May 28, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 28, 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, let counsel preserve me, and under- standing keep me. Deliver me from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh froward things; and from all such as leave the ways of righteousness to walk in the ways of darknessy:  even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.

  • William Laud [2]
A Litany of Intercession

On all near and dear to me, especially…, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On every person I will encounter this day, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On the nations and those in authority, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On all caught in war, famine, or disaster, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who protect our nation and cities, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On the Church throughout the world, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On my parish and diocese, its clergy and people, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On religious orders, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those in danger by reason of labor or travel, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On homes and families, children and parents, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who are lonely or bereaved, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who are ill and in pain, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord

And all who care for them, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord.

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

“Come away to the skies”

By Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

(1982 Hymnal # 213)

Lyrics [4]:

1. Come away to the skies,

my beloved, arise

and rejoice in the day thou wast born;

on this festival day,

come exulting away,

and with singing to Zion return.

2. Now with singing and praise,

let us spend all the days,

by our heavenly Father bestowed,

while his grace we receive

from his bounty, and live

to the honor and glory of God.

3. For the glory we were

first created to share,

both the nature and kingdom divine!

Now created again

that our lives may remain,

throughout time and eternity thine.

4 We with thanks do approve

the design of that love

which hath joined us to Jesus’ Name;

so united in heart,

let us nevermore part,

till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.

5 Hallelujah we sing,

to our Father and King,

and his rapturous praises, repeat:

to the Lamb that was slain,

hallelujah again,

sing, all heaven, and fall at his feet.

Short Verse

Praise the LORD, all you nations;* laud him, all you peoples. For his loving-kindness toward us is great,* and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. 

Psalm 117:1–2

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]

Psalm 97 Commentary from the Early Church

Psalm 97:8-9: 

“If pain should afflict you, read [the verses], “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities” [2Co 12:10], and “There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure” [2Co 12:7]. Rejoice in all God’s judgments, for does not the psalmist say, “The daughters of Judah rejoiced because of your judgments, O Lord”? Let the words be ever on your lips: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there” [Jb 1:21]; and “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” [1Tm 6:7].” 

(Jerome, Letter 22.31) [6]

Psalm 97:10:


“Let us love . . . freely and without any strings attached. It is God, after all, whom we love. We can find nothing better than God. Let us love him for his own sake, and ourselves and each other in him, but still for his sake. You only love your friend truly, after all, when you love God in your friend, either because God is in him or in order that God may be in him. That is true love and respect; if we love ourselves for any other reason, we are in fact hating rather than loving. . . . Love of wickedness means love of your own soul. “You that love the Lord, hate evil.” God is good, what you love is evil, and you love yourself when you are evil; how can you love God, when you still love what God hates?

(Augustine, Sermon 336.2) [7]

Midday Prayer

For Travelers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; 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

For the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. 

Psalm 31:3

Midday Reading

Exodus 33:18-23, Moses asks to see God’s glory

18 Moses[a] said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord,’[b] and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one shall see me and live.” 21 And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23 then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

Midday Lesson

God assumed the face of humanity

“Please show me your glory,” Moses pleaded, “yearn[ing] to see the full magnificence of Yahweh. This comes after experiencing the goodness and mercy of God toward undeserving Israel (32:14; 33:17).” [9] Moses “wanted assurance of God’s presence with him, Aaron, and Joshua; and he desired to know that presence experientially.” [10]

“Because we are finite and morally imperfect, we cannot see God as he is and live. We cannot comprehend God as he really is apart from Jesus Christ (John 14:9). Jesus promised to show himself to those who love him (John 14:21).” [11] “A direct vision of God’s essence is a blessing reserved for the afterlife. This side of heaven, sinful mortals rightly fear to gaze upon pure divinity with human eyes (Gen 16:13; 32:30; Judg 13:22). • Unlike Moses, Christ has seen the face of the Father in its full beatific splendor (Jn 1:18; 6:46). Through him, the blessed angels and saints are granted a share in this heavenly vision (Mt 5:8; 18:10; 1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2; CCC 1023). • Since no one in this life can gaze upon the face of divinity and live, God assumed the face of humanity in Jesus, enabling us to see him according to our capacity and live (St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis 10, 7).” [12]

My hand . . . my back . . . my face (v. 33) are “not literal descriptions of Yahweh, as though he possessed a body with a head, torso, and limbs, but anthropomorphic depictions that help to underscore the personal nature of God. Literally, God is pure ‘spirit’ and thus invisible to physical eyes (Jn 4:24). Visions of God in the Bible are encounters with the divine presence manifest in various representational forms (fire, smoke, clouds, people, etc.). Seeing Yahweh’s ‘back’ as distinct from his ‘face’ suggests a less direct vision than Moses had previously enjoyed (see 33:11).” [13]


Eventide Prayer

Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Mesech, and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar. For my soul hath too long dwelt among them that are enemies unto peace. Too long, O Lord, but it is Thy good pleasure to continue my dwelling in this vale of misery. Amen.

  • William Laud [14]

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

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you;* he will never let the righteous stumble. 

Psalm 55:24

Eventide Reading

John 1:14-18, We have seen the glory of God

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[a] full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[b] 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is the only Son, himself God, who[c] is close to the Father’s heart,[d] who has made him known.

Eventide Lesson

“Only One who is Himself divine can see God.”

The Word became flesh (v. 14) “clarifies the manner in which the Son and Word of God came to His people (vv. 9–11), pointing specifically to His Incarnation. The Word became fully human without ceasing to be fully God. He assumed complete human nature: body, soul, will, emotion, and even mortality—everything that pertains to humanity except sin. As God and Man in one Person, Christ pours divinity into all of human nature, for anything not assumed by Christ would not have been healed.” [15]

The Word became flesh and lived among us.  “In the OT, God’s presence dwelt (“tabernacled”) in the ark of the covenant and later in the temple. Here, the eternal Word comes to dwell in and among humanity itself. His glory refers both to His divine power shown by His signs and wonders (2:11; 11:4, 40), and to His humble service to mankind, shown most perfectly on the Cross (12:23–32; 13:31). In both ways, Christ reveals that He is the One sent from the Father.” [16]

Christ is the only begotten of the Father. “The Son has no beginning, but has the Father as His source from eternity. He is called only begotten because there is no other born from the Father. (The Holy Spirit exists eternally from the Father through another mystery called “procession”;

see 15:26.)” [17]

He is full of grace and truth. “This phrase qualifies both the Word and His glory. Grace is Christ’s uncreated energy given to us through His love and mercy. Truth includes His faithfulness to His promises and covenants and to the reality of His words and gifts.” [18]

“In saying we have all received of His fullness [v. 16], the Scriptures confirm that God’s grace can fill human nature to the extent of actually deifying it (see the article “Deification” at 2 Peter). In Christ, God’s children become gods by grace (10:34, 35) without ceasing to be human. As metal thrust into fire takes on properties of fire (such as heat and light) without ceasing to be metal, so human nature permeated by God takes on properties of the divine nature. Grace for grace is a Semitic expression signifying an overabundance of grace.” [19]

No one has ever seen God (v. 18). “No one can see the nature, or essence, of God, for to see God is to die (Ex 33:20). Only One who is Himself divine can see God, and thus the Son is the only one who can declare Him. This revelation of God’s energies can be received by the faithful. Moses saw the ‘back’ of God (Ex 33:21-23); Isaiah saw His glory (see Is 6:1; John 12:41).” [20]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping That awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace. 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). Monday. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 1-2). 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. 39). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[4] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 213. come away to the skies. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/213

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

[6] Jerome. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2395). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[7] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2395). 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] Hahn, S., Mitch, C., & Walters, D. (2012). Commentary. In Exodus: With introduction, commentary, and Notes (Kindle, p. 82). essay, Ignatius Press. 

[10] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Exodus. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 5794). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[11] Ibid. 10

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

[13] Ibid. 12

[14] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: Death. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 73). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[15] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). John. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1449). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[16] Ibid. 15

[17] Ibid. 15

[18] Ibid. 15

[19] Ibid. 15

[20] Ibid. 15

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