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This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
He will never permit the righteous to be moved.
1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth quake!
2 The LORD is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
4 The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the LORD our God;
worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
Reading Num 9
9 Yahweh spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, in the second year after they came out from the land of Egypt, in the first month, saying, 2 “Let the ?Israelites? observe the Passover at its appointed time. 3 On the fourteenth day of this month ?at twilight? you will perform it at its appointed time according to all its decrees; and according to all its stipulations you will observe it.” 4 So Moses spoke to the ?Israelites? to observe the Passover. 5 And they observed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month ?at twilight? in the desert of Sinai. According to all that Yahweh commanded Moses, thus the ?Israelites? did.
6 And it happened, men who were unclean ?by a dead person? were not able to perform the Passover on that day. And they came ?before? Moses and Aaron on that day. 7 And those men said to him, “Although we are unclean ?by a dead person?, why are we hindered from presenting the offering of Yahweh at its appointed time in the midst of the ?Israelites??” 8 Moses said to them, “Stay. I will hear what Yahweh commands to you.”
9 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the ?Israelites?, saying, ‘Each man that is unclean ?by a dead person? or is on a far journey, you or your ?descendants?, he will observe the Passover of Yahweh. 11 On the second month on the fourteenth day ?at twilight? they will observe it; they will eat it with unleavened bread and bitter plants. 12 They will leave none of it until morning, and they will not break a bone in it; they will observe it according to every decree of the Passover. 13 But the man who is clean and not on a journey, and he fails to observe the Passover, that person will be cut off from the people because he did not present the offering of Yahweh on its appointed time. That man will bear his guilt. 14 If an alien dwells with you he will observe the Passover of Yahweh according to the decree of the Passover and according to its stipulation; thus you will have one decree for you, for the alien and for the native of the land.’ ”
The Cloud and the Fire
15 And on a day setting up the tabernacle, the cloud covered the tent of the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony; in the evening it was on the tabernacle as an appearance of fire until morning. 16 So it was continually; the cloud would cover it and the appearance of fire by night. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted up from on the tent, after that the ?Israelites? would set out, and in the place where the cloud dwelled, there the ?Israelites? camped. 18 On the ?command of Yahweh? the ?Israelites? would set out, and on the ?command of Yahweh? they encamped; all the days that the cloud dwelled on the tabernacle they encamped. 19 And when the cloud prolonged on the tabernacle many days the ?Israelites? kept the kept requirement of Yahweh and did not set out. 20 When the cloud ?remained? a number of days on the tabernacle, on the ?command of Yahweh? they encamped; and on the ?command of Yahweh? they set out. 21 When the cloud ?remained? from evening until morning, and the cloud lifted up in the morning, they would set out, or if it remained in the daytime and at night, when the cloud lifted up they set out. 22 When it was two days, a month, ?or a year? that the cloud prolonged to dwell on the tabernacle, the ?Israelites? encamped, and they did not set out; when it lifted up they set out. 23 On the ?command of Yahweh? they encamped, and on the ?command of Yahweh? they set out. They kept the requirement of Yahweh, on the ?command of Yahweh? in the hand of Moses.
Lord Jesus, when Peter fell before You in repentance as a sinful man, You absolved him of his sins by saying to him, “Fear not”; for by Your grace, he was worthy to stand in Your presence. Send us out like Peter to catch men alive, announcing to the world the forgiveness of sins that comes through You, our only Savior and Lord; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.