+ DAILY PRAYER +
Reading Deut 23 – “No man ?with crushed testicles? or whose ?male organ is cut off? may come into the assembly of Yahweh. An illegitimate child may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none ?of his descendants? may come into the assembly of Yahweh….
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.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
Reading Deut 23
23 “No man ?with crushed testicles? or whose ?male organ is cut off? may come into the assembly of Yahweh.
2 An illegitimate child may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none ?of his descendants? may come into the assembly of Yahweh.
3 An Ammonite or a Moabite may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none ?of his descendants? may come into the assembly of Yahweh ?forever?, 4 ?because? they did not come to meet you with food and with water ?when you came out of Egypt?, and also ?because? they hired Balaam, son of Beor, from Pethor, in Aram Naharaim to act against you to curse you. 5 But Yahweh your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, and Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because Yahweh your God loved you. 6 You shall not promote their welfare or their prosperity all your days ?forever?.
7 “You shall not abhor an Edomite, because he is your brother; you shall not abhor an Egyptian because you were an alien in his land. 8 The children that are born to them in the third generation may come ?representing them? in the assembly of Yahweh.
9 “If you go out to encamp against your enemies, then you shall guard against doing anything evil.
10 “If there is among you a man that is not clean because of a seminal emission ?during the night?, he shall go outside the camp; he shall not come within the camp. 11 ?And then? toward the ?coming? of the evening, he shall bathe with water, and at the going down of the sun, he may come to the midst of the camp.
12 “And there shall be for you a designated place outside the camp; ?and you shall go there to relieve yourself?, 13 and a digging tool shall be included in addition to your other utensils for yourself; ?and then? ?when you relieve yourself? outside the camp you shall dig with it, and then you shall turn, and you shall cover your excrement. 14 For Yahweh your God is walking about in the midst of your camp to deliver you and ?to hand your enemies over to you before you?, and so let your camp be holy, so that he shall not see in it ?anything indecent?, and he shall turn away ?from going with you?.
15 “And you shall not hand over a slave to his master who has escaped and fled to you from his master. 16 He shall reside with you in your midst in the place that he chooses in one of ?your towns wherever he pleases?; you shall not oppress him.
17 “No woman ?of Israel? shall be a temple prostitute, and no man ?of Israel? shall be a male shrine prostitute. 18 You may not bring the ?hire? of a prostitute or ?the earnings of a male prostitute? into the house of Yahweh your God, for any vow offerings, because ?both? are a detestable thing to Yahweh your God.
19 “?You shall not charge your brother interest on money?, interest on food, or interest on anything that one could lend on interest. 20 You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countryman you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you ?in all your undertakings? in ?the land where you are going?, ?in order to take possession of it?.
21 “?When you make a vow? to Yahweh your God, you shall not postpone ?fulfillment of it?, for certainly Yahweh your God shall require it from you and if postponed ?you will incur guilt?. 22 And ?if you refrain from vowing?, ?you shall not incur guilt?. 23 The utterance of your lips ?you must perform diligently? just as you have vowed freely to Yahweh your God whatever it was that you promised with your mouth.
24 “When you come into the vineyard of your neighbor, then you may eat grapes ?as you please? and ?until you are full?, but you shall not put any into your container.
25 “When you come into the standing grain of your neighbor, then you may pluck ears with your hand, but you may not ?swing? a sickle among the standing grain of your neighbor.”
Lord Jesus, with Your death, the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom, giving access to Your holy presence to all people. By the preaching of Your Gospel, may You be our peace, for You have made us one and have broken down in Your flesh the dividing wall of hostility by fulfilling the Law in Your death on the cross, for You live and reign with the Father 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.