Thursday, April 15, 2021
Twelfth Day of Zadeeg
 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
 And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;
 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
 And when he saw their faith he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?”
 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?
 Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, `Rise and walk’?
 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the man who was paralyzed — “I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.”
 And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.
 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”
 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Sama’ria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
 for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
 saying, “Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
 But Peter said to him, “Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.
 Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.
 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.
 Eli’jah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
 Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.
 My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back,
 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
 Now Philip was from Beth-sa’ida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
 Philip found Nathan’a-el, and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
 Nathan’a-el said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
 Jesus saw Nathan’a-el coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”
 Nathan’a-el said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
 Nathan’a-el answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.”
 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
 “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread;
 And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal,
 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 And when he returned to Caper’na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.
 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.
 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
 “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts?
 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?
 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the paralytic —
 “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”
 And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
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