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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.
he looked upon their distress,
when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake
he remembered his covenant, and relented
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitied
by all those who held them captive.
47 Save us, O LORD our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
Reading Lev 23:33-24:9
The Feast of Booths
33 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the ?Israelites?, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, this shall be the Feast of Booths for seven days for Yahweh. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy assembly; you must not do any ?regular work?. 36 For seven days you must present an offering made by fire to Yahweh. On the eighth day it shall be a holy assembly for you, and you shall present an offering made by fire to Yahweh; it is a celebration; you must not do ?any regular work?.
37 “ ‘These are Yahweh’s festivals, which you must proclaim, holy assemblies to present an offering made by fire to Yahweh—burnt offering and grain offering, sacrifice and libations, ?each on its proper day?— 38 ?besides? Yahweh’s Sabbaths and ?besides? your gifts and ?besides? your vows and ?besides? all your freewill offerings that you give to Yahweh.
39 “ ‘Surely on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, at your gathering the land’s produce, you shall hold Yahweh’s festival for seven days; on the first day there shall be a rest period and on the eighth day a rest period. 40 And on the first day you shall take for yourselves the first fruit of majestic trees, branches of palm trees and branches of a leafy tree and of a brook’s poplar trees, and you shall rejoice ?before? Yahweh your God for seven days. 41 And you must hold it as a festival for Yahweh for seven days in the year; it shall be a ?lasting statute? throughout your generations; in the seventh month you must hold it. 42 You must live in the booths for seven days; all the natives in Israel must live in the booths, 43 so that your generations shall know that I made the ?Israelites? live in booths when I brought them from the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.’ ”
44 Thus Moses announced to the ?Israelites? Yahweh’s appointed times.
The Sanctuary’s Lamp and Bread
24 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the ?Israelites? that they should bring to you pure olive oil from beaten olives for the light to ?present? a lamp continually. 3 Aaron shall arrange for it ?outside? the curtain of the testimony in the tent of assembly from evening until morning ?before? Yahweh continually; it shall be a ?lasting statute? throughout your generations. 4 On the pure golden lampstand he shall arrange for the lamps ?before? Yahweh continually.
5 “And you shall take finely milled flour, and you shall bake with it twelve ring-shaped bread cakes: each one shall be two-tenths of an ephah. 6 And you shall place them in two rows, six to the row, on the pure gold table ?before? Yahweh. 7 And you shall put pure frankincense on each row so that it shall be for the bread as a memorial offering, an offering made by fire for Yahweh. 8 ?On every Sabbath? he shall arrange it in rows ?before? Yahweh continually; they are from the ?Israelites? as an everlasting covenant. 9 And it shall be for Aaron and for his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, because it is ?a most holy thing? for him from Yahweh’s offerings made by fire—a ?lasting rule?.”
Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all trust in earthly gain and to find in You our heavenly treasure; 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.