Day 17

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:1-2
  • Mark 5:1-20
  • Psalm 93
  • Proverbs 11:1-8

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Philippians 2:1-2

Christ’s Example of Humility

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

Psalm 93

The Lord Reigns

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
        the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
        you are from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
        the floods have lifted up their voice;
        the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
        mightier than the waves of the sea,
        the LORD on high is mighty!

5 Your decrees are very trustworthy;
        holiness befits your house,
        O LORD, forevermore.

Proverbs 11:1-8

A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
        but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
        but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
        but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
        but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
        but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
        but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
        and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
        and the wicked walks into it instead.
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