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Daily Devotion for June 25, 2022


“Selling Grain,” illustration from <i>The History of Joseph and His Brethren</i> by Owen Jones, 1869.
“Selling Grain,” illustration from The History of Joseph and His Brethren, by Owen Jones, 1869.
If our study of Abraham continues long enough, we will eventually get to Joseph; here he sells grain to ameliorate the effects of famine in Egypt. (Genesis 47:14.)

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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.

Our Saturday Oldie hearkens back to the 1920s/30s, when the miracle of radio and its ability to bring gospel music right into our living rooms was celebrated with a hit song: Turn Your Radio On!




What Can I Do Today?

Holy God, what can I do today to serve you? What may I do with this day you have given me, to show you the love and humility I feel for you? How can I help my fellow man?

In the name of Christ, I ask, how can I serve you today?

Amen.

Keep Me from Falling

’Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling;
I stumble as I fare along Earth’s way; keep me from falling.

Mine eyes are open but they cannot see for gloom of night:
I can no more than lift my heart to thee for inward light.

The wild and fiery passion of my youth consumes my soul;
In agony I turn to thee for truth and self-control.

For Passion and all the pleasures it can give will die the death;
But this of me eternally must live, thy borrowed breath.

’Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling;
I stumble as I fare along Earth’s way; keep me from falling.

Amen.

Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.

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.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Where does the expression “turn the other cheek” come from?

Answer: Matthew 5:39: “I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. . . .”



endless knot

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

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Genesis 14:13-16 (ESV)

The Story of Abraham [8]
T

hen one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram.

When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.

Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.


Notes on the Scripture

(If you have forgotten the first verses of Genesis 14, you will want to review them quickly, so that today’s Scripture makes sense. Briefly, an army from Elam has conquered the Jordan Valley, including Sodom; and Lot, Abram’s nephew, has been captured and all of his possessions taken.)

We have discussed several times how old the events of Genesis are and how small, in modern terms, the numbers of people were. Here, the Bible gives us a vivid demonstration, for Abram pursues and defeats the mighty army of Elam and its confederates with an “army” of 318 men. We can infer that the campaign took some time — at least several weeks — for they pursued their enemies on foot to a place north of Damascus, perhaps 100 miles through difficult terrain, and returned with the captives and loot.

Abram called|Genesis
Young Abram is called.

We learn enough to be able to fill in some of the sketchy details about Abram’s early life. He had become a rich and powerful leader: The verse tells us the army was his trained men, “born in his house,” which means not only that he had a great number of followers, but also that they were sufficiently independent and well-organized to train men as soldiers.

Moreover, Abram is apparently acting as a general and devises a tactic to win back his nephew Lot. The army led by Elam took Lot’s entire people as slaves — men, women, children and all their possessions. Abram personally leads the campaign to free them.

Unlike many of the tribes involved, archaeologists know quite a bit about the Amorites. There were a lot of them, a nomadic Semitic people who came from unknown regions (most likely Syria) and played havoc with the politics of Mesopotamia. They never organized into a truly great empire, for they were independent-minded.

They eventually formed a number of small kingdoms but they were gradually picked off and absorbed by greater empires, including the Hebrews. Many centuries later, Joshua would conquer and absorb a number of Amorite cities in the creation of Israel.

Abram did well to make peace with them, for Mamre must have been fairly powerful; remember, when Abram first left Ur, he stopped at the “oaks of Mamre” and built his first altar to the Lord, and dwelt nearby for many years until driven to Egypt by famine; so Mamre must have already been prominent when Abram and his family were no more than a small tribe wandering in search of a home.



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1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB): No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.



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What can we do today Lord for you as an individual and collectively as a family? Keep us from falling one more time today Lord. Thank you.

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It was such a treat to hear "Turn Your Radio On". I probably had not heard it for 70 years but remembered it well.

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“What Can I Do Today?” I pray that God will strengthen all of us who study His Word here, that we may encourage others, and, as Jesus taught us, be a light to a dark and fearful world.

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