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Reading Deut 11:1-1311 “And you shall love Yahweh your God, and you shall keep his obligations and his statutes and his regulations and his commandments ?always?. 2 And you shall realize ?today? that it is not with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God—his greatness,…
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. A Psalm of David. A Song.
God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!
3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
his name is the LORD; exult before him!
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Reading Deut 11:1-13
11 “And you shall love Yahweh your God, and you shall keep his obligations and his statutes and his regulations and his commandments ?always?. 2 And you shall realize ?today? that it is not with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God—his greatness, his strong hand, and his outstretched arm, 3 and his signs and his deeds that he did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and to all of his land, 4 and what he did to the army of Egypt and to their horses and to their chariots, and how he made the water of the ?Red Sea? flow over them, ?when they pursued after them?, and so Yahweh has destroyed them, ?as is the case today?, 5 and what he did to you in the desert until you came up to this place, 6 and what he did to Dathan and to Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth wide and swallowed them, their households and their tents, and all of the living creatures that were in their possession and that were ?following along with them? in the midst of all of Israel. 7 The fact of the matter is, ?your own eyes have seen? all of the great deeds of Yahweh that he did.
8 “And you must keep all of the commandments that I am commanding you ?today?, so that you may have strength and you may go and you may take possession of that land ?to which you are crossing? to take possession of it, 9 so that ?you may live long? on the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors, to give it to them and to their offspring, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 For the fact is that the land ?that you are about to go into? to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have ?come out of?, where you sow your seed and you give water by your foot, ?as in a vegetable garden?. 11 But the land that you are about to cross into to take possession of it is a land of hills and valleys, and by the rain of the heaven it drinks water, 12 a land that Yahweh your God is caring for it; continually the eyes of Yahweh your God are on it, from the beginning of the year up to the end of the year.
13 “And it will happen that if you listen carefully to my commandments that I am commanding you ?today?, to love Yahweh your God, and to serve him with all of your heart and with all of your soul.
Heavenly Father, shepherd of Your people, You raised up James the Just, brother of our Lord, to lead and guide Your Church. Grant that we may follow his example of prayer and reconciliation and be strengthened by the witness of his death; 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.