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Reading Deut 28:36-48 Yahweh will bring you and your king whom you set up over you to a nation that you or your ancestors have not known, and there you will serve other gods of wood and stone. 37 And you will become a horror and a proverb and ridicule among all the peoples where Yahweh drives you there….
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.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
his name is the LORD; exult before him!
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10 your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
Reading Deut 28:49-68
49 Yahweh will raise up against you a nation from far off, from the end of the earth, attacking as the eagle swoops down, ?a nation whose language you will not understand?, 50 ?a grim-faced nation? ?who does not show respect? to the old and the young and does not show pity. 51 And it shall consume the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your ground ?until you are destroyed?, and who will not leave for you any grain, wine, and olive oil, ?calves of your herds?, and ?lambs of? your flock ?until it has destroyed you?. 52 And it shall besiege you in all your towns ?until your high and fortified walls fall?, which you are trusting in ?throughout your land?; and it shall besiege you in all of your towns in all of your land that Yahweh your God has given to you. 53 And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and your daughters, whom Yahweh your God gave to you, ?during the siege and during the distress? your enemy inflicts upon you. 54 The most refined and the very sensitive man among you ?shall be mean with his brother? and ?against his beloved wife? and against the rest of his children that he has left over, 55 ?by refraining from giving? to even one of them any of the meat of his children that he eats, because there is not anything that is left over for him ?during the siege and distress? that your enemy inflicts upon you. 56 The most refined and the most delicate woman among you, who shall not venture to put the sole of her foot on the ground from being so delicate and from such gentleness, ?shall be mean to her beloved husband? and against her son and against her daughter, 57 and even concerning her afterbirth ?that goes out? from between her feet and also concerning her children that she bears, because she eats them for lack of anything in secret ?during the siege and during the distress? that your enemy inflicts upon her in your ?towns?.
58 “If ?you do not diligently observe? all the words of this law written in this scroll by revering this glorious and awesome name, Yahweh your God, 59 then Yahweh shall overwhelm you with your plagues and the plagues of your offspring, severe plagues and lasting illnesses, grievous and enduring. 60 And he shall bring back upon you all the diseases of Egypt concerning which ?you were in dread? ?because of them?. 61 Also any illness and any plague that is not written in the scroll of this law, he shall bring them, Yahweh, upon you until you are destroyed. 62 And you shall remain ?only a few people? in place of the fact you were formerly as the stars of heaven as far as number is concerned, because you did not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God. 63 ?And then? as Yahweh delighted over you ?to make you prosperous? to make you numerous, so Yahweh shall delight over you to exterminate you and to destroy you, and so you shall be plucked from the land that you are going there to take possession of it. 64 And Yahweh shall scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth up to the other end of the earth, and there you shall serve other gods that you have not known nor your ancestors, gods of wood and stone. 65 And among these nations you shall not find rest, and there shall not be a resting place for the sole of your foot, and Yahweh shall give you there an anxious heart and a weakening of eyes and a languishing of your inner self. 66 And ?your life shall hang in doubt before you?, and you shall be startled night and day, and you shall not be confident of your life. 67 In the morning you shall say, ‘?If only it was evening?!’ and in the evening you shall say ‘?If only it was morning?!’ because of the dread of your heart that you shall feel, and because of the sight of your eyes that you shall see. 68 And Yahweh shall bring you back to Egypt in ships by the route that I ?promised? to you that ‘?You shall not see it again?!’ And you shall sell yourself there to your enemies as slaves and as female slaves, but there will not be a buyer.”
Mighty God, Your crucified and buried Son did not remain in the tomb for long. Give us joy in the tasks set before us, that we might carry out faithful acts of service as did Joanna, Mary, and Salome, offering to You the sweet perfume of our grateful hearts, so that we, too, may see the glory of Your resurrection and proclaim the Good News with unrestrained eagerness and fervor worked in us through our Lord Jesus Christ, who rose 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.