Today there are five chapters to read, but they are all short.
February 25: Psalm 11, Psalm 12, Numbers 7, Numbers 8, Numbers 9 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 11 has the phrase “flee as a bird to the mountain”, which bring back memories of songs we used to sing.
Psalm 12 is especially valid for today with all its double speak.
Numbers 7 has 89 verses, but the chapter only seems long since the same offerings for the dedication of the tabernacle are repeated for each of the twelve tribes.
Numbers 8 deals with setting the Levites apart for their duties.
Numbers 9 defines how the Passover shall be celebrated from that time on. It also describes the cloud over the tabernacle, if it lifted they moved on, if it stayed, they stayed.
Today there are four chapters to read.
February 24: Psalm 9, Psalm 10, Numbers 5, Numbers 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 9 and Psalm 10 may belong together as they do in the Septuagint. They speak of God’s faithfulness and the only temporary victories of the wicked one.
Numbers 5 deals with purity, how to deal with leprosy or dead bodies, restitution for wrongdoings and how to deal with marital unfaithfulness, especially for women.
Numbers 6 tells of the vow of the Nazarite, how he (or she!) must separate themselves totally to the LORD, not shave the hair, not eat anything from the grape, not even the dry skin, not touch any dead bodies and so on. When the separation is over an offering must be given. The chapter ends with the priestly blessing.
Today there are four chapters to read, ponder the significance of Matthew 28.
February 23: Matthew 28, Numbers 2, Numbers 3, Numbers 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 28 begins with Jesus being in the grave for the two adjoining sabbaths, the first day of unleavened bread followed by the normal sabbath, an earthquake and the stone was rolled away and Jesus was no longer in the grave. The guards were bribed to tell that the disciples took the body, but two women, the two Marys met Jesus, and he told them to tell the remaining disciples that he is risen from the dead. Matthew ends with Jesus giving the great commission.
Numbers 2 tells how the tribes are to be arranged around the tabernacle, three to the east, three to the south, three to the west and three to the north and the Levites in the middle.
Numbers 3 counts the Levites by clan.
Numbers 4 tells of the duties of the Kohathites, the Gershonites and the Merarites. Then these Levite clans are numbered.
Today there are only two chapters to read, do it and contemplate.
February 22: Matthew 27, Numbers 1 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 27 depicts the longest day, beginning with Jesus being handed over to Pilate, the Roman governor, since the Jews did not have right to execute capital punishment. Judas hanged himself, the thirty pieces of silver was used to buy the Potter’s field. Pilate tries to wiggle out of the role as a judge, his wife had warned him, so he comes up with the idea to release one prisoner at Passover which was the custom. Pilate chooses Jesus or Barabbas to be released and of the two the people chooses Barabbas to be released and Jesus to be crucified. Pilate acquiesces to the mob and so Jesus is flogged by the soldiers for a public spectacle and then he is led away, but after the flogging Jesus is too weak to carry his own cross, so they force Simon from Cyrene to carry Jesus cross all the way to the place of the skull, and there Jesus was crucified together with two criminals. To identify Jesus they put and inscription on the top of the cross “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” A number of prophecies were fulfilled, and Jesus finally dies on the cross. At that very moment the Temple vail was torn in two, from bottom to top and for the first time the holy of holiest is revealed. Jesus, now being dead is taken down from the cross and put in a tomb, a stone is rolled in front of the entrance and the tomb is sealed, and – this is important, they put up a guard to secure the tomb. Why did they do that? Think about that.
Numbers 1 is by comparison simple, it just lists the heads of the people that left Egypt, the first census.
Today there are only two chapters to read, but when you do you’ll understand why.
February 21: Matthew 26, Leviticus 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 26 is enormous. It begins with the plot against Jesus, continuing with his anointing at Bethany, then Judas agrees to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, continuing with the Lord’s supper being initiated, Jesus predicting who is going to betray him, moving on to the Mount of Olives, Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane where he predicts Peter’s denial, and continues in prayer: “Not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus prayed three times and then came the betrayal and arrest of Jesus and he is taken to the Sanhedrin to be interrogated. The chapter ends with Peter’s denial.
Leviticus 27 deals with redeeming people and property and what is to be dedicated to God.
Today there are three chapters.
February 20: Matthew 25, Leviticus 25, Leviticus 26 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 25 begins with the parable of the ten virgins (Give me oil in my lamp, keep it burning). Then comes the parable of the five, two and one talent. the one with five made ten, the one with two doubled his talents, but the one with only one talent buried his. Jesus had his one talent taken away and be given to the one with ten talents. The moral of this parable is: Equal opportunity, not equal outcome. Finally Jesus gives the parable of the sheep and the goats, and the sheep are defined as those who do God’s will “You did it for me.”
Leviticus 25 defines the Sabbath year, a year of rest for the land, and the year of the jubilee, the year when property is restored, rights redeemed, and slaves are set free. (As far as I know the year of the jubilee was never implemented)
Leviticus 26 tells of blessing for obedience and punishment for disobedience.
Today there are three chapters.
February 19: Matthew 24, Leviticus 23, Leviticus 24 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 24 is knocking at the door is a song popularized by Johnny Cash and gives a description of what is coming. Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple and the events that will occur just before his return. He even quotes Daniel the prophet. Then he describes his return to gather his people. He assures us that heaven and earth will pass away, but not his words. However, nobody knows the time or the day of his coming. Many have tried to predict it, and so far all have failed. This makes sense since we are supposed to watch and wait, and with this admonition the chapter ends.
Leviticus 23 describes the feasts of the LORD, the Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Leviticus 24 describes how to care for the Tabernacle Lamps, the Tabernacle Bread. Then it defines the Penalty for Blasphemy, and the Penalty for intentional injuries: “An eye for an eye.”