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May 24, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 24, 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.

O LORD, by Thy mercy I am risen out of my grave, where I might have slept in death, but that Thou preservedst me. Make it, I beseech Thee, a resurrection to grace in this life, and to glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ, who merited both for us. Amen. 

  • William Laud [2]

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will. In every hour of the day, reveal Your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with the firm conviction that Your will governs all. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will; teach me to pray; pray You Yourself in me. AMEN.

  • St. Philaret Of Moscow [3]

Hymn

“The day of resurrection”

Short Verse

The LORD will hear the desire of the humble;* you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear. 

Psalm 10:18

Morning Meditation

“Continual Conversation with God”

There is no matter of life in the world more sweet or more delicious than continual conversation with God. They alone can understand it who practice it and savor it. I do not advise you, however, to practice it for this motive. The desire for spiritual consolation must not be our purpose in carrying on this practice. Instead, let us do it out of love for God and because it is His will. 

  • By Brother Lawrence [4]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayer

For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered. Remember him, O Lord, in mercy, nourish his soul with patience, comfort him with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon him, and give him peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [5]

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

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;* we bless you from the house of the LORD. 

Psalm 118:26

Midday Reading

2 Chronicles 15:1-15, The spirit of God on Azariah

1 The spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. 2 He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law, 4 but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 5 In those times it was not safe for anyone to go or come, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. 7 But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

8 When Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded,[a] he took courage and put away the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the Lord.[b] 9 He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing as aliens with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 10 They were gathered at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11 They sacrificed to the Lord on that day, from the spoil that they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 12 They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and with all their soul, 13 and whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman. 14 They took an oath to the Lord with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns. 15 All Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.

Midday Lesson

Oath of allegiance

“Asa wisely welcomed people who had a close relationship with God, and he listened to their messages. Azariah gave the armies an important warning and encouraged them to stay close to God. Keep in contact with people who are filled with God’s Spirit, and you will learn God’s counsel. Spend regular time in discussion and prayer with those who can help explain and apply God’s message.” [6]

“Azariah said that Israel, the northern kingdom, was “without the true God.” Eight kings reigned in Israel during the 41-year rule of Asa in Judah, and all eight were evil. Jeroboam, the first ruler of Israel, began this wicked trend by setting up idols and expelling God’s priests (2 Chr 11:13-15). Azariah used Israel’s problems as an example of the evil that would come to the people of Judah if they turned away from God as their northern brothers and sisters had.” [7]

“Much of what Azariah said to Asa (vv. 3-5) could be said of the era of the judges, a time marked by long years of apostasy, ignorance, and lawlessness (see Judg. 18:1; 21:25)… These times were difficult. The Israelites were constantly being invaded and harassed. But when circumstances looked most hopeless, the people cried out to God in repentance, and He delivered them (see Judg. 2:11–19)… Beside the dangers of war, the continual perils of robbery and crime plagued the nation, a point expressly made in the Song of Deborah (Judg. 5:6, 7).” [8]

“Azariah encouraged the men of Judah (v. 7) to keep up the good work, “for your work will be rewarded.” This is an inspiration for us, too. Recognition and reward are great motivators that have two dimensions: (1) The temporal dimension. Living by God’s standards may result in acclaim here on earth. (2) The eternal dimension. Permanent recognition and reward will be given in the next life. Don’t be discouraged if you feel your faith in God is going unrewarded here on earth. The best rewards are not in this life but in the life to come.” [9]

“Along with godly priests and Levites (see 11:13–17), many of the ordinary citizens of Israel came over to Judah when they saw Asa’s zeal for God, and God’s blessing upon him.” [10] They gathered in the third month (v. 10). This “quite likely locates this festival at the time of the firstfruits, the Feast of Pentecost (see Lev. 23:15–21; Num. 28:26–31).” [11] Verse 11 tells us, They sacrificed to the Lord on that day, from the spoil that they had brought…Spoil likely refers to the animals taken from the Ethiopians after Asa’s victory over Zerah (14:15). If so, the battle of Mareshah (see 14:9, 10) must have taken place right before this event.” [12] 

“Asa gathered an assembly to reaffirm Israel’s covenant (or promise) to seek the Lord. The nation had assembled before to renew their commitment to God (Deut. 27:9, 10; 29:1; 31:10–13; Josh. 8:30–35; 24:1–28).” [13] The assembly took an oath to the Lord with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns (v. 14). “Taking an oath was an essential part of covenant-making (Ex. 24:7, 8; Deut. 27:11–26; 29:12). The people declared their determination to keep the covenant and agreed to accept God’s judgment if they broke it.” [14] “The conflict with Zerah the Ethiopian (14:9) had broken the ten-year period of peace at the start of Asa’s reign (14:1). After winning the war and renewing the covenant with God, Judah once again had rest all around.” [15]

“Many people find it difficult to commit themselves to anything. They are tentative, indecisive, and afraid of responsibility. Asa and his people were different—they had clearly declared themselves for God. Their oath of allegiance was punctuated with shouts and trumpet blasts! This decisive and wholehearted commitment pleased God and resulted in peace for the nation. If you want peace, check to see if there is some area where you lack total commitment to God. Peace comes as a by-product of giving your life wholeheartedly to God.” [16]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

Look on me also, O Lord Jesus, that I may call to mind my own sins, and wash away my offenses with tears; grant me, I beseech Thee, the tears of St. Peter: I would not have the joy of a sinner. That I may obtain this, thurn Thee, O Lord, and look upon me, and grant the same cock may waken even me, a most miserable sinner, that being delivered, I may sing unto Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [17]

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, O LORD, are my lamp;* my God, you make my darkness bright. With you I will break down an enclosure;* with the help of my God I will scale any wall. 

Psalm 18:29–30

Eventide Reading

Revelation 21:15-22, Vision of the holy city

15 The angel[a] who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city has four equal sides, its length the same as its width, and he measured the city with his rod, twelve thousand stadia; its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. 18 The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.

22 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

Eventide Lesson

The Church is the temple

“As in Ezekiel’s vision, the angel measures the city (Ezk 40-42): a colossal cube (12 X 1,000 stadia = 1,500 miles square), recalling the shape of the holy of holies (3Kg 6:19, 20; Ezk 41:4) and symbolic of its perfection: the multiples of 12 symbolize the people of God, and 1000 shows its greatness. The precious stones portray its glory. As the priests in the Jerusalem temple walked on pavements of gold (3Kg 6:29), so the new, royal priesthood will walk on a street of pure gold (v. 21).” [18]

“There is no temple in the old sense in the New Jerusalem (Jn 4:21). Its temple is the presence of God in all (v. 22; 1Co 15:28; Col 3:11; 1Pt 2:4-10). The Church itself is the temple.” [19]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings. †

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. 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.


Citations:

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

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

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

[4] Tickle, P. (2006). May Compline. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 657). New York, NY: Image Books.

[5] 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.

[6] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 2 Chronicles. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6305). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[7] Ibid. 6

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). 2 Chronicles. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 2666). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[9] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 2 Chronicles. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6305). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[10] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). 2 Chronicles. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 2666). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] Ibid. 10

[13] Ibid. 10, P. 2667

[14] Ibid. 10, P. 2667

[15] Ibid. 10, P. 2667

[16] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 2 Chronicles. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6306). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[17] LAUD, W. (1855). Tuesday Compline: For Penitence. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 20). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[18] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1775). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[19] Ibid. 18

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