Devotions

January 21st - Jesus Brings righteousness

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. Acts 10:38 "...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Large Catechism I 189: A person who does evil to his neighbor is not the only one guilty under this [fifth] commandment. It also applies to anyone who can do his neighbor good, prevent or resist evil, defend, and save his neighbor so that no bodily harm or hurt happened to him -- yet does not do this [Jas 2:15-16] [Sins of Omission]. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.21. [James 2:15-16 15. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? ]

January 20th - True Soul Food!

Isaiah 55:1-2 1. Listen! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. John 4:13-14 13. Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14. "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'' Apology [defense] of the Augsburg Confession VII-VIII 15: But the Gospel [Christ crucified for sinners] brings not merely the shadow of eternal things, but the eternal things themselves: the Holy Spirit and righteousness. By the Gospel, we are righteous before God. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.20.

January 19th - Providence in All Things

Psalm 91:10-11 10. No no evil shall befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. 11. For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all thy ways. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Large Catechism II 23: We ought, therefore, daily to recite this [first] article. We ought to impress it upon our mind and remember it by all that meets our eyes and by all good that falls to us. Wherever we escape from disaster or danger, we ought to remember that it is God Who gives and does all these things. In these escapes, we understand and see His fatherly heart and His surpassing love toward us [Ex.34:6]. In this way, the heart would be warmed and kindled to be thankful, and to use all such good things to honor and praise God. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions . John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p. 19. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The First Article. Of Creation. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; also clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and home, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life; that He protects me from all danger, and guards and protects me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

January 18th - God's Constant Care

Psalm 34:8-9 8. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. 9. Fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. Acts 12:11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.'' Large Catechism II 19: Now, all that we have, and whatever else is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God. Therefore, it is clearly suggested and concluded that it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for these things without ceasing [1 Thess 5:17-18]. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.18. [1 Thess 5:17-18 17. pray continually; 18. give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.]

January 15th - The Mystery of God

Proverbs 2:6 For The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; Colossians 2:2 ...that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, Augsburg Confession I 1-3: Our churches teach with common consent that the decree of the Council of Nicaea about the unity of the divine essence and the three persons [of the Godhead] is true [because it is solidly Scriptural]. It is to be believed without any doubt. God is one divine essence Who is eternal, without a body, without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. He is the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible [Neh 9:6]. Yet there are three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit [Matt 28:19]. These three Persons are of the same essence and power. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.15. Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

January 14th - He seeks us out to save us

Isaiah 65:1 "I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, `Here I am, here I am,' to a nation that was not called by My name. Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the "wise" and "prudent" and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. Large Catechism II 38-39: So that this treasure might not stay buried, but be received and enjoyed, God has caused the Word to go forth and be proclaimed. In the Word, He has the Holy Spirit bring this treasure home and make it our own. Therefore, sanctifying is simply bringing us to Christ so that we receive this good, which we could not get ourselves [1 Pet 3:18] Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p. 14. [1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, John 15:16 [Jesus said:] "You did not choose me, but I chose you."]

January 13th - Jesus Embodies The Godhead

Psalm 8:3-5 3. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4. what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5. You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Hebrews 2:6-9 6. But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 7. You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 8. and put everything under his feet." In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Formula of Concord SD VIII 70: For although God is in the saints [through faith] with all the fullness of His Godhead that He has everywhere with Himself, He does not dwell in them bodily. Nor is He personally united with them as in Christ. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.13.

January 12th - Christ's Human Nature Exalted for our salvation

1 Kings 17:22-24 22. The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. 23. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!" 24. Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth." Luke 7:13-15 13. When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, "Don't cry." 14. Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" 15. The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Formula of Concord Ep VIII 15: We believe, teach, and confess that the Son of Man really is exalted (according to His human nature), to the right hand of God's almighty majesty and power. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.12.

January 11th - Universal Grace; you are part of God's plan

Isaiah 49:6 Indeed He says, `It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.''' Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, Formula of Concord SD V 24: These two teachings [Law and Gospel], we believe and confess, should always be diligently taught in God's Church forever, even to the end of the world. They must be taught with the proper distinction of which we have heard: (a) through the preaching of the Law and its threats in the ministry of the New Testament, the hearts of impenitent people may be terrified, and (b) they may be brought to a knowledge of their sins and to repentance. [Then the Holy Spirit uses the Gospel to work faith in Christ's merits in our heart, unto salvation.] Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.11.

January 8th - The Christ Light Dawns

Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Matthew 4:13-16 13. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14. that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 15. "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16. the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.'' Formula of Concord Ep VIII 6 We believe, teach and confess that the divine and human natures are not mingled into one substance, nor is one changed into the other. (Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.7)

January 7th - The God/Man Comes to give us light

Isaiah 60:1-2 1. "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Ephesians 5:8-10 8. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9. (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10. and find out what pleases the Lord. Formula of Concord Ep VIII 9: The two natures [of Christ] are united personally (i.e., in one person). Therefore, we believe, teach and confess that this union is not the kind of joining together and connection that prevents either nature from having anything in common with the other personally (i.e., because of the personal union). It is not like when two boards are glued together, where neither gives anything to the other or takes anything from the other. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.8.

January 6th - Christ The Life of all the Living

Isaiah 60:1-4 1. "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. 3. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4. "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Matthew 2:10-11 10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Augsburg Confession III 1 Our churches teach that The Word, that is, The Son of God [John 1:14], assumed the human nature in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Treasures Old & New - Daily readings from the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. John C. Jeske. NPH 2006. p.6. [Today is Epiphany. Christmas of the Gentiles. Season of light and revelation. Christ has come for all! Christ has come for YOU!]