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February 18


Leviticus 7:1-38
1. "These are the instructions for the guilt offering, which is most holy.
2. The animal sacrificed as a guilt offering must be slaughtered where the burnt offerings are slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled against the sides of the altar.
3. The priest will then offer all its fat on the altar, including the fat from the tail, the fat around the internal organs,
4. the two kidneys with the fat around them near the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which is to be removed with the kidneys.
5. The priests will burn these parts on the altar as an offering to the LORD made by fire. It is a guilt offering.
6. All males from a priest's family may eat the meat, and it must be eaten in a sacred place, for it is most holy.
7. "For both the sin offering and the guilt offering, the meat of the sacrificed animal belongs to the priest in charge of the atonement ceremony.
8. In the case of the whole burnt offering, the hide of the sacrificed animal also belongs to the priest.
9. Any grain offering that has been baked in an oven, prepared in a pan, or cooked on a griddle belongs to the priest who presents it.
10. All other grain offerings, whether flour mixed with olive oil or dry flour, are to be shared among all the priests and their sons.
11. "These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the LORD.
12. If you present your peace offering as a thanksgiving offering, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread--loaves, wafers, and cakes--all made without yeast and soaked with olive oil.
13. This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of yeast bread.
14. One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the LORD. This bread will then belong to the priest who sprinkles the altar with blood from the sacrificed animal.
15. The animal's meat must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning.
16. "However, if you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering, the meat may be eaten on that same day, and whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day.
17. But anything left over until the third day must be completely burned up.
18. If any of the meat from this peace offering is eaten on the third day, it will not be accepted by the LORD. It will have no value as a sacrifice, and you will receive no credit for bringing it as an offering. By then, the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will have to answer for your sin.
19. "Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean may not be eaten; it must be completely burned up. And as for meat that may be eaten, it may only be eaten by people who are ceremonially clean.
20. Anyone who is ceremonially unclean but eats meat from a peace offering that was presented to the LORD must be cut off from the community.
21. If anyone touches anything that is unclean, whether it is human defilement or an unclean animal, and then eats meat from the LORD's sacrifices, that person must be cut off from the community."
22. Then the LORD said to Moses,
23. "Give the Israelites these instructions: You must never eat fat, whether from oxen or sheep or goats.
24. The fat of an animal found dead or killed by a wild animal may never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose.
25. Anyone who eats fat from an offering given to the LORD by fire must be cut off from the community.
26. Even in your homes, you must never eat the blood of any bird or animal.
27. Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from the community."
28. Then the LORD said to Moses,
29. "Give these further instructions to the Israelites: When you present a peace offering to the LORD, bring part of it as a special gift to the LORD.
30. Present it to him with your own hands as an offering given to the LORD by fire. Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and present it to the LORD by lifting it up before him.
31. Then the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his sons.
32. You are to give the right thigh of your peace offering to the priest as a gift.
33. The right thigh must always be given to the priest who sprinkles the blood and offers the fat of the peace offering.
34. For I have designated the breast and the right thigh for the priests. It is their regular share of the peace offerings brought by the Israelites.
35. This is their share. It has been set apart for Aaron and his descendants from the offerings given to the LORD by fire from the time they were appointed to serve the LORD as priests.
36. The LORD commanded that the Israelites were to give these portions to the priests as their regular share from the time of the priests' anointing. This regulation applies throughout the generations to come."
37. These are the instructions for the whole burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering, and the peace offering.
38. The LORD gave these instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai when he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the LORD in the wilderness of Sinai.

Leviticus 8:1-36
1. The LORD said to Moses,
2. "Now bring Aaron and his sons, along with their special clothing, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread
3. to the entrance of the Tabernacle. Then call the entire community of Israel to meet you there."
4. So Moses followed the LORD's instructions, and all the people assembled at the Tabernacle entrance.
5. Moses announced to them, "The LORD has commanded what I am now going to do!"
6. Then he presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.
7. He clothed Aaron with the embroidered tunic and tied the sash around his waist. He dressed him in the robe of the ephod, along with the ephod itself, and attached the ephod with its decorative sash.
8. Then Moses placed the chestpiece on Aaron and put the Urim and the Thummim inside it.
9. He placed on Aaron's head the turban with the gold medallion at its front, just as the LORD had commanded him.
10. Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and everything in it, thus making them holy.
11. He sprinkled the altar seven times, anointing it and all its utensils and the washbasin and its pedestal, making them holy.
12. Then he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, thus anointing him and making him holy for his work.
13. Next Moses presented Aaron's sons and clothed them in their embroidered tunics, their sashes, and their turbans, just as the LORD had commanded him.
14. Then Moses brought in the bull for the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head
15. as Moses slaughtered it. Moses took some of the blood, and with his finger he put it on the four horns of the altar to purify it. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. In this way, he set the altar apart as holy and made atonement for it.
16. He took all the fat around the internal organs, the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and their fat, and he burned them all on the altar.
17. The rest of the bull, including its hide, meat, and dung, was burned outside the camp, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
18. Then Moses presented the ram to the LORD for the whole burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head
19. as Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took the ram's blood and sprinkled it against the sides of the altar.
20. Next he cut the ram into pieces and burned the head, some of its pieces, and the fat on the altar.
21. After washing the internal organs and the legs with water, Moses burned the entire ram on the altar as a whole burnt offering. It was an offering given to the LORD by fire, very pleasing to the LORD. All this was done just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
22. Next Moses presented the second ram, which was the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head
23. as Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and the big toe of his right foot.
24. Next he presented Aaron's sons and put some of the blood on the lobe of their right ears, the thumb of their right hands, and the big toe of their right feet. He then sprinkled the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar.
25. Next he took the fat, including the fat from the tail, the fat around the internal organs, the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, along with the right thigh.
26. On top of these he placed a loaf of unleavened bread, a cake of unleavened bread soaked with olive oil, and a thin wafer spread with olive oil. All these were taken from the basket of bread made without yeast that was placed in the LORD's presence.
27. He gave all of these to Aaron and his sons, and he presented the portions by lifting them up before the LORD.
28. Moses then took all the offerings back and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering as an ordination offering. It was an offering given to the LORD by fire, very pleasing to the LORD.
29. Then Moses took the breast and lifted it up in the LORD's presence. This was Moses' share of the ram of ordination, just as the LORD had commanded him.
30. Next Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, and he sprinkled them on Aaron and his clothing and on his sons and their clothing. In this way, he made Aaron and his sons and their clothing holy.
31. Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the rest of the meat at the Tabernacle entrance, and eat it along with the bread that is in the basket of ordination offerings, just as I commanded you.
32. Any meat or bread that is left over must then be burned up.
33. Do not leave the Tabernacle entrance for seven days, for that is the time it will take to complete the ordination ceremony.
34. What has been done today was commanded by the LORD in order to make atonement for you.
35. Remember, you must stay at the entrance of the Tabernacle day and night for seven days, doing everything the LORD requires. If you fail in this, you will die. This is what the LORD has said."
36. So Aaron and his sons did everything the LORD had commanded through Moses.

Psalms 24:7-10
7. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.
8. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, invincible in battle.
9. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.
10. Who is the King of glory? The LORD Almighty--he is the King of glory.

Proverbs 9:10-12
10. Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.
11. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
12. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

Mark 1:1-22
1. Here begins the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
2. In the book of the prophet Isaiah, God said, "Look, I am sending my messenger before you, and he will prepare your way.
3. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness: 'Prepare a pathway for the Lord's coming! Make a straight road for him!'"
4. This messenger was John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness and was preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned from their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.
5. People from Jerusalem and from all over Judea traveled out into the wilderness to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6. His clothes were woven from camel hair, and he wore a leather belt; his food was locusts and wild honey.
7. He announced: "Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I am--so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave.
8. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!"
9. One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.
10. And when Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens split open and the Holy Spirit descending like a dove on him.
11. And a voice came from heaven saying, "You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you."
12. Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness.
13. He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
14. Later on, after John was arrested by Herod Antipas, Jesus went to Galilee to preach God's Good News.
15. "At last the time has come!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!"
16. One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen.
17. Jesus called out to them, "Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!"
18. And they left their nets at once and went with him.
19. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee's sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets.
20. He called them, too, and immediately they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.
21. Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum, and every Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught the people.
22. They were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority--quite unlike the teachers of religious law.