Day 18

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:3-4
  • Mark 5:21 – 6:6
  • Psalm 94
  • Proverbs 11:9-17

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Philippians 2:3-4

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Mark 5:21 – 6:6

Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.

And he went about among the villages teaching.

Psalm 94

The Lord Will Not Forsake His People

O LORD, God of vengeance,
        O God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
        repay to the proud what they deserve!
3 O LORD, how long shall the wicked,
        how long shall the wicked exult?
4 They pour out their arrogant words;
        all the evildoers boast.
5 They crush your people, O LORD,
        and afflict your heritage.
6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,
        and murder the fatherless;
7 and they say, “The LORD does not see;
        the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

8 Understand, O dullest of the people!
        Fools, when will you be wise?
9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
        He who formed the eye, does he not see?
10 He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
        He who teaches man knowledge—
11 the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
        that they are but a breath.

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD,
        and whom you teach out of your law,
13 to give him rest from days of trouble,
        until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not forsake his people;
        he will not abandon his heritage;
15 for justice will return to the righteous,
        and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
        Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 If the LORD had not been my help,
        my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
        your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
        your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
        those who frame injustice by statute?
21 They band together against the life of the righteous
        and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has become my stronghold,
        and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He will bring back on them their iniquity
        and wipe them out for their wickedness;
        the LORD our God will wipe them out.

Proverbs 11:9-17

9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
        but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
        and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
        but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
        but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
        but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
        but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
        but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 A gracious woman gets honor,
        and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
        but a cruel man hurts himself.
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