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Daily Devotion for January 13, 2019


Love thy Neighbor

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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.

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Hymn Before Prayer

I  bending my knee
In the eye of the Father who created me,
In the eye of the Son who purchased me,
In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
In friendship and affection.

Through Thine own Anointed One, O God,
Bestow upon us fullness in our need:
      Love towards God,
      The affection of God,
      The smile of God,
      The wisdom of God,
      The grace of God,
      The fear of God,
      And the will of God

To do on the world of the Three,
As angels and saints do in heaven;
      Each shade and light,
      Each day and night,
      Each time in kindness,
      Give Thou us Thy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayer of Penitence

Almighty Father; I enter your presence confessing the things I try to conceal from you and the things I try to conceal from others. I confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow I have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive me, the times I have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm I have done that makes it hard for me to forgive myself. Lord have mercy and forgive me, in the name of my Lord Christ, by your grace and love; and help me to grow in faith, that I might not repeat these sins.

Amen.

Prayer of Praise to Christ

Lord Jesus, You are the First and the Last, and the Living One; You were dead, but You are alive forevermore, and You have the keys of death and of Hades. You are the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David and the Overcomer. You are the Lamb who was slain and whose blood purchased for God people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You are worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.

The kingdom of the world has become Your kingdom, and You will reign forever and ever. You are called Faithful and True, and in righteousness You will judge and wage war. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. And You are coming quickly, and Your reward is with You. Come, Lord Jesus.

Amen.

Benediction

Now unto him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

Amen.


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Psalm 109:25-27 (NKJV)

I also have become a reproach to them;
When they look at me, they shake their heads.

Help me, O Lord my God!
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
That they may know that this is Your hand—
That You, Lord, have done it!


Blue Latin Cross

Luke 10:25-37 (ESV)

The Good Samaritan

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.

He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’

Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”


Notes on the Scripture

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amaritans wereI use the past tense, but Samaritans, who had a long and eventful history, still exist today. There are probably less than 100 of them, living together in modern-day Israel. an ethnic group who followed a religion rooted in some of the same traditions as Judaism; in fact, they claimed to follow the true religion of the ancient Israelites, the religion followed before Judea was conquered by Babylon and the Jews taken there in servitude. They also claimed to be ethnic Jews, descended from the ten tribes conquered and dispersed by the Assyrians in 722 B.C. They believed that Judaism was a corrupt form of the ancient religion of Abraham.

If their is any hatred more vicious than that between different religions, it is that between competing factions of the same religion. The Samaritans were despised by the Jews. Jesus thus uses a Samaritan in this parable, because there could not have been a person more despicable to a Jewish audience. Imagine a Ku Klux Klan leader’s reaction to a story exalting an African-American, or a Jew listening to a parable called “The Good Nazi.” The lawyer, when he answers, does not even say “the Samaritan” when he is asked who was the neighbor to the man who was robbed; instead, he can only say “the one who showed him mercy.”

tender mercy

One might read the parable as narrowly referring to a duty by one God-fearing man to another, who is a religious enemy. Also, it could be read narrowly to mean that we should love those who show us mercy; it is the Samaritan, the one who saves the beaten Jew, who is the “neighbor.” But when we read it in the context of entire gospel, we see that the more common, broad interpretation is correct. Luke echoes the better-known passage in Matthew 5: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you . . . .” (See Luke 6:27-36.) The duty of kindness and love, commanded of us by Christ, extends to every human being on earth, without regard to their race, their religion, or how they have treated us. As tempting as it may be to hate some ethnic, political, or religious group—currently, Arabs and Palestinians would be obvious targets for those of us in the United States—it is wrong not to love them and wrong not to help them in time of trouble.

As of today, left- and right-wing politics seem to be gaining ground as the primary source of group hatred in the United States. Shall we then judge, condemn, and hate those “others”? Christ says no. Instead, He commands us to love our neighbor.



<i>The Good Samaritan</i> by Vincent van Gogh, ca. 1890.
The Good Samaritan by Vincent van Gogh, ca. 1890.

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