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OLD TESTAMENT


OVERVIEW



KEY:  


A record of a nation designed to bring forth a Man (the Messiah of God).

DEFINITION: 

Messiah = Anointed One. The anticipated King and Deliverer of the Old Testament. Fulfilled by Jesus (the) Anointed [Hebrew: Yeshua HaMashiach]. Jesus admitted that He was the Christ or Messiah (read in John 4:25-26 and Mark 14:61-62 of the New Testament.). 

GENESIS CHAPTER 1 THROUGH CHAPTER 11:

Creation of earth and man.
Man’s loss of identity through sin.
God’s program for man          

        Redemption
        Re-creation
        Fully sufficient vitality

A  place of blessing for living and working

        Spirituality
        Geographically

GENESIS CHAPTER 12 THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY:

The call of Abraham

  • God chose Abraham to give birth to a nation.
  • Abraham’s relatives (the Hebrews) moved to Egypt for 430 years.


The Call of Moses & the Wilderness Wanderings

  • God judged Egypt and delivered the Hebrews by Moses.
  • Forty (40) years of wandering in the wilderness.


The Conquest of the Promised Land

  • Joshua led the people into the Promised Land (Canaan).
  • God destroyed seven (7) nations in the land of Canaan.
  • The Promised Land divided to the 12 tribes of Israel (the Hebrews).


The Judges, Prophets, and King

  • God gave them "Judges" for 450 years.
  • After Samuel, the Prophet, they wanted a king.
  • God gave them King Saul for 40 years.
  • Then God removed Saul and gave them David for a king.
  • From David’s seed (relatives) God promised them a "Savior".


The Division of the Kingdom

  • After David’s son (Solomon) died, the kingdom was divided into Northern and Southern divisions.
  • Israel = Northern 10 tribes
  • Judah = Southern two tribes
  • Enemies later took both divisions of the kingdom away into captivity.


The Return from Captivity

  • A remnant returned from captivity (after 70 years) in 536 B.C.
  • The Old Testament closed 100 years later.
  • There were about 400 years between the Old and New Testament writings.


SUGGESTION:

Memorize the events above in the same chronological order.  Notice Stephen's sermon in Acts - Chapter 7 that was so powerful it caused him to be martyred.  It was the same content as above!

THOUGHT:

God called Abraham alone, and blessed him, and increased him (see Genesis 12:1-5 and Isaiah 51:2). God did NOT call Abraham’s family, even though he had a family, but God blessed his family because Abraham obeyed.


Next, go to  Old Testament Introduction - Part A  and then to,  Old Testament Introduction - Part B.



God called Abraham alone.
What do you think God can do through you alone?

Will you be God’s friend?