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The Walker's Diary for: Monday Jan 27, 2020

Matthew 17:14-18:9
     2 Chronicles 33:12-13
     Psalm 16:1-6

Matthew 17:14-18:9
    When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. [15] "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. [16] I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."
    [17] "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." [18] Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
    [19] Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
    [20] He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." [21] 
    [22] When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. [23] They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief.
    [24] After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?"
    [25] "Yes, he does," he replied.
    When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. "What do you think, Simon?" he asked. "From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes--from their own sons or from others?"
    [26] "From others," Peter answered.
    "Then the sons are exempt," Jesus said to him. [27] "But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours."
    [18:1] At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
    [2] He called a little child and had him stand among them. [3] And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. [4] Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    [5] "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. [6] But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
    [7] "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! [8] If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. [9] And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

2 Chron. 33:12-13
    In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. [13] And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

Psalm 16:1-6
A miktam of David.

    Keep me safe, O God,
        for in you I take refuge.
    [2] I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord;
        apart from you I have no good thing."
    [3] As for the saints who are in the land,
        they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
    [4] The sorrows of those will increase
        who run after other gods.
    I will not pour out their libations of blood
        or take up their names on my lips.
    [5] Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
        you have made my lot secure.
    [6] The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
        surely I have a delightful inheritance.