Friday, April 30, 2021
Reading (Acts 13:26-33)
 “Brothers! — sons of Avraham and those among you who are ‘God-fearers’! It is to us that the message of this deliverance has been sent!
 For the people living in Yerushalayim and their leaders did not recognize who Yeshua was or understand the message of the Prophets read every Shabbat, so they fulfilled that message by condemning him.
 They could not find any legitimate ground for a death sentence; nevertheless they asked Pilate to have him executed;  and when they had carried out all the things written about him, he was taken down from the stake and placed in a tomb.
 “But God raised him from the dead!  He appeared for many days to those who had come up with him from the Galil to Yerushalayim; and they are now his witnesses to the people.
 “As for us, we are bringing you the Good News that what God promised to the fathers,  he has fulfilled for us the children in raising up Yeshua, as indeed it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.’
Gospel (John 14:1-6)
 “Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in God and trust in me.  In my Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare a place for you.
 Since I am going and preparing a place for you, I will return to take you with me; so that where I am, you may be also.  Furthermore, you know where I’m going; and you know the way there.”
 T’oma said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?”  Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Reading (Acts 13:13-25)
 Having set sail from Paphos, Sha’ul and his companions arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. There Yochanan left them and returned to Yerushalayim,  but the others went on from Perga to Pisidian Antioch, and on Shabbat they went into the synagogue and sat down.
 After the reading from the Torah and from the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent them a message, “Brothers, if any of you has a word of exhortation for the people, speak!”  So Sha’ul stood, motioned with his hand, and said: “Men of Isra’el and God-fearers, listen!
 The God of this people Isra’el chose our fathers. He made the people great during the time when they were living as aliens in Egypt and with a stretched-out arm he led them out of that land.
 For some forty yearshe took care of them in the desert,  and after he had destroyed seven nationsin the land of Kena‘an he gave their land to his people as an inheritance.
 All this took about 450 years. After that, he gave them judges,down to the prophet Sh’mu’el.  Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Sha’ul Ben-Kish, a man from the tribe of Binyamin.
After forty years,  God removed him and raised up David as king for them, making his approval known with these words, ‘I found David Ben-Yishai to be a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want.’
 “In keeping with his promise, God has brought to Isra’el from this man’s descendants a deliverer, Yeshua.  Now before the coming of Yeshua, Yochanan proclaimed to all the people of Isra’el an immersion in connection with turning to God from sin.
 But as Yochanan was ending his work, he said, ‘Who do you suppose I am? Well — I’m not! But after me is coming someone, the sandals of whose feet I am unworthy to untie.’
Gospel (John 13:16-20)
 Yes, indeed! I tell you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is an emissary greater than the one who sent him.  If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
 “I’m not talking to all of you — I know which ones I have chosen. But the words of the Tanakh must be fulfilled that say, ‘The one eating my bread has turned against me.’
 I’m telling you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you may believe that I AM [who I say I am].  Yes, indeed! I tell you that a person who receives someone I send receives me, and that anyone who receives me receives the One who sent me.”
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Reading (Acts 12:24-25; 13:1-5)
 But the word of the Lord went on growing and being multiplied.  Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul, having completed their errand, returned from Yerushalayim, bringing with them Yochanan, surnamed Mark.
[31:1] In the Antioch congregation were prophets and teachers — Bar-Nabba, Shim‘on (known as “the Black”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Menachem (who had been brought up with Herod the governor) and Sha’ul.
 One time when they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Ruach HaKodesh said to them, “Set aside for me Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul for the work to which I have called them.”  After fasting and praying, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
 So these two, after they had been sent out by the Ruach HaKodesh, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus.  After landing in Salamis, they began proclaiming the word of God in the synagogues, with Yochanan (Mark) as an assistant;
Gospel (John 12:44-50)
 Yeshua declared publicly, “Those who put their trust in me are trusting not merely in me, but in the One who sent me.  Also those who see me see the One who sent me.  I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who trusts in me might not remain in the dark.
 If anyone hears what I am saying and does not observe it, I don’t judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.  Those who reject me and don’t accept what I say have a judge — the word which I have spoken will judge them on the Last Day.
 For I have not spoken on my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it.  And I know that his command is eternal life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told me to say.”
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Reading (Acts 11:19-26)
 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution which had arisen over Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch; they spoke God’s word, but only to Jews.
 However, some of these, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, when they arrived at Antioch, began speaking to the Greeks too, proclaiming the Good News of the Lord Yeshua.  The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number of people trusted and turned to the Lord.
 News of this reached the ears of the Messianic community in Yerushalayim, and they sent Bar-Nabba to Antioch.  On arriving and seeing for himself the grace of God at work, he was glad; and he encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with their whole hearts; for he was a good man, full of the Ruach HaKodesh and trust.
 Then Bar-Nabba went off to Tarsus to look for Sha’ul;  and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. They met with the congregation there for a whole year and taught a sizeable crowd. Also it was in Antioch that the talmidim for the first time were called “Messianic.”
Gospel (John 10:22-30)
 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter,  and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade.  So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense?
If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!”  Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf,  but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep.
 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me,  and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands.
 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands.  I and the Father are one.”
Monday, April 26, 2021
Reading (Acts 11:1-18)
 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God;  but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him,  saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!”
 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened:  “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me.
 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds.  Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’  I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’
 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’  This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into heaven.
 “At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where I was staying;  and the Spirit told me to have no misgivings about going back with them.
These six brothers also came with me, and we went into the man’s house.  He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Yafo and bring back Shim‘on, known as Kefa.
 He has a message for you which will enable you and your whole household to be saved.’  “But I had hardly begun speaking when the Ruach HaKodesh fell on them, just as on us at the beginning!
 And I remembered that the Lord had said, ‘Yochanan used to immerse people in water, but you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh.’  Therefore, if God gave them the same gift as he gave us after we had come to put our trust in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who was I to stand in God’s way?”
 On hearing these things, they stopped objecting and began to praise God, saying, “This means that God has enabled the Goyim as well to do t’shuvah and have life!”
Gospel (John 10:1-10)
 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.  But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd.
 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out.  After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.
 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”  Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about.
 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep.  All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them.
 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
First Reading (Acts 4:7-12)
 They had the emissaries stand before them and asked, “By what power or in what name did you do this?”  Then Kefa, filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people!
 If we are being examined today about a good deed done for a disabled person, if you want to know how he was restored to health,  then let it be known to you and to all the people of Isra’el that it is in the name of the Messiah, Yeshua from Natzeret, whom you had executed on a stake as a criminal but whom God has raised from the dead, that this man stands before you perfectly healed.
 “This Yeshua is the stone rejected by you builders which has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!”
Second Reading (1 John 3:1-2)
 See what love the Father has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children! For that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it has not known him.
 Dear friends, we are God’s children now; and it has not yet been made clear what we will become. We do know that when he appears, we will be like him; because we will see him as he really is.
Gospel (John 10:11-18)
 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away.
Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them.  The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me —  just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep.
 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.  “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again!
 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Reading (Acts 9:31-42)
 Then the Messianic community throughout Y’hudah, the Galil and Shomron enjoyed peace and was built up. They lived in the fear of the Lord, with the counsel of the Ruach HaKodesh; and their numbers kept multiplying.
 As Kefa traveled around the countryside, he came down to the believers in Lud.  There he found a man named Aeneas who had lain bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed.  Kefa said to him, “Aeneas! Yeshua the Messiah is healing you! Get up, and make your bed!”
 Everyone living in Lud and the Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now in Yafo there was a talmidah named Tavita (which means “gazelle”); she was always doing tzedakah and other good deeds.
 It happened that just at that time, she took sick and died. After washing her, they laid her in a room upstairs.  Lud is near Yafo, and the talmidim had heard that Kefa was there, so they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come to us without delay.”
 Kefa got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him into the upstairs room. All the widows stood by him, sobbing and showing all the dresses and coats Tavita had made them while she was still with them.
 But Kefa put them all outside, kneeled down and prayed. Then, turning to the body, he said, “Tavita! Get up!” She opened her eyes; and on seeing Kefa, she sat up.
 He offered her his hand and helped her to her feet; then, calling the believers and the widows, he presented her to them alive.  This became known all over Yafo, and many people put their trust in the Lord.
Gospel (John 6.53, 60-69)
 Then Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.  On hearing it, many of his talmidim said, “This is a hard word — who can bear to listen to it?”
 But Yeshua, aware that his talmidim were grumbling about this, said to them, “This is a trap for you?  Suppose you were to see the Son of Man going back up to where he was before?  It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life,  yet some among you do not trust.” (For Yeshua knew from the outset which ones would not trust him, also which one would betray him.)
 “This,” he said, “is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has made it possible for him.”  From this time on, many of his talmidim turned back and no longer traveled around with him.
 So Yeshua said to the Twelve, “Don’t you want to leave too?”  Shim‘on Kefa answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the word of eternal life.  We have trusted, and we know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Friday, April 23, 2021
Reading (Acts 9:1-20)
 Meanwhile, Sha’ul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord’s talmidim, went to the cohen hagadol  and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Dammesek, authorizing him to arrest any people he might find, whether men or women, who belonged to “the Way,” and bring them back to Yerushalayim.
 He was on the road and nearing Dammesek, when suddenly a light from heaven flashed all around him.  Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?”
 “Sir, who are you?” he asked. “I am Yeshua, and you are persecuting me.  But get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.”  The men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
 They helped Sha’ul get up off the ground; but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing. So, leading him by the hand, they brought him into Dammesek.  For three days he remained unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.
 There was a talmid in Dammesek, Hananyah by name; and in a vision the Lord said to him, “Hananyah!” He said, “Here I am, Lord.”  The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to Straight Street, to Y’hudah’s house; and ask for a man from Tarsus named Sha’ul; for he is praying,  and in a vision he has seen a man named Hananyah coming in and placing his hands on him to restore his sight.”
 But Hananyah answered, “Lord, many have told me about this man, how much harm he has done to your people in Yerushalayim;  and here he has a warrant from the head cohanim to arrest everyone who calls on your name.”
 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the Goyim, even to their kings, and to the sons of Isra’el as well.  For I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer on account of my name.”
 So Hananyah left and went into the house. Placing his hands on him, he said, “Brother Sha’ul, the Lord — Yeshua, the one who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here — has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.”
 In that moment, something like scales fell away from Sha’ul’s eyes; and he could see again. He got up and was immersed;  then he ate some food and regained his strength. Sha’ul spent some days with the talmidim in Dammesek,  and immediately he began proclaiming in the synagogues that Yeshua is the Son of God.
Gospel (John 6:52-59)
 At this, the Judeans disputed with one another, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  Then Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life — that is, I will raise him up on the Last Day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in him.
 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live through the Father, so also whoever eats me will live through me.  So this is the bread that has come down from heaven — it is not like the bread the fathers ate; they’re dead, but whoever eats this bread will live forever!”
 He said these things as he was teaching in a synagogue in K’far-Nachum.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Reading (Acts 8:26-40)
 An angel of Adonai said to Philip, “Get up, and go southward on the road that goes down from Yerushalayim to ‘Azah, the desert road.”  So he got up and went. On his way, he caught sight of an Ethiopian, a eunuch who was minister in charge of all the treasure of the Kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia.
He had been to Yerushalayim to worship;  and now, as he was returning home, he was sitting in his chariot, reading the prophet Yesha‘yahu.  The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot, and stay close to it.”
 As Philip ran up, he heard the Ethiopian reading from Yesha‘yahu the prophet. “Do you understand what you’re reading?” he asked.  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit with him.
 Now the portion of the Tanakh that he was reading was this: “He was like a sheep led to be slaughtered; like a lamb silent before the shearer, he does not open his mouth.  He was humiliated and denied justice. Who will tell about his descendants, since his life has been taken from the earth?”
 The eunuch said to Philip, “Here’s my question to you — is the prophet talking about himself or someone else?”  Then Philip started to speak — beginning with that passage, he went on to tell him the Good News about Yeshua.
 As they were going down the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Here’s some water! Is there any reason why I shouldn’t be immersed?”[37 & 38]He ordered the chariot to stop; then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip immersed him.
 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch saw no more of him, because he continued on his way — full of joy.  But Philip showed up at Ashdod and continued proclaiming the Good News as he went through all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Gospel (John 6:44-51)
 No one can come to me unless the Father — the One who sent me — draws him. And I will raise him up on the Last Day.  It is written in the Prophets, ‘They will all be taught by Adonai.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God — he has seen the Father.  Yes, indeed! I tell you, whoever trusts has eternal life:  I am the bread which is life.  Your fathers ate the man in the desert; they died.
 But the bread that comes down from heaven is such that a person may eat it and not die.  I am the living bread that has come down from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. Furthermore, the bread that I will give is my own flesh; and I will give it for the life of the world.”
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Reading (Acts 8:1-8)
 and Sha’ul gave his approval to his murder. Starting with that day, there arose intense persecution against the Messianic Community in Yerushalayim; all but the emissaries were scattered throughout the regions of Y’hudah and Shomron.
 Some godly men buried Stephen and mourned him deeply.  But Sha’ul set out to destroy the Messianic Community — entering house after house, he dragged off both men and women and handed them over to be put in prison.
 However, those who were scattered announced the Good News of the Word wherever they went.  Now Philip went down to a city in Shomron and was proclaiming the Messiah to them;  and the crowds were paying close attention to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the miraculous signs he was doing.
 For many people were having unclean spirits driven out of them, shrieking; also many paralytics and crippled persons were being healed; 8 so that there was great joy in that city.
Gospel (John 6:35-40)
 Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.  I told you that you have seen but still don’t trust.
 Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will certainly not turn away.  For I have come down from heaven to do not my own will but the will of the One who sent me.
 And this is the will of the One who sent me: that I should not lose any of all those he has given me but should raise them up on the Last Day.  Yes, this is the will of my Father: that all who see the Son and trust in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise them up on the Last Day.”