Read the Bible Chronologically | February 2016

Throughout the next month, you will trace God's path to rescue his people, the nation of Israel, from their slavery in Egypt. The hardness of Pharaoh's heart prevents him from heeding God's commands, and so God must use the mighty arm he promised Moses to work plagues to eventually convince Pharaoh to let his people go, culminating in a climactic recuse at the Red Sea.

The latter part of Exodus and book of Leviticus deal with the laws concerning Israel's worship. As we read about all the furnishings for the Tabernacle, and hear of the animal sacrifices prescribed to remove sin, we remember the words of the New Testament authors:

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.  (Hebrews 10:11-13, NIV2011)

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:11-12, NIV2011) 

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17, NIV2011)

Everything prescribed for Israel's worship from the guilt and thank offerings, whole burnt offerings, the Passover Lamb (see John 1:29), to even the colors of the coverings of the tabernacle pointed ahead to the promised Messiah who would do what the animals on Israel's altar could not do; Jesus would make true peace between God and sinful mankind by removing sin once and for all.

The latter part of the month will see the Israelites finally leaving Mount Sinai and begin their journey to the border of the Promised Land, a land they will unfortunately not enter for forty years because of their lack of trust in God's promises.

Links have been placed at the end of each reference to take you to's online resources. The English Standard Version (ESV) and the 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV2011) links have been provided. You will find many different English translations on that website as well. If you prefer to have a printed list to keep in your Bible at home, you may download that here: Chronological Bible Reading Plan.

DateDaily Reading
February 1Exodus 7-9 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 2Exodus 10-12 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 3Exodus 13-15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 4Exodus 16-18 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 5Exodus 19-21 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 6Exodus 22-24 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 7Exodus 25-27 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 8Exodus 28-29 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 9Exodus 30-32 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 10Exodus 33-35 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 11Exodus 36-38 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 12Exodus 39-40 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 13Leviticus 1-4 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 14Leviticus 5-7 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 15Leviticus 8-10 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 16Leviticus 11-13 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 17Leviticus 14-15 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 18Leviticus 16-18 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 19Leviticus 19-21 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 20Leviticus 22-23 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 21Leviticus 24-25 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 22Leviticus 26-27 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 23Numbers 1-2 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 24Numbers 3-4 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 25Numbers 5-6 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 26Numbers 7 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 27Numbers 8-10 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 28Numbers 11-13 [ ESV | NIV2011 ]
February 29Review your favorite scriptural account.