Today we are HALFWAY done with reading the Bible. Tomorrow we will be closer to the end than the beginning. YOU DID IT! A brief explanation of all that we have read so far:
- Genesis answers two big questions: “How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from?”
- The book of Job: Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
- Exodus: God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a Covenant with them.
- In Leviticus God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
- Numbers: Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.
- Deuteronomy: Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) for how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.
- Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then divides out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Judges: Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way (called “judges”).
- Ruth: Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David.
- 1 Samuel, Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.
- 2 Samual: David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
- 1 Kings: The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.
- Song of Songs- A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
- A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—Ecclesicaties.
- 2 Kings: Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets, until they both fall captive to other world empires.
- In 1 Chronicles we read a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.
- We also read 150 Psalms that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
- And meditated on the Proverbs: a collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
We have 20 books (some very short, 1-day reads) left of the Old Testament and then we turn the page to the Gospel.
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There is a Handouts section on the website of any cool visuals we have used if you need to reference them at any time.
I know many of you are reading but don’t comment BUT if you want to make me smile, you will write in comments 1 thing you learned reading this year that you did not know before 2020 began, I would be so happy.