June 13 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day

Romans 7:1-11
Matthew 12:9-15

Romans 7:1-11
[1] Do you not know, brethren — for I am speaking to those who know the law — that the law is binding on a person only during his life?
[2] Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the husband.
[3] Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
[4] Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
[5] While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
[6] But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
[7] What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I should not have known sin. I should not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
[8] But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, wrought in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead.
[9] I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died;
[10] the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.
[11] For sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me.

Matthew 12:9-15
[9] And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue.
[10] And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him.
[11] He said to them, “What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
[12] Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.”
[13] Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
[14] But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
[15] Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,

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