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Daily Devotion for May 2, 2018


<i>As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent</i>
As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent, by Philip Martin Kilmer, ca. 1938.

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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.



Morning Prayer

Let me to-day do something that shall take
A little sadness from the world’s vast store,
And may I be so favoured as to make
Of joy’s too scanty sum a little more.

Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend;
Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need,
Or sin by silence when I should defend.

However meagre be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid my kind –
A word of courage, or a thought of health,
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

Let me to-night look back across the span
‘Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say –
Because of some good act to beast or man –
“The world is better that I lived today.”

Amen.

Thanks for the Word of God

I  thank you, loving God, that we have the Scriptures to search, given by your inspiration in total truth, that we might gain the profit of salvation from them. I give thanks for all those who toiled to preserve your Word for our learning. I give thanks that through the patience and comfort of the Bible we may have hope: a light of prophecy and truth, as sure as a bright star in the darkness, leading us to Christ. And I give thanks that on the most ordinary day, both I and any other person who seeks you may hear in our own tongue the mighty works you have done.

Amen.

Meditation

[Purpose]


Blessing

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day and evermore.

Amen.


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endless knot

Psalm 148:1-4 (NKJV)

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!


Blue Latin Cross

John 3:9-15 (ESV)

Eternal Life

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but youThe Greek you used here is plural. do not receive our testimony.

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.


Notes on the Scripture

Nicodemus is a high-ranking Pharisee in the Temple at Jerusalem. Christ has just told him, “tear this temple down and I will rebuild it in three days.” Nicodemus is understandably incredulous.

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ut either Jesus is not inclined to give a long expository explanation, or he did and John did not record all of it; this is certainly a possibility, because the tone of John’s Gospel is theological, not biographical. He either didn’t know or simply omitted a lot of biographical detail about Jesus’ life. Chunks of time are not accounted for; we just saw this, when the gospel skipped from the wedding at Cana to the Temple in Jerusalem.

In this case, John hasn’t given us any conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus where he spoke to him about earthly things and Nicodemus didn’t believe him (unless you count the raising the “temple” as an “earthly thing”). The important thing, to John, is that Christ states three important theological facts. First, only he has been to heaven, so only he can tell the truth about it. Secondly, he must be lifted up—that is, esteemed and possibly worshipped. In addition, this lifting up implies crucifixion; Christ was literally lifted up before the Jews like Moses’ serpent (Numbers 21:9).

Third, that by belief in Christ, anyone can have eternal life. This last point is the foundational point of Christianity in a nutshell; John will elaborate upon it in the very next verse, the famous passage at John 3:16.



Jesus crucifixion street art
Crucifixion, by an anonymous street artist.

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Deuteronomy 10:17-19 (ESV) : The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.


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Eric Riggz (Fort Walton, US) says...
Thank you for the blessing that these prayers provided today.
2nd May 2018 10:07pm
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Ann Brock (US) says...
You just encouraged me Dona for your kind comment. God bless you. Cool
2nd May 2018 9:05pm
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Michael J. Cuff (Ringtown PA, US) says...
As I am here to learn about the Bible and have been stopping here for several years now I have a question. How does today’s Scripture work with the Old Testament telling of Elijah being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind? Thank you Mason for all you do God bless!
2nd May 2018 9:53am
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Mason says...
The way I read it is that Jesus is speaking in the context of the previous verse, "If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?"

So, He is not talking about people who have gone to heaven. He is talking about people who can give testimony about heaven, and there is nobody on earth who can speak of heaven, because nobody (i.e. nobody who is alive to talk about it) has ascended there.
2nd May 2018 10:21am
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Dona (Virginia, US) says...
Thank you, Ann Brock, for today's daily inspiration. As you said, "encouragement is one of the most effective ways to help a person, and it is such a simple thing to do." I send my continuing encouragement to you, Mason, Jenny, and all the volunteers that make this daily devotional site the best on the internet!!!
2nd May 2018 9:33am
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Mason says...
Sorry about the broken link in the Meditation. It's fixed now. Tell me if you like this!
2nd May 2018 9:30am
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Eric Riggz (Fort Walton, US) says...
Thank you for the blessing that these prayers provided today.
2nd May 2018 8:11am
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Nemone Oftana (US) says...
Good morning!Since I started reading the dailyprayer devotion my life is filled with goodness and love. Many blessings came along the way to me and my family. Praise you Jesus. I trust in you.
2nd May 2018 7:40am
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Ken (Lake City, US) says...
The writing by Ms Wilcox. Please world I beg of you do this today as the scripture leads us to do also. Help someone without them knowing it. It is not rocket science. It is just doing the right thing. Have you ever went out to dinner brought left overs home; while driving home saw a stray animal starving on the side of the road? Stopped and gave it your leftovers??
2nd May 2018 5:45am
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Eric Riggz (Fort Walton, US) says...
Thank you for the blessing that these prayers provided today.
1st May 2018 9:55am
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Eric Riggz (Fort Walton, US) says...
Thank you for the blessing that these prayers provided today.
1st May 2018 9:24am
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ken (Lake City, US) says...
The prayer i have so often. My we strive to eliminate the first part.
1st May 2018 6:32am
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