Daily Devotion and Prayer for December 22d


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. 

Psalm 115:1-8, 11

  1. Not to us, O LORD, not to us,

       but to your name give glory,

       for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 

  • Why should the nations say,

     “Where is their God?” 

  • Our God is in the heavens;

     he does all that he pleases. 

  • Their idols are silver and gold,

      the work of human hands. 

  • They have mouths, but do not speak;

      eyes, but do not see. 

  • They have ears, but do not hear;

     noses, but do not smell. 

  • They have hands, but do not feel;

     feet, but do not walk;

     and they do not make a sound in their throat. 

  • Those who make them become like them;

     so do all who trust in them. 

11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!

           He is their help and their shield. 

Reading Ex 21:12-36

Regulations Regarding Murder, Manslaughter, and Various Injuries

12 “ ‘?Whoever strikes someone? and he dies will surely be put to death. 13 But if he did not lie in wait ?and it was an accident?, I will appoint for you a place to which he may flee. 14 But if a man schemes against his neighbor to kill him by treachery, you will take him from my altar to die. 15 And ?whoever strikes? his father or his mother will surely be put to death.

16 “ ‘And ?whoever kidnaps someone? and sells him, or he is found in his possession, he will surely be put to death.

17 “ ‘And one who curses his father or his mother will surely be put to death.

18 “ ‘And if men quarrel and a man strikes his neighbor with a stone or with a fist and he does not die, but ?he is confined to bed?, 19 if he stands and walks about in the outside on his staff, the striker will be unpunished; he will only pay for his inactivity ?toward his full recovery?.” 20 And if a man strikes his male slave or his female slave with the rod and he dies under his hand, he will surely be avenged. 21 Yet if he survives a day or two days, he will not be avenged, because he is his money.

22 “ ‘And if men fight and they injure a pregnant woman, and her children go out and there is not serious injury, he will surely be fined as the woman’s husband demands concerning him ?and as the judges determine?. 23 And if there is serious injury, you will give life in place of life, 24 eye in place of eye, tooth in place of tooth, hand in place of hand, foot in place of foot, 25 burn in place of burn, wound in place of wound, bruise in place of bruise.

26 “ ‘And if a man strikes the eye of his male slave or the eye of his female slave and destroys it, he shall release him as free in place of his eye. 27 And if he causes the tooth of his male slave or the tooth of his female slave to fall out, he will release him as free in place of his tooth.

28 “ ‘And if an ox gores a man or a woman and he dies, the ox will surely be stoned, and its meat will not be eaten, and the owner of the ox is innocent. 29 But if it was a goring ox ?before? and its owner was warned and did not restrain it and it kills a man or a woman, the ox will be stoned, and the owner also will be put to death. 30 If a ransom is set on him, he will pay the redemption money for his life according to all that is set on him. 31 If it gores a son or it gores a daughter, according to this regulation it shall be done to him. 32 If the ox gores a male slave or a female slave, he will give thirty shekels of silver to his master, and the ox will be stoned.

33 “ ‘If a man opens a pit or if a man digs a pit and he does not cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit will pay restitution; he will pay silver to its owner, but the dead animal will be for him. 35 And if a man’s ox injures the ox of his neighbor and it dies, they will sell the living ox and divide the ?money?, and they will also divide the dead one. 36 Or if it was known that it was a goring ox ?before? and its owner did not restrain it, he will surely make restitution, an ox in place of the ox, and the dead one will be for him.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You.  Grant us so firmly to believe in Your Son Jesus that our faith may never be found wanting, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who 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.