Monday, February 01, 2021

Reading (Hebrews 11:32-40)

[32] What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gid‘on, Barak, Shimshon, Yiftach, David, Sh’mu’el and the prophets; [33] who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, [34] quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weakness turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies.

[35] Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed, so that they would gain a better resurrection. [36] Others underwent the trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned.

[37] They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, [38] wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground!

The world was not worthy of them! [39]All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not receive what had been promised, [40] because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal.

Gospel (Mark 5:1-20)

[1] Yeshua and his talmidim arrived at the other side of the lake, in the Gerasenes’ territory. [2] As soon as he disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the burial caves to meet him.

[3] He lived in the burial caves; and no one could keep him tied up, not even with a chain. [4] He had often been chained hand and foot, but he would snap the chains and break the irons off his feet, and no one was strong enough to control him.

[5] Night and day he wandered among the graves and through the hills, howling and gashing himself with stones.

[6] Seeing Yeshua from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him [7] and screamed at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Yeshua, Son of God Ha‘Elyon? I implore you in God’s name! Don’t torture me!”

[8] For Yeshua had already begun saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of this man!” [9] Yeshua asked him, “What’s your name?” “My name is Legion,” he answered, “there are so many of us”; [10] and he kept begging Yeshua not to send them out of that region.

[11] Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding near the hill, [12] and the unclean spirits begged him, “Send us to the pigs, so we can go into them.”

[13] Yeshua gave them permission. They came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering around two thousand, rushed down the hillside into the lake and were drowned. [14] The swineherds fled and told it in the town and in the surrounding country, and the people went to see what had happened.

[15] They came to Yeshua and saw the man who had had the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were frightened.

[16] Those who had seen it told what had happened to the man controlled by demons and to the pigs; [17] and the people began begging Yeshua to leave their district. [18] As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been demonized begged him to be allowed to go with him.

[19] But Yeshua would not permit it. Instead, he said to him, “Go home to your people, and tell them how much Adonai in his mercy has done for you.” [20] He went off and began proclaiming in the Ten Towns how much Yeshua had done for him, and everyone was amazed.

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