Twenty-fourth Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
II Peter 1:12-19
 When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him;
 but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”
 But he turned and rebuked them.
 And they went on to another village.
 As they were going along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
 But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”
 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
 and there they preached the gospel.
 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting, who could not use his feet; he was a cripple from birth, who had never walked.
 He listened to Paul speaking; and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,
 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and walked.
 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycao’nian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, because he was the chief speaker, they called Hermes.
 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the people.
 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out among the multitude, crying,
 “Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways;
 yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
II Peter 1:12-19
 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder,
 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
 And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
 we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber’i-as.
 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?”
 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”
 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”
 But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “It is only by Be-el’zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”
 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;
 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
 And if I cast out demons by Be-el’zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
 You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;
 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
 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.
 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja’irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
 and besought him, 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.”
 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.”
 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?”
 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'”
 And he looked around to see who had done it.
 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
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