+ 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.
Psalm 38:1-3, 6, 9-11, 21-22
1 A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath!
2 For your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all the day I go about mourning.
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my nearest kin stand far off.
21 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
Reading Lev 7:8-38
Portions for the Priests
8 “ ‘And the priest who presents ?a person’s? burnt offering, to that priest ?belongs? the skin of the burnt offering that he presented. 9 And every grain offering that is baked in the oven and all that is prepared in a cooking pan or on a flat baking pan ?belongs to? the priest who presented it. 10 And every grain offering, whether mixed with oil or dry, shall be for all of Aaron’s sons ?equally?.
Additional Laws for Fellowship Offerings
11 “ ‘And this is the regulation of the fellowship offerings that he must present to Yahweh: 12 If he presents it for thanksgiving, in addition to the thanksgiving sacrifice he shall present ring-shaped unleavened bread mixed with oil and unleavened bread wafers smeared with oil and well-mixed ring-shaped bread cakes of finely milled flour mixed with oil. 13 In addition to ring-shaped cakes of bread with yeast, he must present his grain offering together with his sacrifice of thanksgiving peace offerings. 14 And he shall present one of each kind of grain offering as a contribution for Yahweh; ?it belongs to? the priest who sprinkles the fellowship offerings’ blood. 15 And the meat of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving fellowship offerings must be eaten on the day of his offering; he must not leave it until morning.
16 “ ‘But if his sacrifice is for a vow or as a freewill offering, it must be eaten on the day of his presenting his sacrifice, and on the next day the remainder from it may be eaten, 17 but the remainder from the sacrifice’s meat must be burned up in the fire on the third day. 18 And if indeed some of the meat of his fellowship offerings’ sacrifice is eaten on the third day, it will not be accepted; it will not be considered of benefit for the one who presented it—it shall be unclean meat, and the person who eats it shall bear his guilt. 19 And the meat that touches anything unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned with fire, and as for the clean meat, anyone who is clean may eat the meat. 20 And the person who eats meat from the fellowship offerings’ sacrifice, which is for Yahweh, and whose uncleanness is upon him—that person shall be cut off from his people. 21 And when a person touches anything unclean, whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean detestable thing, and he eats from the meat of the fellowship offerings’ sacrifice, which is for Yahweh, then that person shall be cut off from his people.’ ”
Instructions for the People
22 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to the ?Israelites?, saying, ‘You must not eat any fat of ox, or sheep, or goat; 24 and a dead body’s fat or mangled carcass’s fat may be used for any ?purpose?, but you certainly must not eat it. 25 When anyone eats fat from the domestic animal from which he presented an offering made by fire for Yahweh, then that person who ate shall be cut off from his people. 26 And in any of your dwellings, you must not eat any blood ?belonging to? birds or domestic animals. 27 Any person who eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people.’ ”
Portions of Fellowship Offerings for Priests
28 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 29 “Speak to the ?Israelites?, saying, ‘The one who presents his fellowship offerings’ sacrifice for Yahweh shall bring his offering to Yahweh from his fellowship offerings’ sacrifice. 30 His own hands must bring Yahweh’s offerings made by fire. He must bring the fat in addition to the breast section to wave the breast section as a wave offering before Yahweh, 31 and the priest shall turn the fat into smoke on the altar, and the breast section shall be for Aaron and his sons. 32 And the right upper thigh you must give as a contribution for the priest from your fellowship offerings’ sacrifice. 33 As for the one from Aaron’s sons who presents the blood of the fellowship offerings and the fat, the right upper thigh ?shall belong to him? as his share, 34 because I have taken the wave offering’s breast section and the contribution offering’s upper thigh from the ?Israelites? out of their fellowship offerings’ sacrifices, and I have given them to Aaron the priest and his sons from the ?Israelites? as a lasting rule.’ ”
35 This is Aaron’s allotted portion and his sons’ allotted portion from Yahweh’s offerings made by fire ?when? he brought them forward to serve as priests for Yahweh. 36 This is what Yahweh commanded to give them from the ?Israelites? on the day of his anointing them; it is a lasting statute for their generations.
Concluding Summary Concerning the Offerings
37 This is the regulation for the burnt offering, for the grain offering and for the sin offering and for the guilt offering and for the consecration offering and for the fellowship offerings’ sacrifice, 38 which Yahweh commanded Moses on ?Mount Sinai? on the day of his commanding the ?Israelites? to present their offerings to Yahweh in the desert of Sinai.
Almighty and everlasting God, Your servant Silas preached the Gospel alongside the apostles Peter and Paul to the peoples of Asia Minor, Greece, and Macedonia. We give You thanks for raising up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of Your kingdom, that the Church may continue to proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ, 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.