Daily Devotional Materials
Fifth Sunday after Trinity
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The Lord, thy God, will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken. – Deuteronomy 18:15.
The office of our Lord Jesus is to redeem and save us. For this purpose He was sent into the world by the Father. Into this office He was installed by the Father; for this reason He is the Anointed, the Messiah, the Christ. As such He is, first of all, our Prophet, our Preacher. He is the great Prophet whose coming Moses foretold to the people of Israel in the words of Scripture quoted above. He is the only Prophet who reveals, proclaims, preaches to us the counsel and will of God respecting our redemption and salvation. There is no other prophet that could do this. For “no man hath seen God at any time: the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” (John 1:18.) Of Him the Father says: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” (Matthew 17:5.) And how does He fulfill the duties of His prophetic office? When He sojourned on earth, He testified Himself both by word and deed, that is to say, by great signs and wonders, that He is the Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Then He ordered His disciples and Apostles to preach His Word and by inspiration of the Holy Ghost to put it down in writing. And what has thus been written, His Word. is to be proclaimed on earth to the end of days. And to His servants who proclaim this His Word He says: “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth Him that sent me.” (Luke 10:16.) So at all times He, He alone, is the Prophet, the Preacher. Even in the Old Testament He was the Prophet, He, the Son of God, who was to become man. For the prophets who prophesied of the grace that should come did this by the “Spirit of Christ that was in them.” (1 Peter 1:11.) My dear Christian, Jesus Christ is your only Prophet or Preacher. Listen to no other one! Accept no one besides Him! Hear His Word only, His Word, I say, and nothing else!
PRAYER. – Lord Jesus, help me, a poor sinner, to listen to no one, no matter who he is or whence he comes, in everything pertaining to my salvation, but to Thee only. Thou art the one Prophet come from heaven. Thy Word is the infallible Truth. To this Word let me cling, O Jesus, let me trust in it, let me depend on it in life and death. Amen.
O God! How sin’s dread works abound!
Throughout the earth no rest is found.
And wide has falsehood’s spirit spread,
And error boldly rears its head.
A trusty weapon is Thy Word,
thy Church’s buckler, shield, and sword;
Lord, let us in this Word abide,
That we may seek no other guide.
Hymn 110, 5. 8. (ELHB)
13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
1 Samuel 24:1-22
24:1And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi. 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. 8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not. 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.