Daily Devotion and Prayer for December 11th

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Joab Assassinates Abner Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Abner came here to you? Why have you dismissed him that he ?actually went away?? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you. He came to learn about your going out and coming in and to know all which you are doing.”…

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.

Amen.

     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. 

Psalm 5:1-8

1  To the choirmaster: for the flutes.

A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD;

consider my groaning. 

2  Give attention to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 

3  O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. 

4  For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

evil may not dwell with you. 

5  The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;

you hate all evildoers. 

6  You destroy those who speak lies;

the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

7  But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

will enter your house. I will bow down

toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 

8  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness

because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 

Reading for Monday December 11th       2 Samuel 3:24-4:12

Joab Assassinates Abner

24 Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Abner came here to you? Why have you dismissed him that he ?actually went away?? 25 You know that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you. He came to learn about your going out and coming in and to know all which you are doing.” 26 Then Joab went out from David, and he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from Bor Hasirah, but David did not know it.

27 When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the middle of the gate to speak with him in private. Then he struck him in the stomach there and he died, ?for he had shed the blood of Asahel his brother?. 28 When David heard this afterwards, he said: “I and my kingdom are innocent ?before Yahweh? forever for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 May the blood come down on the head of Joab and all the house of his father. ?May the house of Joab never lack? one with a bodily discharge or one with leprosy or one who grasps the distaff or one who falls by the sword or one who is lacking food.”

30 So Joab and Abishai, his brother, killed Abner because he had killed Asahel, their brother, at Gibeon in the battle. 31 David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothing and put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner.” Now King David was following after the bier. 32 And they buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. 33 The king sang a lament for Abner and said, “Should Abner have died the death of a fool? 34 Your hands were not tied and your feet were not in contact with bronze fetters. You have fallen as one who falls before sons of wickedness.” Then ?all the people wept over him again?. 35 Then all the people came to give David food. Still on that day, David swore, “?May God punish me? if I taste food or anything before the sun goes down.” 36 All the people noticed, and it was good in their eyes, as everything that the king did was good in the eyes of all the people. 37 Then all the people and all of Israel realized on that day that ?the king had not desired? to kill Abner the son of Ner. 38 Then the king said to his servants, “Did you not realize that a prince and a great man has fallen today in Israel? 39 I am weak today even though anointed king, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are crueler than I am. May Yahweh pay them back for doing wickedness according to their own wickedness.”

Ish-Bosheth is Assassinated

4 When the son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, ?his courage failed? and all of Israel was horrified. Two of the men, commanders of the raiding bands, were for the son of Saul. The name of one was Baanah, and the name of the other was Recab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the descendants of Benjamin; also, Beeroth was regarded as belonging to Benjamin. The Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and they are resident aliens there until this day. (Now Jonathan the son of Saul had a son who was crippled in the feet. He was ?five years old? when the message of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse had picked him up and fled. It happened that as she was hurrying away to flee, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.) When the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Recab and Baanah, set out, they came at the heat of the day to the house of Ish-Bosheth while ?he was taking a noontime rest?. They came as far as the middle of the house as if takers of wheat, and they struck him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah his brother escaped. When they had come into the house, he was lying on his couch ?in his bedchamber?, and they attacked him and killed him. Then they ?beheaded him?, and they took his head and went on the way of the Arabah all night. They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron, and they said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life. Yahweh has given to my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and on his offspring.” Then David answered Recab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and he said to them, “?As Yahweh lives?, who redeemed my soul from all trouble, 10 when the one who told me, “Look, Saul is dead,” ?thought that he was bringing good news?, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was as my giving the news back to him. 11 ?How much more? when wicked men kill a righteous man in his house, on his bed! So then, shall I not seek his lifeblood from your hand, so that I may destroy you from the earth?” 12 Then David commanded the young men, and they killed them, and they cut off their hands and their feet, and they hung them at the pool at Hebron, but the head of Ish-Bosheth they took and buried in the grave of Abner at Hebron.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Lord God, heavenly Father, Your Son, Jesus Christ, began His ministry through a water Baptism in the Jordan River that led Him to a bloody baptism on the cross.  Even now, He saves us through the water of Holy Baptism and the blood of the cup of the new testament.  Grant us steadfastness to trust in water and blood as the means by which He continues to offer us His gracious presence; for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

    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.