Daily Devotion and Prayer for September 20th

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Some Nations Remain in the Land These are the nations that Yahweh left, to test Israel by them (that is, to test all those who ?had not experienced? any of the wars of Canaan, in order that the generations of Israel would know war, to teach those ?who had not experienced it? before)…

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.

Amen.

     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 46

1  To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah.

According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble. 

2  Therefore we will not fear

though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved

into the heart of the sea, 

3  though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 

4  There is a river whose streams make glad

the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 

5  God is in the midst of her;

she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns. 

6  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts. 

7  The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 

8  Come, behold the works of the LORD,

how he has brought desolations on the earth. 

9  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 

10  “Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 

Psa 46:11  The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 

Reading for Wednesday September 20th      Judges 3

Some Nations Remain in the Land

3 These are the nations that Yahweh left, to test Israel by them (that is, to test all those who ?had not experienced? any of the wars of Canaan, in order that the generations of Israel would know war, to teach those ?who had not experienced it? before): the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon up to Lebo-Hamath. They were left for testing Israel, to know whether they would keep the commands of Yahweh that he commanded their ancestors through the hand of Moses. And the ?Israelites? lived in the midst of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And they took their daughters as wives for themselves, and they gave their daughters to their sons, and they served their gods.

Othniel

The ?Israelites? did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. They forgot Yahweh their God, and they served the Baals and the Asheroth. And ?the anger of Yahweh was kindled? against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-Rishathaim, the king of Aram Naharaim; and the ?Israelites? served Cushan-Rishathaim eight years. The ?Israelites? cried out to Yahweh, and Yahweh raised up a deliverer for the ?Israelites? who delivered them, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And the spirit of Yahweh came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and Yahweh gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into his hand, and ?he prevailed over? Cushan-Rishathaim. 11 So the land rested forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Ehud

12 And again the ?Israelites? did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. So Yahweh strengthened Eglon king of Moab against Israel, because they did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. 13 He gathered to himself the ?Ammonites and Amalekites?, and he went and defeated Israel, and they took possession of the city of palms. 14 And the ?Israelites? served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.

15 And the ?Israelites? cried out to Yahweh, and Yahweh raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud son of Gera, a Benjaminite and ?a left-handed man?. And the ?Israelites? sent a tribute to Eglon king of Moab ?through him?. 16 Ehud made for himself a short, ?two-edged? sword (a cubit in length), and he fastened it under his clothes on his right thigh. 17 Then he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he turned back from the sculptured stones that were near Gilgal, and he said, “I have ?a secret message? for you, O king.” And he said, “Silence!” So all those standing in his presence went out, 20 and Ehud came to him while he was sitting alone in his cool upper room. And Ehud said, “I have a ?message from God? for you.” So he got up from his seat. 21 Then Ehud reached with his left hand for the sword on his right thigh, and he thrust it into his stomach. 22 And the handle also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade because he did not draw back the sword from his stomach; and it went protruding out the back. 23 And Ehud went out the vestibule, and he closed the doors of the upper room and locked them behind him.

24 After he left, his servants returned. When they saw that the doors of the upper room were locked, ?they thought?, “Surely he is ?relieving himself? in the cool inner room.” 25 And they waited so long they became embarrassed because he did not open the doors of the upper room. So they took the key and opened the doors, and there their lord was lying on the ground dead.

26 And Ehud escaped while they delayed. He passed by the sculptured stones and escaped to Seirah. 27 And when he arrived he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the ?Israelites? went down from the hill country with him leading them. 28 And he said to them, “Follow after me! Yahweh has given Moab your enemies into your hand.” So they went down after him, and they captured the fords of the Jordan toward Moab; and they did not allow anyone to cross over. 29 And they struck Moab at that time, about ten thousand men, ?all strong and able men?; no one escaped. 30 And Moab was subdued on that day under the hand of Israel. And the land rested eighty years.

Shamgar

31 And Shamgar son of Anath came after him, and he killed six hundred Philistines with the goad of an ox; he also delivered Israel.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     O God, You led Your holy apostles to ordain pastors in every place.  Grant that Your flock, under the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, may choose suitable men for the ministry of Word and Sacrament and may uphold them in their work for the extension of Your kingdom; through Him who is the chief Shepherd of our souls, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.