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May 20, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 20, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

The Lord is risen from the tomb who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

GLORY be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee: glory to thee, who hast given me sleep to refresh my weakness, and to alleviate the labours of this fragile flesh. [1]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

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.

O FATHER of mercies, I beseech thee by thy fatherly bowels of compassion, (I John iii. 17.) despise me not,…

Forsake not the work of thine own hands ;— Psalm cxxxviii. 8. 

Forsake not thine own image,—Gen. i. 27. 

     Though bearing the marks of iniquity.— Gen. iv. 15. 

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean; 

Lord, speak the word only, and I shall be healed. —Matt. viii. 2. 8.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [2]

You send forth the light, and it goes. You make the sun to rise upon the just and the unjust, upon the evil and the good. You make the morning and give light to the whole world. Enlighten also our hearts, O Master of all. Grant that this day we may be acceptable to You; preserve us from all sin and every wicked deed; deliver us from every arrow of temptation that flies by day and from every adverse power, by the intercessions of our all-pure Lady the Mother of God, of Your bodiless ministers and heavenly hosts, and of all the saints, who have been well-pleasing to You throughout the ages. For Your will it is to have mercy and to save us, O God, and to You do we give glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. AMEN. [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!

Hymn

“The strife is o’er, the battle done”

(1982 Hymnal #208)

By Francis Pott, 1832-1909

Lyrics [4]:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. The strife is o’er, the battle done,

the victory of life is won;

the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia!

2. The powers of death have done their worst,

but Christ their legions hath dispersed:

let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia!

3. The three sad days are quickly sped,

he rises glorious from the dead:

all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia!

4. He closed the yawning gates of hell,

the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;

let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia!

5. Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,

from death’s dread sting thy servants free,

that we may live and sing to thee.

Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Short Verse

To you I lift up my eyes,* to you enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,* and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God,* until he shows us his mercy. 

Psalm 123:1–3

Morning Meditation

The loving care of an infinitely creative God 

“All of nature is invested with the loving care of an infinitely creative God. Each act of creation reflects some aspect of His love and strength. God is BIG, but still cares about every detail of what He has created, and so He cares for us. We can look to Him for direction. Jesus was able to say that He spoke what He was given to speak [John 8:26] and if we too can be sensitised to what is from Him [John 10:4–5] we will find the fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom [Proverbs 15:31–33].” [5]   

I bind unto myself today        

the virtues of the starlit heaven        

the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,        

the whiteness of the moon at even,        

the flashing of the lightning free,        

the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,        

the stable earth, the deep salt sea,        

around the old eternal rocks.        

I bind unto myself today        

the power of God to hold and lead,        

His eye to watch, His might to stay,        

His ear to hearken to my need,        

the wisdom of my God to teach,        

His hand to guide, His shield to ward;        

the word of God to give me speech,        

His heavenly host to be my guard.

[6]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayer

Forsake not the works of thine own hands.— Psalm cxxxviii. 8. Behold thine own image and likeness.—Gen. i. 26. Hast thou made any thing in vain?—Psalm Ixxxix. 47. Surely in vain, if thou destroy it. And what profit is there in my destruction ?— Psalm xxx. 9. Thine enemies will rejoice over me.—Psalm xxxv. 19. Let them never rejoice, O Lord.—Ps. xxxv. 19. Let not thine enemies he gratified, when my foot slippeth.—Psalm xxxviii. 16. Look upon the face of thine anointed.—Psalm lxxxiv. 9. And, by the blood of thy covenant,—Zeck. ix. 11. •By the propitiation of the whole world,—1 John ii. 2. Lord, be merciful to me a sinner;—Luke xviii. 13. Lord, be merciful to me, the first of sinners; The chief and the greatest of sinners.—1 Tint. i. 15. For thy name’s sake also pardon mine iniquity; for it is great (Psalm xxv. 11.): assuredly it is very great.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [7]

ETERNAL LIGHT, shine in our hearts; eternal goodness, deliver us from evil; eternal power, be our support; eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance; eternal pity, have mercy upon us. That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, we may seek thy face and be brought, through thine infinite mercy, to thy holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

  • Alcuin of York, 8th 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

May these words of mine please him;* I will rejoice in the LORD. 

Psalm 104:35

Midday Reading

Proverbs 2:5-8, God gives wisdom

5 Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome]

And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives [skillful and godly] wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores away sound wisdom for the righteous [those who are in right standing with Him];

He is a shield to those who walk in integrity [those of honorable character and moral courage],

8 He guards the paths of justice;

And He preserves the way of His saints (believers).

Midday Lesson

God guards and guides

“When a person seeks wisdom, he or she finds it in the fear of the LORD, or the knowledge of God. Those who know God fear (revere) Him. Verses 6–8 resemble the words of a psalm (compare Ps. 91).” [9]

“God enables His people to make sound judgments rooted in His wisdom rather than in the wisdom and norms of the world.” [10] “God guards and guides. Proverbs contrasts two paths—the way of righteousness and the way of evil… ‘There are two ways, one of life and one of death; but a great difference between the two ways.’” [11]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

O LORD Jesus Christ, who art the true sun of the world, evermore arising and never going down, who, by thy most wholesome appearing and light, dost bring forth, preserve, nourish, and refresh all things – those that are in heaven and those that are on earth – we beseech thee mercifully and favourably to shine into our hearts, that the night and darkness of sins and the mists of errors on every side being driven away (thou brightly shining within our hearts), we may go without stumbling or offence all our life long, and may walk decently and seemly as in the daytime, being pure and clean from the works of darkness, and abounding in all good works which God hath prepared for us to walk in, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. [12]

  • 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International Edition [12]

Into Thine hands, O Lord, I commend my soul and body; for Thou hast created and redeemed them, O Lord, Thou God of truth. And together with myself, I commend unto Thee all that is mine; for Thou [Lord] hast graciously bestowed them on me according to Thy good pleasure, O Lord, both to lie down and sleep in peace, for it is Thou only makest me to dwell in safety, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • The Private Devotions of William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [13]

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

I will sing of mercy and justice;* to you, O LORD, will I sing praises. 

Psalm 101:1

Eventide Reading

Acts 16:1-8, Timothy accompanies Paul

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

1 Paul[a] went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers and sisters in Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily.

Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8 so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.

Eventide Lesson

Hunger for the prize

“This Timothy would become one of the chief co-workers of Paul, would be the recipient of two of Paul’s epistles, and would later follow the apostle John as bishop of Ephesus.” [14] “Since Timothy is partly of Jewish heritage, Paul has him circumcised [v. 3] to accommodate Jewish sensibilities. In the case of Titus, a Gentile, Paul refuses to do this on dogmatic principles, reaffirming that believers do not receive salvation through the Law (Gal 2:3).” [15]

“Whether by direct revelation or by circumstances (e.g., hostility, illness), Paul was prohibited from traveling west toward Ephesus at this time, as well as north (v 7). Many times Paul’s own travel plans did not go as he intended (cf chs 21–23; Rm 1:13; 15:22–32).” [16] “Though no indication is given in the Scriptures why Paul was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach in these places [vv. 6, 7], St. John Chrysostom likens this to the way a hunter will underfeed his dogs before a hunt in order to increase their hunger for the prize. Likewise, these people were not yet hungry for the gospel, and thus God delays the gospel being preached in their presence until a desire for Him can be cultivated.” [17]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen. †

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] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 210). Kindle Edition. 

[2] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 257). Kindle Edition. 

[3] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Morning Prayers. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 16). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[4] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 208. the strife is o’er, the battle done. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/208

[5] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Daily Prayer: March 3. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 4532). London: HarperCollins.

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 476). Kindle Edition. 

[8] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Daily Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 57). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[9] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Proverbs. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 3861). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[10] A., E. E. (2016). Proverbs. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4184). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] InterVarsity Press. (2021). Additional 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 Church of England: Together with the Psalter or psalms of david, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches: The form and manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, and deacons (International , p. 794). prayer. 

[13] LAUD, W. (1855). Friday Compline: At Night, If Thou Wakest. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 63-64). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[14] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Acts. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1528). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[15] Ibid. 14

[16] A., E. E. (2016). Acts. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7524). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[17] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Acts. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1528). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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