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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.
1 A Psalm of Asaph.
God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!
Reading Lev 16
The Day of Atonement
16 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, when they had come near ?before? Yahweh and they died. 2 And Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell your brother Aaron that he should not enter at any time into the sanctuary ?behind? the curtain ?in front of? the atonement cover that is on the ark, so that he might not die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.
3 “Aaron must enter the sanctuary with this: ?a young bull? as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering. 4 He must put on ?a holy linen tunic?, and linen undergarments must be on his body, and he must fasten himself with a linen sash, and he must wrap a linen turban around his head—they are holy garments, and he shall wash his body with water, then he shall put them on. 5 And he must take from the ?Israelites?’ community two he-goats as a sin offering and one ram as a burnt offering.
6 “And Aaron shall present the sin offering’s bull, which is for himself, and so he shall make atonement for himself and for his family. 7 And he shall take the two goats, and he shall present them ?before? Yahweh at the tent of assembly’s entrance. 8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for Yahweh and one for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot for Yahweh fell, and he shall ?sacrifice? it as a sin offering. 10 But he must present alive ?before? Yahweh the goat on which the lot for Azazel fell to make atonement for himself, to send it away into the desert to Azazel.
11 “And Aaron shall present the sin offering’s bull, which is for himself, and so he shall make atonement for himself and for his family; then he shall slaughter the sin offering’s bull, which is for himself. 12 And he shall take a censer full of ?burning charcoal? from upon the altar from ?before? Yahweh and ?two handfuls? of incense of powdered fragrant perfumes, and he shall bring it ?from behind? the curtain, 13 and he shall put the incense on the fire ?before? Yahweh so that the cloud of incense might cover the atonement cover, which is on the ?covenant text?, so that he might not die. 14 And he shall take ?some of? the bull’s blood, and he shall spatter it with his finger on the atonement cover’s surface on the eastern side, and ?before? the atonement cover he shall spatter ?some of? the blood with his finger seven times.
15 “And he shall slaughter the sin offering’s goat, which is for the people, and he shall bring its blood ?from behind? the curtain, and he shall do with its blood as that which he did with the bull’s blood, and he shall spatter it on the atonement cover and ?before? the atonement cover. 16 Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary from the ?Israelites?’ impurities and from their transgressions for all their sins; and so he must do for the tent of assembly, which dwells with them in the midst of their impurities. 17 And ?no person? shall be in the tent of assembly when he enters to make atonement in the sanctuary until he comes out, and so he shall make atonement for himself and for his family and for all of Israel’s assembly.
18 “Then he shall go out to the altar that is ?before? Yahweh, and he shall make atonement for it; and he shall take ?some of? the bull’s blood and ?some of? the goat’s blood, and he shall put it all around on the altar’s horns. 19 And he shall spatter ?some of? the blood on it seven times with his finger, and he shall cleanse it and consecrate it from the ?Israelites?’ impurities.
20 “And he shall finish making atonement for the sanctuary and the tent of assembly and the altar; then he shall present the living goat. 21 And Aaron shall place his two hands on the living goat’s head, and he shall confess over it all the ?Israelites?’ iniquities and all their transgressions for all their sins, and he shall put them on the goat’s head, and he shall send it away into the desert ?with? a man standing ready. 22 Thus the goat shall bear on it to ?a barren region? all their guilt, and he shall send the goat away into the desert.
23 “And Aaron shall enter the tent of assembly, and he shall take off the linen garments that he put on at his coming to the sanctuary, and he shall leave them there. 24 And he shall wash his body with water in a holy place, and he shall put on his garments and go out and ?sacrifice? his burnt offering and the people’s burnt offering, and so he shall make atonement for himself and for people. 25 And he must turn into smoke the sin offering’s fat on the altar.
26 “And the person who sends out the goat for Azazel shall wash his garments, and he shall wash his body with water, and ?afterward? he shall come to the camp. 27 And the sin offering’s bull and the sin offering’s goat, whose blood was brought to make atonement in the sanctuary, shall be brought ?outside the camp?, and they shall burn their hide and their flesh and their offal in the fire. 28 And the person who burns them shall wash his garments, and he shall wash his body with water, and ?afterward? he must come to the camp.
29 “And this shall be ?a lasting statute? for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you must deny yourselves and you must not do any work, whether the native or the alien who is dwelling in your midst, 30 because on this day he shall make atonement for you to cleanse you; you must be clean from all your sins ?before? Yahweh. 31 It is ?a Sabbath of complete rest? for you, and you shall deny yourselves—it is ?a lasting statute?. 32 And the priest who is anointed and who is ?ordained? to serve as a priest in place of his father shall make atonement; thus he shall put on the linen garments, the holy garments, 33 and he shall make atonement for the sanctuary’s holy place, and he shall make atonement for the tent of assembly and the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all of the assembly’s people. 34 And this shall be ?a lasting statute? for you to make atonement for the ?Israelites? one time in a year from all their sins.” And he did as Yahweh commanded Moses.
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, 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.