February 9, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are four chapters.

February 9: Matthew 14, Exodus 38, Exodus 39, Exodus 40 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Matthew 14 tells about John the Baptist being beheaded. It is interesting that most people know the name of the daughter of Herodias, but it is not in the Bible. There is another Salome in the Bible, but she was a follower of Jesus. After learning of the beheading of John the Baptist Jesus tried to withdraw from the people, but they kept following him, and so came the feeding of the 5000 out of five loaves of bread and two small fishes. After all were satisfied they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Jesus dismissed the crowd, made the the disciples go in a boat to travel to the other side of Lake Genesareth, and then after Jesus had prayed alone he joined them by walking on the water. A very interesting read.

Exodus 38 retells of how the altar of burnt offerings made, the basin for washing, the courtyard around the tabernacle and all the materials used.

Exodus 39 retells how the priestly garments are made, the ephod, the breastplate, the bells and pomegranates, the mitre and undergarments and finally the words “Holy to the LORD” to be fastened to the priest’s turban.

And in Exodus 40 the tabernacle is finished, the Priests installed and finally God blessed the tabernacle with His presence when the Glory of the LORD filled it. That is the end of the book of Exodus.