Apr 22, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

April 22, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 

Invitatory

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Opening Prayer

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [1]

Hymn

“Christ the Lord is risen again”

(1982 Hymnal # 184)

By Michael Weisse, 1480-1534

Lyrics [2]:

1. Christ the Lord is risen again!

Christ hath broken every chain!

Now through all the world it rings

that the Lamb in King of kings.

Alleluia!

Refrain:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Christ, our Paschal lamb indeed,

Christ, today your people feed.

Alleluia!

2. He who gave for us his life,

who for us endured the strife,

takes our sin and guilt away

that with angels we may say:

Alleluia! (Refrain)

3. He who bore all pain and loss

comfortless upon the cross

is exalted now to save,

wresting victory from the grave.

Alleluia! (Refrain)

Morning Prayer

IN the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.—

      Blessed art thou, O Lord, who, as on this day, didst bring forth from out the earth beasts, and cattle, and every creeping thing, for food, for raiment, and for labour; 

       And didst make man after thine own image, that he might subdue the earth, and didst bless him.

      For his creation did the blessed Trinity consult together; and by thine Almighty hand was the work performed.

               The breath of life was breathed into his nostrils,

and in the image of God was he created.

               Thou mattest him to have dominion over thy works,

thou gavest thy angels charge over him, 

and didst put him in the garden of Eden…

      Spare, O Lord, spare, and give not thine heritage to the reproach of thine enemies. Amen.

  • The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews [3]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.    

Acts 1:8

Samuel flucht Saul
Holbein, Hans the Younger,
c. 1497 – 1543

Morning Reading

1 Samuel 17:19-32, David announces he will fight Goliath

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22 David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. 23 As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

24 All the Israelites, when they saw the man, fled from him and were very much afraid. 25 The Israelites said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. The king will greatly enrich the man who kills him, and will give him his daughter and make his family free in Israel.” 26 David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 The people answered him in the same way, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

28 His eldest brother Eliab heard him talking to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David. He said, “Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart; for you have come down just to see the battle.” 29 David said, “What have I done now? It was only a question.” 30 He turned away from him toward another and spoke in the same way; and the people answered him again as before.

31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul; and he sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Morning Lesson

Viewing difficulties from a divine perspective

What a difference perspective can make. Most of the onlookers saw only a giant. David saw a mortal man defying almighty God. Goliath was a target too big to miss. David knew he would not be alone when he faced Goliath; God would fight with him. He looked at his situation from God’s point of view. Who or what are the “giants” you are facing? Viewing impossible situations from God’s point of view helps us put giant problems in perspective. Once we see clearly, we can fight more effectively.” [4]

“Criticism couldn’t stop David. While the rest of the army stood around, he knew the importance of taking action. With God to fight for him, there was no reason to wait. People may try to discourage you with negative comments or mockery, but continue to do what you know is right. By doing what is right, you will be pleasing God, whose opinion matters most.” [5]

David weighed the difficulties from a divine perspective. Here was an opportunity for God to display His power.” [6] “David . . . was chosen from among all to rule the people. How gentle and kindly he was, humble in spirit too, how diligent and ready to show affection. Before he came to the throne he offered himself in the stead of all” (St. Ambrose). [7]

Midday Prayer

We worship[ed] on the day of the Lord’s resurrection. To our Triune God we ought to bring praise and thanks from the heart, asking his mercy, that in spirit and in body we may share in the blessed resurrection of our Lord and Savior; who lives in reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever Amen.

  • Antiphonary of Bangor, 7th century [8]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

Everyone will stand in awe and declare God’s deeds;* they will recognize his works. 

Psalm 64:9

Midday Meditation

The Third Station of the Resurrection

(From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [9])

OPENING PRAYERS

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels. 

Rejoice now, all the whole earth, 

bright with a glorious splendor. 

Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people. 

For in Christ’s resurrection, 

joy has come to the whole earth.

O ALMIGHTY GOD, we come to seek the Living among the living and to follow Christ as he goes before us to Galilee and into joys eternal. Let the hope of his Resurrection shine in our praises, as it leads us into more faithful witness and more joyful service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns in glory everlasting. Amen.

The Light of radiant dawn streams out, 

And praise fills heaven all about. 

Earth echoes the exultant shout, 

And groaning hell is put to rout.

THIRD STATION: PETER AND THE BELOVED DISCIPLE GO TO THE TOMB 
Reading: John 20:2-10 

Mary Magdalene ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. 

Those who sowed with tears, alleluia. 

Will reap with songs of joy, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

Lord Jesus, let our minds rest in your Word, so that when doubt and grief would overwhelm us, faith will open our eyes to see your hand at work in our life and enable us to turn toward the future with hope and toward each other in perfect charity. Amen. 

The light dawns now, the shadows clear, 

And yet their hearts are held in fear. 

The empty tomb before them lies, 

And still they mourn their Lord so dear.

Eventide Prayer

O Lord, I will cry day and night before Thee, let my prayer enter into Thy presence, incline Thy ear unto my calling; for my soul is full of trouble, and my life draws nigh unto the pit. O let not Thine indignation lie too hard upon me, neither vex me all Thy storms: but remember of what mould Thou hast made me, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [10]

Short Verse

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;* ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name;* bring offerings and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 

Psalm 96:7–9

Eventide Reading

Acts 5:17-26, The apostles freed from prison

17 Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, 18 arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.” 21 When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching.

When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the temple police went there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on. 25 Then someone arrived and announced, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Eventide Lesson

Signs and wonders

“Caiaphas [v. 17] and other members of the leading aristocratic priestly families were Sadducees.” [11] The Sadducees had theological and political (cf. 4:10) “reasons for wanting the movement stopped. Considering the warnings given in 4:17–18, 21, they probably believe they have been quite patient, but the popularity of Jesus’ movement is growing, risking the Jerusalem elite’s dishonor. Unlike the Pharisees, Sadducees were not as popular with the people, though the people respected the office of the elite priests. Ancient biographies often note jealousy as a reason for enmity; this is not surprising in view of the ambition and strife that characterized ancient urban politics.” [12]

“Imprisonment [v. 18] was sometimes a punishment, but jails were more often used to hold people until the time of their trial or sentence.” [13] As for the apostles, their imprisonment “apparently was a common event in the early church.” [14]

An angel of the Lord (v. 17) opened the prison doors “not with the guards’ keys, but miraculously.” [15] “Signs and wonders are given by God, not as ends in themselves, but to encourage and strengthen the apostles to preach the gospel (see 4:24-31).” [16] 

“The word for angel basically means ‘messenger.’ The phrase ‘angel of the Lord’ is commonly used in the OT to refer to spiritual messengers of God. Sometimes these messengers were human beings and other times they were angelic beings. In some places the phrase may even refer to the preincarnate Christ. Considering the events of this particular passage, it is clear that a supernatural visitor is in view.” [17]

The Angel’s message (v. 20) “focused on the life of the risen Christ” (Cf 1Jn 1: 2). [18] Note also “that the angel’s orders [in verse 20] were not to escape from the city, but to return to the temple courts, where the disciples had been first arrested, and speak to the people. The fact that the disciples would return to the place of their arrest was an open testimony to the Jewish leaders and the general public that these men were willing to die for the truth they were proclaiming.” [19] “The angel and the departing apostles had not attracted the guards’ attention [v. 23]. Perhaps the Lord caused their sleep, a violation of a guard’s service.” [20]

Verse 26 tells us, Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. “Ancient Jewish sources complain that sometimes these Levite temple police used force at the bidding of the corrupt elite priests. The authorities were not always popular.” [21] “Temple guards wisely avoided a riot.” [22] “Superiors should therefore be honored by us with whatever respect we can, but in such a way that we do not reject or deny the Word of Christ and the promise of grace on their account and lose the spiritual blessing. For all respect, honor, and services of every kind are to be paid to magistrates with a good conscience and joyful heart if they remain within the prescribed limits, that is, provided that obedience to God and confession of the Word remain intact” (Martin Luther). [23]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. [24]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!


Citations:

[1] Episcopal Church. (1979). Collects. 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. 172). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[2] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal church 184. Christ the Lord is risen again. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/184

[3] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews. Unknown. Kindle Edition. 

[4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 1 Samuel. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6039). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[5] Ibid. 4

[6] A., E. E. (2016). 1 Samuel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 1950). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[7] Ibid. 6

[8] Stratman, P. (2001). Easter Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 77). Rossway.

[9] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 214, 217). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[10] LAUD, W. (1855). Friday: Afflictions. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 61). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[11] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Acts. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 9559). essay, Zondervan.

[12] Ibid. 11

[13] Ibid. 11

[14] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Acts. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 6736). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[15] A., E. E. (2016). Acts. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp.7483). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[16] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Acts. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1507). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[17] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Acts. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 6736). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[18] A., E. E. (2016). Acts. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp.7483). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[19] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Acts. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 6736). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[20] A., E. E. (2016). Acts. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp.7483). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[21] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Acts. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 9560). essay, Zondervan.

[22] A., E. E. (2016). Acts. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp.7483). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[23] Ibid. 22, P. 7483-7484

[24] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office. 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. 133). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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