February 19, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 19: Matthew 24, Leviticus 23, Leviticus 24 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 24 is knocking at the door is a song popularized by Johnny  Cash and gives a description of what is coming. Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple and the events that will occur just before his return. He even quotes Daniel the prophet. Then he describes his return to gather his people. He assures us that heaven and earth will pass away, but not his words. However, nobody knows the time or the day of his coming. Many have tried to predict it, and so far all have failed. This makes sense since we are supposed to watch and wait, and with this admonition the chapter ends.

Leviticus 23 describes the feasts of the LORD, the Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement,  and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Leviticus 24 describes how to care for the Tabernacle Lamps, the Tabernacle Bread. Then it defines the Penalty for Blasphemy, and the Penalty for intentional injuries: “An eye for an eye.”

 

February 18, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 18: Matthew 23, Leviticus 21, Leviticus 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Matthew 23 Jesus tells of seven woes. Read the chapter carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Leviticus 21 has the regulations for priests.

Leviticus 22 completes the regulations for the priests and tells of acceptable and unacceptable offerings.

 

February 17, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 17: Matthew 22, Leviticus 19, Leviticus 20 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Matthew 22 Jesus continues to talk in parables. He is in Jerusalem teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and tells of the wedding banquet, from which we have the expression “many are called but few are chosen.” Then the Pharisees tries to entrap him with the question “is it legal to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus answers by the famous quote: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s,” an early call to separation of Church and state. Jesus did not say “let the Romans do it”. The Sadducees also tried to entrap him with the riddle “if there is no resurrection and seven brothers have had a woman as his wife on after another, who would marry her in the resurrection?” Another famous saying: “God is not the God of the dead but of the living.” They continue to entrap him by asking which is the greatest commandment. Jesus answers with the first commandment and adds another: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” One more: Whose sun is the Christ? Answer: “The Lord said to my Lord.

Leviticus 19 is a continuation of moral and ceremonial laws, and

Leviticus 20 outlines the penalties for breaking the law.

February 16, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 16: Matthew 21, Leviticus 17, Leviticus 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 21 starts with the triumphal entry, and that begins what is called the “holy week” Jesus rides in on an unbroken colt. In Jerusalem Jesus cleanses the temple and throws out the money changers. The spiritual leaders were offended that people sang “Hosanna in the highest” at the triumphal entry, even little children sang it. Then comes the story of the withering fig tree, the symbol of Israel. The spiritual leaders also questioned Jesus authority. Instead of giving an answer Jesus gave two parables, the one about the two sons and the parable about the wicked tenants. Moving on Jesus quotes scripture by saying :The stone  the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” meaning that the kingdom of God will be inherited by another people.

Leviticus 17 deals with the sanctity of blood and why eating of blood is forbidden.

Leviticus 18 defines the laws of sexual morality, and especially to stay away from Molech,  which involves sexual orgies, pass through the fire and child sacrifices.

February 15, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 15: Matthew 20, Leviticus 15, Leviticus 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Matthew 20 Jesus gives the parable of the workers in the vineyard, that God is always fair even when we don’t think so. Then he predicts his death. Then then tha mother of Zebedee’s sons asks Jesus to have her sons be the seated with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven, but that is only for the Father to decide. The other disciples got angry, but Jesus admonished them all that the kingdom of heaven is to be a servant. After that Jesus heals two blind men.

Leviticus 15 deals with bodily discharges.

Leviticus 16 is the apex of Leviticus and  tells of all the things Aaron must do on the day of atonement to atone for the sins of himself and the people during the past year.

Eating hotdogs and beans is becoming dangerous. What to do?

It is not easy eating right these days. A large French study indicated that eating processed food increases mortality rates by 14%.

A favorite, low cost food in the U.S is hot dogs and beans.

Here is the Limerick:

It’s true that you are what you eat

and hot dogs are just processed meat.

But the Climate Change crowd

say it clear, say it loud.

With beans you fart methane – more heat.

 

February 14, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 14: Matthew 19, Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 19 is relatively short but contains some of the most important aspects of life, such as marriage and divorce. “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Then the jewel “Let the little children come to me…” After that a rich young ruler asks what good thing he must do to get eternal life. Jesus answer “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God,” in other words impossible. But cheer up, “with God all things are possible.” And God’s pecking order is not economic or based on power. Instead, sometimes “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” There are many idioms in the English language taken from the Bible. Yet the origin is not allowed to be mentioned in public schools. Ponder that.

Leviticus 13 and Leviticus 14 deal with leprosy and mildew and what to do with both. Things like that are complicated.