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Old Testament 43

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 6:  In approximately 33 AD Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful mankind.  Never again was the animal sacrifice at the Temple of God necessary.

God now communicates through the Holy Spirit to every man or woman that seeks him.  Salvation has come to
all people, not just the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11  Again I ask:  Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather, because of their
transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (non Jews) to make Israel envious.

Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70 AD, the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the
second Temple of God.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt.

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  Unfortuately, the Jews of Israel still don’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God.

Next week we will be reviewing “heaven.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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CONCLUSION 5:  Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

After conquering the entire land, the twelve tribes of Israel were allotted land to possess.

The third king of Israel was Solomon.  He built the first Temple of God (see above photo) in 957 BC.  It was
similar to the Tent of Meetings but it was a permanent structure.  The Arc of the Covenant was placed in the back
room, the Most Holy Place.  On top of the Arc were two Cherubim (Angel) statues.  The Holy Spirit appeared be-
tween the statues and would speak to the High Priests.

After Solomon’s death, the kingdom was torn in two.  The north and the south.  Both kingdoms practiced idolatry.
Because of this, God discontinued his security of Israel.  In 722 BC, the Kingdom of Israel came to an end.

In 586 BC the Temple of God was destroyed.

A short time later, Cyrus the King of Persia conquered this land.  God ordered him to build the second Temple of
God in Jerusalem.  The second Temple of God was completed in 516 BC.

Next week, the final conclusion before we review a different subject.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

CONCLUSION 4:  Continuing from last week, Moses and more than one million Israelites were free and left Egypt.

The Pharaoh and his officials changed their mind and went after the Israelites.  They went after them with an army
of chariots.

At the Red Sea, God separated the sea and allowed the Israelites to pass through.  The Lord held off the
Egyptians until the Israelites were safely through.  When the Egyptians passed through, God threw them into con-
fusion.  The water flowed back over the Egyptians and drowned the entire army of Pharaoh.

At Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments by which to live.  On their way to the promised land,
God told Moses and the Israelites to build a mobile tabernacle.  This is where animals were sacrificed to symbol-
ically take the death that was due mankind.  The back room “Holy of Holies” is where Moses and the High Priests
listened and spoke to God.

When the Israelites reached the Promised Land, they were afraid to enter and attack the people of Canaan.  As a
result of their disobedience, God kept the entire Israelite generation in the desert for forty years.

After the forty years, the Israelites entered the Promised Land.  Moses and Aaron were not allowed to enter. 
It was Joshua who led the Israelites into the promised land.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 40

Posted: March 30, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 3:  Joseph had interpreted the dreams of the King of Egypt.  He told the king that Egypt will have
seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine.

For seven years of abundance, Joseph stored food and grain.  During the seven years of famine, Joseph opened
the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians and all of the other countries.

When Israel (Joseph’s father) learned there was grain, he sent ten of his sons to buy grain.  After they met, Joseph
made himself known to his brothers.  Joseph still loved his brothers and forgave them.

Joseph’s father, his ten older brothers, and one young brother settled in Egypt.  Joseph and his brothers flour-
ished in Egypt.  Their descendants became known as the 12 tribes of Israel.

As time past, a new king became ruler of Egypt.  He was afraid of the many Israelites and how fast their population
was growing.  He thought they would join Egypt’s enemies and fight against Egypt.  He oppressed the Israelites and
forced them to build the cities of Pitham and Rameses.

Years later, a Hebrew boy (Israelite) grew to become prince of Egypt.  The prince killed an Egyptian for beating a
Hebrew, one of his own people.  When the King learned of this, he tried to have the prince (Moses) killed.  Moses
fled to live in Midian.

In Midian, God calls Moses to return to Egypt to free the Israelites slaves.  After many plagues were
brought upon Egypt, the Pharaoh let the slaves go.  After 430 years, the Israelites were free and left Egypt.
For more info about Moses, please read Old Testament pages 18 – 21.  

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 39

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 2:  Following Noah’s lineage leeds us to Abraham.

God began with Abraham to establish his family of believers.  
(Abraham descendants became the nation of Israel.  After Jesus, the faith spread to every nation in the world.
Hence, Abraham was considered the father of many nations).

Abraham and Sarah had a son named Isaac who with Rebekah had a son named Jacob.  God renamed Jacob to 
Israel who had 12 sons.  These 12 sons are the origins of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Genesis 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old
age;  and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

The other eleven brothers were jealous of Joseph.  In the desert, they threw him into a cistern (large pot for water)
and sold him to a caravan of Midianites, who took him to Egypt.

Years later, Joseph was the only person that could interpret the dreams of the King of Egypt.  He told the king that
Egypt will have seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine.

The King put Joseph in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

CONCLUSION 1:  Let’s review our study of the Old Testament and how the Israelite nation came into existence.

Adam and Eve were the first people to live on earth.  In Hebrew, Adam means “to be red.”  This may refer to
the ruddy color of his skin.  In Hebrew, Eve means “source of life.”  She was the mother of all the living.

Adam and Eve had two sons.  Cain committed the first murder by killing his brother Abel.  Adam and Eve had
another son to replace Abel.  They named him Seth.  The descendants of Seth followed the Lord.  The
descendants of Cain did not follow the Lord.

The sons and daughters of Adam and Eve and their descendants joined together and had sex to
populate the earth.  Technically, this was considered incest.  In Genesis, this was allowed because human
genetics were far more free of defects.  Sin wasn’t as prevalent yet.  The chance of birth defects was far less likely.
Fore more detailed information on incest, please read Old Testament 3 – 4.

Following Seth’s lineage leads us to Noah.

Noah was instructed to build an Ark.  Because of mans sin, God destroyed the earth and all of the people.
Only Noah’s family and the animals on the Ark and the animals in the sea survived.

After the flood, Noah’s children and their descendants joined together and had sex to repopulate the
earth.

Next week we will continue our review with CONCLUSION 2.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Last week we read that the Gentiles (non Jews) who believe in Jesus have been grafted into the Kingdom of God.
As believers they receive salvation.

After the death of Jesus, the Temple of God was irrelevant.  No longer were the High Priests required to
perform animal sacrifices.  No longer were they required to meet with the Holy Spirit in the Holy of Holies at the
Arc of the Covenant.  From this moment on, all believers can seek God’s wisdom and counsel themselves.

At this time in history, the Roman Empire had control of Israel.  The Jews rose up several time but the revolts were
crushed by Rome within a couple years.  Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70AD, the Romans
conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God.  This is the second time the Temple had been de-
stroyed.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt. 

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  The State of Israel still exists today.  Unfortunately, the Jews of Israel still don’t
recognize Jesus as the Son of God.  Jesus who died on the cross and brought salvation to all believers through the
Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5  … He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us
generously through Jesus Christ our savior.

For more information to how salvation works, please read Point of Salvation (pages 15 -18).  Column to the left.

Next week, we will review our study of the Old Testament and how Israel came into existence.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff