+ DAILY PRAYER +
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.
Psalm 38:13-15, 21-22
13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
15 But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
21 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God,
be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
Reading Lev 22:1-16
Priests and Their Food
22 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell Aaron and his sons that they must deal respectfully with the ?Israelites?’ votive offerings, and they must not profane my holy name, which they are consecrating to me; I am Yahweh.
3 “Say to them, ‘Throughout your generations, any man from any of your offspring who comes near the votive offerings that the ?Israelites? consecrate to Yahweh with his uncleanness on him, that person shall be cut off from ?before me?; I am Yahweh.
4 “ ‘?Anyone? from Aaron’s offspring, if he is afflicted with a skin disease or a fluid discharge, shall not eat in the sanctuary ?until? he is clean; and the one who touches any unclean person or a man from whom an emission of semen goes out, 5 or a man who touches any swarmer that is unclean for him or who touches a person who is unclean for him ?due to? whatever his uncleanness, 6 a person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening, and he shall not eat from the votive offerings, except when he washes his body with water 7 and ?the sun sets?, and he shall be clean; then afterward he may eat from the votive offerings, because it is his food. 8 He shall not eat a naturally dead body or a mangled carcass, ?so that he becomes unclean? by it; I am Yahweh.
9 “ ‘And they shall keep my obligation, and they shall not incur guilt because of it, so that they die through it, because they have profaned it; I am Yahweh who consecrates them.
10 “ ‘?No stranger shall eat? the votive offering; nor shall a temporary resident with a priest or a hired worker eat the votive offering. 11 But a priest, if with his money he buys a person as ?his possession?, that one may eat it, and the descendants of his house themselves may eat his food. 12 And a priest’s daughter, when ?she marries a layman?, she herself may not eat ?the votive offering?. 13 But a priest’s daughter, when she becomes a widow or divorced or there is no offspring for her, and she returns to her father’s house as in her childhood, she may eat from her father’s food, but ?no layman may eat it?. 14 And if a man eats the votive offering unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it, and he shall give the votive offering to the priest. 15 And they shall not profane the ?Israelites?’ votive offerings that they present to Yahweh, 16 and so cause them, by their eating their votive offerings, to bear guilt requiring a guilt offering, because I am Yahweh, who consecrates them.’ ”
Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; 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.