Bible 100 Lenten Edition Summary 2

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This Lent we are learning the Bible, Bible 100 style. In other words, we’re developing an overview of the entire collection of 66 books. Here’s a summary of what we covered this week. If any of this sparks your curiosity, I hope you will watch the short videos I recorded through Facebook Live.  Of course, you can always turn to the Bible to learn even more!

Lessons 7-12

 Lesson 7: Jacob Becomes Israel (Genesis 26-33)

  • Jacob leaves in search of a wife and a life away from Esau.
  • He goes to his mother’s homeland, Paddan-aram, where he meets and falls in love with Rachel.
  • Rachel’s father (Jacob’s Uncle Laban), tricks Jacob into marrying Leah.
  • Jacob eventually has children with both Leah and Rachel, and their maidservants.
  • Jacob fathers twelve sons.
  • God changes Jacob’s name to Israel in both Genesis 32 and Genesis 35.

 Lesson 8: Joseph, Dreamcoat to Death (Genesis 37-50)

  • Joseph is #11 of the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel).
  • He has prophetic dreams and the gift of interpreting dreams.
  • His father showed him preferential treatment, once giving him a coat of many colors.
  • Joseph dreams his brothers will bow down to him. (Genesis 37:5-11)
  • Joseph’s brothers conspire against him. He is sold into slavery.
  • Joseph rises to prominence after interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams. (Genesis 41:39-40, 43)
  • Joseph is unexpectedly reunited with his brothers during a widespread famine.
  • Joseph forgives his brothers and brings the entire family to live safely in Egypt.
  • Genesis ends with the death of Joseph. (Genesis 50:26)

 Lesson 9: Meet Moses (Exodus 1-2)

  • God told Abram his family would end up being slaves in a foreign land.
  • The Israelites were not originally slaves in Egypt, but that changed.
  • The Israelites did not build the pyramids.
  • The Pharaoh orders the execution of all male Hebrew newborns because he is worried about the security risk of having so many immigrants on a potentially vulnerable border.
  • Moses is spared. He is raised in the Pharaoh’s palace, despite his Hebrew origins.
  • Moses murders an Egyptian and flees to Midian where he gets married and settles down.

 Lesson 10: God’s Plagues & The Exodus (Exodus 3-19)

  • Moses meets and speaks with God when God appears in a burning bush.
  • Moses doesn’t seem to know God. He asks God for his name. God responds, “I AM.” God cannot be contained by one name.
  • Pharaoh refuses to release the Israelites from Egypt. God sends a series of plagues.
  • The plagues simultaneously do 3 things:
    • demonstrate for the Egyptians that the God of Israel is the True God
    • destroy the Egyptians false gods
    • demonstrate God’s power and presence to the Israelites whose spirit and faith had been damaged by harsh living conditions
  • The Pharaoh relents only after the 10th plague, the death of all the firstborns.
  • The Israelites escape by passing through the Red Sea (a la Charlton Heston)
  • In Exodus 19 God reaffirms his covenant with the Israelites by giving them the law, the Ten Commandments. The rest of the Bible is about applying those 10 principles.

Lesson 11: Wilderness Journey, Manna & The Tabernacle (Exodus to Deuteronomy)

  • God provides manna for the Israelites as they make their way to the Promised Land.
  • God confirms his covenant with the Israelites by providing the law and the tabernacle. (Click here to see what the Tabernacle might have looked like.)
  • The glory of the Lord enters the tabernacle in Exodus 40:34.
  • The Golden Calf incident happens while Moses is meeting with God. (Exodus 32)
  • The book of Leviticus teaches the Israelites how to apply the law and use the tabernacle, including the 5 great sacrifices.
  • Numbers 13-14 tells us the Israelites wandered the wilderness for 40 years as a consequence for their lack of faith.
  • Deuteronomy brings a review of the history so far and also the death of Moses.

Lesson 12: Moses’ Successor and Meeting Rahab (Joshua)

  • Joshua’s name was originally Hoshea, but Moses changed it. Both names have significant meaning.
    • Hoshea means salvation
    • Joshua means the Lord is salvation (Jesus is a Greek translation of the name Joshua)
  • Joshua leads the Israelites in beginning to conquer the Promise Land
  • Rahab, a prostitute who is not an Israelite, helps in a significant way. Rahab is included in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1.
  • The Ark of the Covenant allows the Israelites to safely pass through the Jordan River at flood stage, much like the earlier generation had passed through the Red Sea.
  • The covenant of circumcision is renewed.
  • Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down.

 


Want to sum up this week’s lessons in just a handful of verses? Try these:

  1. Genesis 32:24, 27-28 (Jacob becomes Israel)
  2. Genesis 47:27 (Israelites relocate to Egypt)
  3. Exodus 12:40-41 (Israelites escape from Egypt)
  4. Deuteronomy 34:7-9 (Joshua replaces Moses)

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