Feb 12 Devotional Bible Study

February 12, 2022
Epiphanytide

Today’s Readings: 

  1. Jeremiah 17:1-4, A heritage lost
    • Lesson: Judah’s captivity brought rest for the land
  2. Luke 11:24-28, Blessings on those who hear the word
    • Lesson: Heap praise on Him in practice
  3. “Night Is Drawing”

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 Prayers

O Lord, Almighty God, King of heaven and earth, Savior of the world, bless, lead, rule and govern our hearts and bodies, our senses, words and deeds today, following thy law and commandments, that here and for eternity with thy help we shall be saved in freedom. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. [1]

May Almighty God arrange our deeds and our day in His peace. Amen. [2]

The Hymn

“Rejoice”

By Charles Wesley

Lyrics:

Rejoice, the Lord is King! 

Your Lord and King adore! 

Mortals, give thanks and sing, 

And triumph ever more. 

Lift up your heart! 

Lift up your voice! 

Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice! 

The Lord the Savior reigns, 

The God of truth and love: 

When he had purged our stains, 

He took his seat above. 

Lift up your heart! 

Lift up your voice! 

Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice! 

His kingdom can not fail; 

He rules over earth and heaven; 

The keys of death and hell 

To Christ the Lord are given. 

Lift up your heart! 

Lift up your voice! 

Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice! 

Rejoice in glorious hope! 

Our Lord the Judge shall come, 

And take his servants up 

To their eternal home. 

Lift up your heart! 

Lift up your voice! 

Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice! [3]


Morning Prayer

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey: Be now and evermore my defense, and make me know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. [4]

Short Verse

Yours are the heavens, the earth is also yours;* you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it. 

Psalm 89:11

Morning Reading

Jeremiah 17:1-4, A heritage lost

17 The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen; with a diamond point it is engraved on the tablet of their hearts, and on the horns of their altars, 2 while their children remember their altars and their sacred poles,[a] beside every green tree, and on the high hills, 3 on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin[b] throughout all your territory. 4 By your own act you shall lose the heritage that I gave you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled[c] that shall burn forever.

Morning Lesson

Judah’s captivity brought rest for the land

“Judah’s sin had become so deeply engraved that it could not be removed. The point of a diamond on a pen of iron indicates the permanence of the engraving. The heart of the people, the center of their spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being, was inextricably entangled in stubborn rebellion against God.” [5] “Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah were demolished and plundered by the Babylonians. The remaining treasures of the temple of God were carried by Nebuchadnezzar’s army to Babylon. Even the idolatrous cultic centers were destroyed (15:13, 14).” [6] “Judah’s captivity would provide rest for the land from the idolatrous activities of its people.” [7]


Midday Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is error, truth; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

  • St. Francis of Assisi [8]

Short Verse

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;* let those who love your salvation say for ever, “Great is the LORD!” 

Psalm 70:4

Midday Reading

Luke 11:24-28, Blessings on those who hear the word

24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

27 While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

Midday Lesson

Heap praise on Him in practice

“The unclean spirit refers to the rebelliousness cast out of the Jews by the OT prophets to prepare them to receive Christ. Those who refuse to receive Him are left open to the wickedness of seven other spirits or demons [John Chrysostom].” [9]

“A person healed of demon possession could fall into such trouble again. Thus, it is a grave mistake to imagine that we can receive the Gospel, come to Jesus, and yet continue in destructive ways and return to our sins. Thankfully, God promises to fill those who repent with His own Spirit and bless us through His Word and Sacraments, that we may be whole. • ‘Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And make our hearts Your place of rest; Come with Your grace and heav’nly aid, And fill the hearts which You have made.’ Amen.” [10]

“Jesus corrects the woman from the crowd, not by denouncing his mother, but by emphasizing her faith. People are blessed in God’s eyes if, like Mary, they hear the word of God and keep it.” [11]

“Jesus teaches that hearing His Word and faithfully putting it into practice heaps praise on Him. He continually extends His Word and unfailingly delivers the blessings it promises. • Lord, help me not only to hear Your Word but also to keep it in a pure heart and thereby produce a fruitful life of service. Amen.” [12]


Eventide Prayer

The Lord bless me and keep me. Amen. The Lord make his face to shine upon me and be gracious to me. Amen. The Lord lift up his countenance upon me and give me peace. Amen. [13]

Short Verse

Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,* and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 57:11

Eventide Reading

“Night Is Drawing” 

By Sabine Baring-Gould

Nigh Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh, 

    Shadows of the evening steal across the sky. 

Jesus, give the weary calm and sweet repose; 

    With your tenderest blessing may our eyelids close. 

Grant to little children visions bright of thee. 

    Guard the sailors tossing on the sea. 

Comfort every sufferer watching late in pain; 

    Those who plan some evil from their sin restrain. 

Through the long night watches may your angels spread 

    Their wings above me, watching round my bed. 

When the morning wakens then I may arise 

    Pure and fresh and sinless in your holy eyes. [14]

Compline Prayer

May the Father of heaven have care of my soul, His loving arm about my body, through each slumber and sleep of my life. Amen. [15]


Citations:

[1] Bellarmine, G. (2020). January 6: Prime. In The Roman Breviary in English, in Order, Every Day for October, November, December 2020 (Kindle ed., p. 316). Christian Books Today.

[2] Ibid. 1

[3] Tickle, P. (2006). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 64). New York, NY: Image Books

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). The Ministration of the Sick. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 456-457). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] 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. 4679). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Ibid. 5

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

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1418). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] A., E. E. (2016). Luke. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7015). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[11] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1418). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[12] A., E. E. (2016). Luke. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7015). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[13] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office, Rite II. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 122). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[14] Tickle, P. (2006). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 73). New York, NY: Image Books. 

[15] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Compline. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 92266). London: HarperCollins.

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