Two Weeks on the Old Testament
The Old Testament tells the story of God’s chosen people, the Hebrews, who were later known as Israelites or Jews. God made a promise with a man named Abram. He told him that he would make his descendants a great nation. In time, his descendants moved to Egypt to escape a famine in their own land. After many generations they had greatly increased their numbers but had become enslaved to the Egyptians.God sent a great leader named Moses, to lead the Hebrews out of captivity and into the Promised Land of Israel. It was during this time that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments which are still considered the basis for a moral life by both Jews, Christians and much of the world.
God intended for the Israelites to live according to His commandments and to show the truth of God to all the world (Genesis 12:1-3). However, the Israelites forgot their mission and God, falling into idolatry.
When they walked away, God called prophets, such as Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Jonah, Isaiah, Micah and many others, to turn the Holy one of Israel.
Ultimately, the culmination of the Old Testament is to prepare the way for Christ. He is present all throughout the Old Testament. He is the Messiah (meaning “anointed one”). These reading will give you a very brief highlight of the Old Testament.
Day 1, Genesis 1: The story of creation
Day 2, Genesis 3: The origin of sin
Day 3, Genesis 22: Abraham and Isaac
Day 4, Exodus 3: Moses’ encounter with God
Day 5, Exodus 20: The gift of the Ten Commandments
Day 6, 1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath
Day 7, 2 Samuel 11: David and Bathsheba
Day 8, 2 Samuel 12: Nathan’s rebuke of the king
Day 9, 1 Kings 18: Elijah and the prophets of Baal
Day 10, Job 38: God’s answer to Job
Day 11, Psalm 51: A classic confession
Day 12, Isaiah 40: Words of comfort from God
Day 13, Daniel 6: Daniel and the lions
Day 14, Amos 4: A prophet’s stern warning
(Again,.. I will not take credit for the “Readings Plan” I found them on the net and added a bit to it!)