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Reading Deut 21 “If someone slain is found in the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you to take possession of it andis lying in the field, and it is not known who ?killed him?, 2 then your elders and your judges shall go out and shall measure the distance to the cities that are around the slain one…
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.
57 Heth The LORD is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
58 I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
60 I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous rules.
63 I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!
Reading Deut 21
21 “If someone slain is found in the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you to take possession of it and is lying in the field, and it is not known who ?killed him?, 2 then your elders and your judges shall go out and shall measure the distance to the cities that are around the slain one. 3 ?And then? the nearest city to the slain one, the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd that has not been worked with in the field, that has not pulled a yoke, 4 and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a ?wadi that flows with water all year? and that has not been plowed and has not been sown; then ?there they shall break the neck of the heifer in the wadi?. 5 Then the priests, the descendants of Levi, shall come near, for Yahweh your God has chosen them to bless in the name of Yahweh, and every legal dispute and every case of assault will be ?subject to their ruling?. 6 And all of the elders of that city nearest to the slain person shall wash their hands over the heifer with the broken neck in the wadi. 7 And they shall declare, and they shall say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, and our eyes did not see what was done. 8 Forgive your people, Israel, whom you redeemed, Yahweh, and do not ?allow? the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, and let them be forgiven with regard to blood.’ 9 And so you shall purge the innocent blood from your midst, because you must do the right thing in the eyes of Yahweh.
10 “When you go out for battle against your enemies, and Yahweh your God gives them into your hand, and you lead the captives away, 11 and you see among the captives a woman beautiful in appearance, and you become attached to her and you want to take her as a wife, 12 then you shall bring her into your household, and she shall shave her head, and she shall trim her nails. 13 And she shall remove the clothing of her captivity from her, and she shall remain in your house, and she shall mourn her father and her mother ?a full month?, and after this ?you may have sex with her?, and you may marry her, and she may ?become your wife?. 14 And then if you do not take delight in her, then you shall let her go ?to do whatever she wants?, but you shall not treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.
15 “If a man has two wives, and the one is loved and the other one is disliked and the one loved and the one that is disliked have borne for him sons, if it happens that the firstborn son ?belongs to the one that is disliked?, 16 nevertheless ?it will be the case that? on the day of bestowing his inheritance upon his sons, he will not be allowed to treat as the firstborn son the son of the beloved wife ?in preference to? the son of the disliked wife, who is the firstborn son. 17 But he shall acknowledge the firstborn son of the disliked wife ?by giving? him a double portion of ?all that he has?, for he is the firstfruit of his vigor; to him is the legal claim of the birthright.
18 “?If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son? who ?does not listen to? the voice of his father and to the voice of his mother, and they discipline him, and he does not obey them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him, and they shall bring him out to the elders of his city and to the gate of his ?town?, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; ?he does not obey us?, and he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of his city shall stone him with stones and let him die; and so you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all of Israel will hear, and they will fear.
22 “And ?if a man commits a sin punishable by death?, and so he is put to death and you hang him on a tree, 23 his dead body shall not hang on the tree, but certainly you shall bury him on that day, for cursed by God is one that is being hung; so you shall not defile your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you as an inheritance.”
Lord God, heavenly Father, through the prophet Elijah, You continued the prophetic pattern of teaching Your people the true faith and demonstrating through miracles Your presence in creation to heal it of its brokenness. Grant that Your Church may see in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the final end-times prophet whose teaching and miracles continue in Your Church through the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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.