+ 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.
1 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call,
O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2 O men, how long shall my honor
be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words
and seek after lies? Selah
3 But know that the LORD has set apart
the godly for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.
4 Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds,
and be silent. Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the LORD.
6 There are many who say,
“Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
7 You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Reading Lev 5:1-13
More Laws Regarding Sin Offerings
5 “ ‘When a person sins in that he hears the utterance of a curse and he is a witness or he sees or he knows, if he does not make it known, then he shall bear his guilt. 2 Or if a person touches anything unclean, ?whether? an unclean wild animal’s dead body or an unclean domestic animal’s dead body or an unclean swarmer’s dead body, but ?he is unaware of it?, he is unclean and he is guilty. 3 Or when he touches human uncleanness, ?namely? any uncleanness of his by which he might become unclean, but ?he is unaware of it?, and he himself finds out, then he will be guilty. 4 Or when a person swears, speaking thoughtlessly with his lips, to do evil or to do good ?with regard to? anything that the person in a sworn oath speaks thoughtlessly, but ?he is unaware of it?, and he finds out, he will be guilty ?in any of? these. 5 When he becomes guilty ?in any of? these, he shall confess what he has sinned ?regarding? it, 6 and he shall bring his guilt offering to Yahweh for his sin that he has ?committed?: a female from the flock, a ewe-lamb or ?a she-goat?, as a sin offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.
7 “ ‘If ?he cannot afford a sheep?, he shall bring as his guilt offering for what he sinned two turtledoves or two ?young doves? for Yahweh, one for a sin offering and one for a burnt offering. 8 He shall bring them to the priest, and he shall present that which is for the sin offering first, and the priest shall wring its head off ?at the back of its neck?, but he must not sever it, 9 and he shall spatter ?some of? the sin offering’s blood on the altar’s side, and the leftover blood must be drained out on the altar’s base; it is a sin offering. 10 The second bird he must prepare as a burnt offering according to the regulation, and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin that he has ?committed?, and he shall be forgiven.
11 “ ‘But if ?he cannot afford? two turtledoves or two ?young doves?, then, because he has sinned, he shall bring as his offering a tenth of an ephah of finely milled flour as a sin offering. He must not put oil on it, nor should he put frankincense on it, because it is a sin offering. 12 He shall bring it to the priest, and the priest ?shall take a handful of it? for its token portion, and he shall turn it to smoke on the altar ?in addition to? the offerings made by fire to Yahweh; it is a sin offering. 13 Thus the priest shall make atonement for him because of the sin that he has ?committed? ?in any of these?, and he shall be forgiven. It shall be for the priest, like the grain offering.’ ”
Almighty God, You created man and woman and joined them together in holy marriage, thereby reflecting the mystical union between Christ and His bride, the Church. By Your infinite goodness, let Your blessing rest upon all husbands and wives, that they may live together in Your glory in life; through Jesus Christ, 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.