Daily Devotion and Prayer for March 17th


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 49:1-3, 7-10

1  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 

2  both low and high, rich and poor together! 

3  My mouth shall speak wisdom;

the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 

7  Truly no man can ransom another,

or give to God the price of his life, 

8  for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, 

9  that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 

10  For he sees that even the wise die;

the fool and the stupid alike must perish

and leave their wealth to others. 

Reading Lev 24:10-23

Punishment for Blasphemy

10 And an Israelite woman’s son, and he was an Egyptian man’s son, went out in the midst of the ?Israelites?; and the Israelite woman’s son and an Israelite man fought in the camp. 11 Then the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the name, and he cursed, so they brought him to Moses—and the name of his mother was Shelomith the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. 12 Then they put him in custody ?so that? the matter might be made clear to them in accordance with the mouth of Yahweh.

13 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 14 “Bring the curser ?outside the camp?, and all the hearers shall place their hands on his head, and the whole community shall stone him. 15 And you shall speak to the ?Israelites?, saying, ‘?Any man? when he curses his God shall bear his sin. 16 And he who blasphemes Yahweh’s name certainly shall be put to death; the whole community certainly shall stone him. As the alien, so the native shall be put to death at blaspheming his name.

17 “ ‘And when a man kills any human being, he certainly shall be put to death. 18 And ?he who kills? a domestic animal must repay for it life in place of life. 19 And when a man ?causes? a physical defect in his fellow citizen ?according to? what he has done, so it shall be done to him: 20 fracture in place of fracture, eye in place of eye, tooth in place of tooth—?according to? the physical defect he ?causes? to the person, likewise it shall be ?caused? to him. 21 And a killer of a domestic animal must repay for it, and a killer of a human shall be put to death. 22 ?You must have? one norm; as for the alien, so it must be for the native, because I am Yahweh your God.’ ”

23 Thus Moses spoke to the ?Israelites?, and they brought the curser ?outside the camp?, and they stoned him with stones, and the ?Israelites? did just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     O God, the helper of all who call on You, have mercy on us and give us eyes of faith to see Your Son that we may follow Him on the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

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.