Today there are only two chapters to read, but they are big.
Mark 9 begins with the Transfiguration and an explanation on Elijah, he had already come. Then a boy with an evil spirit is healed and the disciples ask why they could not drive out the evil spirit. Then Jesus predicts his Death and Resurrection but the disciples so not understand, instead they argue among themselves who is the Greatest. Jesus picks up a little child as an object lesson and explains what it means to be a servant of all. Jesus teaches Unity, not division, “whoever is not against us is for us.” Jesus warns of the dire consequences of offenses and tells them to be Salt with savor and be at peace with each other.
Deuteronomy 1 starts with the command to leave Horeb and enter Canaan. Leaders are appointed and spies sent out, but Israel’s refuse to enter the land. The penalty for Israel’s rebellion is that no one would enter the promised land except Caleb and Joshua.