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2016-1st Qt Meeting God in The Old Testament -ipad


Genesis 33:18, 20 reads: “Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city. . . Then he erected an altar there and called it El-Elohe-Israel.”Translated, the name of Jacob’s altar is “God, the God of Israel.” When Jacob chooses this name for his new altar, he probably doesn’t intend to make a statement of huge Scriptural significance. His new name is Israel, God is his God, and he’s quite happy about that....

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Perhaps the hardest thing for us to understand about God is not His existence—whenever we look up at the stars at night, we see that proclaimed—but the fact that God is interested in mankind. Why would a being of such power and magnificence bother interacting with puny mortals like us? Nonetheless, Scripture is quite plain: God DOES care what we do. These passages tell the story of the first agreements ever made between the human and the divine.
Meeting God in the Old Testament Chapter Four: Redeemer Throughout the book of Genesis, God Main Scripture deals largely with righteous men and their families. In Exodus, though, God Exodus 14 turns His attentions to an entire nation, the nation of Israel. In Exodus 1, the situation looks bleak—the Israelites are the slaves of the Egyptians, the most powerful nation on earth. However, More Scriptures God, through a spectacular display of power, frees the Israelites and proves to Exodus 3;...
Meeting God in the Old Testament Chapter Five: Lawgiver Once God rescues the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, His interest in them does not diminish. Instead, He elicits an agreement from them that they will be a people for His own possession. He then spends the next forty years revealing a system of law to them that will be their moral polestar for the next years. This giving of an ethical code is something that no god from any of Earth’s mythologies ever bothered doing. Why is it...
Why is it useful for us to understand how and why God is our Protector?The Big QuestionChapter Seven: Protector1.In Judges 6:1-5, how well are God’s people doing? Why is this? What does this tell us about God?2. Consider Judges 6:6-10, especially in light of the entire book. If you were God, how interested would you be in helping your people out? Why? What does this say to us about God?3. In Judges 6:13, does Gideon seem to understand why God has deserted Israel? In light of Judges 6:28-30,...
For thousands of years, scientists, philosophers, and mystics have been asking, “Where did we come from?” The Bible gives us the definitive answer to that question. The universe is the handiwork of God. In this lesson, you’re going to use Genesis 1-2 and other Old Testament Scriptures to answer the questions below. Then, in class, we’re going to use everyone’s answers to build a portrait of the God who can create something from nothing.
Chapter Eight:Meeting God in the Old Testament2 Samuel 22:1-23:5Main Scripture1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Psalm 51; Psalm 139More ScripturesAfter following the general course of the nation of Israel for hundreds of years, the Bible’s lens zooms in on one remarkable figure: David. As the Scriptural record reveals him, David is many things that seem opposed to us: poet and bloody-handed hero, philosopher and conqueror. However, David is most defined by his relationship with God, for it is God...
Chapter Six: Conqueror Israel is also a Conqueror. After 40 years of wandering, the Main Scripture children of Israel finally get their act together and arrive on the east bank of the flooded Jordan. Across the river waits the promised land of Canaan. However, the land’s already occupied by a numerous and warlike people that can rely on the protection of strongly fortified cities—a tall order for the descendants of ex-slaves. However, the Israelites have one big advantage—God.Let’s see...