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Daily Devotion for April 14, 2015

<i>Jesus Ministered to by Angels</i> by James Tissot, ca. 1894.
Jesus Ministered to by Angels by James Tissot, ca. 1894.



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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.


For Joy in God's Creation

O  Heavenly Father, who has filled the world with beauty; Open my eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that rejoicing in your whole creation, I may learn to serve you with gladness, faithfully managing your bounty; for the sake of him by whom all things were made, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayer for Holiness

Holy God, no one can put together what has crumbled into dust, but you can restore a conscience turned to ashes. You can restore to its former beauty a soul lost and without hope. With you, there is nothing that cannot be redeemed. You are love; You are Creator and Redeemer. I praise you with my every ounce.

I fear the lesson, my God, of the fall of Lucifer, full of pride. I pray you will keep me from such a terrible fate; keep me safe with the power of your Grace; save me from falling away from you. Save me from doubt. Incline my heart to hear your mysterious voice every moment of my life and thus be led to call upon you, for you are present in every thing and every moment.



[The importance of temporal diligence in our spiritual lives.]


Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day.


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

<i>Church on Lenox Ave.</i> by William Johnson, ca. 1944.
Church on Lenox Ave. by William Johnson, ca. 1944. (Lenox Ave. is the main street of Harlem, in New York City.)


If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up?

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Galatians 3:22, 25-27 (DP Bible)

The Function of the Law (Galatians #38)

22What [the Law] did was to confine together and guard those who followed it, showing them to live in sin.

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25-27 Now that true faith has arrived, you are no longer governed by a guardian. You have inherited God’s promise through your faith in Christ; for if you were baptized in Christ, you were clothed in Christ, as a child is clothed when he comes of age and can receive his inheritance.

Verbatim Bible

22 But confined mPoss. shut up together. The word is used of a single person put in prison, but its components use a prefix normally meaning “together”. That would be appropriate here, reflecting the limited and well-defined group who received the law. Or, it might stress the completeness of a surrounding wall, enclosed on all sides. the scripture nLit. the writing. the entirety under sin that the promise by faith of oOr of, or from, etc. Another instance of the pistis Xristou ambiguity. Jesus Christ might be given to the believing.

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25 But faith having come, we are no longer under discipline.

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27 For as many in Christ you were baptized, in Christ you were clothed qClothed might have a connotation of coming into maturity, an event that was marked by a formal and frequently ceremonial change of clothing from that of a child to that of a man. .

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Notes on the Scripture

We studied the fundamental meaning of these verses yesterday, but there are two short (and unrelated) matters to discuss.

The first is how we are to understand verse 22; more precisely, what does Paul mean by saying we were “confined” and/or “guarded” by the Law? There is actually only one verb in the sentence: our DP paraphrase translation uses two verbs — “confine together and guard” — to give the both of the main possibilities, because the meaning of the single Greek verb is ambiguous and could support either meaning.

This is a compound verb made up of two roots, “together” and “to shut”. It is used in Luke to describe the fish caught by the apostles when Christ first called them. (Luke 5:6) So, it is natural to read this as referring to a sort of herding of the Hebrews into a distinct group, something that the Law certainly did.


ut things are not so easy, because the verb most commonly means, simply, to be put into prison (whether with others or alone). If that is how Paul intends it, we cannot see the Law as exalting the Jews, making them the “chosen people of God.” This is exactly how Judaism did (in the Old Testament) and does (today) look at the Law, but Paul see it very differently. He emphasizes (under this reading) that the Hebrews were singled out for God's discipline; they were made captives to the Law and were punished for breaking it. That they were punished is unquestionable. The ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom were dispersed forever in 722 B.C.; the Kingdom of Judah sputtered on through the Second Temple until it, too, was destroyed and dispersed by Rome in 72 A.D.

There is a third possible meaning, however, even more severe: that the Law actually separated the Hebrews from God's promise! It means not so much to wall in the subject, but to wall out something else, completely. The Law built a wall that denied the Hebrews access to God's promise for a period: they were tied to something that could not and cannot give eternal life: Because those to whom God gave the law were, by their nature as human beings, incapable of following the law, it formed an inpenetrable barrier between them and God.

The second point about these verses is minor but charming. The Greek custom, when a child came of age, was to give him (or her, as it applied also to girls) a new and different set of “grown-up” clothes. Many cultures have something similar — in the U.S., until around the 1940s, boys would not get long trousers until a certain age. But in Greek culture, it was quite important, and the new clothes would be accompanied by a ceremony, a meal, and a sacrifice to a household god.

So perhaps Paul means to invoke this custom, when he writes, “[I]f you were baptized in Christ, you were clothed in Christ, . . .” In fact, the paraphrase version of our DP Bible makes the allusion explicit.

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Comments (6)

Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of April 14, 2015 | Daily Prayer
Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
GrinGreat inspiration today, Ann! I copied the 9 character traits into a Word document and will try to look at it on a daily basis. I hope it will help me to better walk my faith. Bless you and your work on this site.
14th April 2015 5:16pm
Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
Thank you Thomas for your encouraging words. May God bless you richly as you study His Word.
14th April 2015 5:24pm
Anonymous says...
I am in dire need of prayer. Wisdom to know how to handle a wrong that was done to me and for Jesus to do the impossible.
13th April 2015 5:12pm
Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
Done. Hope you get this resolved. The 9 character traits in today's Inspiration might help guide you. Bless you in your trial today.
14th April 2015 5:21pm
Caryl (Fort Gaines, US) says...
Mason, When I leave a comment on this page, I receive the following by email. If I confirm, nothing changes. And your front page (bottom of page) says DP is only available online. Please explain this to me. Thanks! Caryl "Hello Caryl, You have requested a subscription to the page Page Two | Devotion for Day of April 13, 2015 | Daily Prayer, located at the following address: Please confirm this subscription by clicking the link ... Read More
13th April 2015 9:39am
Mason Barge says...
Caryl, this is the only bit of outside "third party" software we use, other than WordPress for the blog. I hesitate to tamper with it, but I will try to turn this feature off.
16th April 2015 9:18am
Caryl (Fort Gaines, US) says...
I am not bothered in the least by these emails. I just didn't understand there purpose. No need to work at removing them. I can simply delete them!
17th April 2015 7:06am
Caryl (Fort Gaines, US) says...
I am still fed and blessed daily by your deep study of Galatians and also by your awesome prayers. [I still think you need to credit your prayers, if not by initials or name, then at least by reference (*).]
You have given us much on the obligations of the law and the impact of sin on salvation, but I would love a deep study on each of these between Galatians and 1 Corinthians!
In Christ,
13th April 2015 7:25am
Mason Barge says...
These complex topics are things I have on my own list as well as that of Daily Prayer. The impact of the law on a modern Christian is complex but answerable.

The second topic - the relationship of sin and salvation - we plan to examine in depth. But there is not a clearcut "easy" answer to it. People will give you one, but I think this is more a product of human will to have an answer than God's truth as revealed to us in the Bible.
16th April 2015 9:22am
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