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Feb 11 Devotional Bible Study

February 11, 2022
Epiphanytide

Today’s Readings: 

  1. Jeremiah 13:20-27, Can leopards change their spots?
    • Lesson: Judah’s inability to change its own ways
  2. Let us with a gladsome mind
  3. 1 Peter 1:17—2:1, Born anew
    • Lesson: Be holy

Invocation

O Lord open thou my lips 

And my mouth shall declare thy praise. 

O God + come to my assistance; 

O Lord, make haste to help me. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * 

and to the Holy Ghost. 

As it was in the beginning, is now, * 

and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Lord, preserve me, that neither this day, nor any day of my life, I may walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, or sit down in the scat of the scornful; but that my delight may be in Thy law, O Lord, and and my exercise in it day and night. Amen.

  • Apb William Laud [1]

The Hymn

“God of Our Fathers”

By Daniel C. Roberts

Lyrics:

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand 

Leads forth in beauty all the starry band 

Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, 

Our grateful songs before Your throne arise. 

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, 

Be Your strong arm our eternal defense; 

Your true religion in our hearts increase, 

Your bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. 

Refresh Your people on their toilsome way, 

Lead us from night to never ending day; 

Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, 

And glory, laud, and praise ever be Thine. [2]


Morning Prayer

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare all those who confess their faults. Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen. [3]

Short Verse

I put my trust in your mercy;* my heart is joyful because of your saving help.

Psalm 13:5
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Morning Reading

Jeremiah 13:20-27, Can leopards change their spots?

20 

Lift up your eyes and see

    those who come from the north.

Where is the flock that was given you,

    your beautiful flock?

21 

What will you say when they set as head over you

    those whom you have trained

    to be your allies?

Will not pangs take hold of you,

    like those of a woman in labor?

22 

And if you say in your heart,

    “Why have these things come upon me?”

it is for the greatness of your iniquity

    that your skirts are lifted up,

    and you are violated.

23 

Can Ethiopians[a] change their skin

    or leopards their spots?

Then also you can do good

    who are accustomed to do evil.

24 

I will scatter you[b] like chaff

    driven by the wind from the desert.

25 

This is your lot,

    the portion I have measured out to you, says the Lord,

because you have forgotten me

    and trusted in lies.

26 

I myself will lift up your skirts over your face,

    and your shame will be seen.

27 

I have seen your abominations,

    your adulteries and neighings, your shameless prostitutions

    on the hills of the countryside.

Woe to you, O Jerusalem!

    How long will it be

    before you are made clean?

Morning Lesson

Judah’s inability to change its own ways

“Those who come from the north [v. 20] refers to the Babylonians.” [4]

Verse 21 askes, What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you have trained to be your allies? “This verse seems to indicate that Judah had cooperated with its enemies as they began to dominate the nation. The metaphor of childbirth portrays Judah reaping the fruits of its labors in pain and anguish.” [5]

Verse 23 asks, Can Ethiopians change their skin or leopards their spots? This is a negative rhetorical question which “confirmed Judah’s inability to change its own ways. The nation had reinforced its habit of doing evil (4:22) for so long that it did not know how to do good.” [6]

In verses 22, 26, and 27 we find a spiritual warning. “Our backside is uncovered to our face when we become aware that our sins and faults are seen by the whole world!” [7] For Judah, this warning meant that “Judah would be shamed by its conquerors in the same way that a prostitute was publicly disgraced.” [8] “Since Judah had lustfully sought adulterous relationships with foreign gods and goddesses, God would expose and bring to shame its actions. Adulteries are literally sins against marriage. Applied to Israel the term means involvement with another nation’s gods. Neighings refers to animals in heat pursuing mates. The lewdness of your harlotry describes both physical and spiritual prostitution.” [9] “The consequence of Judah’s continual rebellion would be the scattering of its inhabitants like chaff or stubble driven by the desert wind. The word falsehood is one of the key terms Jeremiah uses to refer to the fraudulent worship of foreign deities.” [10]

“The various sections and prophecies of Jeremiah do not necessarily follow a chronological order as seen in these verses. This prophecy probably came after the first wave of exiles was taken to Babylon. Jeremiah’s experience of preaching conversion to a stubborn people must have been frustrating, and at times (as in this prophecy) he appeared almost resigned to Judah’s failure to heed his warnings. Unless the Jewish people recommitted themselves to embracing their covenant with God and keeping the Mosaic Law, they would be especially prone to sin.” [11]


Midday Prayer

Almighty God, you have not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; grant that we, who for our evil deeds deserve to be punished, by the might of your grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [12]

Short Verse

Let your countenance shine upon your servant* and teach me your statutes.

Psalm 119:135

Midday Reading

Let us with a gladsome mind

By John Milton

Let us with a gladsome mind praise the Lord, for He is kind: 

For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. 

Let us sound His Name abroad, for of gods He is the God: 

For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. 

He, with all commanding might, filled the new-made world with light: 

For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. 

All things living He does feed; His full hand supplies their need: 

For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. 

Let us then with gladsome minds praise the Lord for He is kind: 

For His mercies shall endure, ever faithful, ever sure. [13]


Eventide Prayer

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. All things are of your making, all times and seasons obey your laws, but you chose to create us in your own image, setting us over the whole world in all its wonder. You made us the steward of creation, to praise you day by day for the marvels of your wisdom and power. 

  • The Roman Missal [14]

Short Verse

Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD;* shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Psalm 32:12

Eventide Reading

1 Peter 1:17—2:1, Born anew

1:17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth[a] so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply[b] from the heart.[c] 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.[d] 24 For

“All flesh is like grass

    and all its glory like the flower of grass.

The grass withers,

    and the flower falls,

25 

but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

That word is the good news that was announced to you.

 

2:1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.

Eventide Lesson

Be holy

Today’s reading from 1 Peter begins, If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. “Why should we pray in fear? Because the Father we serve will judge us according to each one’s [deeds]. While being certain of God’s mercy, we conduct ourselves with care.” [15] 

“Our salvation has been purchased by the infinitely precious blood of Christ (v. 19). We are not our own and are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the price paid for our redemption (see iCo 6:19, 20).” [16] “The Lord’s suffering and death is incorruptible and abides forever, and is the foundation of our baptism through which we are born again (see Jn 3:1-6; Rom 6:3-5).” [17]

Verses 24-25 quotes Isaiah 40:6-8. This passage “sets in sharp contrast the difference between human and divine seed. Our present human condition will have an end, of course, as witnessed by the ever-presence of corruption, and will meet that end in death. But in the glorified, incarnate Son, the word of the LORD (v. 25), we gain incorrupt and immortal humanity, both in body and in soul.” [18]

“The duty, the necessity, for Christians to be holy in their conduct is the issue pursued in this passage. The apostle Paul has written that new (indeed, all!) Christians are to put off the old manner of life, corrupted by evil and deception (Eph 4:22). Similarly, those addressed here are to turn from the same.” [19]

“Even before creation, God knew that mankind would fall into sin, reject His ways, live only for themselves, and lead lives that result in death and alienation from Him. In His love, before the world was made, He determined to send His Son, the unblemished Lamb, to be our sacrifice. Now through His Word, He calls us to life and sets us apart to His glory and for the service of our neighbor. God shows us our value: He was willing to send His Son for us. Now He calls us to share the Savior with others. • Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Gospel, that through Your Son we are born again, forgiven, and given life everlasting. May we rightly praise You for Your infinite mercy. Amen.” [20]

Compline Prayer

BLESSED, PRAISED, AND ADORED be Our Lord Jesus Christ, on his throne of glory, in the most holy Sacrament of the altar, and in the hearts of his faithful people. Of his great mercy may he guide, protect and support us, this night and evermore. Amen. 

— The Server’s Manual, 1917 [21]


Citations:

[1] LAUD, W. (1855). Tuesday, Prime. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 12). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[2] Author: Daniel C. RobertsDaniel C. Roberts (b. Bridgehampton, L. I. (n.d.). God of our fathers, whose almighty hand. Hymnary.org. Retrieved February 1, 2022, from https://hymnary.org/text/god_of_our_fathers_whose_almighty_hand 

[3] http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/06-Daily-Morning-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Jeremiah. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 4674). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[5] Ibid. 4

[6] Ibid. 4

[7] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Jeremiah. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1195). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Jeremiah. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 4674). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[9] Ibid. 8

[10] Ibid. 8

[11] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Jeremiah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2276). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[12] http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/56-Occasional-Prayers.docx 

[13] Tickle, P. (2006). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 81). New York, NY: Image Books.

[14] Tickle, P. (2000). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 17). New York, NY: Image Books.

[15] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 1 Peter. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1715). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[16] Ibid. 15

[17] Ibid. 15

[18] Ibid. 15

[19] Ibid. 15

[20] A., E. E. (2016). 1 Peter. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8570). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[21] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Daily Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 50). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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