May 23, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 23, 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, as our Savior 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.

Having risen from sleep, I thank You, O Holy Trinity, because through Your great goodness and longsuffering You have not been angry with me, an idler and a sinner, nor have You destroyed me in my iniquities. But rather You have shown me Your customary love for mankind and roused me, as I lay in despair, to rise in the morning and to glorify Your might. And now, enlighten the eyes of my mind and open my mouth to meditate on Your words, to understand Your commandments, and to do Your will, to sing to You with confession of heart, and to praise Your all-holy name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. AMEN. [2]

Collect of the Week

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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

“We walk by faith, and not by sight”

Short Verse

My soul thirsts for the strong, living God and all that is within me cries out to him. 

Traditional

Morning Reading

Psalm 93, God reigns above the floods

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.

He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

the floods have lifted up their voice;

the floods lift up their roaring.

More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

more majestic than the waves of the sea,

majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;

holiness befits your house,

O Lord, forevermore.

Let us pray.

Christ our King, you put on the apparel of our nature and raised us to your glory; reign from your royal throne above the chaos of this world, that all may see the victory you have won and trust in your salvation; for your glory’s sake.

928, psalter

Morning Lesson

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

“The voice of the waters, the swells of sea waves, and the thunder of waterfalls witness to the power of nature in such a way that we can feel small, vulnerable, and even fearful. Yet, it also witnesses the power of God, who created everything and gave nature its essential properties. Recognizing the power of God in these waters prompts us to raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving.” [4]

“St. Augustine used the image of the rough seas to explain how, as the faithful raise their voices to spread the Gospel, the storms of rejection and persecution often arise in response, imperiling the boat, which is the Church. In such times we must not despair; rather, we should remain mindful that Christ is always with us and that he who created the seas also has the power to calm them.” [5]

“This is the first of eight consecutive psalms extolling the kingship of God… Christ came to announce the Kingdom of God, a kingdom not of this world, which is a kingdom of grace, peace, truth, and love that is established within the hearts of Christ’s followers.” [6]

Psalm 93 Commentary from the Early Church

Verse 2 

“To sit at the right hand of the Father is a mystery belonging to the incarnation. For it does not befit that incorporeal nature without the assumption of flesh; neither is the excellency of a heavenly seat sought for the divine nature but for the human. Thus it is said of him, ‘Your seat, O God, is prepared from thence forward; you are from everlasting.’”

(Rufinus of Aquileia, Commentary on the Apostles’ Creed 32) [7]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayer

For those we Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!* whose hope is in the LORD their God. 

Psalm 146:4

Midday Reading

1 Chronicles 12:16-22, The spirit of God on Amasi

16 Some Benjaminites and Judahites came to the stronghold to David. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship, to help me, then my heart will be knit to you, but if you have come to betray me to my adversaries, though my hands have done no wrong, then may the God of our ancestors see and give judgment.” 18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said,[a]

“We are yours, O David,

    and with you, O son of Jesse!

Peace, peace to you,

    and peace to the one who helps you!

    For your God is the one who helps you.”

Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.

19 Some of the Manassites deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “He will desert to his master Saul at the cost of our heads.”) 20 As he went to Ziklag these Manassites deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of the thousands in Manasseh. 21 They helped David against the band of raiders,[b] for they were all warriors and commanders in the army. 22 Indeed, from day to day people kept coming to David to help him until there was a great army, like an army of God.

Midday Lesson

Drawn to a great cause

“How did the Holy Spirit work in Old Testament times? When there was an important job to be done, God chose a person to do it, and the Spirit gave that person the needed power and ability. The Spirit gave Bezalel artistic ability (Exod 31:1-5), Jephthah military prowess (Judg 11:29), David power to rule (1 Sam 16:13), and Zechariah an authoritative word of prophecy (2 Chr 24:20). Here the Holy Spirit came upon Amasai (v. 18), one of David’s warriors. The Spirit came upon individuals in order to accomplish specific goals. Beginning at Pentecost, the Spirit came upon all believers, not only to empower them to do God’s will, but also to dwell in them day by day (Acts 2:14-21). If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you will experience the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in your life as well as special times of filling for God’s purposes. Expect God’s Spirit to work in and through you.” [9]

“Amasai (v. 18) was probably an alternative spelling of Amasa, the son of David’s sister Abigail (2:17). He became David’s army commander after Joab had fallen from favor (2 Sam. 19:13), but he held the post for only a short time before being assassinated by Joab (2 Sam. 20:4–13). The murder was all the more reprehensible because Joab and Amasa were first cousins.” [10]

Verse 18 says, in part, Peace, peace to you, and peace to the one who helps you! The word peace “conveys the idea of completeness and well-being—of being a perfect whole. The word denotes an absence of discomfort, whether physical ailments or strife, internal or external (Gen. 43:28; Is. 26:3; Eccl. 3:8). It is used as an ordinary greeting, as a word of assurance, and as a term of blessing (Gen. 43:23; 1 Sam. 25:5, 6; 2 Kin. 5:19). The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel spoke out against the false prophets of their day for erroneously prophesying peace (Jer. 6:14; 8:11; Ezek. 13:10, 16). After God’s judgment fell, Jeremiah proclaimed that God’s thoughts toward the captives were for peace and not evil (Jer. 29:11). The word occurs in two important messianic prophecies identifying the Messiah as the Prince of Peace and the One who would assure our peace (Is. 9:6; 53:5).” [11]

Verses 19-20 tell us that [s]ome of the Manassites deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul… “This incident reveals how compromised David’s position was when he, as vassal to Achish of Gath (see v. 1), was pressed into joining the Philistines against Saul at Gilboa (1 Sam. 29:1–11). As it turned out, the other Philistine rulers outvoted Achish and sent David back to Ziklag before he had to go to war against his Israelite countrymen.” [12] “When David returned to Ziklag, he found that Amalekites had attacked the city and carried off his family with other prisoners (1 Sam. 30:1). Those who had abandoned David in his march to Gilboa (v. 19) now joined him in his pursuit of these raiders (1 Sam. 30:2–25).” [13]

Our readings concludes, Indeed, from day to day people kept coming to David to help him until there was a great army, like an army of God (v. 22). The words army of God refer to “the angelic hosts, too vast to count. David attracted so many recruits while he was in the wilderness in flight from Saul and at Ziklag that they were beyond counting.” [14] “Men were drawn to David by the reputation of his great warriors, the news of their victories, and their desire to see God’s will done in making David king. People are often drawn to a great cause and the brave, determined people who support it. As believers, we have the greatest cause—the salvation of people. If we are brave, determined, and faithful, others will be drawn to work with us.” [15]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

O Lord, I cry unto Thee, let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight as incense, and the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [16]

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

God is the LORD; he has shined upon us;* form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. 

Psalm 118:27

Eventide Reading

Revelation 21:5-14, Vision of the holy city

5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless,[a] the polluted, the murderers, the sexually immoral,[b] the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And in the spirit[c] he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names that are the names[d] of the twelve tribes of the Israelites: 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Eventide Lesson

The Wife of the Lamb

In verse 6, Christ declares, To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.  “The water of life (‘living water,’ In 4:10-14; 7:37-39, or ‘living fountains of waters,’ Rev 7:17) is the grace of the Holy Spirit, bestowed along with baptism in chrismation. Only the one who thirsts will be given the water forever (v. 6). And, repeating the concluding exhortation of each of the seven letters (chs. 2; 3), only those who overcome (v. 7), who persist in their allegiance to God, inherit, becoming permanent sons of God. Those who fall away through cowardice or unbelief face instead the lake of fire (v. 8). They lose God’s inheritance, receiving instead the damning recompense of sin and death (see 20:15; 22:15), along with Satan, the beast, the false prophet, Death, and Hades.” [17]

In verse 9, one of the seven angels said, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” “In stark contrast to the harlot arrayed in gaudy finery (17:3), the messianic bride comes from God and so reflects God’s splendor.” [18]

“Like Ezekiel’s, John’s vantage point is a high mountain (v. 10) (Ezk 40:2); the perfected Church he sees resembles Ezekiel’s new temple (Ezk 40-42). The New Jerusalem descends out of heaven from God, for God Himself completes the reunion of heaven and earth. She completes and fulfills the old Jerusalem just as the new covenant fulfills the old.” [19]

“The splendor described [in verses 12-14] is fitting for the place where God will dwell with His people (vv. 3, 7). As the breastplate of the high priest was adorned with twelve jewels corresponding to the twelve tribes (Ex 28:15-21), so the Church is founded on the twelve precious foundation stones of the apostles (v. 14): Heaven is fundamentally priestly. All who are espoused to Christ, who feast at the wedding supper, and who dwell in the Holy City, are members of the royal priesthood (1:6; 5:10; 20:6; 1Pt 2:9).” [20]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord, keep us safe this night, Secure from all our fears; May angels guard us while we sleep, Till morning light appears.

  • John Leland, 1754-1841 [21]

Citations:

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

[2] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Morning Prayers. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 8). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[3] 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. 174). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[4] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Psalms. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1613). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[5] Ibid. 4, P. 1614

[6] Ibid. 4, P. 1614

[7] Rufinus of Aquileia. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1698). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[8] 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. 831). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[9] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 1 Chronicles. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6050). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[10] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). 1 Chronicles. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 2485). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[11] Ibid. 10, P. 2486

[12] Ibid. 10, P. 2486

[13] Ibid. 10, P. 2486

[14] Ibid. 10, P. 2486

[15] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 1 Chronicles. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6063). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[16] LAUD, W. (1855). Monday Compline: To be heard. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 9). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[17] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1774). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[18] Ibid. 17, P. 1775

[19] Ibid. 17, P. 1775

[20] Ibid. 17, P. 1775

[21] Kitch, A. E. (2004). Bedtime Prayers. In The Anglican family prayer book (Kindle ed., pp.212). Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Pub.

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