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Daily Devotion for October 31, 2017


<i>Jacob Encountering Rachel with her Father’s Herds</i>, by Jacob von Furich, 1836.
Jacob Encountering Rachel with her Father's Herds, by Jacob von Furich, 1836.

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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.

Amen.



Russian Orthodox Prayer for Morning

Arising from sleep I thank thee, O holy Trinity, because of the abundance of thy goodness and long-suffering thou wast not wroth with me, slothful and sinful as I am; neither hast thou destroyed me in my transgressions: but in thy compassion raised me up, as I lay in despair; that at dawn I might sing the glories of they Majesty. Do thou now enlighten the eyes of my understanding, open my mouth to receive thy words, teach me thy commandments, help me to do thy will, confessing Thee from my heart, singing and praising thine All-holy Name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Amen.

Prayer to Receive God's True Word

Holy Lord, who has given me the facility to hear and understand, let me receive your Word with an open mind and clear eye. Whenever I read your Scripture, let your Holy Spirit guide me to the truth, setting aside my preconception and self-justification.

I pray to hear what you intend for me to hear. Lead me to remember that, where we disagree, You are right and I am wrong. And help me always to an attitude of humility in my study, keeping in mind always to use your Word as a guide that will lead me on the path to salvation, never as a tool to justify my faulty and selfish thought; for I am justified by faith.

Amen.

Meditation

[I pray to hear what you intend for me to hear.]


Blessing

Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal high priest himself, the Son of God Jesus Christ, build you up in faith and truth and in all gentleness and in all freedom from anger and forbearance and steadfastness and patient endurance and purity.

Amen.


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endless knot

Psalm 102:11-12 (NKJV)

My days are like the evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.

But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever;
your renown endures through all generations.


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Ruth 3:13-22 (ESV)

The story of Ruth (part 7)

When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet.

“Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”

“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”

So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “Don’t let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor.”

He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and put it on her. Then he went back to town.

When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?” Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’ ”

Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”


Notes on the Scripture

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aomi’s gamble seems to have paid off. The Bible does not tell us everything that happened between Boaz and Ruth. Modern scholars believe that the terminology is euphemistic; that is, that when Ruth asks Boaz to spread the corner of his garment over her, there are multiple layers of meaning: she is asking that he take her, physically, as a woman, and also asking that he take care of her.

However one interprets the passage, though, Boaz clearly becomes determined to see Ruth settled into a home. Apparently he knows of a closer relative of Ruth’s deceased husband, who has a better claim to marry her. But Boaz is going to make the man choose; either take Ruth, or allow Boaz to stake his claim.




Digital portrait, the very image of purity, by Oleg Duryagin, contemporary.
Digital portrait, the very image of purity, by Oleg Duryagin, contemporary.

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Gary Merriman (Levelland-Tx, US) says...
Jenny, thank you once again for an inspirational start to my day. "in Rememerance of Me" takes on new meaning when I not only contemplate His suffering for me, but also confess that it was me, my sin, that tortured and crucified Him. "I brought the hammer, I brought the nails.". I am no different, better or worse, than the people in the crowd that day. Only by His mercy and grace am I saved from the fate I deserve. Praise Him!
31st October 2017 8:23am
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Ernest Harris (Brisbane, Australia) says...
Smile It continues to be a source of wonderment to me that your daily publications are so relevant to me.
30th October 2017 1:04pm
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY GOD CREATED AND BLESSED US WITH. EACH NEW DAY,WE SHOULD GIVE GOD PRAISE FOR THAT BLESSING.AND WE NEED TO LIVE IT ACCORDING TO THE TEACHINGS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. NO MATER WHAT OUR SKIN COLOR IS,OUR COUNTRY,OUR EMPLOYMENT,RICH OR POOR. WE OUR BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS,WE ARE BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST. WE SHOULD LIVE EACH NEW DAY FILLED WITH GOD FLOWING AND SHINING OUT FOR ALL TO SEE. WE ARE ALL ONE IN GOD,WE ARE HIS PEOPLE,HIS ONE AND TRUE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST. ... Read More
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