+ 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.
1 To the choirmaster:
according to The Doe of the Dawn.
A Psalm of David. My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day,
but you do not answer, and by night,
but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Reading Num 2
The Arrangement of the Camps
2 Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “The ?Israelites? will encamp each with his standard, with a banner according to ?their families?; they will encamp around the tent of assembly. 3 The ones who encamp on the eastern side, toward the sunrise, will be of the standard of the camp of Judah according to their divisions; and the leader of the descendants of Judah will be Nahshon son of Amminadab, 4 and his division and ?the ones counted? are seventy-four thousand six hundred. 5 And the ones who encamp next to him will be the tribe of Issachar. And the leader of the descendants of Issachar will be Nethanel son of Zuar, 6 and his division are fifty-four thousand four hundred. 7 For the tribe of Zebulun: the leader of the descendants of Zebulun will be Eliab son of Helon, 8 and his division and the ?ones counted? are fifty-seven thousand four hundred. 9 All those counted from the camp of Judah are one hundred and eighty-six thousand four hundred. They will set out first according to their divisions.
10 “The standard of the camp of Reuben will be to the south according to their divisions. The leader of the descendants will be Elizur son of Shedeur. 11 And his division and the ?ones counted? are forty-six thousand five hundred. 12 Those encamped next to him will be the tribe of Simeon. The leader of the descendants of Simeon will be Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13 And his division and the ?ones counted? are fifty-nine thousand three hundred. 14 For the tribe of Gad: the leader of the descendants of Gad will be Eliasaph son of Reuel. 15 And his division and the ?ones counted? are forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty. 16 All ?those counted? from the camp of Reuben are one hundred and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty. They will set out second according to their divisions.
17 “The tent of assembly the camp of the Levites will set out in the midst of the camps; they will set out just as they encamped, ?each according to their standards?.
18 “The standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their divisions will be to the west. The leader of the descendants of Ephraim will be Elishama son of Ammihud. 19 And his division and the ?ones counted? are forty thousand five hundred. 20 The tribe of Manasseh will be next to him. The leader of the descendants of the tribe of Manasseh will be Camaliel son of Pedahzur. 21 And his division and the ?ones counted? are thirty-two thousand two hundred. 22 For the tribe of Benjamin: the leader of the descendants of Benjamin will be Abidan son of Gideoni. 23 And his division and the ?ones counted? are thirty-five thousand four hundred. 24 All ?those counted? from the camp of Ephraim are one hundred and eight thousand one hundred. They will set out third according to their divisions.
25 “The standard of the camp of Dan according to their divisions will be to the north. The leader of the descendants of Dan will be Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26 And his division and the ?ones counted? are sixty-two thousand seven hundred. 27 Those encamped next to him will be the tribe of Asher. The leader of the descendants of Asher will be Pagiel son of Ocran. 28 And his division and the ?ones counted? are forty-one thousand five hundred. 29 For the tribe of Naphtali: the leader of the descendants of Naphtali will be Ahira son of Enan. 30 And his division and the ?ones counted? are fifty-three thousand four hundred. 31 All the ?ones counted? from the camp of Dan are one hundred and fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They will set out ?last? according to their divisions.”
32 These were the ones counted of the ?Israelites? according to ?their families?; all those counted from the camps according to their divisions were six hundred and three thousand five hundred. 33 The Levites were not counted in the midst of the ?Israelites?, just as Yahweh commanded Moses.
34 And the ?Israelites? did everything that Yahweh commanded Moses. They encamped according to their standards, and they set out each one according to their clans among ?their families?.
Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; 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.