Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17)
 This Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, a cohen of God Ha‘Elyon, met Avraham on his way back from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him;  also Avraham gave him a tenth of everything.
Now first of all, by translation of his name, he is “king of righteousness”; and then he is also king of Shalem, which means “king of peace.”
 There is no record of his father, mother, ancestry, birth or death; rather, like the Son of God, he continues as a cohen for all time.
 It becomes even clearer if a “different kind of cohen,” one like Malki-Tzedek, arises,  one who became a cohen not by virtue of a rule in the Torah concerning physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life.
 For it is stated, “You are a cohen FOREVER, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.”
Gospel (Mark 3:1-6)
 Yeshua went again into a synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.  Looking for a reason to accuse him of something, people watched him carefully to see if he would heal him on Shabbat.
 He said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Come up where we can see you!”  Then to them he said, “What is permitted on Shabbat? Doing good or doing evil? Saving life or killing?” But they said nothing.
 Then, looking them over and feeling both anger with them and sympathy for them at the stoniness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” As he held it out, it became restored.
 The P’rushim went out and immediately began plotting with some members of Herod’s party how to do away with him.