May 4, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 4, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

O Lord, open our lips 

      and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

In your resurrection, O Christ, 

      let heaven and earth rejoice. 

      Alleluia.

Opening Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…

Our Father, who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy Name,

    thy kingdom come,

    thy will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those

        who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

    and the power, and the glory,

    for ever and ever. Amen.

God the Holy Spirit, who pours out abundant gifts upon the Church, make us faithful followers of the risen Christ. Amen. [1]

A Collect for Grace

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [2]

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!

Come let us praise the Lord with song!

Hymn

“In the Garden”

Short Verse

May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful. 

Colossians 3:15

Morning Reading

Isaiah 6:1-8, Isaiah in the presence of God

6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Morning Lesson

“Here am I. Send me!”

“Confronted with this vision of the Lord, Isaiah realized that he was under judgment—that he was undone. He must have thought that he had come to the end of his life. I am a man of unclean lips: Isaiah knew that he was a sinner. He realized that his lips were the only ones not giving God praise in that setting. a people: Isaiah’s plight is the plight of every person. No one, in his or her present state, is capable of standing before the Holy One (Ps. 24:3). the King, the LORD of hosts: After contemplating the death of Uzziah (v. 1), Isaiah had seen the King who will never die.” [3]

“The live coal . . . from the altar [v. 6] symbolizes both the purification of blood and the fire of the Spirit that enabled the prophet to speak. From that point on, his words would be light to his hearers and power to those who would listen. The fact that a coal from the altar was used reminds us that ultimately all sin is forgiven because of a sacrifice. The sacrifices on the temple altar point to the ultimate sacrifice of the Savior Jesus. God sovereignly and graciously forgave Isaiah’s sin.” [4]

In verse 7, the Lord said to Isaiah, your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for. The phrase taken away “alludes to the Israelite practice of symbolically placing the sins of the people on a scapegoat and driving that goat into the wilderness (see Lev. 16). The Hebrew word translated purged means “covered” and is the same word that is translated atonement. The word refers to the process of killing an animal and sprinkling the blood on the altar for atonement.” [5]

“At times, the prophets would be invited to participate in the heavenly court (see 1 Kin. 22:19–22; Jer. 23:18, 22). [In verse 8] the Lord uses the pronoun Us to mean Himself and His angels (see Gen. 3:22; 11:7).” [6]

In verse 8, Isaiah answers, “Here am I. Send me!” “In ancient Middle Eastern religions only divine beings are sent as messengers of the gods. Yet the God of Scripture uses human beings as a matter of course. Only at certain times does He use angels in a direct way to reveal His will to humankind. Isaiah’s willingness proceeded from a grateful heart; he wanted to serve the God who had forgiven him (v. 7).” [6]

“Seeing the Lord and listening to the praise of the angels, Isaiah realized that he was sinful before God, with no hope of measuring up to God’s standard of holiness. When Isaiah’s lips were touched with a live burning coal, he was told that his sins were forgiven. It wasn’t the coal that cleansed him, but God. In response, Isaiah submitted himself entirely to God’s service. No matter how difficult his task would be, he said, “Here I am. Send me.” The painful cleansing process was necessary before Isaiah could fulfill the task to which God was calling him. Before we accept God’s call to speak for him to those around us, we must be cleansed as Isaiah was, confessing our sins and submitting to God’s control. Letting God purify us may be painful, but we must be purified so that we can truly represent God, who is pure and holy.” [7]

“The more clearly Isaiah saw God (Isa 6:5), the more aware Isaiah became of his own powerlessness and inadequacy to do anything of lasting value without God. But he was willing to be God’s spokesman. When God calls, will you also say, ‘Send me’?” [8]


Midday Prayers

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

    born of the Virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, dead, and buried.

    He descended into hell.

    The third day he rose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven,

    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

    the holy catholic Church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and the life everlasting. Amen.

For the Right Use of God’s Gifts

Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor thee with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [9]

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

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

Psalm 57:11

Midday Reading

Luke 5:1-11, Simon’s catch of fish

5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Midday Lesson

Fishers of men

In this evening’s reading, Jesus drew Simon Peter, James, and John to Him as His disciples. “The Lord draws people to Himself by things that are familiar to them. As He drew the Magi with a star (Mt 2:2), as He would draw the tax collectors by a tax collector (5:29), here He draws the fisherman with fish (see 1 Co 9:19-23).” [10]

In verse 4, Jesus asked Simon to launch his boat out from the shore, into the deeper water. “ St. Ambrose [saw] the spiritual meaning of this command as an invitation to give one’s life over to the deep mystery of the knowledge of the Son of God.” [11]

In verse 8, Simon Peter fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” “Peter’s cry in the face of divine power is not a rejection of Jesus (contrast 8:37). Rather, being suddenly cast in the light of Christ, holy people such as Peter become keenly aware of their own unworthiness (compare Is 6:5; Rev 1:17).” [12] “Peter was awestruck at this miracle, and his first response was to realize his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness. Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day-to-day routine and understood his needs. God is interested not only in saving us but also in helping us in our daily activities.” [13]

“Like Peter, we must recognize our own sinfulness. Then, like these fishermen, we must realize that we can’t save ourselves and that we need help. If we know that Jesus is the only one who can help us, we will be ready to leave everything and follow Him.” [14]

This was the second time Peter had been called (see first call in John 1:35-51). “Peter and Andrew had gone back to fishing. They continued to watch Jesus, however, as He established His authority in the synagogue, healed the sick, and drove out demons. Here, He also established authority in their lives – He met them on their level and helped them in their work. From this point on, they left their nets and remained with Jesus.” [15]

“The great catch of fish (v. 9) is an image of the apostles bringing mankind to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and it fulfills the prophecy of Jer 16:16.” [16] 

“But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will catch them.”

Jeremiah 16:16

Eventide Prayer

For Penitence

O Lord, I humbly pray Thee look upon me, and cleanse my mind and my thoughts from unclean desires, and from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and from every work of the devil, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury & Martyr [17]

Short Verse

The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken;* he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 

Psalm 50:1

Jacopo Tintoretto – Christ at the Sea of Galilee (1570’s)

Eventide Meditation

The Ninth Station Of The Resurrection: Jesus Appears By The Sea 

From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [18]

Reading: John 21:1-14

After these things, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 

The one who believes in me will do the works that I do, alleluia. 

That the Father may be glorified in the Son, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

Make us, O Lord, swift to recognize you in the midst of our lives, give us ears to hear you when you ask us to cast out our nets once more despite our disappointments and weariness; that we may rejoice in faith and accomplish your purposes, for the sake of your love. Amen. 

Eternal Christ, let praises ring, 

Salvation through your blood we sing 

By you the death of death was wrought 

And grace to human life was brought.

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [19]

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] The Episcopal Church. (2018). Seasonal Blessings. In The Book of Occasional Services (PDF ed., p. 13). Then Episcopal Church. Retrieved November December 15, 2020, from https://episcopalchurch.org/files/lm_book_of_occasional_services_2018.pdf

[2] 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. 100). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Isaiah. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 4243). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[4] Ibid. 3, P. 4244

[5] Ibid. 3, P. 4244

[6] Ibid. 3, P. 4244

[7] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Ezekiel. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6378). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[8] Ibid. 7

[9] Episcopal Church. (1979). Prayers and Thanksgivings. 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. 827). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[10] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1403). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] Ibid. 10

[13] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012).Luke. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 1308). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[14] Ibid. 13

[15] Ibid. 13

[16] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1403). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[17] LAUD, W. (1855). Wednesday Compline: For Penitence. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 29). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[18] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 223-224). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[19] 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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