February 2, read through the Bible in a year.

On today, groundhog day there are four chapters, and they are momentous. Read them carefully. (Maybe not Exodus 22, it deals mostly with property rights and social responsibility.)

February 2: Matthew 7, Exodus 20, Exodus 21, Exodus 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 7 is a continuation of the sermon on the mount. Jesus is admonishing us not to be judgmental but to look to our own faults before condemning others. And don’t waste your time by casting pearls before swine. Ask, seek, knock is another theme, and so is doing to others what you would have them do to you. This sums up the Law and the Prophets. It grows into a crescendo with people claiming to have done good deeds, prophesyings and miracles in Jesus’ name. And Jesus answers them: “I never knew you”. I took the liberty to add my own discovery of the meaning of these verses. It ends with the foolish and the wise builders.

In Exodus 20 Moses is at Mount Sinai and God gives him the ten commandments.

Exodus contains regulations on servanthood and slavery, penalties for manslaughter and personal injuries, all Mosaic law.

 

Exodus 21, Mosaic law concerning Hebrew servants, penalty for deaths and injuries.

Exodus 21, Mosaic law concerning Hebrew servants, penalty for deaths and injuries.

So, a man with a ring in only one ear, is that a sign of slavery?

After reading all this, one comes to realize how truly transformative Jesus message is.