+ 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.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 who made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion,
to all generations. Praise the LORD!
Reading Lev 14:33-57
Instructions for Cleansing Houses
33 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 34 “When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am about to give to you as your possession, and I put ?mildew? in a house in the land of your possession, 35 then the one who ?owns the house? shall come and tell the priest, saying, ‘It appears to me that an infection is in the house.’ 36 And the priest shall issue a command, and they shall clear out the house before the priest comes to examine the infection, so that all that is in the house might not become unclean; and ?afterward? the priest shall go to examine the house. 37 And he shall examine the infection, and ?if? the infection on the house’s wall has yellowish-green or reddish spots and its appearance is deeper than the surface of the wall, 38 then the priest shall go out from the house to the house’s entrance, and he shall confine the house for seven days. 39 And the priest shall return on the seventh day, and he shall examine the infection, and ?if? the infection has spread on the house’s wall, 40 the priest shall issue a command and they shall remove the stones on which is the infection, and they shall throw them ?outside the city? on an unclean place. 41 Then they shall scrape off the plaster from all around the house, and they shall pour out the plaster, which they scraped off, ?outside the city? on an unclean place. 42 And they shall take other stones, and they shall ?put? them in place of those stones, and they shall take other plaster, and they shall replaster the house.
43 “But if the infection should return and it breaks out in the house after they have removed the stones and after scraping off the plaster of the house and after it has been replastered, 44 then the priest shall come, and he shall examine the infection, and ?if? the infection has spread in the house, it is a destructive ?mildew? in the house—it is unclean. 45 So he shall break down the house, its stones and its wood and all of the house’s plaster, and he shall bring it all ?outside the city? to an unclean place. 46 And the person who enters into the house during all the days that he confined it shall become unclean until the evening. 47 And the person who sleeps in the house must wash his garments, and the person who eats in the house shall wash his garments.
48 “And if the priest comes again and examines the house and ?if? the infection has not spread in the house after being replastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the infection is healed. 49 And he shall take two birds and ?cedar wood? and a ?crimson thread? and hyssop to cleanse the house; 50 and he shall slaughter the first bird over fresh water on a clay vessel. 51 Then he shall take the ?cedar wood? and the hyssop and ?the crimson thread? and the living bird, and he shall dip them in the slaughtered bird’s blood and in the fresh water, and he shall spatter them on the house seven times. 52 Thus he shall purify the house with the bird’s blood and with the fresh water and with the living bird and with the ?cedar wood? and with the hyssop and with ?the crimson thread?. 53 And he shall send the living bird ?outside the city? ?into the open field?; and so he shall make atonement for the house, and it shall be clean.
54 “This is the instruction for any infectious skin disease and for the diseased area of skin, 55 and for a ?mildew? of the garment and for the house, 56 and for the swelling and for the epidermal eruption and for the spot, 57 to teach ?when something is unclean and when something is clean?. This is the regulation of the infectious skin disease.”
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, 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.