Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting(A)

18 (B)The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the [a]friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be (C)taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”

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  1. Mark 2:19 Lit. sons of the bridechamber

Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry(A)

14 (B)Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, (C)preaching the gospel [a]of the kingdom of God,

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  1. Mark 1:14 NU omits of the kingdom

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, (A)when you fast, do not be like the [a]hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, (B)anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [b]openly.

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  1. Matthew 6:16 pretenders
  2. Matthew 6:18 NU, M omit openly

51 Then, behold, (A)the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

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20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, (A)“This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

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18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of (A)its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for (B)the law made nothing [a]perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of (C)a better hope, through which (D)we draw near to God.

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  1. Hebrews 7:19 complete

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also (A)able to save [a]to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives (B)to make intercession for them.

26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, (C)who is holy, [b]harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, (D)and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His (E)own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

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  1. Hebrews 7:25 completely or forever
  2. Hebrews 7:26 innocent

But now (A)He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a (B)better covenant, which was established on better promises.

A New Covenant(C)

For if that (D)first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

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Limitations of the Earthly Service

Now when these things had been thus prepared, (A)the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone (B)once a year, not without blood, which he offered for (C)himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that (D)the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

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The Heavenly Sanctuary

11 But Christ came as High Priest of (A)the good things [a]to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not (B)with the blood of goats and calves, but (C)with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place (D)once for all, (E)having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if (F)the blood of bulls and goats and (G)the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, [b]sanctifies for the [c]purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without [d]spot to God, (H)cleanse your conscience from (I)dead works (J)to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason (K)He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that (L)those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

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  1. Hebrews 9:11 NU that have come
  2. Hebrews 9:13 sets apart
  3. Hebrews 9:13 cleansing
  4. Hebrews 9:14 blemish

24 For (A)Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are [a]copies of (B)the true, but into heaven itself, now (C)to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as (D)the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 (E)And as it is appointed for men to die once, (F)but after this the judgment, 28 so (G)Christ was (H)offered once to bear the sins (I)of many. To those who (J)eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

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  1. Hebrews 9:24 representations

Animal Sacrifices Insufficient

10 For the law, having a (A)shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, (B)can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once [a]purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For (C)it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

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  1. Hebrews 10:2 cleansed

Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified

11 And every priest stands (A)ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 (B)But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down (C)at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting (D)till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being [a]sanctified.

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  1. Hebrews 10:14 set apart

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having (A)boldness[a] to enter (B)the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and (C)living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

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  1. Hebrews 10:19 confidence