Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Jesus sighed. This word is used to describe a groan drawn from deep within. Before a miracle occurs, the Holy Spirit must groan, or pray from within us. Romans 8:26 tells us that we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. That groaning, or inner compassion of the Spirit, always comes right before the works of God are revealed.

Jesus said, "Ephphatha!" (Mark 7:34 KJV), which is an Aramaic word describing the loosing of an entire person, not just a part. Satan had kept this man in bondage, and Christ was commanding him to "be loosed!" The string (or in the Greek, "bondage") of his tongue was immediately loosed. The process included groaning, commanding, and then loosing!

This is the work of the Church. We are to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we feel the needs of the poor (Psalm 41:1) and command them to "be loosed!" Ask the Holy Spirit to pray through you for the needs of those in bondage. Satan must loose them because we are of the company of "Ephphatha!"

Leviticus 16:29-18:30

29 “This is to be a lasting ordinanceS Ex 12:14 for you: On the tenth day of the seventh monthLev 25:9 you must deny yourselvesOr must fast; also in verse 31ver 31; Lev 23:27, 32; Nu 29:7; Isa 58:3 and not do any workS Ex 31:15; S Lev 23:28—whether native-bornEx 12:19 or a foreigner residing among you—30 because on this day atonement will be madeS Ex 30:10 for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.Ps 51:2; Jer 33:8; Eze 36:33; Zec 13:1; Eph 5:2631 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves;Ezr 8:21; Isa 58:3, 5; Da 10:12 it is a lasting ordinance.Ac 27:932 The priest who is anointed and ordainedS Ex 30:30 to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garmentsS ver 4; S Ex 28:233 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.S ver 11, 16-18; Eze 45:18

34 “This is to be a lasting ordinanceS Ex 27:21 for you: Atonement is to be made once a yearHeb 9:7, 25 for all the sins of the Israelites.”

And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.

Eating Blood Forbidden

17 The Lord said to Moses,“Speak to Aaron and his sonsLev 10:6, 12 and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded:Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,The Hebrew word can refer to either male or female. a lambS Lev 3:7 or a goatS Lev 7:23 in the camp or outside of itinstead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meetingver 9; 1Ki 8:4; 2Ch 1:3 to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the LordDt 12:5-21—that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people.S Ge 17:14This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings.S Lev 3:1; Eze 43:27The priest is to splash the blood against the altarS Lev 4:18 of the LordS Lev 3:2 at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.S Lev 1:9They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idolsOr the demonsS Ex 22:20 to whom they prostitute themselves.S Ex 34:15; Jer 3:6, 9; Eze 23:3; 1Co 10:20 This is to be a lasting ordinanceS Ex 12:14 for them and for the generations to come.’S Ge 9:12

“Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrificeand does not bring it to the entrance to the tentS Lev 1:3 of meetingS ver 4 to sacrifice it to the LordS Lev 3:7 must be cut off from the people of Israel.

10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood,S Ge 9:4 and I will cut them off from the people.11 For the life of a creature is in the blood,ver 14 and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.Or atonement by the life in the bloodHeb 9:2212 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”

13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,Lev 7:26; Eze 24:7; 33:25; Ac 15:2014 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”S Ge 9:4

15 “‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anythingS Lev 7:24 found dead or torn by wild animalsS Ex 22:31 must wash their clothes and bathe with water,S Lev 14:8 and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening;S Lev 11:40 then they will be clean.16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.S Lev 5:1’”

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18 The Lord said to Moses,“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God.S Ge 17:7You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.ver 24-30; S Ex 23:24; Dt 18:9; 2Ki 16:3; 17:8; 1Ch 5:25You must obey my lawsS Ge 26:5 and be careful to follow my decrees.Dt 4:1; 1Ki 11:11; Jer 44:10, 23; Eze 11:12 I am the Lord your God.ver 2Keep my decrees and laws,S Ge 26:5 for the person who obeys them will live by them.Dt 4:1; Ne 9:29; Isa 55:3; Eze 18:9; 20:11; Am 5:4-6; Mt 19:17; S Ro 10:5*; Gal 3:12* I am the Lord.

“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not dishonor your fatherver 8; Lev 20:11; Dt 27:20 by having sexual relations with your mother.Eze 22:10 She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife;1Co 5:1 that would dishonor your father.Ge 35:22; Lev 20:11; Dt 22:30; 27:20

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister,ver 11; Lev 20:17; Dt 27:22 either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.Lev 20:17; Dt 27:22; 2Sa 13:13; Eze 22:11

10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.

11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister;ver 13; Lev 20:19 she is your father’s close relative.

13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister,S ver 12, 14; Lev 20:20 because she is your mother’s close relative.

14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.S ver 13

15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law.S Ge 11:31; S 38:16 She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.Eze 22:11

16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife;Lev 20:21; Mt 14:4; Mk 6:18 that would dishonor your brother.

17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter.Lev 20:14; Dt 27:23 Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sisterS Ge 30:1 as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleannessS Lev 15:25-30 of her monthly period.S Lev 15:24

20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wifeS Ex 20:14; Mt 5:27, 28; 1Co 6:9; Heb 13:4 and defile yourself with her.

21 “‘Do not give any of your childrenDt 12:31; 18:10; 2Ki 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; 23:10; 2Ch 28:1-4; 33:6; Ps 106:37, 38; Isa 57:5; Jer 7:30, 31; 19:5; 32:35; Eze 16:20; Mic 6:7 to be sacrificed to Molek,Lev 20:2-5; Dt 9:4; 1Ki 11:5, 7, 33; Isa 57:9; Jer 32:35; 49:1; Zep 1:5 for you must not profane the name of your God.Lev 19:12; 21:6; Isa 48:11; Eze 22:26; 36:20; Am 2:7; Mal 1:12 I am the Lord.S Ex 6:2

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman;Lev 20:13; Dt 23:18; Ro 1:27; 1Co 6:9 that is detestable.S Ge 19:5

23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.Ex 22:19; Lev 20:15; Dt 27:21

24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before youver 3, 27, 30; Lev 20:23 became defiled.Dt 9:4; 18:1225 Even the land was defiled;Nu 35:34; Dt 21:23 so I punished it for its sin,Lev 20:23; Dt 9:5; 12:31; 18:12 and the land vomited out its inhabitants.ver 28; Lev 20:22; Job 20:15; Jer 51:3426 But you must keep my decrees and my laws.S Ge 26:5 The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things,27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.28 And if you defile the land,Lev 20:22; Ezr 9:11; La 1:17 it will vomit you outS ver 25 as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people.30 Keep my requirementsS Lev 8:35 and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.ver 2’”

29 “On the tenth day of the appointed month in early autumn,Hebrew On the tenth day of the seventh month. This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in September or October. you must deny yourselves.Or must fast; also in 16:31. Neither native-born Israelites nor foreigners living among you may do any kind of work. This is a permanent law for you.30 On that day offerings of purification will be made for you,Or atonement will be made for you, to purify you. and you will be purified in the Lord’s presence from all your sins.31 It will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. This is a permanent law for you.32 In future generations, the purificationOr atonement. ceremony will be performed by the priest who has been anointed and ordained to serve as high priest in place of his ancestor Aaron. He will put on the holy linen garments33 and purify the Most Holy Place, the Tabernacle, the altar, the priests, and the entire congregation.34 This is a permanent law for you, to purify the people of Israel from their sins, making them right with the Lord once each year.”

Moses followed all these instructions exactly as the Lord had commanded him.

Prohibitions against Eating Blood

17 Then the Lord said to Moses,“Give the following instructions to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel. This is what the Lord has commanded.

“If any native Israelite sacrifices a bullOr cow. or a lamb or a goat anywhere inside or outside the campinstead of bringing it to the entrance of the TabernacleHebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 17:5, 6, 9. to present it as an offering to the Lord, that person will be as guilty as a murderer.Hebrew will be guilty of blood. Such a person has shed blood and will be cut off from the community.The purpose of this rule is to stop the Israelites from sacrificing animals in the open fields. It will ensure that they bring their sacrifices to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle, so he can present them to the Lord as peace offerings.Then the priest will be able to splatter the blood against the Lord’s altar at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and he will burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.The people must no longer be unfaithful to the Lord by offering sacrifices to the goat idols.Or goat demons. This is a permanent law for them, to be observed from generation to generation.

“Give them this command as well. If any native Israelite or foreigner living among you offers a burnt offering or a sacrificebut does not bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to offer it to the Lord, that person will be cut off from the community.

10 “And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people,11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord.Or to make atonement for you. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.12 That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood—neither you nor the foreigners living among you.’

13 “And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you goes hunting and kills an animal or bird that is approved for eating, he must drain its blood and cover it with earth.14 The life of every creature is in its blood. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood, for the life of any creature is in its blood.’ So whoever consumes blood will be cut off from the community.

15 “And if any native-born Israelites or foreigners eat the meat of an animal that died naturally or was torn up by wild animals, they must wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. They will remain ceremonially unclean until evening, but then they will be clean.16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be punished for their sin.”

Forbidden Sexual Practices

18 Then the Lord said to Moses,“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the Lord your God.So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life.You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God.If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.

“You must never have sexual relations with a close relative, for I am the Lord.

“Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her.

“Do not have sexual relations with any of your father’s wives, for this would violate your father.

“Do not have sexual relations with your sister or half sister, whether she is your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born into your household or someone else’s.

10 “Do not have sexual relations with your granddaughter, whether she is your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, for this would violate yourself.

11 “Do not have sexual relations with your stepsister, the daughter of any of your father’s wives, for she is your sister.

12 “Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister, for she is your father’s close relative.

13 “Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s close relative.

14 “Do not violate your uncle, your father’s brother, by having sexual relations with his wife, for she is your aunt.

15 “Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, so you must not have sexual relations with her.

16 “Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife, for this would violate your brother.

17 “Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. And do not takeOr do not marry. her granddaughter, whether her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, and have sexual relations with her. They are close relatives, and this would be a wicked act.

18 “While your wife is living, do not marry her sister and have sexual relations with her, for they would be rivals.

19 “Do not have sexual relations with a woman during her period of menstrual impurity.

20 “Do not defile yourself by having sexual intercourse with your neighbor’s wife.

21 “Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to Molech, for you must not bring shame on the name of your God. I am the Lord.

22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

23 “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.

24 “Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for the people I am driving out before you have defiled themselves in all these ways.25 Because the entire land has become defiled, I am punishing the people who live there. I will cause the land to vomit them out.26 You must obey all my decrees and regulations. You must not commit any of these detestable sins. This applies both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you.

27 “All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled.28 So do not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out the people who live there now.29 Whoever commits any of these detestable sins will be cut off from the community of Israel.30 So obey my instructions, and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you. I am the Lord your God.”

29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.

34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.

17 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, saying,

What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,

And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord.

And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the Lord.

And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,

And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the Lord; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

15 And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.

16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

18 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God.

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.

The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.

Mark 7:24-8:10

Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith7:24-30pp — Mt 15:21-28

24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.Many early manuscripts Tyre and SidonS Mt 11:21 He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spiritS Mt 4:24 came and fell at his feet.26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man7:31-37pp — Mt 15:29-31

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyrever 24; S Mt 11:21 and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of GalileeS Mt 4:18 and into the region of the Decapolis.That is, the Ten CitiesMt 4:25; Mk 5:2032 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk,Mt 9:32; Lk 11:14 and they begged Jesus to place his hand onS Mk 5:23 him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spitMk 8:23 and touched the man’s tongue.34 He looked up to heavenMk 6:41; Jn 11:41 and with a deep sighMk 8:12 said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.Isa 35:5, 6

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone.S Mt 8:4 But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand8:1-9pp — Mt 15:32-398:1-9Ref — Mk 6:32-448:11-21pp — Mt 16:1-12

During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,“I have compassion for these people;S Mt 9:36 they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”

“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied.

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.Mt 14:19The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.ver 20About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away,10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

The Faith of a Gentile Woman

24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre.Some manuscripts add and Sidon. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret.25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evilGreek unclean. spirit,26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia,27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews.Greek Let the children eat first. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns.Greek Decapolis.32 A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

33 Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue.34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!”35 Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

36 Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news.37 They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

Jesus Feeds Four Thousand

About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them,“I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.”

His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”

Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”

“Seven loaves,” they replied.

So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd.A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them.

They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food.There were about 4,000 men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten.10 Immediately after this, he got into a boat with his disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.

24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,

I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:

And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

Psalm 41:1-13

Psalm 41In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

BlessedS Dt 14:29 are those who have regard for the weak;S Job 24:4

the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.Ps 25:17

The Lord protectsPs 12:5; 32:7 and preserves them—Ezr 9:9; Ps 71:20; 119:88, 159; 138:7; 143:11

they are counted among the blessed in the land—Ps 37:22

he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.S Dt 6:24

The Lord sustains them on their sickbedPs 6:6

and restores them from their bed of illness.2Sa 13:5; 2Ki 1:4

I said, “Have mercyPs 6:2; S 9:13 on me, Lord;

healS Dt 32:39 me, for I have sinnedPs 51:4 against you.”

My enemies say of me in malice,

“When will he die and his name perish?S Ps 38:12

When one of them comes to see me,

he speaks falsely,Ps 12:2; 101:7; Mt 5:11 while his heart gathers slander;Pr 26:24

then he goes out and spreadsS Lev 19:16 it around.

All my enemies whisper togetherPs 71:10 against me;

they imagine the worst for me, saying,

“A vile disease has afflicted him;

he will never get upS 2Ki 1:4 from the place where he lies.”

Even my close friend,S 2Sa 15:12; S Job 19:14

someone I trusted,

one who shared my bread,

has turnedHebrew has lifted up his heel against me.Nu 30:2; Job 19:19; Ps 55:20; 89:34; Mt 26:23; Lk 22:21; Jn 13:18*

10 But may you have mercyver 4 on me, Lord;

raise me up,Ps 3:3; 9:13 that I may repayS 2Sa 3:39 them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,S Nu 14:8

for my enemy does not triumph over me.Ps 25:2

12 Because of my integrityS Ps 25:21 you uphold mePs 18:35; S 37:17; 63:8

and set me in your presence forever.S Job 4:7; Ps 21:6; 61:7

13 PraiseS Ge 24:27 be to the Lord, the God of Israel,Ps 72:18

from everlasting to everlasting.

Amen and Amen.Ps 72:19; 89:52; 106:48

Psalm 41

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!

The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.

The Lord protects them

and keeps them alive.

He gives them prosperity in the land

and rescues them from their enemies.

The Lord nurses them when they are sick

and restores them to health.

“O Lord,” I prayed, “have mercy on me.

Heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

But my enemies say nothing but evil about me.

“How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask.

They visit me as if they were my friends,

but all the while they gather gossip,

and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.

All who hate me whisper about me,

imagining the worst.

“He has some fatal disease,” they say.

“He will never get out of that bed!”

Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely,

the one who shared my food, has turned against me.

10 Lord, have mercy on me.

Make me well again, so I can pay them back!

11 I know you are pleased with me,

for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.

12 You have preserved my life because I am innocent;

you have brought me into your presence forever.

13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

who lives from everlasting to everlasting.

Amen and amen!

41 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

10 But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

Proverbs 10:15-16

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,Pr 18:11

but poverty is the ruin of the poor.Pr 19:7

16 The wages of the righteous is life,S Dt 30:15

but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.Pr 11:18-19; 15:6; S Ro 6:23

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;

the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,

but evil people squander their money on sin.

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

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