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Daily Devotion for August 21, 2015


Moses in the Bulrushes, James Tissot
Pharaoh's Daughter Receives the Mother of Moses, James Tissot ca. 1896

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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.

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Prayer for the Morning

Heavenly Lord, you have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask you to renew my heart with your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel your presence in my soul. Take my hand, precious Lord, for I cannot make it by myself. Through Christ I pray and live,

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For the Needy

Dear Lord above, never let me forget about those who are hurting from guilt, shame and other afflictions I may not know about. Show me that I need to remember those who are: sick, imprisoned, lonely, confused, in need of a friend, dying, hungry, spiritually lost in their lives — wandering aimlessly through life. Teach me to comfort my brothers and sisters in their hours of need, wherever they may be. Guide me to look deeply into their hearts and understand.

Teach me to reach out my hands and help them up and feed their souls and hearts with your word, O Lord. Let me never forsake one of my hurting brothers or sisters along life's way. Grant me the strength to carry forth your will and your way in bringing all to you, dear Father. I pray this needful prayer through your blessed Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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Benediction

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, let me think about these things. What I have learned and received, let me do; and the God of peace be with us all.

Amen.

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Gratitude

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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Exodus 2:1-10 (ESV)

The Birth of Moses

Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months.

When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.

Baby moses in the bulrushes

Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother.

And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son.

She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”


Notes on the Scripture

T

he famous story of Moses in the bulrushes never gets old. His parents were both from the tribe of Levi, which would become a hereditary caste of priests because of Moses and his brother, Aaron. The basket would have been similar to boats made in many primitive cultures. Bitumen is a naturally-occurring petroleum product, liquid asphalt, fairly abundant in the Middle East; it is the "tar" in the La Brea tar pits. Pitch is rendered and thickened tree sap. These were still used in the 19th century as the primary waterproofing for great sailing ships.

The derivation of his name (Moshe in modern Hebrew) is interesting, because it works in both Hebrew and Egyptian. In Hebrew, it can refer to a person who pulls something out or is pulled out, so it has the dual meaning of "being pulled out", referring to the baby, and "savior", one who will pull the Hebrews out of Egypt. The Egyptian, as far as can be discerned, means literally "water-saved": "saved from the water" or even "saved by the water", again giving it a double meaning.



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