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Daily Devotion for March 15, 2017
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.
We rarely show dancing, but the Bible tells us repeatedly to dance in praise of God. This setting of Agnus Dei by the Paradosi Christian Ballet Company is lovely.
Prayer to do Good
If there be some weaker one,
Give me strength to help him on;
If a blinder soul there be
Let me guide him nearer thee;
Make my mortal dreams come true
With the work I fain would do;
Clothe with life the weak intent,
Let me be the thing I meant;
Let me find in Thy employ,
Peace that dearer is than joy;
Out of self to love be led,
And to Heaven acclimated,
Until all things sweet and good
Seem my natural habitude.
To Spread the Gospel
Father God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior you have found my heart worthy enough to save, and have entrusted me to spread the Gospel. You have handed to me the very keys to the kingdom of heaven. Let me not grow weary of His cause. And by His grace and mercies given to me, let me be proven worthy of my call. As your Son taught us, the harvest is plentiful, but the gatherers are few. Let me stand for my call in Jesus Christ and take my place among those who gather, not by argument and rancor, but by living as a shining light before the world, always ready to witness to your gifts, your Word, and your glory.
Now, to God the Father, who first loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved; to God the Son, who loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood; to God the Holy Ghost, who sheddeth the love of God abroad in our hearts, be all love and all glory in time and to all eternity.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Belief is the truth held in the mind. Faith is a fire in the heart.
~ Joseph Newton
Genesis 19:1-11 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham  - Sodom
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.”
But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”
Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
Notes on the Scripture
n chapter 19 of Genesis, the narrative shifts for a while from Abraham to Lot, his nephew, for the events of their lives are intertwined. Lot apparently has a “house in the city” and is there when the two angels, who were with the Lord when He visited Abraham, arrive to investigate. And do they get evidence!
Lot apparently recognizes them as holy, for he falls on his face before them. And like God with Abraham, they humble themselves to treat Lot as a friend and let him convince them to stay with him.
Their arrival could only be compared to the nightmare of a criminal's first night in San Quentin, for their house is surrounded by men demanding to have sexual relations with them. Lot does something we would consider almost as unspeakable — he offers his daughters to be raped, if the angels can remain unmolested. His reverence for God's angels is so strong, even this horrible act would be better, in his mind, than to see the angels assaulted.
But the men of Sodom are so utterly debased that they will break down Lot's doors to rape the visiting men. Of course, Lot need not have worried; angels can take care of themselves, and so they do, pulling Lot into the house and blinding the men at the door.
Note that the crowd consists of all the people of the city “to the last man.” This is ominous, for fresh in our mind is the end of Genesis 18, where God promised Abraham that he would spare Sodom if even ten righteous men could be found living there.
These events had repercussions 3500 years later, to this very day. First, of course, they gave us the word “sodomy”; and second, it became part of Jewish law, that ten men must come together to worship the Lord in public. A town can have a synagogue only if there are “ten righteous men” who can be found there.