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Reading Deut 30 “And then when all of these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse that I have set ?before you??and you call them to mind? among the nations there where Yahweh your God has scattered you…
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.
3 O LORD, what is man that you regard him,
or the son of man that you think of him?
4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
5 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!
Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
6 Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
send out your arrows and rout them!
7 Stretch out your hand from on high;
rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
from the hand of foreigners,
8 whose mouths speak lies
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to you, O God;
upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
Reading Deut 30
30 “And then when all of these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse that I have set ?before you? ?and you call them to mind? among the nations there where Yahweh your God has scattered you, 2 and you return to Yahweh and you listen to his voice according to all that I am commanding you ?today?, both you and your children, with all your heart and with all your inner self, 3 and Yahweh your God will restore your fortunes, and he will have compassion upon you, and ?he will again gather you together? from all the peoples where Yahweh your God scattered you there.
4 “Even if ?you are outcasts? at the end of the heavens, even from there Yahweh your God shall gather you, and from there ?he shall bring you back?. 5 And Yahweh your God will bring you to the land that your ancestors had taken possession of, and he will make you successful, and he will make you more numerous than your ancestors.
6 “And Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring to love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your inner self ?so that you may live?. 7 And Yahweh your God will put all these curses on your enemies and ?on those who hate you?, on ?those who harassed you?. 8 And ?you will again listen? to the voice of Yahweh, and you will do all his commandments that I am commanding you ?today?. 9 And Yahweh your God will make you prosperous ?in all your undertakings?, and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground ?abundantly?, for Yahweh ?will again rejoice? over you, just as he rejoiced over your ancestors. 10 He will do this if you listen to the voice of Yahweh your God by keeping his commandment and his statutes written in the scroll of this law and if you return to Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your inner self.
11 “For this commandment that I am commanding you ?today? is ?not too wonderful for you?, and it is not too far from you. 12 It is not in the heavens ?so that you might say?, ‘Who will go up for us to the heavens and get it for us and cause us to hear it, so that we may do it?’ 13 And it is ?not beyond the sea?, ?so that you might say?, ‘Who will cross for us to the other side of the sea and take it for us and cause us to hear it, so that we may do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, even in your mouth and in your heart, ?so that you may do it?.
15 “See, I am setting ?before you? ?today? life and prosperity and death and disaster; 16 what I am commanding you ?today? is to love Yahweh your God by going in his ways and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his regulations, and then you will live, and you will become numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the ?land where you are going?. 17 However, if your heart turns aside and you do not listen and you are lured away and you bow down to other gods and you serve them, 18 I declare to you ?today? that you will certainly perish; ?you will not extend your time? on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to go there to take possession of it. 19 I invoke as a witness against you ?today? the heaven and the earth: life and death I have set ?before you?, blessing and curse. So choose life, so that you may live, you and your offspring, 20 by loving Yahweh your God by listening to his voice and by clinging to him, for he is your life and the length of your days in order for you to live on the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them.”
O God, whose infinite love restores to the right way those who err, gathers the scattered, and preserves those whom You have gathered, of Your tender mercy pour out on Your Christian people the grace of unity that, all schisms being healed, Your flock, gathered to the true Shepherd of Your Church, may serve You in all faithfulness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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.