Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 6:10-20)
 For God is not so unfair as to forget your work and the love you showed for him in your past service to his people — and in your present service too.
However, we want each one of you to keep showing the same diligence right up to the end, when your hope will be realized;  so that you will not become sluggish, but will be imitators of those who by their trust and patience are receiving what has been promised.
 For when God made his promise to Avraham, he swore an oath to do what he had promised; and since there was no one greater than himself for him to swear by, he swore by himself and said, “I will certainly bless you, and I will certainly give you many descendants”; and so, after waiting patiently, Avraham saw the promise fulfilled.
 Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute.
 Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of his intentions to those who were to receive what he had promised, he added an oath to the promise;  so that through two unchangeable things, in neither of which God could lie, we, who have fled to take a firm hold on the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged.
 We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the parokhet,  where a forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, Yeshua, who has become a cohen gadol forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.
Gospel (Mark 2: 23-28)
 One Shabbat Yeshua was passing through some wheat fields; and as they went along, his talmidim began picking heads of grain.  The P’rushim said to him, “Look! Why are they violating Shabbat?”
 He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he and those with him were hungry and needed food?
 He entered the House of God when Evyatar was cohen gadol and ate the Bread of the Presence,” — which is forbidden for anyone to eat but the cohanim — “and even gave some to his companions.”
 Then he said to them, “Shabbat was made for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat; So the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat.”