Day 63

Luke 19

 

19:1 He entered and was passing through Jericho.

 

19:2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

 

19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.

 

19:4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.

 

19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

 

19:6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.

 

19:7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone into lodge with a man who is a sinner."

 

19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."

 

19:9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.

 

19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

 

19:11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.

 

19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

 

19:13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'

 

19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'

 

19:15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.

 

19:16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'

 

19:17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

 

19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'

 

19:19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

 

19:20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,

 

19:21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'

 

19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

 

19:23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'

 

19:24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'

 

19:25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'

 

19:26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.

 

19:27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.'"

 

19:28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 

19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethphage  and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,

 

19:30 saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it.

 

19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.'"

 

19:32 Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them.

 

19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

 

19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."

 

19:35 They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them.

 

19:36 As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way.

 

19:37 As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,

 

19:38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!"

 

19:39 Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

 

19:40 He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

 

19:41 When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,

 

19:42 saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.

 

19:43 For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side,

 

19:44 and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation."

 

19:45 He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

 

19:46 saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of robbers'!"

 

19:47 He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.

 

19:48 They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.

 

Hebrews 7

 

7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

 

7:2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace;

 

7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God), remains a priest continually.

 

7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

 

7:5 They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though these have come out of the body of Abraham,

 

7:6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them has accepted tithes from Abraham, and has blessed him who has the promises.

 

7:7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

 

7:8 Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.

 

7:9 We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,

 

7:10 for he was yet in the body of his father when Melchizedek met him.

 

7:11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

 

7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.

 

7:13 For he of whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

 

7:14 For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah, about which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

 

7:15 This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there arises another priest,

 

7:16 who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

 

7:17 for it is testified, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."

 

7:18 For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

 

7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

 

7:20 Inasmuch as he was not made priest without the taking of an oath

 

7:21 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath), but he with an oath by him that says of him, "The Lord swore and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.'

 

7:22 By so much, Jesus has become the collateral of a better covenant.

 

7:23 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

 

7:24 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.

 

7:25 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.

 

7:26 For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

7:27 who doesn't need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. For he did this once for all, when he offered up himself.

 

7:28 For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the law appoints a Son forever who has been perfected.

 

Hebrews 8

 

8:1 Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

 

8:2 a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

 

8:3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.

 

8:4 For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;

 

8:5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses was warned by God when he was about to make the tabernacle, for he said, "See, you shall make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain."

 

8:6 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which on better promises has been given as law.

 

8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

 

8:8 For finding fault with them, he said, "Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

 

8:9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they didn't continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them," says the Lord.

 

8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days," says the Lord; "I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

8:11 They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

 

8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more."


8:13 In that he says, "A new covenant," he has made the first old. But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near to vanishing away.