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Reading Deut 88 “All of the commandments that I am commanding you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and multiply, and you may go and take possession of the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors. 2 And you shall remember all of the way that Yahweh your God led you during these forty years in the desert in order to humble you and to test you to know what is in your heart, whether you would diligently keep his commandments or not….
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 When Israel went out from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
2 Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
3 The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
O Jordan, that you turn back?
6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turns the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of water.
Reading Deut 8
8 “All of the commandments that I am commanding you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and multiply, and you may go and take possession of the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors. 2 And you shall remember all of the way that Yahweh your God led you during these forty years in the desert in order to humble you and to test you to know what is in your heart, whether you would diligently keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you go hungry, and then he fed you with that which you did not know nor did your ancestors know, in order to make you know that not by bread alone but by all that goes out of the mouth of Yahweh humankind shall live. 4 Your clothing did not wear out ?on you?, and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 And you should know with your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so Yahweh your God is disciplining you. 6 So you must keep the commandments of Yahweh your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For Yahweh your God is bringing you to a good land with streams of water, springs and underground water, welling up in the valleys and in the hills, 8 to a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranate trees, a land of olive trees, olive oil and honey; 9 to a land where you may eat food in it ?without scarcity?; you will not find anything lacking in it, a land where its stones are iron and from its mountains you can mine copper. 10 And you will eat, and ?you will be satisfied?, and you will bless Yahweh your God because of the good land that he has given to you.
11 “Take care for yourself so that you not forget Yahweh your God by not keeping his commandments and his regulations and his statutes that I am commanding you ?today?, 12 lest when you have eaten and you are satisfied and you have built good houses and you live in them, 13 and your herds and your flocks have multiplied, and ?you have accumulated silver and gold?, and all that ?you have? has multiplied, 14 then your heart ?becomes proud? and you forget Yahweh your God, ?the one who brought you out? from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, 15 the one leading you in the great and terrible desert infested with ?dangerous? snakes and scorpions and parched ground, where there is no water, and the one bringing out water for you from flint rock, 16 the one ?feeding you? manna in the desert, food that your ancestors did not know, in order to humble you and in order to test you so that he could do good to you ?in the future?. 17 And you may think in your heart, ‘My strength and the might of my hand ?acquired this wealth for? me.’ 18 But you must remember Yahweh your God, for he is the one giving you strength to acquire wealth in order to confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors ?as it is today?. 19 And it will happen that if you indeed forget Yahweh your God and you go after other gods and you serve them and you bow down before them, I warn you today that you will surely perish. 20 As with the nations that Yahweh is destroying ?before you?, so you shall perish because you would not obey the voice of Yahweh your God.
Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, You opened Peter’s eyes to see that all of creation is good and is to be used by Your people for their delight and joy. Open our eyes to see that our bodies, restored by You in Holy baptism, proclaim the goodness of Your creative will, that in paradise we will come to the fullness of what You created us to be; through Your Son, 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.