Scripture Teachings December 23 2020

Epistle Reading

The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 5:11-14; 6:1-8

Brethren, about Melchizedek we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. 

You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the work of righteousness, for he is a child. 

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil. 

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, with instruction about ablutions, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 

And this we will do if God permits.

For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt. 

For land which has drunk the rain that often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed; its end is to be burned.

Gospel Reading

The Reading is from the Gospel According to Mark 10:11-16

The Lord said, 

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 

And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, 

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 

And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

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