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Reading Deut 24 “When a man takes a wife and he marries her ?and then??she does not please him?, because he found ?something objectionable? and writes her a letter of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her away from his house, 2 and she goes from his house, and she goes out and becomes a wife?for another man…
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 A Psalm of David,
when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Reading Deut 24
24 “When a man takes a wife and he marries her ?and then? ?she does not please him?, because he found ?something objectionable? and writes her a letter of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her away from his house, 2 and she goes from his house, and she goes out and becomes a wife ?for another man?, 3 and then the second man dislikes her and he writes her a letter of divorce and places it into her hand and sends her from his house, or if the second man dies who took her ?to himself? as a wife, 4 her first husband who sent her away is not allowed ?to take her again? to become a wife to him after she has ?been defiled?, for that is a detestable thing ?before? Yahweh, and so you shall not mislead into sin the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you as an inheritance.
5 “When a man takes a new wife he shall not go out with the army, and ?he shall not be obligated with anything?; he shall be free from obligation, ?to stay at home? for one year, and he shall bring joy to his wife that he took.
6 “A person shall not take a pair of millstones or an upper millstone, for ?he is taking necessities of life as a pledge?.
7 “If a man is ?caught? kidnapping somebody from among his countrymen, the ?Israelites?, and he treats him as a slave or he sells him, then that kidnapper shall die, and so you shall purge the evil ?from among you?.
8 Be watchful ?with respect to? an outbreak of any infectious skin disease, by being very careful and by acting according to all that the priests and the Levites have instructed you, just as I have commanded them, ?so you shall diligently observe?. 9 So remember what Yahweh your God did to Miriam on the journey ?when you went out from Egypt?.
10 “When you make a loan to your neighbor, a loan of any kind, you shall not go into his house ?to take his pledge?. 11 You shall wait outside, and the man to whom you are lending, he shall bring the pledge outside to you. 12 And if he is a needy man, you shall not sleep in his pledge. 13 You shall certainly return the pledge to him ?as the sun sets?, so that he may sleep in his cloak and may bless you, and it shall be considered righteousness ?on your behalf? ?before? Yahweh your God.
14 “You shall not exploit a hired worker, who is needy and poor, from among your fellow men or from among your aliens who are in your land and in your ?towns?. 15 On his day you shall give his wage, and the sun shall not go ?down?, because he is poor and ?his life depends on it?; do this so that he does not cry out against you to Yahweh, ?and you incur guilt?.
16 “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, and children shall not be put to death because of their fathers; each one shall be put to death for his own sin. 17 You shall not subvert the rights of an alien or an orphan, and you shall not take as pledge the garment of a widow. 18 And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and that Yahweh your God redeemed you from there; therefore I am commanding you to do this commandment.
19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and you forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not return to get it, for it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, so that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat off the fruit of your olive trees you shall not search through the branches afterward, for it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.
21 When you harvest grapes, you shall not glean your vineyards ?again?; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. 22 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.”
O gracious God, Your servant and apostle James was the first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ. Pour out upon the leaders of Your Church that spirit of self-denying service that they may forsake all false and passing allurements and follow Christ alone, 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.