February 7, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

February 7: Matthew 12, Exodus 34, Exodus 35 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Matthew 12 Jesus proclaims he  is the Lord of the Sabbath and healed a man with a withered hand. Since this was on a Sabbath it was considered blasphemy. Jesus continued to heal in secret, but the Pharisees said he did it by Beelzebub (lord of the flies). Jesus answer? “A Kingdom divided against itself will not stand.”  Jesus also says “he that is not with me is against me.” There is no middle ground, and there is a sin that cannot be forgiven: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Continuing on Jesus says that the only sign given will be the sign of Jonah. Finally Jesus in a way rejects his own mother and brothers by pointing to his disciples and saying: “Here are my mother and brothers, for whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother”.

After breaking the two stone tablets, Moses in Exodus 34 has to go back up the mountain and write the words of God on two new tablets. Then God repeats much of the same that was said in previous chapters, even reiterating the Covenant, but it ends with the radiant face of Moses because Moses had spoken with God.

Exodus 35 is a more detailed repeat of Sabbath regulations, materials for the tabernacle and who were the leaders of the building of the tabernacle.