Bible Reading Plan for February 20

Feb 20 2019

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Leviticus 9:7-10:20

7Moses then said to Aaron, “Come near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people; then make the offering for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the LORD has commanded.”

8So Aaron came near to the altar and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering which was for himself.9Aaron’s sons presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood and put some on the horns of the altar, and poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.10The fat and the kidneys and the lobe of the liver of the sin offering, he then offered up in smoke on the altar just as the LORD had commanded Moses.11The flesh and the skin, however, he burned with fire outside the camp.

12Then he slaughtered the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar.13They handed the burnt offering to him in pieces, with the head, and he offered them up in smoke on the altar.14He also washed the entrails and the legs, and offered them up in smoke with the burnt offering on the altar.

15Then he presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and slaughtered it and offered it for sin, like the first.16He also presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance.17Next he presented the grain offering, and filled his hand with some of it and offered it up in smoke on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning.

18Then he slaughtered the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings which was for the people; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar.19As for the portions of fat from the ox and from the ram, the fat tail, and the fat covering, and the kidneys and the lobe of the liver,20they now placed the portions of fat on the breasts; and he offered them up in smoke on the altar.21But the breasts and the right thigh Aaron presented as a wave offering before the LORD, just as Moses had commanded.

22Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.23Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.24Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

1Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.2And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.3Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying,

‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,

And before all the people I will be honored.’”

So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

4Moses called also to Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come forward, carry your relatives away from the front of the sanctuary to the outside of the camp.”5So they came forward and carried them still in their tunics to the outside of the camp, as Moses had said.6Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation. But your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the LORD has brought about.7“You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the LORD’S anointing oil is upon you.” So they did according to the word of Moses.

8The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying,9“Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations—10and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean,11and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them through Moses.”

12Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering that is left over from the LORD’S offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy.13“You shall eat it, moreover, in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due out of the LORD’S offerings by fire; for thus I have been commanded.14“The breast of the wave offering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you; for they have been given as your due and your sons’ due out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the sons of Israel.15“The thigh offered by lifting up and the breast offered by waving they shall bring along with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a wave offering before the LORD; so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the LORD has commanded.”

16But Moses searched carefully for the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron’s surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying,17“Why did you not eat the sin offering at the holy place? For it is most holy, and He gave it to you to bear away the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD.18“Behold, since its blood had not been brought inside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded.”19But Aaron spoke to Moses, “Behold, this very day they presented their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD. When things like these happened to me, if I had eaten a sin offering today, would it have been good in the sight of the LORD?”20When Moses heard that, it seemed good in his sight.

Mark 4:26-5:20

26And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.28“The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.29“But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?31“It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,32yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THEAIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”

33With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;34and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

Jesus Stills the Sea

35On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”36Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.37And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.40And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

The Gerasene Demoniac

1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.2When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,3and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;4because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.5Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;7and shouting with a loud voice, he *said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!”8For He had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”9And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he *said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”10And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.11Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain.12The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them.”13Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.

14Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.15They *came to Jesus and *observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened.16Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.17And they began to implore Him to leave their region.18As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him.19And He did not let him, but He *said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”20And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Miracles and Healing

Psalm 37:30-40

30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

And his tongue speaks justice.

31The law of his God is in his heart;

His steps do not slip.

32The wicked spies upon the righteous

And seeks to kill him.

33The LORD will not leave him in his hand

Or let him be condemned when he is judged.

34Wait for the LORD and keep His way,

And He will exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35I have seen a wicked, violent man

Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.

36Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more;

I sought for him, but he could not be found.

37Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright;

For the man of peace will have a posterity.

38But transgressors will be altogether destroyed;

The posterity of the wicked will be cut off.

39But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;

He is their strength in time of trouble.

40The LORD helps them and delivers them;

He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,

Because they take refuge in Him.

Proverbs 10:6-7

6Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

7The memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.