May 9, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 9, 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.

In your unfailing love, O Lord, you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…

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.

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

MAY THE POWER of thy holy cross , O Lord, go before me wherever I may be and lead me through the day. In thy mercy, so guide me today that my enemy may find in me nothing that is his, but all that is thine. Or, should aught of evil be so found by reason of my frailty, may thy loving-kindness quickly blot it out. May thy holy angels guard me and bring me safe and unharmed unto the evening hour. Amen. [1]

Collect of the Week

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. 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

“Jesus lives! thy terrors now”

(1982 Hymnal # 194)

By Christian Furchtegott Gellert, 1714-1769

Lyrics [3]:

1. Jesus lives! thy terrors now

can no longer, death, appall us;

Jesus lives! by this we know

thou, O grave, canst not enthrall us.

Alleluia!

2. Jesus lives! for us he died;

then, alone to Jesus living,

pure in heart may we abide,

glory to our Savior giving.

Alleluia!

3. Jesus lives! our hearts know well

nought from us his love shall sever;

life, nor death, nor powers of hell

tear us from his keeping ever.

Alleluia!

4. Jesus lives! to him the throne

over all the world is given:

may we go where he has gone,

rest and reign with him in heaven.

Alleluia!

Short Verse

Blessed is the LORD!* for he has heard the voice of my prayer. 

Psalm 28:7

Morning Reading

Psalm 100, We are God’s sheep

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Morning Lesson

“The Lord reigns”

Psalms 100, 93, and 96–99 “proclaim ‘The LORD reigns.’ Ps 100 is the thankful doxology named Jubilate (Lat ‘O be joyful’).” [4] “How unfortunate when we fail to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Yet even then, we know that He is good. In fact, He gave His Good Shepherd, Jesus, to make one day particularly good. We call it Good Friday. • We are the sheep of Your hand, O Lord. Fill us with joyful praise as we seek to serve You. Amen.” [5]

Psalm 100 Commentary from the Early Church

Verses 2-3

[T]hat joy is love, at any rate, which (as the apostle says [in 1Co 13:5]) “is not puffed up, does no harm, is not ambitious” and all the other things which describe this excellent virtue in Paul’s marvelous explanation. Therefore, they are those who serve the Lord in gladness, who love him above all things and regard one another with brotherly love. Oh, what free bondage! Ah, a servitude more exceptional than all other forms of domination, to which such joy is ascribed as is not contained in the glory of kingdoms! 

Cassiodorus, Expositions of the Psalms 99.2 [6]

Verse 3 

We are taught by their testimonies that “it is God himself and not we ourselves who made us”—not only to be human beings but also to be holy and blessed human beings. If by the gift of his grace we pursue him eagerly, always with a pure and untiring heart, he will be propitious toward all our iniquities, according to the promises made to our ancestors. He will satisfy our desire with good things, he will crown us unto eternal life not as a reward for the works of justice that we have done of ourselves but in the compassion and mercy that he has given us, for he lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, throughout all ages. Amen. 

Bede, Homilies on the Gospels 2.19 [7]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

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.

ACT OF LOVE 

MY GOD, IN THY INFINITE LOVE, thou hast made me; help me to love thee in all things and above all things; and to love my neighbor for thy sake. Amen. [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

O Israel, wait for the LORD,* for with the LORD there is mercy; With him there is plenteous redemption,* and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins. 

Psalm 130:6–7

Midday Reading

Ezekiel 37:15-28, God will unite the flock

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 Mortal, take a stick and write on it, “For Judah, and the Israelites associated with it”; then take another stick and write on it, “For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with it”; 17 and join them together into one stick, so that they may become one in your hand. 18 And when your people say to you, “Will you not show us what you mean by these?” 19 say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with it; and I will put the stick of Judah upon it,[a] and make them one stick, in order that they may be one in my hand. 20 When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen,[b] and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

24 My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. 25 They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children’s children shall live there forever; and my servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless[c] them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary is among them forevermore.

Midday Lesson

“One flock, one shepherd”

“God will restore the Kingdom through new hope and faith. According to ch 34, it will be unlike any earthly dominion in that there will not be a succession of rulers, but only one Shepherd or King— God’s “servant David” (Jesus Christ). His unending rule will claim the allegiance of all nations the world over. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy of His messianic reign when He spoke of “one flock, one shepherd” (Jn 10:16; cf Gal 3:26–29).” [9]

“Ezekiel prophesies that God will unite Israel again. No longer will two kingdoms exist, but one under “My servant David” (v 24 ). God fulfills this messianic prophecy for us in Jesus Christ at Calvary when the Church (God’s new Israel) “was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing” ( Rm 6: 6 ). In Christ, God is our God and we are His people. • Almighty Father, through Christ, You hallowed us from all uncleanness. We rejoice in our salvation as Your pure gift. Amen.” [10]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

For Obedience.

O God, which hast prepared for them that love Thee, such good things as pass man’s understanding; pour into my heart such love towards Thee, that I, obeying Thee in all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that I can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury & Martyr [11]

Short Verse

There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name. 

John 20:30–31

José Campeche, “Agnus Dei” (1806-1809)

Eventide Reading

Revelation 15:1-4, The song of the Lamb

15 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.

2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant[a] of God, and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and amazing are your deeds,

    Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways,

    King of the nations![b]

Lord, who will not fear

    and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

    All nations will come

    and worship before you,

for your judgments have been revealed.”

Eventide Lesson

A Victory Celebration

Our reading from Revelation begins with an introduction to the bowl plagues, which are “the culmination of God’s judgement of the earth.” [12]

A victory celebration is had by those who “conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name,” that is, “those who refuse to submit to the antichrist,” with a hymn. [13] “In contrast to the idolatry of the beast, this hymn emphasizes the worthiness of the true God. The song of Moses and the Lamb is prefigured in the hymns of Ex. 15:1-18 and Dt. 32:1-43, where victory over the oppression of Pharaoh and the Egyptians is celebrated. The Jews incorporated these into the Sabbath liturgy, and the Church also sings them.” [14] 

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [15]

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] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 37). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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

[3] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 194. Jesus lives! thy terrors now. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/194

[4] A., E. E. (2016). Psalms. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4123). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[5] Ibid. 4, P. 4123-4124

[6] Cassiodorus. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1707). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[7] Bede. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1708). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[8] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 51). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement

[9] A., E. E. (2016). Ezekiel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5606). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[10] Ibid. 9, P. 5607

[11] LAUD, W. (1855). Monday: For Obedience. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 8). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[12] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1767). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[13] Ibid. 12

[14] Ibid. 12

[15] 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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