Saturday, April 17, 2021
Fourteenth Day of Zadeeg
I Peter 1:13-25
 On a sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands.
 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?”
 And Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?”
 And he said to them, “The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.”
 On another sabbath, when he entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered.
 And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him.
 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there.
 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?”
 And he looked around on them all, and said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored.
 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
 Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him.
 And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting;
 but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
 Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Anani’as. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Anani’as.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying,
 and he has seen a man named Anani’as come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
 But Anani’as answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem;
 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy name.”
 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
 for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
 So Anani’as departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized,
 and took food and was strengthened.
For several days he was with the disciples at Damascus.
 And in the synagogues immediately he proclaimed Jesus, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
 And all who heard him were amazed, and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name? And he has come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests.”
 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
I Peter 1:13-25
 Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
 but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;
 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
 And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.
 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
 He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.
 Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart.
 You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
 for “All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
 but the word of the Lord abides for ever.”
That word is the good news which was preached to you.
 After this he went down to Caper’na-um, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days.
 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume me.”
 The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”
 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
 But he spoke of the temple of his body.
 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
 Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
 “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.
 “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
 Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.
 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
 “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’
 “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”
 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;
 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”
 As he entered Caper’na-um, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him
 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.”
 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
 But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.”
 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.
 I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.”
 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever;
 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him.
 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.
 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
 And the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”
 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him:
 how he entered the house of God, when Abi’athar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”
 And he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath;
 so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.”
 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
 And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.”
 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.
 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
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