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Reading Deut 1:1-20 – Preamble – These are the words that Moses spoke to all of Israel ?on the other side of? the Jordan in the desert, in the desert plateau opposite Suph, between Paran and between Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 It is a journey of ?eleven days? from Horeb ?by the way of Mount Seir? up to Kadesh Barnea….
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 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Reading Deut 1:1-20
1 These are the words that Moses spoke to all of Israel ?on the other side of? the Jordan in the desert, in the desert plateau opposite Suph, between Paran and between Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 It is a journey of ?eleven days? from Horeb ?by the way of Mount Seir? up to Kadesh Barnea.
3 ?And it was? in the fortieth year, on the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to the ?Israelites? according to all that Yahweh had instructed him to speak to them. 4 This happened ?after defeating? Sihon king of the Amorites, who was reigning in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who was reigning in Ashtaroth in Edrei. 5 On the other side of the Jordan in the land of Moab Moses began to explain this law, ?saying?:
6 “Yahweh our God spoke to us at Horeb, ?saying?, ‘You have stayed ?long enough? at this mountain. 7 Turn now and ?move on?, and go into the hill of the Amorites and to all of the neighboring regions in the Jordan ?Valley? in the hill country and in the Negev and in the coastal area along the sea, into the land of the Canaanites and into the Lebanon, as far as the great river Euphrates. 8 Look, I have set the land ?before you?; go and take possession of the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give it to them and to their offspring after them.’
9 “And I spoke to them at that time, ?saying?, ‘I am not able to bear you alone. 10 Yahweh your God has multiplied you, and look; you are today as the stars of the heaven ?in number?. 11 Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, may he add to you as you are now a thousand times, and may he bless you just as he ?promised you?. 12 How can I bear you ?by myself?, your burden and your load and your strife? 13 Choose for yourselves ?wise and discerning and knowledgeable men? for each of your tribes, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’
14 “And you answered me, and you said, ‘The thing you have said to do is good.’ 15 And so I took the leaders of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and then I appointed them as leaders over you as commanders of groups of thousands and commanders of groups of hundreds and commanders of groups of fifties and commanders of groups of tens as officials for your tribes. 16 And at that time I instructed your judges, saying, ‘?hear out your fellow men?, and then judge fairly between a man and between his brother and between ?his opponent who is a resident alien?. 17 You must not ?be partial? ?in your judgment?; hear out the small person as also the great person; ?do not be intimidated by any person?, because the judgment is God’s; and the case that is too difficult for you, bring it to me, and I will hear it out.’ 18 And so I instructed you at that time concerning all of the things that you should do.
19 “Then we set out from Horeb, and we went through the whole of that great and terrible desert that you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites as Yahweh our God had commanded us, and so we came up to Kadesh Barnea. 20 I said to you, ‘?You have reached? the hill country of the Amorites that Yahweh our God is giving to us.
O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; 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.