Daily Readings January 23
Hebrews 9:15, 24-28
And thus he is the Mediator of the new testament, so that, by his death, he intercedes for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, so that those who have been called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance. For Jesus did not enter by means of holy things made with hands, mere examples of the true things, but he entered into Heaven itself, so that he may appear now before the face of God for us. And he did not enter so as to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies each year, with the blood of another. Otherwise, he would need to have suffered repeatedly since the beginning of the world. But now, one time, at the consummation of the ages, he has appeared in order to destroy sin though his own sacrifice. And in the same manner as it has been appointed for men to die one time, and after this, to be judged, so also Christ was offered, one time, in order to empty the sins of so many. He shall appear a second time without sin, for those who await him, unto salvation.
A Psalm of David himself. The Lord has reigned: let the peoples be angry. He sits upon the cherubim: let the earth be moved. The Lord is great in Zion, and he is high above all peoples. May they confess to your great name, for it is terrible and holy. And the honor of the king loves judgment. You have prepared guidance. You have accomplished judgment and justice in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God, and adore the footstool of his feet, for it is holy. Moses and Aaron are among his priests, and Samuel is among those who call upon his name. They called upon the Lord, and he heeded them.
And the scribes who had descended from Jerusalem said, “Because he has Beelzebub, and because by the prince of demons does he cast out demons.” And having called them together, he spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? For if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house is not able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, he would be divided, and he would not be able to stand; instead he reaches the end. No one is able to plunder the goods of a strong man, having entered into the house, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he shall plunder his house. Amen I say to you, that all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and the blasphemies by which they will have blasphemed. But he who will have blasphemed against the Holy Spirit shall not have forgiveness in eternity; instead he shall be guilty of an eternal offense.” For they said: “He has an unclean spirit.”