October 21
Mark 4 & Deuteronomy 18
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Mark 4

Chapter 4

4:1Again He began to teach by the sea, and a very large crowd gathered around Him. So He got into a boat on the sea and sat down, while the whole crowd was on the shore facing the sea. 2He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them: 3"Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn't have much soil, and it sprang up right away, since it didn't have deep soil. 6When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it didn't have a root, it withered. 7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn't produce a crop. 8Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown." 9Then He said, "Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!"
10When He was alone with the Twelve, those who were around Him asked Him about the parables. 11He answered them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables 12so that
they may look and look,
yet not perceive;
they may listen and listen,
yet not understand;
otherwise, they might turn back-
and be forgiven."
13Then He said to them: "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones along the path where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. 17But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble. 18Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word, welcome it, and produce a crop: 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown."
21He also said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn't it to be put on a lampstand? 22For nothing is concealed except to be revealed, and nothing hidden except to come to light. 23If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!" 24Then He said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured and added to you. 25For to the one who has, it will be given, and from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away."
26"The kingdom of God is like this," He said. "A man scatters seed on the ground; 27he sleeps and rises-night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows-he doesn't know how. 28The soil produces a crop by itself-first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head. 29But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because the harvest has come."
30And He said: "How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? 31It's like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground. 32And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade."
33He would speak the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand. 34And He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, He would explain everything to His own disciples.
35On that day, when evening had come, He told them, "Let's cross over to the other side of the sea." 36So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him. 37A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, "Teacher! Don't you care that we're going to die?"
39He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Silence! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40Then He said to them, "Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?"
41And they were terrified and asked one another, "Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!"

Deuteronomy 18

Chapter 18

18:1"The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, will have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They will eat the Lord's fire offerings; that is their inheritance. 2Although Levi has no inheritance among his brothers, the Lord is his inheritance, as He promised him. 3This is the priests' share from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach. 4You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock. 5For Yahweh your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and minister in His name from now on. 6When a Levite leaves one of your towns where he lives in Israel and wants to go to the place the Lord chooses, 7he may serve in the name of Yahweh his God like all his fellow Levites who minister there in the presence of the Lord. 8They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate.
9"When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. 10No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, 11cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead. 12Everyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and the Lord your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things. 13You must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14Though these nations you are about to drive out listen to fortune-tellers and diviners, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do this.
15"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16This is what you requested from the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, 'Let us not continue to hear the voice of the Lord our God or see this great fire any longer, so that we will not die!' 17Then the Lord said to me, 'They have spoken well. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name. 20But the prophet who dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods-that prophet must die.' 21You may say to yourself, 'How can we recognize a message the Lord has not spoken?' 22When a prophet speaks in the Lord's name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

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