+ DAILY PRAYER +
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.
19 Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
20 You who have made me see
many troubles and calamities will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness,
O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed.
24 And my tongue will talk of your righteous help
all the day long, for they have been put to shame
and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.
Reading Num 3:1-21
3 These are the genealogies of Aaron and Moses ?at the time? when Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. 2 These are the names of the descendants of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 3 These are the names of the descendants of Aaron, the priests, the anointed ones whom ?he consecrated as priests?. 4 Nadab and Abihu died ?before Yahweh? when they presented a strange fire ?before Yahweh? in the desert of Sinai, and ?they had no children?. Eleazar and Ithamar served as priest during the presence of Aaron their father.
5 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Bring near the tribe of Levi, and ?set the tribe? ?before Aaron? the priest, and they will minister to him. 7 They shall observe his duties and the duties of the entire community before the tent of assembly, to do the work of the tabernacle. 8 And they will keep all the vessels of the tent of assembly and the responsibilities of the ?Israelites?, to do the work of the tabernacle. 9 You will give the Levites to Aaron and to his descendants; they are surely assigned to him from among the ?Israelites?. 10 But you will count Aaron and his descendants; they will keep their priesthood, and the stranger who approaches will be put to death.”
11 Yahweh spoke to Moses saying, 12 “I myself receive the Levites from the midst of the ?Israelites? in the place of all the firstborn of the offspring of the womb from the ?Israelites?. The Levites will be mine 13 because all the firstborn are mine; on the day of my killing all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I consecrated for myself all the firstborn in Israel, ?both humankind and animal?; they will be mine. I am Yahweh.”
14 Yahweh spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, saying, 15 “Muster the descendants of Levi according to ?their families?, according to their clans. You will count every male from ?one month? and above.” 16 So Moses mustered them according to the ?command of Yahweh?, just as he commanded. 17 These were the sons of Levi according to their names: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 18 And these are the names of the sons of Gershon according to their clans: Libni and Shimei. 19 And the sons of Kohath according to their clans: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 20 The sons of Merari according to their tribes: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to ?their families?.
21 ?To Gershon belonged? the clan of the Libnites and the clan of the Shimeites; these are the clans of the Gershonites.
Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You 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.