arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tips
Did you know that Daily Prayer has an online Bible? You will find the link to it by putting your cursor on “Bible” in the top navigation.

Daily Devotion for November 22, 2013


<i>The Good Shepherd</i> by Thomas Cole, ca. 1848.
The Good Shepherd by Thomas Cole, ca. 1848.

Prayers

Scripture

413 people in our community are currently praying with you.

lessons and scripture

Lord's Prayer

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, forever and ever.

Amen.

Robert Shaw cannot be beat when it comes to choruses from The Messiah.


For a Steady Mind While at Prayer

O  Lord, take from me idleness of spirit, which destroys time; and vanity of thought, which hinders Your presence and distracts my attention to prayer. And if, while in prayer, I turn away from You in my thoughts, help me to return to my purpose; so that I might not avert my heart from You, during the few precious moments I dedicate to talking with You.

And grant me this day, dear Lord, that You may never be completely out of my thoughts. Let me carry you as a voice to guide my every step as I slip down the path of this precious day, that I might always remember Your will, and lighten the world around me. Help me to make every moment of my day, every word from my mouth, a prayer, that I might live in Your presence.

Amen.

Prayer for Humility

Heavenly Father, who sent your Son to ride on an ass and to work as a simple carpenter: if you so humbled yourself to save me, how can I puff myself up with pride above others? Let me follow Christ's example, never to inflate myself with pride of status, of opinion, or of any of the gifts you have bestowed upon me.

Give me the grace to realize my ignorance, admit my mistakes, recognize my needs. Let me welcome good advice and sound rebuke, without defensiveness. Grant me always to praise rather than criticize, sympathize rather than discourage, build rather than destroy, and when I am angry at the ignorance of another, to recall my own ignorance and remember that we are all your beloved children. Let my hope and glory be ever in you, and not in my own vanity. This I ask in Christ's sake,

Amen.

Benediction

Now unto him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.


<i>Saint Catherine of Siena</i>, artist unknown ca. 1680.
Saint Catherine of Siena, artist unknown ca. 1680.

The Glory of the Lord — Isaiah 40:1-5 (KJV)

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.


Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 13:14-17 (ESV)

The Purpose of the Parables [2]

This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Notes on the Scripture

The quote from Isaiah (Isaiah 6:9-11) is reworded in Matthew so much that its meaning has changed. Consider the original, for it creates great difficulties:

“Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”

And he said:“ Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, . . .”

We need to take a short side trip into the history of the Bible. Around 300 B.C., a group of seventy Jewish scholars normalized the sacred books of Judaism and translated them into Greek. This is known as the Septuagint (“septuaginta” being Latin for “seventy”). We can call this the “Greek Old Testament”. This was the most accurate and consistent Jewish Bible available, even though it was written in Greek — and many Jews, in fact, spoke Greek but little (or no) Hebrew.

A thousand years later, a group of Jews (known as the Masoretes) undertook to formalize the Tanakh, or Jewish Bible, in Hebrew; the work spanned centuries and was probably finished about 1000 A.D. It is formally known as the Masoretic Text, although we can properly call it the “Hebrew Old Testament”. This is considered the authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) in Judaism.

Here is the problem: The more accurate (Hebrew) Masoretic Text did not exist in the earliest days of Christianity, when the books of the New Testament were written, and the Septuagint, written in Greek just like the New Testament, might have informed some of the writers. But when the Reformation occurred in the 16th Century, and the Protestants wrote their own Bible, they were able to use the more authoritative Hebrew Old Testament codified in 1000 A.D.

This is, in part, where the Apocrypha comes from. They are books included in the Greek Old Testament but omitted from the more authoritative Masoretic Text. Luther, Wycliffe et al., having the benefit of the great Jewish scholarship of the Masoretes, adopted the Hebrew Old Testament as the Christian canon and dropped a number of books. So all Protestant Bibles have 66 books (39 in the Old Testament) while the traditional Catholic Bible has 73 books (46 in the Old Testament).

The great English Protestant Bible, the King James Version, included these additional seven Old Testament books as the “Apocrypha”, since they were excellent and approved reading for Christians, but not considered canonical (sacred) by Protestants. There are four historical books: Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees; two wisdom books, Wisdom (The Wisdom of Solomon) and Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus); and one prophetic book, Baruch. The Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant New Testaments are substantially identical.

The Biblical canon really is not an insurmountable barrier between Catholics and Protestants today. Unfortunately, the length of these notes is an insurmountable barrier to further discussion, so we will have to continue this tomorrow.



endless knot

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible





Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Proverbs 31:10-12 (KJV): Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.


About Daily Prayer


Follow us on Facebook


If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features. We also encourage you to visit our Forum and, if the Spirit moves you, register and participate in it.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used. (Also, if you contact us asking that the Daily Devotion or Daily Inspiration be emailed to you every day, we will have to say “sorry”. Daily Prayer is only available online.)

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon





Comments (6)

Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of November 22, 2013 | Daily Prayer
Facebookdel.icio.usStumbleUponDiggGoogle+Twitter
Gravatar
Les Brown (Brownsville, US) says...
I have conducted numerous of workshops on the Parables in a variety of churches. I am currently conducting a workshop on God's Grace as revealed in the Parables. Although Matthew offers a rich source of parables, his reliance on the Septaguint and his additions frequently distorts the Parables and other portions of his Gospel. Therefore making it necessary to further clarify them and frequently to reword them to help my non-clergy groups grasp the meaning of selections. Consequently, I have ... Read More
22nd November 2013 2:09pm
Gravatar
Deacon Dottie (Lincoln, US) says...
Smile I found summary thus far easier to decifer. Most explanations are a bit more complicated. Looking forward to tomorrow.
22nd November 2013 10:28am
Gravatar
Jean (Houston TX, US) says...
I believe I have heard bits and pieces of this before, but this was an elegant and helpful explanation. I now feel free to pursue reading The Apocropha.
22nd November 2013 8:38am
Gravatar
Mason says...
Oh, by all means read the Apocrypha! Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, The Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach are especially interesting.
22nd November 2013 1:44pm
Gravatar
Robin (Rome, US) says...
I have been helped and blessed since I have begun reading Daily Prayer. My comment on the above is we can't and don't see everything clearly right now until we get to heaven. It is only then that our understanding will be truly opened to all of the mysteries of God.
22nd November 2013 8:11am
Gravatar
Leslie Murray (Columbus, US) says...
It is nice to get some bible history and understanding of the different texts without having to go take a class. It should bring us closer together as Christians. Thank you for the time and work you have put into all of this for the rest of us.
22nd November 2013 7:16am
Gravatar
joanne snyder (merrillville, US) says...
Mason.... I find your site perfect for what I need in my daily life. The mix of verses...sayings...music...and lecture hit the spot. The 'big' words make the icing on the cake in understanding more clear what is being presented. Keep up the good work.
21st November 2013 8:33am
Gravatar
Christine Conkling (Walton, US) says...
Mason,
A couple of months ago you had a photo of "Jesus" in present times. It came from a book I believe. I can't remember the name of the book. Could you refresh my memory?
Thanks!
21st November 2013 6:01am
Page 1 of 1

Add Comment

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.



Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - May 31, 2017


US  18,241,900
PH  1,732,821
CA  1,245,652
UK  602,550
AU  168,504
MY  65,993
ZA  51,385
SG  49,058
NG  44,005
IN  43,546
AE  33,122
SA  29,493
TT  29,087
KE  27,995
NZ  48,220
BB  25,751
JM  20,844
FJ  17,844
KY  16,993
CN  16,385
DE  14,541
HK  12,325
KR  11,058
GH  10,924
DM  10,005
IT  10,002
FR  9,455
TZ  9,220
BM  8,941
BS  8,277
MW  7,459
ID  7,441
LC  5,995
ZW  5,478
GU  5,759
PK  5,589
CZ  5,325
CO  5,286
UG  5,459
HN  4,555
VC  4,106
QA  4,008
MX  3,569
KW  3,592
BR  3,421
NL  3,356
TH  3,225
BZ  2,994
BW  2,653
OM  2,551
BG  2,547
BO  2,420
EG  3,991
CH  4,560
NA  2,006
ES  2,245
AW  1,818
PR  9,258
LK  2,644
IE  2,546
IL  2,116
GY  1,935
ET  1,839
TW  1,832
CM  1,831
BE  1,674
DK  3,945
LB  1,443
ZM  1,209