Day 14

Readings:

  • Philippians 1:27-30
  • Mark 4:10-25
  • Psalm 89
  • Proverbs 9:13-18

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Philippians 1:27-30

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Mark 4:10-25

The Purpose of the Parables

10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that

            “‘they may indeed see but not perceive,
                    and may indeed hear but not understand,
            lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

A Lamp Under a Basket

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Psalm 89

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
        with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
        in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
        I have sworn to David my servant:
4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
        and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
        your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
        Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
        and awesome above all who are around him?
8 O LORD God of hosts,
        who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
        with your faithfulness all around you?
9 You rule the raging of the sea;
        when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
        you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
        the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them;
        Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
        strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
        steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
        who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
16 who exult in your name all the day
        and in your righteousness are exalted.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
        by your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the LORD,
        our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
        “I have granted help to one who is mighty;
        I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
        with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him;
        my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
        the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
        and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
        and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on the sea
       and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
       my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the firstborn,
       the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
       and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his offspring forever
       and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
       and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
       and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
       and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
       or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
       or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
       I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
       his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
       a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

38 But now you have cast off and rejected;
        you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
        you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have breached all his walls;
        you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
        he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
        you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
        and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
        and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
        you have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
        How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is!
        For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 What man can live and never see death?
        Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
        which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
        and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
        with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.

52 Blessed be the LORD forever!
                          Amen and Amen.

Proverbs 9:13-18

The Way of Folly

13 The woman Folly is loud;
        she is seductive and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house;
        she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
15 calling to those who pass by,
        who are going straight on their way,
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
        And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
        and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
        that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
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