February 3, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are four chapters.

February 3: Matthew 8, Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Exodus 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 8 tells of Jesus continuing his healing ministry. He heals a man with leprosy and a Roman centurion displays his faith in Jesus, so Jesus heals his servant because of faith. He heals many others, and the strange encounter with the demon possessed men from east of Lake Genesareth. Many want to follow him, but Jesus warns them off by telling the price of following him. It also recalls how Jesus calmed the storm.

Exodus 23 continues with laws about justice and mercy, how you are to help even someone who hates you. He institutes the Sabbath laws, that in six years you may harvest your fields, but the seventh year you will let it go fallow. in my childhood Sweden this was still practiced by many farmers. the seventh day rest was to be practiced by all and applied to work animals as well. Moses also defined the three annual feasts, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of harvesting and the feast of ingathering. Finally God warns of worshiping other Gods.

In Exodus 24 God confirms His covenant with the people, and Moses goes up to Mount Sinai and stays there 40 days and 40 nights, a long time for the people to be without a leader.

In Exodus 25 Moses tells of the people make an offering, and out of this offering was made three furnishings for the tabernacle, the ark, the table and the lampstand.