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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.
9 Be gracious to me, O LORD,
for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries
I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
Reading Lev 27
Instructions About Vows
27 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the ?Israelites?, and say to them, ‘When a man makes a vow according to your proper value of persons to Yahweh, 3 if your proper value is for a male from ?twenty years of age? up to ?sixty years of age?, then your proper value shall be fifty shekels of money according to the sanctuary’s shekel. 4 But if it is for a female, then your proper value shall be thirty shekels. 5 And if from ?five years of age? up to ?twenty years of age?, then your proper value shall be twenty shekels for the male and ten shekels for the female. 6 And if from ?a month of age? up to ?five years of age?, then your proper value shall be five shekels of money for the male, and your proper value for the female shall be three shekels of money. 7 And if from ?sixty years of age? and above: if a male, then your proper value shall be fifteen shekels; and for the female, ten shekels. 8 But if he is poorer than your proper value, then he shall present himself ?before? the priest, and the priest shall set a value on him; the priest shall value him ?according to? what the person who made a vow ?can afford?.
9 “ ‘And if it is a domestic animal from which they present an offering for Yahweh, all that he gives from it for Yahweh shall be a holy object. 10 He shall not replace it, nor shall he exchange it, either good with bad or bad with good; and if he indeed exchanges a domestic animal with a domestic animal, then ?it and its substitution shall be a holy object?. 11 But if it is any unclean animal from which they may not present an offering for Yahweh, then he shall present the animal ?before? the priest. 12 And the priest shall set a value on it, ?either good or bad?; as the priest sets your proper value, so it shall be. 13 And if he indeed wants to redeem it, then he shall add a fifth of it onto your proper value.
14 “ ‘And if a man consecrates his house as a holy object for Yahweh, then the priest shall set a value on it, ?either good or bad?; just as the priest sets a value on it, so it shall remain. 15 But if the one who consecrates it wants to redeem his house, then he shall add a fifth of your proper value’s money onto it, and it shall be his.
16 “ ‘And if a man consecrates ?some of? his property’s fields for Yahweh, then your proper value shall be ?in accordance with its seed requirements?: a homer of barley seed for fifty shekels of money. 17 If he consecrates his field from the Year of Jubilee, it shall stand as your proper value. 18 But if he consecrates his field after the Jubilee, then the priest shall calculate the money for him ?according to the number of years? that are left over until the Year of Jubilee; and it shall be deducted from your proper value. 19 And if he indeed redeems the field that is consecrated, then he shall add a fifth of your proper value’s money onto it, and it shall stand for him. 20 And if he does not redeem the field and if he sells the field to another man, it may not be redeemed again, 21 and the field shall be a holy object for Yahweh when it goes out in the Jubilee, like a devoted field; ?it shall be the priest’s property?.
22 “ ‘And if he consecrates for Yahweh his acquired field that is not the field of his inherited possession, 23 then the priest shall calculate for him the ?amount? of your proper value until the year of the Jubilee, and he shall give your proper value on that day as a holy object for Yahweh. 24 In the Year of the Jubilee the field shall return to the one who bought it from him, to the one whose property the land is. 25 And every proper value of yours shall be in the sanctuary’s shekel—the shekel shall be twenty gerahs.
26 “ ‘However, a man shall not consecrate a firstborn among livestock, which belongs as firstborn to Yahweh; whether an ox ?or? small livestock, it is for Yahweh. 27 And if it is among the unclean animals, then he shall ransom it according to your proper value, and he shall add a fifth of its value onto it; and if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your proper value. 28 However, anything devoted that a man has devoted to Yahweh ?from all that he has?, from human or animal, or from the field of his property, may not be sold, and it may not be redeemed; anything devoted is ?a most holy thing? for Yahweh. 29 Anyone devoted who is devoted from ?human beings? cannot be ransomed—he shall surely be put to death.
30 “ ‘And any tithe of the land from the land’s seed or from the fruit of the trees is for Yahweh; it is a holy object for Yahweh. 31 And if a man indeed redeems from his tithe, he shall add a fifth of its value onto it. 32 As for every tithe of cattle or of the flock, all which crosses under the rod, the tenth shall be a holy object for Yahweh. 33 He shall not inspect between the good and the bad, and he shall not exchange it; but if he indeed exchanges it, then ?it and its substitution shall be? a holy object—it shall not be redeemed.’ ”
34 These are the commands that Yahweh commanded Moses for the ?Israelites? on ?Mount Sinai?.
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane You suffered the agony of drinking from the cup or Your Father’s wrath against our sin, being betrayed by a kiss from one of Your own. Give us strength to remain awake as we now wait and watch for Your coming again, knowing that the Father’s wrath against us has been satisfied by Your bloody death and vindicating resurrection; 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.