Though he may fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:24

Leviticus 8-9

Leviticus 8

Moses Consecrates Aaron and his Sons

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and the bull of the sin offering, and the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread; 3 and assemble all the congregation at the door of the Tent of Meeting.”

4 Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation was assembled at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 5 Moses said to the congregation, “This is what the Lord has commanded to be done.”

6 Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. 7 He put the tunic on him, tied the sash on him, clothed him with the robe, put the ephod on him, and he tied the skillfully woven band of the ephod on him and fastened it to him with it. 8 He placed the breastplate on him. He put the Urim and Thummim in the breastplate. 9 He set the turban on his head. He set the golden plate, the holy crown, on the front of the turban, as the Lord commanded Moses.

10 Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and sanctified them. 11 He sprinkled it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its vessels, and the basin and its base, to sanctify them. 12 He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him. 13 Moses brought Aaron’s sons, and clothed them with tunics, and tied sashes on them, and put headbands on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Priest’s Sin Offering

14 He brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering.

15 He slaughtered it; and Moses took the blood, and put it around on the horns of the altar with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar, and sanctified it, to make atonement for it.

16 He took all the fat that was on the internal organs, and the cover of the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat; and Moses burned it on the altar. 17 But the bull, and its skin, and its meat, and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Priests’ Burnt Offering

18 He presented the ram of the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19 He slaughtered it; and Moses sprinkled the blood around on the altar. 20 He cut the ram into its pieces; and Moses burned the head, and the pieces, and the fat. 21 He washed the innards and the legs with water; and Moses burned the whole ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering for a pleasing aroma; an offering made by fire to the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Ram of Consecration

22 He presented the other ram, the ram of consecration. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23 He slaughtered it; and Moses took some of its blood, and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.

24 He brought Aaron’s sons; and Moses put some of the blood on the tip of their right ear, and on the thumb of their right hand, and on the big toe of their right foot; and Moses sprinkled the blood around on the altar. 25 He took the fat, the fat tail, all the fat that was on the internal organs, the cover of the liver, the two kidneys and their fat, and the right thigh; 26 and out of the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord, he took one unleavened cake, one cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and placed them on the fat and on the right thigh.

27 He put all these in Aaron’s hands and in his sons’ hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the Lord. 28 Moses took them from their hands, and burned them on the altar on the burnt offering. They were a consecration offering for a pleasing aroma; an offering made by fire to the Lord. 29 Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord. It was Moses’ portion of the ram of consecration, as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 Moses took some of the anointing oil, and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, and on his sons, and on his sons’ garments with him, and sanctified Aaron, his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

31 Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, “Boil the meat at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of consecration, as I commanded, saying, ‘Aaron and his sons must eat it.’ 32 What remains of the meat and of the bread you must burn with fire.

33 You must not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the days of your consecration are fulfilled: for he must consecrate you seven days. 34 What has been done today, so the Lord has commanded to be done, to make atonement for you.

35 You must abide at the door of the Tent of Meeting day and night for seven days, and keep the Lord’s command, that you do not die: for so I am commanded.”

36 Aaron and his sons did all the things which the Lord commanded through Moses.

Leviticus 9

The First Offerings of Aaron

1 On the eighth day, Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 2 and he said to Aaron, “Take a calf from the herd for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without defect, and offer them before the Lord. 3 You must speak to the Israelites, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both a year old, without defect, for a burnt offering; 4 and a bull and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord; and a grain offering mixed with oil: for today the Lord appears to you.’ ”

5 They brought what Moses commanded before the Tent of Meeting. All the congregation came near and stood before the Lord. 6 Moses said, “This is what the Lord commanded that you should do; that the glory of the Lord will appear to you.” 7 Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar, and offer your sin offering, and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself, and for the people; and present the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as the Lord commanded.”

The Sin Offering

8 So Aaron came near to the altar, and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. 9 The sons of Aaron presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it on the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar; 10 but the fat, and the kidneys, and the cover from the liver of the sin offering, he burned on the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses. 11 The meat and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp.

The Burnt Offering

12 He slaughtered the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons delivered the blood to him, and he sprinkled it around on the altar. 13 They delivered the burnt offering to him, piece by piece, along with the head. He burned them upon the altar. 14 He washed the internal organs and the legs, and burned them on the burnt offering on the altar.

The Offerings for the People

15 He presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and killed it, and offered it for sin, like the first. 16 He presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance. 17 He presented the grain offering, and filled his hand from there, and burned it upon the altar, in addition to the burnt offering of the morning.

18 He also slaughtered the bull and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people. Aaron’s sons delivered to him the blood, which he sprinkled around on the altar; 19 and the fat of the bull and of the ram, the fat tail, and that which covers the internal organs, and the kidneys, and the cover of the liver; 20 and they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burned the fat on the altar. 21 Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh for a wave offering before the Lord, as Moses commanded.

22 Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people, and blessed them; and he came down from offering the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings.

Moses and Aaron Bless the People

23 Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and came out, and blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from before the Lord, and consumed the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Mark 4:1-25

Jesus’ Parable of the Sower

1 Again he began to teach by the seaside. A great multitude was gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat in the sea, and sat down. All the multitude were on the land by the sea. 2 He taught them many things in parables, and told them in his teaching.

3 “Listen! the farmer went out to sow, 4 and as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Others fell on the rocky ground, where it had little soil, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil. 6 When the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 Others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing. Some produced 30 times, some 60 times, and some 100 times as much.” 9 He said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables

10 When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve disciples asked him about the parables. 11 He said to them, “To you is given the mystery of the Lord’s Kingdom, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables, 12 that ‘seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest perhaps they should turn again, and their sins should be forgiven them.’ ”

The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How will you understand any of the parables?

14 The farmer sows the Word. 15 The ones by the road are the ones where the Word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the Word which has been sown in them.

16 These in the same way are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately they stumble.

18 Others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are the ones who have heard the Word, 19 and the cares of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.

20 Those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the Word, and accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times.”

The Lesson of the Lamp

21 He said to them, “Is the lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it put on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden, except that it should be made known; neither was anything made secret, but that it should come to light. 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.”

24 He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With whatever measure you use, it will be measured to you, and to those who hear, even more. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he who does not have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.”

Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked plot against the just,
and gnash at him with their teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at them,
for he sees that their day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn their sword,
and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy,
to slay those who are upright in conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart.
Their bows shall be broken.

16 Better is a little that the righteous have,
than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord watches over the upright, every day of their life.
Their inheritance shall endure forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in times of adversity.
In the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish.
The enemies of the Lord will be like the beauty of the pastures.
They will vanish—
vanish like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
but the righteous give generously.
22 For those who are blessed by him shall inherit the earth.
Those who are cursed by him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
He delights in his way.
24 Though he may fall, he shall not be utterly cast down,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and am now old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his descendants begging for bread.
26 He is always generous and lending.
His descendants are blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good.
And live forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and does not forsake his saints.
They are protected forever,
but the children of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the earth,
and live in it forever.

Proverbs 10:5

5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during the harvest brings shame.

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