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Daily Devotion for January 2, 2018

Ninth Day of Christmas

Chartres Cathedral stained glass, Panel 49, Mary
A panel from the magnificent 12th Century Tree of Jesse window in Chartres Cathedral, depicting the Virgin Mary flanked by two prophets, Zaccahriah and Daniel.



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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.


Rector Phillips Brooks of Philadelphia, wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine at night. His church organist Lewis Redner wrote the melody for the Sunday school children’s choir.

Praise and Thanks this Morning

Hallelujah! The sun has risen again and it is morning! And I have awoken into it, alive, breathing, thinking, knowing that the Son will rise again and I will be saved. What did I do to deserve this day? It is a gift from you. Glory and praise to you, my God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for filling me with life to live another day, for it is you who made me and not me myself.

I resolve to spend this day in the presence of the Holy Spirit, filled with his joy and energy, that I might accomplish your will, my God, and do what I can to deserve the joys of the day, for I know my time here is short. Be with me, oh Holy Spirit, to fill me with the energy and positivity and comfort that only you can bring. In Christ's name I pray that thy will be done,


Prayer of Determination for the Coming Year

Oh heavenly Father, who has created me, and preserved my life, and promised the joy of eternal life to all who come to Him through his only Son, Jesus Christ: I vow and determine to grow in my faith during the coming year, learning your holy Word, coming to you in prayer every day, and resolving to walk in all those good works which you have commanded us to walk in.

Bless me in my endeavors, dear God; if it may please you, send your Holy Spirit to always remind and correct me when I stray from your path; and renew in me, today and every day, a sense of prayer without ceasing. Let me honor you with my time, my love, my bounty, my words and deeds, as I lay up my treasure in heaven. In Christ's name, I pray,


Parting Prayer

Oh Lord as I face creation
Let me see with eyes made clear
By Your promise of salvation,
Never to return to fear.


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

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse indicates that the Bible was written by God?

Answer 2 Timothy 3:16

Chartres Cathedral, Tree of Jesse, Jesus (with the seven gifts of the spirit, as doves), Habukkak and Zephania
Tree of Jesse (detail), Chartres Cathedral, 12th Century, depicting Jesus (with the seven gifts of the spirit, as doves), flanked by the minor prophets Habukkak and Zephania.

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Psalm 145:1-3 (NKJV)

I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

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Matthew 1:1-17 (ESV)

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.


braham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

Mary and Jesus

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Notes on the Scripture

It is important to understand this intimidating and tedious-looking introduction to the Gospel of Matthew. It is, first off, the genealogy of Jesus. It lists the line of descendants from Abraham down to the birth of Christ. This, Matthew wants us to understand, is Jesus’ royal heritage. Kingship is hereditary, and a king was (and still is) expected to prove a claim to the throne by virtue of his lineage.

The lineage of all Judaism began with Abraham. David, the great king of Jewish history, thus traced his bloodline to Abraham, to demonstrate his credibility as a proper king, one anointed by God. (E.g. Ruth 4:18-22)

These are the two most important names in the genealogy, and they are stated right at the beginning. In other words, Matthew 1:1 is saying, “Here is proof that Jesus of Nazareth was the proper King of Israel.” Matthew addresses it to all, but perhaps primarily to Jews who are skeptical of Jesus’ authority.

Roman Judea was not a Western democracy, where a boy could be born to poor farmers and expect to become President. Jesus was a carpenter’s son from the hick town of Nazareth. Thus, when the early disciples called him “King,” outright mockery often resulted.

Jesus lived in a fixed hierarchical society. Every person knew his tribe, his land, and his place by virtue of his birth. Priests, for example, had to be from the tribe of Levi, i.e. descendants of Aaron. Even land ownership required a knowledge of one’s family tree, because the Jews would have “Jubilee Years” in which all land was returned to its original family, meaning the owner had to trace his rights back to the original grant of ownership from God, in the era after Moses. Similarly, the Jews’ meticulous genealogies were needed to sort out land title after they returned from 70 years of captivity in Babylon.

Matthew describes Christ’s lineage through Joseph to Abraham, whereas Luke traces His ancestry all the way to Adam. Of course, in point of fact, it was actually Mary who had David’s bloodline, as Joseph was Christ’s stepfather. (Christ’s lineage on His Father’s side was impeccable!)

I’m sure you’ve read enough, but it needs to be said, that discussion this passage encapsulates a book’s worth of reading. There are prophets, kings, apostates, idolaters, prostitutes, adulterers, and even children of incest in the royal line — not much different from a British King’s heritage!

endless knot

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Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Comments (10)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Annmarie (US) says...
I meant your path
2nd January 2018 3:52pm
Joanie Welch (Anchorage-Alaska, US) says...
Dear Lord, thank You for bringing me to this special place yesterday. My heart came with sad shadows that were trying to cover the joy that You give to everyone who has faith in Your promises. Two responses so wonderfully reflected Your love and Your desire for us to trust You in all things. Each time I read them, the words dug deeper into my heart, until they reached the core and proclaimed their truth. God does know I will fail and He does NOT want me to feel guilty. Every failure makes me ... Read More
2nd January 2018 12:43pm
Ann Marie (US) says...
Beautiful prayer. I pray God continue direct your part.
2nd January 2018 3:51pm
Joanie says...
Thank you, Ann Marie.
2nd January 2018 9:34pm
Kevin Gonzales (Lubbock Texas, US) says...
God Bless you all as we start this new year. 2017 was rough for me in all areas of my life. I am 29 years old, and my goal this year is to get closer to God, and for my relationship and knowledge of Jesus and the bible to grow. Keep me in your prayers to walk the straight line and not stray, as I will also pray for peace for this community. Much Love Smile
2nd January 2018 12:41pm
Joanie Welch (Anchorage-Alaska, US) says...
Hello Kevin, I will gladly offer my prayers to God for you. What a great desire to start the new year with. How could God not grant these blessings for you. I believe you have made Him wonderfully happy. Jesus loves you and He’ll help you every step you take. Have a Happy New Year getting closer and closer to our Lord. With love, your sister in Christ
2nd January 2018 12:54pm
Kevin Gonzales (Lubbock Texas, US) says...
Thank you Joanie, you will be in my prayers today. Yes, our failures will build us up Smile God Bless you.
2nd January 2018 1:12pm
Michelle Hopewell (Eagan, US) says...
I was trying to register but was unable to get my password combination (I tried several variations) to accept. I've been reading your devotionals, daily inspirations, and prayers just about every day for the past few months and am so grateful to have found your site! It's truly a gift from God!
2nd January 2018 10:55am
Angela (Stoney Creek, Canada) says...
It's very nice to be a new member of the daily devotional prayer group. My few minutes of peace everyday. Thank you to my father Joe Graziano for introducing me to this...keeping faith is very important.
1st January 2018 9:02pm
Mason says...

You sent me an email but your return email address was incorrect. Try again if you want a response! Smile
1st January 2018 3:24pm
Joanie Welch (Anchorage-Alaska, US) says...
Dear Father, every day in 2017 I felt You with me. Your faithful love carried me when I was helpless. My younger sister unexpectedly died, then 2 weeks later my mother died from Alzheimer’s. Lord, only You know how it shattered my heart & You have stayed close in my utmost grief. For over 8 years I tried hard as caregiver, but now I’m despondent as my mind keeps reliving the times I failed Mom...and You. It wasn’t until the last 2 years that I surrendered my will to Your Will. Lord, ... Read More
1st January 2018 2:32pm
Carol Benson says...
Joanie Welch, I had two parents with Alzheimer’s, my father passed away 2 years ago. Please try to accept that you did the best you could at that time. Are any of us perfect? No, not one. I ‘m assuming when a parent dies we remember that one more thing we wish we had said or done. I pray that God will grant you peace.
2nd January 2018 11:58am
Joanie Welch (Anchorage-Alaska, US) says...
Carol, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. God must have strong faith in you to give you two parents with Alzheimer’s. I pray that our Father gives you comfort and peace knowing He has a reason for everything. Mom’s Alzheimer’s was the worst thing I’ve lived through, but I came away with so many blessings that it’s got to be God’s Plan! My faith and trust was so multiplied. Mom once said that she’d do anything to bring me closer to ... Read More
2nd January 2018 1:21pm
Linda Sharp (winnipeg canada) says...
Happy New Year to my daily prayer family.Prayers for Lucille to rest in the Lord, while a decision for her is being decided upon.
1st January 2018 10:42am
Linda t (US) says...
1st January 2018 8:51am
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Top score(s) on the Daily Quiz for Jan 01, 2018 were:
Norman Daniels (12)
Tom Kraft (12)
Michael Lockhart (12)
Jack Willis (11)

Top score(s) on Match-a-Verse:
Pam Carpenter (9 out of 9)
Greg Flippin (9 out of 9)
Norman Daniels (9 out of 9)
Daniel Williams (9 out of 9)
Linda Surber (9 out of 9)
Antoinette Wielkie (9 out of 9)
Michael Lockhart (9 out of 9)

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