Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Harvest is a time of high motivation, a time when all the efforts of an entire year come to fruition. How can someone sleep if the grain is standing ready and a storm is coming that can ruin it? If people sleep, they are wasting the blood, sweat, and tears of all the laborers before them. They are turning their backs on the financial rewards the harvest will bring at the market. They are wasting their day of opportunity.

Jesus spoke of those who receive the Word but are distracted by lives of ease and pleasure. Although the harvest is ripe, they are busy pursuing the things of this world. He reminded us that others, however, would be wise sons or daughters who would gather thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundredfold in the day of harvest (Mark 4:20).

We are now in the period of the greatest spiritual harvest the world has ever seen. Hundreds of thousands of new Christians are being saved every day. Lay aside your sleep and wake up! Your summer of harvest may never happen again this side of eternity.

Leviticus 7:28-9:6

The Priests’ Share

28 The Lord said to Moses,29 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who brings a fellowship offering to the Lord is to bring part of it as their sacrifice to the Lord.30 With their own hands they are to present the food offering to the Lord; they are to bring the fat, together with the breast, and wave the breast before the Lord as a wave offering.S Ex 29:2431 The priest shall burn the fat on the altar,S Ex 29:13 but the breast belongs to Aaron and his sons.S Ex 29:2732 You are to give the right thigh of your fellowship offerings to the priest as a contribution.Ex 29:27; Lev 10:14, 15; Nu 5:9; 6:20; 18:1833 The son of Aaron who offers the blood and the fat of the fellowship offering shall have the right thigh as his share.34 From the fellowship offerings of the Israelites, I have taken the breast that is waved and the thighEx 29:22; Lev 10:15; Nu 6:20; 1Sa 9:24 that is presented and have given them to Aaron the priest and his sonsS Ex 29:27 as their perpetual share from the Israelites.’”

35 This is the portion of the food offerings presented to the Lord that were allotted to Aaron and his sons on the day they were presented to serve the Lord as priests.36 On the day they were anointed,Lev 8:12, 30 the Lord commanded that the Israelites give this to them as their perpetual share for the generations to come.

37 These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering,Lev 6:9 the grain offering,Lev 6:14 the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offeringS Ex 29:31 and the fellowship offering,38 which the Lord gave MosesLev 26:46; Nu 36:13; Dt 4:5; 29:1 at Mount SinaiS Ex 19:11 in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord.S Lev 1:2

The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons8:1-36pp — Ex 29:1-37

The Lord said to Moses,“Bring Aaron and his sons,S Ex 28:1; S Lev 1:5 their garments,Ex 28:2, 4, 43; S 39:27 the anointing oil,Ex 30:23-25, 30 the bull for the sin offering,Or purification offering; also in verse 14S Ex 30:10 the two ramsver 18, 22 and the basket containing bread made without yeast,Ex 29:2-3and gather the entire assemblyNu 8:9 at the entrance to the tent of meeting.”Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the assembly gathered at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

Moses said to the assembly, “This is what the Lord has commanded to be done.Ex 29:1Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water.S Ex 29:4; S 30:19; S Ac 22:16He put the tunic on Aaron, tied the sash around him, clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him. He also fastened the ephod with a decorative waistband, which he tied around him.Ex 28:4He placed the breastpieceS Ex 25:7 on him and put the Urim and ThummimS Ex 28:30 in the breastpiece.Then he placed the turbanS Ex 39:28 on Aaron’s head and set the gold plate, the sacred emblem,S Ex 28:36 on the front of it, as the Lord commanded Moses.S Ex 28:2; Lev 21:10

10 Then Moses took the anointing oilver 2 and anointedS Ex 30:26 the tabernacleS Ex 26:1 and everything in it, and so consecrated them.11 He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times, anointing the altar and all its utensils and the basin with its stand, to consecrate them.S Ex 30:2912 He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointedS Lev 7:36 him to consecrate him.S Ex 30:3013 Then he brought Aaron’s sonsS Ex 28:40 forward, put tunicsS Ex 28:4, 39; 39:27 on them, tied sashes around them and fastened caps on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.Lev 21:10

14 He then presented the bullS Lev 4:3 for the sin offering,S Ex 30:10 and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.S Lev 4:1515 Moses slaughtered the bull and took some of the blood,S Lev 4:18 and with his finger he put it on all the horns of the altarS Lev 4:7 to purify the altar.Heb 9:22 He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. So he consecrated it to make atonement for it.Eze 43:2016 Moses also took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and both kidneys and their fat, and burned it on the altar.17 But the bull with its hide and its flesh and its intestinesS Lev 4:11 he burned up outside the camp,S Lev 4:12 as the Lord commanded Moses.

18 He then presented the ramS ver 2 for the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.19 Then Moses slaughtered the ram and splashed the blood against the sides of the altar.20 He cut the ram into pieces and burned the head, the pieces and the fat.S Lev 1:821 He washed the internal organs and the legs with water and burned the whole ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 He then presented the other ram, the ram for the ordination,S ver 2 and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.S Lev 4:1523 Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.Lev 14:14, 2524 Moses also brought Aaron’s sons forward and put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. Then he splashed blood against the sides of the altar.Heb 9:18-2225 After that, he took the fatLev 3:3-5, the fat tail, all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, both kidneys and their fat and the right thigh.26 And from the basket of bread made without yeast, which was before the Lord, he took one thick loaf, one thick loaf with olive oil mixed in, and one thin loaf,S Lev 2:4 and he put these on the fat portions and on the right thigh.27 He put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons, and they waved them before the LordNu 5:25 as a wave offering.28 Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering as an ordination offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord.29 Moses also took the breast, which was his share of the ordination ram,Lev 7:31-34 and waved it before the Lord as a wave offering, as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 Then MosesS Ex 28:1 took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garmentsS Ex 28:2 and on his sons and their garments. So he consecratedS Lev 7:36 Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments.

31 Moses then said to Aaron and his sons, “Cook the meat at the entrance to the tent of meetingS Lev 6:16 and eat it there with the bread from the basket of ordination offerings, as I was commanded: ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it.’32 Then burn up the rest of the meat and the bread.33 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days.Lev 14:8; 15:13, 28; Nu 19:11; Eze 43:2534 What has been done today was commanded by the LordHeb 7:16 to make atonement for you.35 You must stay at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and do what the Lord requires,Lev 18:30; 22:9; Nu 3:7; 9:19; Dt 11:1; 1Ki 2:3; Eze 48:11; Zec 3:7 so you will not die; for that is what I have been commanded.”

36 So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord commanded through Moses.

The Priests Begin Their Ministry

On the eighth dayEze 43:27 Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the eldersS Lev 4:15 of Israel.He said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for your sin offeringOr purification offering; here and throughout this chapter and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord.Then say to the Israelites: ‘Take a male goatS Lev 4:3 for a sin offering,ver 15; Lev 10:16 a calfver 8 and a lambS Lev 4:32—both a year old and without defect—for a burnt offering,and an oxThe Hebrew word can refer to either male or female; also in verses 18 and 19.Lev 4:10 and a ram for a fellowship offeringS Ex 32:6 to sacrifice before the Lord, together with a grain offering mixed with olive oil. For today the Lord will appear to you.Ex 29:43’”

They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord.Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the LordS Ex 16:7 may appear to you.”

A Portion for the Priests

28 Then the Lord said to Moses,29 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present a peace offering to the Lord, bring part of it as a gift to the Lord.30 Present it to the Lord with your own hands as a special gift to the Lord. Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and lift up the breast as a special offering to the Lord.31 Then the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his descendants.32 Give the right thigh of your peace offering to the priest as a gift.33 The right thigh must always be given to the priest who offers the blood and the fat of the peace offering.34 For I have reserved the breast of the special offering and the right thigh of the sacred offering for the priests. It is the permanent right of Aaron and his descendants to share in the peace offerings brought by the people of Israel.35 This is their rightful share. The special gifts presented to the Lord have been reserved for Aaron and his descendants from the time they were set apart to serve the Lord as priests.36 On the day they were anointed, the Lord commanded the Israelites to give these portions to the priests as their permanent share from generation to generation.”

37 These are the instructions for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, as well as the ordination offering and the peace offering.38 The Lord gave these instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai when he commanded the Israelites to present their offerings to the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai.

Ordination of the Priests

Then the Lord said to Moses,“Bring Aaron and his sons, along with their sacred garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of bread made without yeast,and call the entire community of Israel together at the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 8:4, 31, 33, 35.

So Moses followed the Lord’s instructions, and the whole community assembled at the Tabernacle entrance.Moses announced to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded us to do!”Then he presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.He put the official tunic on Aaron and tied the sash around his waist. He dressed him in the robe, placed the ephod on him, and attached the ephod securely with its decorative sash.Then Moses placed the chestpiece on Aaron and put the Urim and the Thummim inside it.He placed the turban on Aaron’s head and attached the gold medallion—the badge of holiness—to the front of the turban, just as the Lord had commanded him.

10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and everything in it, making them holy.11 He sprinkled the oil on the altar seven times, anointing it and all its utensils, as well as the washbasin and its stand, making them holy.12 Then he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head, anointing him and making him holy for his work.13 Next Moses presented Aaron’s sons. He clothed them in their tunics, tied their sashes around them, and put their special head coverings on them, just as the Lord had commanded him.

14 Then Moses presented the bull for the sin offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the bull’s head,15 and Moses slaughtered it. Moses took some of the blood, and with his finger he put it on the four horns of the altar to purify it. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. Through this process, he made the altar holy by purifying it.Or by making atonement for it; or that offerings for purification might be made on it.16 Then Moses took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, and he burned it all on the altar.17 He took the rest of the bull, including its hide, meat, and dung, and burned it on a fire outside the camp, just as the Lord had commanded him.

18 Then Moses presented the ram for the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram’s head,19 and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took the ram’s blood and splattered it against all sides of the altar.20 Then he cut the ram into pieces, and he burned the head, some of its pieces, and the fat on the altar.21 After washing the internal organs and the legs with water, Moses burned the entire ram on the altar as a burnt offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded him.

22 Then Moses presented the other ram, which was the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram’s head,23 and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took some of its blood and applied it to the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and the big toe of his right foot.24 Next Moses presented Aaron’s sons and applied some of the blood to the lobes of their right ears, the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet. He then splattered the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.

25 Next Moses took the fat, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat around them, along with the right thigh.26 On top of these he placed a thin cake of bread made without yeast, a cake of bread mixed with olive oil, and a wafer spread with olive oil. All these were taken from the basket of bread made without yeast that was placed in the Lord’s presence.27 He put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons, and he lifted these gifts as a special offering to the Lord.28 Moses then took all the offerings back from them and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering. This was the ordination offering. It was a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the Lord.29 Then Moses took the breast and lifted it up as a special offering to the Lord. This was Moses’ portion of the ram of ordination, just as the Lord had commanded him.

30 Next Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, and he sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. In this way, he made Aaron and his sons and their garments holy.

31 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Boil the remaining meat of the offerings at the Tabernacle entrance, and eat it there, along with the bread that is in the basket of offerings for the ordination, just as I commanded when I said, ‘Aaron and his sons will eat it.’32 Any meat or bread that is left over must then be burned up.33 You must not leave the Tabernacle entrance for seven days, for that is when the ordination ceremony will be completed.34 Everything we have done today was commanded by the Lord in order to purify you, making you right with him.Or to make atonement for you.35 Now stay at the entrance of the Tabernacle day and night for seven days, and do everything the Lord requires. If you fail to do this, you will die, for this is what the Lord has commanded.”36 So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord had commanded through Moses.

The Priests Begin Their Work

After the ordination ceremony, on the eighth day, Moses called together Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.He said to Aaron, “Take a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defects, and present them to the Lord.Then tell the Israelites, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and take a calf and a lamb, both a year old and without defects, for a burnt offering.Also take a bullOr cow; also in 9:18, 19. and a ram for a peace offering and flour moistened with olive oil for a grain offering. Present all these offerings to the Lord because the Lord will appear to you today.’”

So the people presented all these things at the entrance of the Tabernacle,Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 9:23. just as Moses had commanded. Then the whole community came forward and stood before the Lord.And Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”

28 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

29 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the Lord shall bring his oblation unto the Lord of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.

30 His own hands shall bring the offerings of the Lord made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the Lord.

31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron's and his sons'.

32 And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

33 He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

34 For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

35 This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the Lord made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the Lord in the priest's office;

36 Which the Lord commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations.

37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;

38 Which the Lord commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread;

And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And Moses did as the Lord commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the Lord commanded to be done.

And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.

And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.

And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim.

And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the Lord commanded Moses.

10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.

11 And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.

12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

13 And Moses brought Aaron's sons, and put coats upon them, and girded them with girdles, and put bonnets upon them; as the Lord commanded Moses.

14 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering.

15 And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.

16 And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar.

17 But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the Lord commanded Moses.

18 And he brought the ram for the burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.

19 And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.

20 And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat.

21 And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savour, and an offering made by fire unto the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.

23 And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.

24 And he brought Aaron's sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.

25 And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and the right shoulder:

26 And out of the basket of unleavened bread, that was before the Lord, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat, and upon the right shoulder:

27 And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the Lord.

28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

29 And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord: for of the ram of consecration it was Moses' part; as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons' garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.

31 And Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, Boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and there eat it with the bread that is in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded, saying, Aaron and his sons shall eat it.

32 And that which remaineth of the flesh and of the bread shall ye burn with fire.

33 And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

34 As he hath done this day, so the Lord hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.

35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the Lord, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.

36 So Aaron and his sons did all things which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.

And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;

And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering;

Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the Lord will appear unto you.

And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the Lord.

And Moses said, This is the thing which the Lord commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you.

Mark 3:31-4:25

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived.ver 21 Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower4:1-12pp — Mt 13:1-15; Lk 8:4-104:13-20pp — Mt 13:18-23; Lk 8:11-15

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake.Mk 2:13; 3:7 The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.He taught them many things by parables,ver 11; Mk 3:23 and in his teaching said:“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.ver 26As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”Jn 15:5; Col 1:6

Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”ver 23; S Mt 11:15

10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 has been given to you. But to those on the outside1Co 5:12, 13; Col 4:5; 1Th 4:12; 1Ti 3:7 everything is said in parables12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,

and ever hearing but never understanding;

otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’Isaiah 6:9,10Isa 6:9, 10; S Mt 13:13-15

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?14 The farmer sows the word.Mk 16:20; Lk 1:2; Ac 4:31; 8:4; 16:6; 17:11; Php 1:1415 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, SatanS Mt 4:10 comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealthMt 19:23; 1Ti 6:9, 10, 17; 1Jn 2:15-17 and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

A Lamp on a Stand

21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?S Mt 5:1522 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.Jer 16:17; Mt 10:26; Lk 8:17; 12:223 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”ver 9; S Mt 11:15

24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.S Mt 7:225 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”S Mt 25:29

The True Family of Jesus

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them.32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothersSome manuscripts add and sisters. are outside asking for you.”

33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

Once again Jesus began teaching by the lakeshore. A very large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat in the boat while all the people remained on the shore.He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain.Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

10 Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant.

11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secretGreek mystery. of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,12 so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

‘When they see what I do,

they will learn nothing.

When they hear what I say,

they will not understand.

Otherwise, they will turn to me

and be forgiven.’Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).

13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Parable of the Lamp

21 Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.22 For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.23 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be givenOr The measure you give will be the measure you get back.—and you will receive even more.25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.

32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.

And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

14 The sower soweth the word.

15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?

22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked plotPs 2:1; 31:13 against the righteous

and gnash their teethS Job 16:9; Ps 35:16; 112:10 at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,

for he knows their day is coming.1Sa 26:10; Eze 12:23

14 The wicked draw the swordS Ps 22:20

and bend the bowPs 11:2

to bring down the poor and needy,S Ps 35:10

to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,S Ps 9:16

and their bows will be broken.S 1Sa 2:4; Ps 46:9; Jer 49:35

16 Better the little that the righteous have

than the wealthPr 15:16; 16:8 of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,Job 38:15; Ps 10:15

but the Lord upholdsPs 41:12; 140:12; 145:14; 146:7 the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,S Job 23:10; Ps 44:21

and their inheritance will endure forever.ver 27, 29

19 In times of disaster they will not wither;

in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:S Ps 34:21

Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,

they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.Ps 68:2; 102:3; Isa 51:6

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,

but the righteous give generously;S Lev 25:35; Ps 112:5

22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,

but those he cursesS Job 5:3 will be destroyed.ver 9

23 The Lord makes firm the stepsS Job 11:15; S Ps 7:9; 66:9

of the one who delightsS Nu 14:8; Ps 147:11 in him;

24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,S Ps 13:4; 27:2; 38:17; 55:22; 119:165; Pr 3:23; 10:9

for the Lord upholds2Ch 9:8; Ps 41:12; 145:14 him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,

yet I have never seen the righteous forsakenver 28; S Ge 15:1; Heb 13:5

or their children beggingPs 111:5; 145:15; Mk 10:46 bread.

26 They are always generous and lend freely;S Lev 25:35

their children will be a blessing.Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessedDt 28:4; Ps 112:2

27 Turn from evil and do good;Ps 34:14; 3Jn 1:11

then you will dwell in the land forever.S Nu 24:21

28 For the Lord loves the just

and will not forsake his faithful ones.S Dt 7:6; S Ps 18:25; S 97:10

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyedSee Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever;

the offspring of the wicked will perish.S Ge 17:14; S Dt 32:26; Pr 2:22

29 The righteous will inherit the landver 9; Pr 2:21

and dwell in it forever.Isa 34:17

12 The wicked plot against the godly;

they snarl at them in defiance.

13 But the Lord just laughs,

for he sees their day of judgment coming.

14 The wicked draw their swords

and string their bows

to kill the poor and the oppressed,

to slaughter those who do right.

15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,

and their bows will be broken.

16 It is better to be godly and have little

than to be evil and rich.

17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,

but the Lord takes care of the godly.

18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,

and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.

19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;

even in famine they will have more than enough.

20 But the wicked will die.

The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—

they will disappear like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and never repay,

but the godly are generous givers.

22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,

but those he curses will die.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives.

24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,

for the Lord holds them by the hand.

25 Once I was young, and now I am old.

Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned

or their children begging for bread.

26 The godly always give generous loans to others,

and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn from evil and do good,

and you will live in the land forever.

28 For the Lord loves justice,

and he will never abandon the godly.

He will keep them safe forever,

but the children of the wicked will die.

29 The godly will possess the land

and will live there forever.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

Proverbs 10:5

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,

but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.Pr 24:30-34

A wise youth harvests in the summer,

but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

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