Wednesday Bible Study: Jan 12, 2022

January 12 Commemoration: Saint Aelred of Rievaulx

Pour thou into our hearts, we beseech thee, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with thy servant Aelred draw many into thy community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

January 12, 2022
Epiphanytide

Today’s Readings: 

  1. Numbers 27:1-11, Daughters also promised inheritance
    • Lesson: Laws concerning inheritance of land
  2. Luke 11:33-36, Your body full of light
    • Lesson: The Light of the Body
  3. Reaffirmation of baptismal vows

Invitatory

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

     It is right to give thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, sovereign God of all,

     to you be glory and praise for ever.

You are our light and our salvation.

From the deep waters of death

     you have raised your Son to life in triumph. [1]

Opening Prayer

May God, who sent the Holy Spirit to rest upon the Only-begotten at his baptism in the Jordan River, pour out that Spirit on us who have come to the waters of new birth. Amen. [2]

Hymn

“The people who in darkness walked”

By John Morison, 1749-1798

Lyrics

1. The people who in darkness walked

have seen a glorious light;

on them broke forth the heavenly dawn

who dwelt in death and night.

2. To hail thy rising, Sun of life,

the gathering nations come,

joyous as when reapers bear

their harvest treasures home.

3. To us the promised Child is born,

to us the Son is given;

him shall the tribes of earth obey,

and all the hosts of heaven.

4. His name shall be the Prince of Peace

forevermore adored,

the Wonderful, the Counselor,

the Mighty God and Lord.

5. His power increasing still shall spread,

his reign no end shall know;

justice shall guard his throne above,

and peace abound below. [3]


Morning Prayer

Short Verse

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Titus 3:5

Morning Reading

Numbers 27:1-11, Daughters also promised inheritance

27 Then the daughters of Zelophehad came forward. Zelophehad was son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh son of Joseph, a member of the Manassite clans. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and they said, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness; he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin; and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”

5 Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 7 The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying; you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance among their father’s brothers and pass the inheritance of their father on to them. 8 You shall also say to the Israelites, “If a man dies, and has no son, then you shall pass his inheritance on to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. It shall be for the Israelites a statute and ordinance, as the Lord commanded Moses.”

Morning Lesson

Laws concerning inheritance of land

Numbers 27:1–11 and 36:1–12 “constitute the first and the last of several sections in the concluding chapters of Numbers that deal with specific issues pertaining to the allotment and the inheritance of land. In Numbers 27:1–11, the issue concerns keeping ancestral land within the clan. If a man has no sons, his daughter may inherit the land; if he has no daughter, either, his brothers may inherit it, and so forth. Numbers 36:1–12 raises the issue of how to keep land in the family if a daughter who inherits it chooses to marry. The conclusion is that a daughter who inherits land must marry within her own tribe, so that the land stays within the tribe.” [4]

“A decision was made to allow daughters to inherit their father’s land in the event that he had no son, ensuring that the property would stay within the same family or tribe. Sinful inequalities based on gender offend the equal dignity of men and women.” [5]


Midday Prayer

May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light to the world; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen. [6]

Short Verse

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:5

Midday Reading

Luke 11:33-36, Your body full of light

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar,[a] but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Midday Lesson

The Light of the Body

“Christ compared clarity of sight to clarity of discernment. In his day, it was commonly believed that we see because of a light source within our eye that illuminates our path. Just as healthy eyes enable us to see well, a life of purity enables us to see God, while sin and immorality blind us to the beauty of faith and selfless service to others. By orienting ourselves to the will of God, we can begin to more clearly discern the truth.” [7]


Eventide Prayer

Almighty God, in our baptism you have consecrated us to be temples of your Holy Spirit. May we, whom you have counted worthy, nurture this gift of your indwelling Spirit with a lively faith and worship you with upright lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [8]

Short Verse

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

Eventide Reading

Reaffirmation of baptismal vows 

(from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)

Do you, here in the presence of God and the Church, renew the solemn promises and vows made at your Baptism and commit to keep them?

          I do.

Do you renounce the devil and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

          I renounce them.

Do you renounce the empty promises and deadly deceits of this world that corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

          I renounce them.

Do you renounce the sinful desires of the flesh that draw you from the love of God?

          I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and confess him as your Lord and Savior?

          I do.

Do you joyfully receive the Christian Faith, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments?

          I do.

Will you obediently keep God’s holy will and commandments, and walk in them all the days of your life?

          I will, the Lord being my helper.

Go forth into the world in peace, be of good courage, and fight the good fight of faith, that you may finish your course with joy; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be upon us your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with us; and so lead us in the knowledge and obedience of your Holy Word, that we may faithfully serve you in this life, and joyfully dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Citations:

[1] Church House Publishing. (2005). Thanksgiving for baptism. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 373)

[2] The Episcopal Church. (2018). Seasonal Blessings. In The Book of Occasional Services (PDF ed., p. 10). Then Episcopal Church. Retrieved November December 15, 2020, from https://episcopalchurch.org/files/lm_book_of_occasional_services_2018.pdf

[3] The Hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 125. The people who in darkness walked. (n.d.). Retrieved January 07, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/125

[4] Senior, D., Collins, J. J., & Getty-Sullivan, M. A. (2016). Numbers. In The Catholic study Bible: The New American Bible, revised edition, translated from the original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources (Third ed., p.322). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[5] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Numbers. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 480). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[6] The Episcopal Church. (2018). Seasonal Blessings. In The Book of Occasional Services (PDF ed., p. 10). Then Episcopal Church. Retrieved November December 15, 2020, from https://episcopalchurch.org/files/lm_book_of_occasional_services_2018.pdf

[7] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Luke. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3129). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[8] Church House Publishing. (2005). Thanksgiving for baptism. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 373)

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