Friday, January 15, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 4:1-5, 11)
[41 Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering his rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it;  for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them.
But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust.  For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest. It is just as he said, “And in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.”
He swore this even though his works have been in existence since the founding of the universe.  For there is a place where it is said, concerning the seventh day, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
 And once more, our present text says, “They will not enter my rest.”  Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience.
Gospel (Mark 2: 1-12)
 After a while, Yeshua returned to K’far-Nachum. The word spread that he was back,  and so many people gathered around the house that there was no longer any room, not even in front of the door.
While he was preaching the message to them,  four men came to him carrying a paralyzed man.  They could not get near Yeshua because of the crowd, so they stripped the roof over the place where he was, made an opening, and lowered the stretcher with the paralytic lying on it.
 Seeing their trust, Yeshua said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Some Torah-teachers sitting there thought to themselves,  “How can this fellow say such a thing? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins except God?”
 But immediately Yeshua, perceiving in his spirit what they were thinking, said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?  Which is easier to say to the paralyzed man? ‘Your sins are forgiven’? or ‘Get up, pick up your stretcher and walk’?
 But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralytic,  “I say to you: get up, pick up your stretcher and go home!”
 In front of everyone the man got up, picked up his stretcher at once and left. They were all utterly amazed and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”