Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Reading (Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10)

[5] Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. [6]Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart.

[7] Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.”

[8] But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai. [7:1] Adonai said to Noach, “Come into the ark, you and all your household; for I have seen that you alone in this generation are righteous before me.

[2]Of every clean animal you are to take seven couples, and of the animals that are not clean, one couple; [3] also of the birds in the air take seven couples — in order to preserve their species throughout the earth.

[4] For in seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; I will wipe out every living thing that I have made from the face of the earth.” [5] Noach did all that Adonai ordered him to do. [10] After seven days the water flooded the earth.

Gospel (Mark 8:14-21)

[14] Now the talmidim had forgotten to bring bread and had with them in the boat only one loaf. [15] So when Yeshua said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim and the hametz of Herod,” [16] they thought he had said it because they had no bread.

[17] But, aware of this, he said, “Why are you talking with each other about having no bread? Don’t you see or understand yet? Have your hearts been made like stone? [18] You have eyes — don’t you see?

You have ears — don’t you hear? And don’t you remember? [19] When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Twelve,” they answered him.

[20]“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Seven,” they answered. [21] He said to them, “And you still don’t understand?”

Monday, February 15, 2021

Reading (Genesis 4:1-15, 25)

[1] The man had sexual relations with Havah his wife; she conceived, gave birth to Kayin [acquisition] and said, “I have acquired a man from Adonai.” [2] In addition she gave birth to his brother Hevel. Hevel kept sheep, while Kayin worked the soil.

[3] In the course of time Kayin brought an offering to Adonai from the produce of the soil; [4] and Hevel too brought from the firstborn of his sheep, including their fat. Adonai accepted Hevel and his offering [5] but did not accept Kayin and his offering.

Kayin was very angry, and his face fell. [6] Adonai said to Kayin, “Why are you angry? Why so downcast? [7] If you are doing what is good, shouldn’t you hold your head high? And if you don’t do what is good, sin is crouching at the door — it wants you, but you can rule over it.”

[8] Kayin had words with Hevel his brother; then one time, when they were in the field, Kayin turned on Hevel his brother and killed him. [9] Adonai said to Kayin, “Where is Hevel your brother?” And he replied, “I don’t know; am I my brother’s guardian?”

[10] He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! [11] Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands.

[12] When you farm the ground it will no longer yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive, wandering the earth.” [13] Kayin said to Adonai, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. [14] You are banning me today from the land and from your presence.

I will be a fugitive wandering the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” [15]Adonai answered him, “Therefore, whoever kills Kayin will receive vengeance sevenfold,” and Adonai put a sign on Kayin, so that no one who found him would kill him.

[25] Adam again had sexual relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Shet [granted], “For God has granted me another seed in place of Hevel, since Kayin killed him.”

Gospel (Mark 8:11-13)

[11] The P’rushim came and began arguing with him; they wanted him to give them a sign from Heaven, because they were out to trap him. [12] With a sigh that came straight from his heart, he said, “Why does this generation want a sign?

Yes! I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation!” [13] With that, he left them, got into the boat again and went off to the other side of the lake.

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