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.