Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Reading (Hebrews 10:11-18)

[11] Now every cohen stands every day doing his service, offering over and over the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

[12] But this one, after he had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, sat down at the right hand of God, [13] from then on to wait until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet.

[14] For by a single offering he has brought to the goal for all time those who are being set apart for God and made holy. [15] And the Ruach HaKodesh too bears witness to us; for after saying,

[16] “ ‘This is the covenant which I will make with them after those days,’ says Adonai: ‘I will put my Torah on their hearts, and write it on their minds . . . ,’ ”  [17] he then adds, “ ‘And their sins and their wickednesses I will remember no more.’ ”  

[18] Now where there is forgiveness for these, an offering for sins is no longer needed.

Gospel (Mark 4:1-20)

[1] Again Yeshua began to teach by the lake, but the crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the crowd remained on shore at the water’s edge.

[2] He taught them many things in parables. In the course of his teaching, he said to them: [3] “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. [4] As he sowed, some seed fell alongside the path; and the birds came and ate it up.

[5] Other seed fell on rocky patches where there was not much soil. It sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow; [6] but when the sun rose, the young plants were scorched; and since their roots were not deep, they dried up.

[7] Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked it; so that it yielded no grain. [8] But other seed fell into rich soil and produced grain; it sprouted, and grew, and yielded a crop — thirty, sixty, even a hundred times what was sown.”

[9] And he concluded, “Whoever has ears to hear with, let him hear!” [10] When Yeshua was alone, the people around him with the Twelve asked him about the parables.

[11] He answered them, “To you the secret of the Kingdom of God has been given; but to those outside, everything is in parables, [12] so that they may be always looking but never seeing; always listening but never understanding. Otherwise, they might turn and be forgiven!”  [13] Then Yeshua said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How will you be able to understand any parable? [14] The sower sows the message.

[15] Those alongside the path where the message is sown are people who no sooner hear it than the Adversary comes and takes away the message sown in them.

[16] Likewise, those receiving seed on rocky patches are people who hear the message and joyfully accept it at once; [17] but they have no root in themselves. So they hold out for a while, but as soon as some trouble or persecution arises on account of the message, they immediately fall away.

[18] Others are those sown among thorns — they hear the message; [19] but the worries of the world, the deceitful glamor of wealth and all the other kinds of desires push in and choke the message; so that it produces nothing.

[20] But those sown on rich soil hear the message, accept it and bear fruit — thirty, sixty or a hundredfold.”

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