior with the judgment we receive from God, and showing that actions bring consequences. We will not be condemned for not believing in Jesus. We will be condemned for our sins. Not believing in Jesus will be a rejection of the only deliverance from sin that exists in this fallen world. But there is a temporal benefit to following, even unwittingly, the Law of God. Good people have a better time in this life than those who do evil. The problem is that none of us is perfect, and we cannot get to heaven without perfection. Lord, thank You for living a perfect life on our behalf and dying to pay for our sins. We trust in You.
Acts 2:10
...Phrygia and Pamphillia, Egypt and the parts of Libbya near Cyrene, visitors from Rome...

This is part of the list of the many strangers to Jerusalem gathered at this important time and being part of the miracle of Pentecost. The wonder that all these people could hear the praises of God in their native tongues was the great confirmation that this message of salvation was for all peoples. Great weight came upon the words of Peter, as he explained the phenomenon. The result was three thousand converted. Thank You, Lord, that the message has come to us in a language we understand. Thank You for the work of Your Spirit bringing us to repentance and faith. Thank You, Jesus for Your Salvation. Establish and strengthen Your church in our day in the place where we live. Make what You have done in us a means to win others.
John 2:10
... and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine when the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now

This is included in the sacred record to make clear the reality of the miracle Jesus just performed. But it also shows us more about Jesus Himself. He does all things well. He blesses more than we could ask or think. The larger passage tells us that the ruler of the feast knew nothing about the origin of the wine, but the servants knew. In most manifestations of the power and glory of Jesus, there are people who know the inside story, and for them the preciousness of Jesus Himself is known. Lord, Thank You for the wonders all about us that You have done. Thank You that we have seen Your hand and can praise You.
Luke 2:10
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all the people."

This is the only time an angel ever got to preach the Gospel. Good news to all the people through a Son that was born. God has ordained that it be men who make clear to other men the details about this Child, through their personal experience of seeking and finding Him. The angel was right about it bringing great joy. He was only speaking by hearsay when he spoke about salvation, since he had never fallen, and no angels that had fallen ever had opportunity to repent. Lord, thank You for sending Your Son and sending forth the message of salvation. Thank You that we have been enabled to hear, and thank You for the great joy it has brought us.

Mark 2:10
But that you might know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"..he said to the paralytic...

Jesus did not go about doing good simply because He hated to see suffering and had the ability of alleviate. He did His miracles to demonstrate who He was, that men may believe on Him and receive forgiveness for their sins. It is explicit in this passage, but implied wherever He displays His mighty power or His tender love. He came to Earth to reveal Himself to fallen men and to do what was necessary to redeem them. Thank You, Lord, for visiting us with Your salvation and opening our eyes to see what You were about. Help us to recognize Your purpose in doing what You did, and help us truly come to You to receive the wonders of Your salvation. Praise Your Great Name!
Matthew 2:10
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

It must have been perplexing for the wise men to arrive at Jerusalem and lose touch with the star that had guided them the whole long way. We can see God’s larger plan to fulfill the prophecy of the weeping in Rama, and the flight to Egypt and the re-settling in Galilee. Hindsight is easy. But the wise men had to go to Herod in order to set these things in motion. Herod’s infamy was not yet complete. They must be deceived and go on their way, and they must be told not to report back to Herod. All that receded when they saw the star again, and rejoice to be guided to their journey’s end. Lord, there is much surrounding us we don’t understand. Encourage us to the journey’s end. Draw near in Jesus to bless and guide.

Malachi 2:10
Have we not all one Father? Did not one
God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?

Honesty and faithfulness are prized by every people, at least among themselves. Perhaps one can lie to or steal from a stranger, but among relations we must be upright. All cultures value this. God reminds us that there is a sense in which we are brothers to all mankind, and our obligations with regard to honesty touch all people. Lord, help us to see that uprightness of heart and life is fundamental to our walk with You and our testimony to others. Help us to live lives that are above reproach, with a good reputation toward outsiders. Help us to be like our Savior, in Whom was no sin. Fill us with Your Spirit, Lord Jesus. Help us be like You.
Zechariah 2:10
"Shout and be glad, O daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the Lord.

No Old Testament prophet could have guessed what God meant when He made this promise to His people. If the Son of God had not come to earth to bring about the salvation of those who would ever be lost without Him, man would have no hope. But such a thing would never have entered into the mind of sinful man. God has done more than we could ever ask or think.
Seeing Jesus, we rejoice in every prophecy of this type, and we glorify the God of Mercy and of Grace. He us fulfilling His purpose of redemption, planned from before the foundation of the world. We thank You, Holy God, and are deeply thankful for Jesus, Your Son. Dwell in our hearts now and forever more!

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