Day 56 – February 25, 2021

Exodus 6; Psalm 49:16–23; Proverbs 10:17–22; Mark 5:1–20

Exodus 6

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them from his land.”

2 God also spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord.†

3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as their God, but I did not reveal to them My name, Lord.

4 I also established My covenant with them to give them the land of the Canaanites, the land of their sojourn, in which they were strangers.†

5 I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I remembered My covenant.

6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the Egyptian tyranny; I will rescue you from their bondage and redeem you with an outstretched arm and great judgments.

7 I will take you as My people and be your God. Then you shall know I am the Lord your God who brought you out from under the Egyptian tyranny.†

8 I will also bring you into the land I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’ ”

9 So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they paid no heed to Moses because of their faintheartedness and cruel bondage.†

10 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to send forth the children of Israel from his land.”

12 Moses then spoke before the Lord, saying, “The children of Israel have paid no heed to me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am not eloquent?”

13 Thus the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a command for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh king of Egypt, to send forth the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

The Families of Moses and Aaron

14 Now these are the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. This is the family of Reuben.

15 Now the sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the families of Simeon.

16 Now these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their genealogy: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari; and Levi lived one hundred and thirty-seven years.

17 The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimi, the houses of their family.

18 The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel; and Kohath lived one hundred and thirty-three years.

19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of Levi according to their kindreds.

20 Now Amram took as his wife Jochebed, the daughter of his father’s brother; and she bore him Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister; and Amram lived one hundred and thirty-seven years.

21 The sons of Izhar were Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri.

22 The sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri.

23 Now Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon; and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

24 The sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. This is the genealogy of Korah.

25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel; and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the families of the Levites according to their genealogy.

26 Now these are the same Aaron and Moses to whom God said, “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt with their army.”

27 These are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are the same Moses and Aaron.

Psalms 49

16 To the sinner God says, “Why do you declare My ordinances, And take up My covenant in your mouth? 

17 You hate My instruction, And cast My words behind you. 

18 If you see a thief, you run with him, And you keep company with adulterers. 

19 Your mouth is filled with evil, And your tongue weaves deceits. 

20 You sit and speak against your brother, And place a stumbling block before your mother’s son. 

21 You do these things, and I keep silent; You think I am lawless like you; But I shall rebuke you, and contradict you to your face. 

22 Understand these things, you who forget God, Lest He snatch you away, and there be none to deliver; 

23 A sacrifice of praise shall glorify Me, And there is the way whereby I will show him the salvation of God.”

Proverbs of Solomon 10

17 The works of the righteous produce life, But the fruits of the ungodly produce sins. 

18 Instruction guards righteous ways of life, But instruction incapable of criticism goes astray. 

19 Righteous lips cover hatred, But those who bring forth abuse are very lacking in discernment. 

20 You will not escape sin by a multitude of words, But you of discreet lips will be forbearing.† 

21 The tongue of a righteous man is silver tried in the fire, But the heart of an ungodly man shall fail. 

22 The lips of righteous men understand lofty things, But men without discernment die in want.

Mark 5

The Gadarene Demoniac

1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.†

2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,

4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.

7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”

9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”

10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.

12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”

13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

14 So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.

15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine.

17 Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.

19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”

20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

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