From The Pastor's Desk

THE BIBLE: A SURVEY

 

I have lately been writing to you about the Bible.  This is a very dear and passionate topic for me.  In fact, it has been quite tough to limit my words as I am forced to do in these brief articles!  I will be writing about the Bible for quite some time (although some other topics may be mixed in along the way).  My primary burden in doing this is to inform, to help you become more familiar with your Bible.  Some things you may already know and others you may not.  In the end, I sincerely hope and pray that this subject will be educational and enjoyable to you!  MP

 

*I will be more brief summarizing Genesis and Exodus since extensive time was devoted to the consideration of these two books in Sunday school class.

 

Genesis

 

Author-Moses

Key word-Beginnings

*This is demonstrated by the record of the beginning of the world and mankind (creation) along with the beginnings of marriage, sin, languages, nations, and worship.

Key characters-Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph

Key verses-Gen. 12:1-3-Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Exodus

 

Author-Moses

Meaning of Exodus-“Exit” or “Departure”

Key characters-Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, and Joshua

Key chapters-12-The “exodus” out of Egypt; 20-The giving of the law

Key fact-Practically every book in the Old Testament makes some reference back to this book, referring to the Exodus, the mighty miracles of God in the release of His people from slavery, or the law that was given at Mount Sinai-Benware, pg. 53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leviticus

 

Author-Moses

Setting-The book of Leviticus complements Exodus; it does not advance the story of the Old Testament. . . .Along with Exodus, Leviticus records the law code of Israel, which Moses received from the Lord at Mount Sinai.  While he was inside the newly completed Tabernacle, Moses received the detailed laws of Leviticus that related to the sacrifices, the priesthood, the feast days, and other matters-Benware, pg. 61.

Purpose-To teach the nation of Israel the way to God and how to walk with Him.  This book was given to direct Israel to live as a holy nation in fellowship with a holy God.  It was part of a code of law for the total well-being of the nation-Benware ,pg. 62.

Key term-holiness (the sum total of godly traits)

-Holiness distinguishes God from people and distinguishes God’s people from other people.

-God is holy.

-God expects His people to be holy.

-God desires to live among His people but has high standards that must be maintained.

Key characters-Moses, Aaron, and the sons of Aaron

Key verses-11:44a-For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy. . .17:11-For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Interesting Thought-Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the phrase “Jesus died for our sins”?  In Leviticus, you’ll read about the elaborate system of sacrifices that God designed as a way for Israel to pay for its sins.  Every sin required a sacrifice.  When you read about these sacrifices, you will begin to appreciate what Jesus did for us.  As the perfect Lamb of God, [H]e allowed [H]imself to become the ultimate sacrifice for sin (see John 1:29).  His death on the cross paid for our sins once and for all!  (King James Student Bible, pg. 119).

 

*Information compiled from Survey of the Old Testament, The Essential Bible Companion, and the King James Student Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017