Daily Devotion Wednesday, December 12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – Psalm 50; Isaiah 6:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 and John 7:53-8:11

Psalm 50 – 1The mighty one, God the LORD,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to its setting. …

6The heavens declare his righteousness,

for God himself is judge. Selah

 

7“Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

O Israel, I will testify against you.

I am God, your God.

From our readings today, I get the picture of a courtroom. In the courtroom is the judge – God, and the prosecuting attorney – again, God, then we have God who is the witness who will testify against us and then there is us. God brings his case against us to God, then it is God who testifies against us and it God who will give the final judgment. There doesn’t seem to be much hope for us. Thanks be to God, for God’s sending of his Son who is and will be the one who testifies on our behalf, stating that he has paid the full price for our sins.

Hear now the Gospel reading, one of my favorite stories about our Lord.

John 7:53-8:11 – 53Then each of them went home, 1while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”  

I strive to remember this text, whenever I get tempted to “cast the first stone”.

O Lord, on this Wednesday of the second week of Advent I give thanks for your sending of your Son who could be and is my attorney and all who believe in you and it is amazing to me that it is he who paid the price for all my sins. May I be willing to forgive others as I have been forgiven. Amen.

In conclusion hear these words from our reading from Isaiah 6.

Isaiah 6:1-13 – 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

May we say along with Isaiah – “Here am I; send me.”

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