May 27, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 27, 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, bless me, and I will sing unto Thee, and praise Thy Name, and be telling of Thy salvation from day to day*.” Amen.

  • William Laud [2]
A Morning Litany 

Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful people, 

      and kindle in them the fire of thy love. 

Holy Father, strength of thy children by night and by day, 

      have mercy upon us. 

Blessed Jesus, our food and our strength, sweet spirit, light and guide of our souls, 

      have mercy upon us. 

Holy Trinity, abyss of love, 

      have mercy upon us.

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

“Awake, arise, lift up your voice”

By Christopher Smart, 1722-1771

(1982 Hymnal # 212)

Lyrics [4]:

1. Awake, arise, lift up your voice,

let Easter music swell;

rejoice in Christ, again rejoice,

and on his praises dwell.

2. Oh, with what gladness and surprise

the saints their Savior greet;

nor will they trust their ears and eyes

but by his hands and feet,

3. those hands of liberal love indeed

in infinite degree,

those feet still free to move and bleed

for millions and for me.

4. His enemies had sealed the stone

as Pilate gave them leave,

lest dead and friendless and alone

he should their skill deceive.

5. O Dead arise! O Friendless stand

by seraphim adored!

O Solitude again command

your host from heaven restored!

Short Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He hath settled me. 

The Short Breviary

Morning Reading

Psalm 97, Light dawns for the righteous

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;

    let the many coastlands be glad!

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Fire goes before him

    and consumes his adversaries on every side.

His lightnings light up the world;

    the earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

    before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,

    and all the peoples behold his glory.

All servants of images are put to shame,

    those who make their boast in worthless idols;

    all gods bow down before him.

Zion hears and is glad,

    and the towns[a] of Judah rejoice

    because of your judgments, O God.

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;

    you are exalted far above all gods.

10 

You who love the Lord, hate evil;

    he guards the lives of his faithful;

    he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

11 

Light dawns[b] for the righteous

    and joy for the upright in heart.

12 

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,

    and give thanks to his holy name!

Let us pray.

Most high and holy God, enthroned in fire and light, burn away the dross of our lives and kindle in us the fire of your love, that our lives may reveal the light and life we find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. [5]

Morning Lesson

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

“The coming of the king is synonymous with victory: the idolaters are shamed, and the faithful shout for joy. It is a new day, radiating new light on those who have persevered in faith. This psalm lists the characteristics of those who are faithful, which includes hatred of evil, love for God, commitment to justice and righteousness, and praise and thanksgiving to God. These guidelines have not lost their value and importance in uniting ourselves to God in preparation for the Second Coming.” [6]

Three times Psalm 97 tells us to rejoice! “The encouragement in this psalm reminds us of Mary’s self-revelation to her cousin Elizabeth, known as the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). The Incarnation is the fulfillment of what was prophesied in the Old Testament about the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world.” [7]

You, Lord, are most high over all the earth, and we rejoice! Amen.


Midday Prayer

WHEREVER THY GLORY may be best served, whenever, however, there, then, and in that state, let me thy servant be; only hide not from me thy divine love. Help me to trust thee to the uttermost. 

Teach me, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to look for rest, to labor and not to ask any reward save that of knowing that I am doing thy will. Amen. 

  • Saint Ignatius Loyola [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

 I have said to the LORD, “You are my God;* listen, O LORD, to my supplication. 

Psalm 140:6

Midday Reading

Exodus 33:12-17, Moses prays for the people

12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now if I have found favor in your sight, please show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider, too, that this nation is your people.” 14 He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have asked, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”

Midday Lesson

The heart of a mediator 

“Moses had a unique intercessory role between God and the Israelites, speaking with God on the mountain and in the tent and then returning to the people to deliver God’s message.” [9]

“Moses protests the threat of divine abandonment (‘I will not go’, 33:3) until the Lord relents and agrees to accompany Israel to the Promised Land (‘I will do’, 33:17). As his words make clear, Moses has the heart of a mediator and wants no blessing for himself that Israel cannot share with him. Texts such as these that describe God as repenting or changing his mind are not to be taken literally (see Num 23:19). Here Yahweh speaks words designed to prompt and draw forth Moses’ prayerful intercession on behalf of the people.” [10]

“Moses used his special relationship to intercede for the Israelites once again. God would remain with Israel and lead their way. God reveals himself through his benevolence and mercy prompting his people to glorify his sacred name.” [11]


Eventide Prayer

O Lord, I cry unto Thee, harken unto me, O God. Thou holdest my eyes waking: I am so feeble that I cannot speak: and in the night-season my soul refuseth comfort; yet even then give me grace especially that I may commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirits, and compose them in Thee, that I may rise to serve Thee. Amen.

  • William Laud 12]

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

Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD;* let us exalt his Name together. 

Psalm 34:3

Eventide Reading

Revelation 22:6-9, A trustworthy testimony

6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

7 “See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters the prophets and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

Eventide Lesson

The one who keeps the words of this book

Our passage from Revelation begins with the angel saying, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” This “emphasizes the role that angels play in serving God by revealing the prophetic word to John.” [13] The angel’s words applies to this particular book – Revelation. [14] 

The angel says he has been sent “to show his servants what must soon take place.” “The imminence of Christ’s second coming is more obvious from the divine than from the human perspective. However, Jesus does not leave the Church as an orphan in the meantime (Jn 14:18). He is present in Word and Sacrament (Mt 18:20, 28:20), most intimately in the Eucharist.” [15]

In verse 7, “without announcement, the speaker switches from the angel to Christ Himself.” [16] “Keeping the words… of this book refers to repentance, faithfulness, and steadfastness, no matter the circumstances of life.” [17] Thus, “one keeps these words not by calculating future events but by living faithfully and believing them.” [18] Indeed, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 warns, Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. These passages are absolute prohibitions against date-setting. “The Thessalonian Christians had been speculating about the return of the Lord and making their own predictions. Paul tells them, you have no need (v. 1) for that kind of information (indeed, it is not available!). Does a thief in the night (v. 2) announce his coming? The disciples had gotten the same kind of answers to their questions on the Second Coming from Christ Himself (Mt 24:36; Acts 1:6, 7). And suppose we know the end; what is this to us? Christians are called not to set dates but to make themselves ready to meet the Lord by being watchful and sober (v. 6). Our place is to be ceaselessly aware of the primacy of God’s Kingdom and to have full control over our spiritual faculties.” [19] “Revelation is a prophetic work in keeping with the Jewish tradition. It is above all a call to repentance and to perseverance to be prepared for ‘what must soon take place.’” [20]

In verse 8, the author “solemnly affirms that he is a firsthand witness to what he has written. John writes similarly about eyewitness testimony in his Gospel (Jn 19:35) and Epistle (1Jn 1:1–3).” [21] John then “repeats his error of attempting to worship the angel (see 19:10). The fact is, even mature Christians and leaders sometimes err. But we press on to change and to continue with Christ. The command to John is, ‘Worship God’ (v. 9). The angel affirms John is a brother of the prophets (v. 9).” [22] Additionally, “this warning may well reflect John’s desire that the churches of Asia Minor resist the temptation to worship angels. This problem plagued nearby Colossae (Col 2:18).” [23]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [24]


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). Monday. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 1). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[3] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 38). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[4] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal church 212. Awake, Arise, lift up your voice. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/212

[5] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 934). 

[6] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Psalms. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1413). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[7] Ibid. 6

[8] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Daily Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 52). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[9] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Exodus. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 252). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[10] Hahn, S., Mitch, C., & Walters, D. (2012). Commentary. In Exodus: With introduction, commentary, and Notes (Kindle, p. 82). essay, Ignatius Press. 

[11] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Exodus. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 252). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[12] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday Compline: In Time of Great Trouble. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 52). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[13] A., E. E. (2016). Revelation. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8842). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[14] Ibid. 13

[15] Ibid. 13

[16] Ibid. 13

[17] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1777). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[18] A., E. E. (2016). Revelation. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8842). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[19] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 1 Thessalonians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1658). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[20] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Revelation. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3463). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[21] A., E. E. (2016). Revelation. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8842-8843). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[22] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1777). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[23] A., E. E. (2016). Revelation. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8843). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[24] Episcopal Church. (1979). Ministration to the Sick. 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. 461). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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