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Beginnings- Settlement (?-1440 BC) Part 2

In the first part of beginnings through settlement we discussed how we could get to know God’s character by reading stories through-out the Bible. We read and broke down what we could learn about God from the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis.

Today we are looking at how we can see ourselves in the first 5 books of the Old Testament and Job. Grab your Bible if you don’t already have it and lets dig in.

Open your Bible and read each scripture to discover how we can see ourselves in the following scripture.

Genesis 4:1-5

Cain was jealous of Abel and the offering he was offered up to the Lord.

In Cain’s jealousy we can see our own sense of competition and desire to be “better” than someone else.

Genesis 6:7-8

God was sorry he created man and beast as the world was full of wickedness. God said He would destroy the Earth with the flood. Noah found grace from God and was instructed by God to build an ark to be saved from the flood.

In Noah’s need for the ark for salvation- we can see our own need to be rescued from God’s judgement. It also demonstrates if we obey God and follow His lead, He will save us from complete destruction.

Genesis 12

Abraham had great faith in God. He was obedient when God told him to do something.

In Abrahams faith in following God- we can see our own potential for belief.

Genesis 25 & 27

In both of these scriptures Jacob is lying and scheming- following his own desires and relying on himself to get what he wants. Manipulating situations to take what was for his brother Esau. (In Genesis 25 his birthright, in Genesis 27 his blessing.)

In these two examples we can see our own inclination to trust in ourselves to provide our needs and wants.

Genesis 42-45

In Josephs kindness and forgiveness for his brothers who sold him into Egypt- we see our own responsibility to forgive and overcome evil with good.

Exodus 14

Israel struggles to keep faith when the Egyptians began to march after them. Israel feels they are trapped in the wilderness to die. God instructs Moses to lift his rod and stretch out his hand and part the sea so that Israel may cross on dry land.

In Israel’s struggle to keep faith- we see our own struggles and weakness of faith.

Job 3

In this scripture it’s expressing Job’s feelings in response to him suffering. In Job’s response we can see our own feelings and disappointment when things work against us.

These are only a few examples of how we can see ourselves throughout the Old Testament of the Bible. I encourage you to read deeper into each of the beginning books in the Old Testament and make notes on how you relate to the scripture you are reading.

This will help you to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus as you discover the powerful truths packed within the books of the Bible.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for providing us with the tools we need to discover who You really are and who we are created to be in You. Lord, I thank you for each person who reads this post. I pray that you would give us all understanding and discernment as we study Your word. I pray each person would desire a deeper, stronger, and more intimate relationship with You. I pray You open the hearts of each person that they would see Your hand at work in their life. I pray that you will guide each of us and cover us with Your peace, love, and protection in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings Part 2

In part one of Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings we discussed fairly broadly about the Old Testament and its role in the Bible. We discovered there are three types of knowledge- factual, personal, and practical. All of which are important and take us to a new level of understanding.

In the second part of the study we are going to further breakdown the Old Testament into more specific time periods and develop a new understanding on what is happening over time through-out the Old Testament. Giving us a deeper experience and new level of knowledge as we read the books contained in the Old Testament part of the Bible.

The Old Testament begins at creation and ends at approximately 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The events take place at a variety of different places, but the primary setting is Palestine.

There are many small, yet very important stories through-out the Bible. Some tell of migration- military campaigns and political intrigue- while others are romance. The stories have hero’s, villain’s, queen’s, king’s, prophet’s, poets, judges and more. These stories are in some ways like any other story you may read containing characters, plots, main ideas, and so on. Yet they are very different in huge ways.

Bible stories are true stories- from real people- like you and I from many many years ago. They are historic accounts of what happened on earth decades before we entered the world. They are powerful, educational, and life changing.

The Bible is our sword and we are to know it- so in pressing times we are equipped to defeat our enemy.

The Old Testament was written over a period of 1000 years (1400-400bc) and has over 30 different authors. Covering creation to the return of the Jews from exile in Babylon. It’s made up of 39 books- which could further be broken down into 3 major categories- history, prophecy, and poetry.

When reading the Old Testament it’s important to understand the culture as it was then and what was happening around them when a particular scripture was written. This will ensure you understand the scripture as it was written and aren’t misunderstanding and/or misleading yourself.

When taking a walk through the Old Testament history there are four major phases:

  1. Beginnings (? – 1440 BC)
  2. Settlement (1440 BC – 1050 BC)
  3. Kings (1050 BC – 586 BC)
  4. Exile (586 BC – 400 BC)

Discover how God is made known in each of the phases above by looking at specific incidents in each phase. Make note of how you can see yourself in each phase of the Old Testament.

Contrary to what some may think or say- the Old Testament and Bible in general are NOT outdated or old fashioned.

It’s a powerful book packed with truth, love, and knowledge. A book of promises that has a lot to say about God and still applies in today’s world of contemporary people.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for Your message and truth- for being a God of promises and love. Lord, I pray for those who are reading this message. That they would see what You are trying to show them about the Bible and the power it holds. I pray that you open up each of their hearts to truth and love. Give them clarity, discernment, and understanding as they study Your word. Guide them in their study and show yourself to them. I pray that each would have a life changing experience with You and would desire to seek to know You more. I want to thank You Lord for using me as a vessel to share Your word and spread the truth of Your love. I pray Your blessings and safety over each of us in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings- Part 1

Don’t fall trap to the misleading statements that the Bible or it’s contents are outdated or old fashioned. This is a common smoke screen the enemy uses today to detour non-believers from coming to know truth and freedom in Him.

The ultimate lie to keep you disconnected, broken, feeling empty, and not seeking a relationship with Jesus. The Bible stands true today- just as it did the day it was written. God and His Word are never changing and can ALWAYS be counted on.

Let’s take a look at some of the Bible Basics of the New Testament books. Jot down some key points- interesting facts- and questions you may have- as you read through this short study. (Feel free to email or post questions below in the comment section- I do my very best to answer/write back to everyone who writes)

The New Testament books are a collection of God’s story and begins before time began.

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The key here is to break down this first sentence- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Take note that in the beginning it was God. The Bible shows us this by making it clear that the Old Testament started before time- before man-before animals- before flowers, trees, plants- before water, air, sound- before light and dark.

In the beginning it was literally God. Nothing more. Nothing less. God is the beginning of life- the beginning of everything.

The Old Testament is a collection of books with great spiritual and personal value. It teaches us about who God is and how life began. It explains how evil was introduced into the world. It inspires us for holy living and fills our hearts with gratitude and praise.

The Old Testament prophesies about the coming of the Messiah, our redeemer. Provides us with a fundamental understanding of God and sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

It also sets a standard of truth and lays out the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

There are 3 different types of knowledge we can obtain from getting to know God through the Old Testament.

  1. Factual Knowledge– To know God in this manner we must first know about Him. Learning His character and record of miracles and promises kept.
  2. Personal Knowledge-Knowing God in this manner takes us past the information stage and to a stage of relationship. Getting to know God through our own experiences and relationships with those who already have an established relationship with Him.
  3. Practical Knowledge- To know God in this form of knowledge we study His Word and He spells out His will for our life. Shows us how we need to change on the inside to live the life He created us for. Gaining practical knowledge of God through Bible studies such as this will help us to learn how to live in the complex world around us .