Daily Devotion and Prayer for February 16th


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 91:1-6, 14-16

1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 

2  I will say to the LORD,

“My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 

3  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence. 

4  He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 

5  You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day, 

6  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 

14  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name. 

15  When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 

16  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” 

Reading Lev 10

The Deaths of Nadab and Abihu

10 And Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his censer, and they put fire in them and placed incense on it; then they presented ?before? Yahweh illegitimate fire, which he had not commanded them. So fire went out ?from before? Yahweh, and it consumed them so that they died ?before? Yahweh. Therefore Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Yahweh spoke, saying, ‘Among those who are close to me I will show myself holy, and ?in the presence of? all the people I will display my glory.’ ” So Aaron was silent.

Then Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan the sons of Uzziel, Aaron’s uncle, and he said to them, “Come forward. Carry your brothers from ?the front of? the sanctuary to ?outside the camp?.” So they came forward, and they carried them ?outside the camp? in their tunics, just as Moses had ordered.

Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “You must not let your hair hang loosely, and you must not tear your garments, so that you will not die and he will be angry with all the community. But your brothers, all the house of Israel, may weep because of ?the burning that Yahweh caused?, but you must not go out from the entrance to the tent of assembly lest you die, because Yahweh’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did according to Moses’ word.

Lasting Statutes

Then Yahweh spoke to Aaron, saying, “You and your sons with you may not drink wine or strong drink when you come to the tent of assembly, so that you will not die—it is a lasting statute for your generations— 10 and to distinguish between the holy and the unholy, as well as between the unclean and the clean, 11 and to teach the ?Israelites? all the rules that Yahweh has spoken to them ?through? Moses.”

12 Then Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “As for the remaining parts, take the remainder of the grain offering from Yahweh’s offerings made by fire and eat it, the unleavened bread, beside the altar, because it is ?a most holy thing?. 13 And you shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your allotted portion and the allotted portion of your sons from Yahweh’s offerings made by fire, for so I have been commanded. 14 And the wave offering’s breast section and the upper thigh of the contribution offering you must eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you, because they are given as your allotted portion and your sons’ allotted portion from the sacrifices of the ?Israelites?’ fellowship offerings. 15 They must bring the thigh of the contribution offering and the breast section of the wave offering in addition to the offerings made by fire, consisting of the fat portions, to wave as a wave offering ?before? Yahweh; and it will be for you and for your sons with you as a lasting rule, just as Yahweh had commanded.”

The Problem of the Uneaten Sin Offering

16 Then Moses sought all over for the goat of the sin offering and behold, it was burned up. So he was angry with Aaron’s remaining sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying, 17 “Why did you not eat the sin offering on the sanctuary’s site, because it is ?a most holy thing?? And he gave it to you to remove the community’s guilt, to make atonement for them ?before? Yahweh. 18 Look, its blood was not brought ?inside the sanctuary?. Certainly you should have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded.”

19 So Aaron said to Moses, “Look, today they presented their sin offering and their burnt offering ?before? Yahweh, and things such as these have happened to me, and if I were to eat a sin offering today, would it have been good in Yahweh’s eyes?” 20 When Moses heard, it was good in his eyes.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty God, we praise You for the service of Philipp Melanchthon to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church in the renewal of its life in fidelity to Your Word and promise.  Raise up in these gray and latter days faithful teachers and pastors, inspired by Your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to Your Church and proclaim the ongoing reality of Your kingdom; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.