Daily Devotion for July 14, 2019
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.
endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict'ry, thou o'er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
For the Spirit of Prayer
Almighty God, who pours out the spirit of grace and of supplication to all who ask for it; Deliver me, when I draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, so that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, I may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, who does freely pardon all who repent and turn to Him, I confess that I have sinned against your Holy Word. I pray that you will now fulfill in me and in every contrite heart the promise of redeeming grace; forgiving all our sins, and cleansing us from an evil conscience; through the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Song of Praise
Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord you heavens: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord all people on earth: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
O people of God bless the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit: bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.
All Bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: sing his praise and exalt him for ever.
God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make me and all who confess your holy name people of this light. Make me faithful to your Word that I may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
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.
Psalm 123:1-2 (NKJV)
Unto You I lift up my eyes,
O You who dwell in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us.
Mark 12:18-27 (ESV)
Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians, Oh My! — The Sadducees
adducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
Notes on the Scripture
The Sadducees were a priestly group, associated with the leadership of the Temple in Jerusalem. Their beliefs were extraordinarily fundamentalist, to the point that they rejected any of the later interpretations of Bible (The Talmud), on which the Pharisees put so much value. They even discounted parts of the Bible other than the first five books (the Pentateuch) and their interpretations of it were exacting and literal. They theoretically followed the letter of the law. For example, we are all familiar with the term “an eye for an eye.” If a Sadducee had his eye blinded by another person, he would literally demand that the offender’s eye be blinded.
As stated in the passage, they did not believe in resurrection; they thought that the human soul died with the body.
They are closely associated more with the Temple in Jerusalem and, thus, with more urban parts of Judea. Historically, they had been much more amenable to Greek cultural ideas; although they were ultra-conservative in their religious beliefs, they were more liberal in acceptance of outside influences in other areas. These factors made them marginally less anti-Roman than the Pharisees, who were generally more rebellious and separatist in nature. They were not popular with the masses and thus became somewhat materialistic and aristocratic in nature. By the time of Christ, they had become arrogant and hypocritical.
The Sadducees were not scholars and much of their theology is lost to history. If memory serves, however, their interpretation of the Jewish prophesy of a savior to come — whom we believe was Christ, and the Pharisees/modern Jews continue to await — was that the savior was a chain of leaders, who had already begun to come in the persons of the Maccabees.
Neither the lifestyle nor the theology of the Sadducees were popular so, although they were powerful during Roman rule, when Israel ceased to be a nation and the diaspora began, Sadducee practices completely died out.