Devotion for Oct 7, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 7, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
In Numbers 19 we read God’s command that anybody that touches a dead body will be unclean for seven days. During those seven days, that person must wash with water on the third and the seventh day otherwise that person will not become clean and will be cut off from Israel. That is the normal way of doing things because normally the dead stay dead. But how is one to apply the law when the dead do not remain dead? Jesus touches the bier of the man and the bearers stood still. He tells the man to rise and he sits up talking. And he gives the man back to his mother. Jesus makes the ceremonial law unnecessary as he raises the man for if there is no dead man, there is no uncleanness. He fulfills the need of the law. We generally understand this but we also see that He outdoes what we would ordinarily call natural law as well. Natural law tells us that objects fall to the earth when dropped and that men die and don’t come back to life. But in Jesus, even these things are fulfilled such that they do not happen as experience tells us. In Jesus, the dead do not remain dead. They rise. That is God’s promise to us, that on the Last Day, all the dead shall rise and eternal life will be given to all believers in Christ.
The Athanasian Creed (vv. 27-40)
But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man. He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh; equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ: one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God; one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person. For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ, who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead. At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds. And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire. This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.
The 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.
Collect of the Week
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
A Chronological Reading through Scripture