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Daily Devotion for November 28, 2016



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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.




Prayer for the Morning

Father, as I face this new day, let me be aware of the work you have done for me as I slept. I praise you that your loving care never slumbers, but has been with me while I was least aware of it; and that you renew me and the whole world, fresh every day, preparing your plans for me.

I pray that I may seek your will this day, your plan for my life, and carry out your plan in my every action. I lay my hopes and fears on an altar before you, that your Holy Spirit may guide my hopes toward the light of your holiness, and may quiet my fears with the knowledge of your infinite peace, in total confidence that your grace will save me from the evils of this world. In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

[I lay my fears on the altar before Christ.]


For God’s Holy Church

Father of mercy, your love embraces everyone, and through the Resurrection of your Son you call me and all the members of your church into your wonderful light. Dispel our darkness and make us a people with one heart and one voice, forever singing your praise, in Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Thirty Days of Thanksgiving

#27 What small thing that I use daily am I thankful for?


Benediction (from Colossians 3)

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within me all this day; and whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Amen.


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.





endless knot

Proverbs 11:9 (KJV)

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:
but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 23:25-26 (ESV)

Hypocrites: Cups Cleaned on the Outside

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.


Notes on the Scripture

There is an immediate problem the modern reader might have when reading Christ's criticisms of Pharisaic washing rituals; the Pharisees were cleaner than just about anyone else, and in respect to several of their hygiene laws, we might find ourselves partly on their side! This is especially true with washing their hands before eating or when coming back from the market, not to mention washing their eating and drinking vessels.

O

ne might infer from today's Scripture, however, that they washed the outside of a drinking cup but not the inside; there we see the split between modern hygiene and ritual washing. Truth be told, we just don't know exactly what all the Pharisees did or didn't do, except that they followed hundreds of weird and minute oral laws as their means of becoming righteous before God. These oral laws were not laws written in Scripture; they were rules created by men, albeit intended to interpret the law of Moses.

Jesus tears their laws apart by implying a penetrating question. In the eyes of God, which would be better: To drink pure wine from an unclean cup? Or to drink corrupted wine from a clean cup?

That's what He is saying here. He is not telling us not to use dirty dishes. He is telling us that being clean on the inside is what will save our souls. Our relationship with God is more important than our relationship with the earth, our souls more important than our bodies.

In a word:

[B]e not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28, ASV)


Ascension from the Hunterian Psalter, English ca. 1170. In this scene from Acts 1:9-11 we can only see Jesus' feet. The three-dimensional ornamentation in the margin is unusual for the time.

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