Day 20

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:9-11
  • Mark 6:14-44
  • Psalm 96
  • Proverbs 12:1-12

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Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Mark 6:14-44

The Death of John the Baptist

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

Psalm 96

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
        sing to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
        tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
        his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
        he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
        but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
        strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
        ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
        bring an offering, and come into his courts!
9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
        tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
        Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
        he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
        let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
        Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13    before the LORD, for he comes,
        for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
        and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Proverbs 12:1-12

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
        but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
        but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3 No one is established by wickedness,
        but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
        but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;
        the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
        but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
        but the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man is commended according to his good sense,
        but one of twisted mind is despised.
9 Better to be lowly and have a servant
        than to play the great man and lack bread.
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
        but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
        but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
        but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
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