Friday, January 22, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 8: 6-13)
 But now the work Yeshua has been given to do is far superior to theirs, just as the covenant he mediates is better. For this covenant has been given as Torah on the basis of better promises.  Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one.
 For God does find fault with the people when he says, “‘See! The days are coming,’ says Adonai, ‘when I will establish over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah a new covenant.
“‘It will not be like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by their hand and led them forth out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, did not remain faithful to my covenant; so I, for my part, stopped concerning myself with them,’ says Adonai.
 “‘For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,’ says Adonai: ‘I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
 “‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen or his brother, saying, “Know Adonai!” For all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest,  because I will be merciful toward their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.’”
 By using the term, “new,” he has made the first covenant “old”; and something being made old, something in the process of aging, is on its way to vanishing altogether.
Gospel (Mark 3:13-19)
 Then he went up into the hill country and summoned to himself those he wanted, and they came to him.
 He appointed twelve to be with him, to be sent out to preach and to have authority to expel demons:
 Shim‘on, to whom he gave another name, “Kefa”;  Ya‘akov Ben-Zavdai and Yochanan, Ya‘akov’s brother — to them he gave the name “B’nei-Regesh” (that is, “Thunderers”);
 Andrew, Philip, Bar-Talmai, Mattityahu, T’oma, Ya‘akov Ben-Halfai, Taddai, Shim‘on the Zealot,  and Y’hudah from K’riot, the one who betrayed him. Then he entered a house;