Daily Devotion for August 6, 2022
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.
Our “Saturday Oldie” this week is a 1950s tv clip. The Delta Rhythm Boys — known for their sense of humor — tell us what happened to some famous walls.
Thanks and Praise
I thank You for the temporal blessings of this world — the refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest, the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze, the flowers’ sweetness, the music of flowing streams, the happy endearments of family, kindred, and friends. Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort. My cup runs over.
Do not allow me to be insensible to these daily mercies. Your hand bestows blessings; Your power averts evil. I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces, the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of our Spirit, the strength of Your restraining will, Your spiking of hell’s artillery. Blessed be my sovereign Lord!
O gracious Lord, I am heartily sorry, and beg pardon for my sins, especially for my little respect, and for wandering in my thoughts when in your presence, and for my continual infidelitys to your graces; for all which I beg pardon, by the merits of the Blood you shed for them.
I dedicate this day to you, mighty God. I pray that your Spirit will lift me up this day, and that your face may shine upon me all the day long, that I might do your will and lead a new life in Christ, reborn in the Spirit.
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
What Bible verse tells us, “Blessed is the man You discipline, O Lord, The man You teach from Your word.”?
Psalm 88:1-2 (NKJV)
O Lord, God of my salvation,
I have cried out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
Incline Your ear to my cry.
Genesis 18:1-8 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham 
nd the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him.
When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on — since you have come to your servant.”
So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three measures of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them.
And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
Notes on the Scripture
This passage (and those to follow) are a bit of fun, because the three men are so mysterious. They are described as “men”, so they must have looked like regular human beings. But we know immediately that they are something other than normal people, because we are told that the Lord appeared to Abraham, and because Abraham's reaction is abjectly respectful. He bows himself to the earth, that is, he falls to his knees and puts his face to the ground. Also, he immediately prepares a feast beyond normal hospitality to strangers.
As the story progresses, we learn more and more about their powers. In fact (sorry to spoil the mystery) the three men are God Himself and two angels.
Scholars universally believe that the three men come to Abraham fairly soon after the mass circumcision at the end of Genesis 17. Estimates range from three days to three months. But certainly, God’s appearance with two heavenly helpers has a tie to Abraham sealing his end of the contract between them. And we suspect that their is some major event in the works, and that the event has been triggered by Abraham’s immediate compliance with God’s instructions about circumcision.
We also can feel that whatever is about to happen, it is something major; God has brought helpers!
One could easily write a book — a long book — about all the implications of God appearing personally to Abraham and other early Biblical figures. It is very humanizing; one could even say that God Almighty treats Abraham as a friend. God displays many human characteristics in Genesis, especially in His dealings with Abraham.
It raises more questions than can possibly be answered, for we cannot fully know God as He exists.
But there is one thing that comes clear from this and the following chapters of Genesis; God intends that Abraham fully realize that he is made in God’s image. He intends that Abraham, who has shown complete faith in Him and made a sacrifice of his body (by circumcision), have a great degree of familiarity with Him. And as we will see, God intends that Abraham feel enough confidence in His love that he can question Him, bargain with Him, and even (apparently) convince Him to change His mind.
The woman is almost surely Mary Magdelene, a woman much loved by the Preraphaelites.