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Two Weeks on the Old Testament

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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.

WEEK ONE

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

 

WEEK TWO

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!)

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