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MY BOOK OF BIBLE STORIES
HIS is a book of true stories. They are taken from the world's greatest book, the Bible. The stories give you a history of the world from when God began to create u t l right up to our present day. They even tell about ni what God promises to do in the future. This book gives you an idea of what the Bible i all s about. It te& about people o the Bible and the things f they did. It also shows the grand hope of everlasting life in a paradise earth that God has given to people. There are 116 stories in the book. These are grouped in eight parts. A page at the beginning of each part tells briefly what is found in that part. The stories appear i n the order that events occurred in history. This helps you to learn when, in relation to other events, things happened in history. n The stories are told i simple language. Many of you young children will be able to read them for yourseelves. You parents will discover that your smaller children will delight to have these stories read to them over and over again. You will find that this book contains much of interest for young and old ame. Bible citations are given at the end of each story. You are encouraged to read these portions of the Bible on which the stories are based.
1 God Begins to Make Things 2 A Beautiful Garden
3 The First Man and Woman.
4 Why They Lost Their Home
6 A Good Son, and a Bad One
5 A Hard Life Begins PART 2
7 8 9 10
A Brave Man Giants in the Earth Noah Builds an Ark The Great Flood
THE FLOOD TO THE DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT Joseph Tests His Brothers The Family Moves to Egypt Job 1s Faithful to God A Bad King Rules Egypt How Baby Moses Was Saved Why Moses Ran Away The Burning Bush Moses and Aaron See Pharaoh The 10 Plagues Crossing the Red Sea
1 The First Rainbow 1
12 Men Build a Big Tower
13 Abraham-A Friend of God 14 God Testa Abraham's Faith 15 Lot's Wife Looked Back 16 Isaac Gets a Good Wife 17 Twllis Who Were Different 18 Jacob Goes to Haran 19 Jacob Has a Big Farnily 20 Dinah Gets into Trouble 21 Joseph's Brothers Hate Him 22 Joseph 1s Put into Prison PART 3
DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT m ISRAEL'S FIRST KING 34 A New Kind of Food 36 The Golden Calf 35 Jehovah Gives His Laws 37 A Tent for Worship
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 ' . Saul-Israel's First King God C hS David David and Goliath W ~ David Must Run Away Y Abigail and David David 1s Made King Trouble i David's House n Wise King Solomon Solomon Builds the Temple The Kingdom 1s Divided Jezebel-A Wicked Queen 70 Jon& and the Big Fish 71 God Promises a Paradise - 72 God Helps King Hezekiah 73 Israel's Last Good King 74 A Man Who 1s Not Afraid 75 Four Boys in Babylon 76 Jerusalem 1s Destroyed [ TO REBUILDING OF JERUSALEM'S WALLS 77 78 79 80 They Would Not Bow Down Handwriting on the Wl al Daniel in the Lions' Pit God's People Leave Babylon 81 Trusting i God's Help n 82 Mordecai and Esther 83 The Walls of Jerusalem 1 .The 12 Spies Aaron's Rod Grows Flowers Moses Strikes the Rock The Copper Serpent A Donkey Talks Joshua Becomes Leader Rahab Hides the Spies Crossing the Jordan River The Walls of Jericho PART 4 A Thief i Israel n The Wise Gibeonites The Sun Stands Still Two Brave Women Ruth and Naomi Gideon and His 300 Men Jephthah's Promise The Strongest Man A Little Boy Serves God ISRAEL'S FIRST KING TO CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON 67 Jehoshaphat Trusts Jehovah 68 Two Boys Who Live Again 69 A Girl Helps a Mighty Man 1 1 1 56 57 58 59 .
PART 6 BIRTH OF JESUS TO HIS DEATH t 84 An Angel Visita Mary 85 Jesus Bom i a Stabld n 86 Men Guided by a Star 87 Young Jesus i the Temple n 88 John Baptizes Jesus 89 Jesus Cleans Out the Temple 90 With the Woman at the Well 91 Jesus Teaches on a Mountain 92 Jesus Raises the Dead PART 7 102 103 104 105 106 107 Jesus Feeds Many People He Loves Little Children The Way Jesus Taches Jesus He& the Sick Jesus Comes as King On the Mount of Olives 99 In an Upstaim Room 100 Jesus in the Garden 101 Jesus 1s Killed 93 94 95 96 97 98 . 1 PART 8 WHAT THE BIBLE FOREWLLS COMES TRUE 116 How We Can Live Forever 114 The End of Al Badness l 115 A New Paradise on Earth . JESUS' RESURRECTION TO PAUL'S IMPRISONMENT 108 109 110 111 112 113 On the Road to Damascus Peter Visits Cornelius Timothy-Paul's New Helper A Boy Who Fell Asleep Shipwrecked on an Island Paul in Rome Jesus 1s Alive Into a Locked Room Jesus Returns to Heaven Waiting in Jerusalem Set Free from Prison Stephen 1s Stoned .
moon and stars. So God made the man and woman named Adam and Eve and put them in a beautiful garden. The first creations of God. But the earth was created for people like us. Enoch and Noah. They were angels. I n heaven. On earth. But there were also good people on earth-Abel. I n all. there were 1. including some unusually powerful men. were spirit persons somewhat like himself. In Part ONE we will read about al1 these people and events. we learn. During this time many bad persons lived. Satan and his bad angels.656 years.PART 1 Creation to the Flood From where did the heavens and earth come? How did the sun. . as well as the many things on earth. come to be? The Bible gives the true answer when it says that they were created by God. there were Cain and many other bad persons. from Adam's creation until the great Flood. So our book begins with Bible stories about creation. there were the unseen spirit persons. But they disobeyed God and lost the right to keep living.
things ALL the goodlight bywe have come from God. There was nothing but one big ocean of water all over the land. So God made the light from the sun to shine on the earth. And God made the earth for us to live on. But God wanted people to live on earth. He helped God to make the sun. There were no flowers or trees or animals. and he worked with his Father. It looked like the picture you see here. There were not even any fish in the oceans. He made the sun to give us day. We can't see these persons. first the earth needed light. He made it so there could be both nighttime and daytime. the stars and the earth were not the first things God made. C ) . Jeremiah 10:12.Genesis 1:l-10. God made the angels to live with himself in heaven. Afterward God caused land to come up above the water of the ocean. So he began to get things ready for us. In the Bible these persons are called angels. just as we can't see God. 1 I What was the earth like then? In the beginning no one could live on earth. and the moon and stars so we But the sun. At ñrst there was nothing on the land. The first angel God made was very special. the stars and also our earth. the moon. What did he do? Well. Colossians 1:15-17. God had a lot more work to do to make the earth dYi1 really nice for anirnals and people to live on. the moon. Do you know what was the ñrst? God ñrst made persons like himself. He was God's first Son. He helped God to make al1 other things.GOD BEGINS TO MAKE THINGS 1 can have some light at night.
? - : 4 . the flowers and al1 the animals. Can you pick out the elephant and the lions? .BEAUTIFUL 2 tty everything is! Look at the g m and the trees. ready for us. let's see how God got the earth -> . How did this beautiful garden come to be? Well. . .' . . * First. God made green grass to cover the land.* y: . And he rnade al l kinds of mal1plants and .
Do you k m what God saw that was missing? Let's see. f He called this place the garden o Eden. G d later made &h to swim i the water GaiEdbirds to fly in n the sky. But look a t t h e picture of this garden again. Everything about it was beautiful. He -de doga and ats and horses. And God wanted the whole earth to become just like this prétty garden he had made. mt . But thky do more than th& Many of them a h give us foods that taste very good. animaIs live mear your how? Shouldn't we be glad that God made all these t k g s for m? Finally. big a n h a h and s m d animals.1 : t : I : growing tkhgs b l p 60 meke the earth pretiy. God rnade one part of the e&h a very sgecial place. It w+s just perfect.
Then he blew into the man's nose. a man's body. And the man and woman came to be called Adam and Eve. Do you know what that was? l The animals a l had mates. ' mama elephants. While Adam was naming the animals he began to see something. were papa elephants and . and Adam came to life. They are the first man and woman. He took some dust s from the ground and with it he formed a perfect body. But Adam had no one w \ _ L . Who made them? It was God. He told Adam to name a l the different kinds of animals. Jehovah God had a job for Adam. Adam may have watched the l animals for a long time so he could pick the best names for them all. it is the people in it. This i how Jehovah God made Adam.THE FIRST MAN AND WOMAN 3 HAT is different in this picture? Yes. / &"" . Do you know his name? It is Jehovah. and there were papa lions and mama i i lions. . There .
. and she became his wife.i . He wanted them to make the whole earth as pretty as the garden of Eden. Using this rib. Let's h d out why. and he took a rib bone from his side. Jehovah wanted Adam and Eve to live forever. How happy Adam was now! And think how happy Eve must have been to be put in such a beautiful garden to live! Now they could have children and live together in happiness. Jehovah made a woman for Adam.r made Adam fall into a deep sleep. How happy Adam and Eve must have been when they thought about doing this! Would you have Wred to share in making the earth a pretty garden? But the happiness of Adam and Eve did not last.
He kept that tree as his own. This angel was able to fool Eve. and we cannot see them. 24. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. So this can only mean that someone else was makhg the snake speak. But from one tree God said not to eat. But now. 3:l-13. And we know it is wrong to take something that belongs to someone else. Do you know why? It is because they did something very bad. Now. and Adam did too. God told them they could eat food from the trees of the garden. Do you know the bad thing Adam and Eve did? They did something God told them not to do. Who was that? It wasn't Adam. So she ate. Genesis 2:16. This one angel had become very proud. So it had to be one of the persons that Jehovah had made long before he made the earth. and that is why they lost their beautiful garden home. Later we will learn how you n may share i making it this way. And so Jehovah is punishing them. Adam and Eve are being put out of the beautiful garden of Eden. 29 S . when Jehovah made snakes he did not make them so they could talk. And he wanted people to obey hirn instead of obeying Jehovah. she believed it. or else they would die. a snake spoke to her. let's ñnd out what happened to Adam and Eve.WHY THEY LOST THEIR HOME 4 EE what's happening now. He began thinking that he should be a ruler like God. 17. But someday God wdl see to it that the whole earth is made as pretty as the garden of Eden. When he told her that she would become like God if she ate the fruit. Think of that! It told Eve to eat fruit from the tree from which God told them not to eat. what happened? One day when Eve was done in the garden. Those persons are angels. He was the angel that made the snake talk. don't we? Well. Revelation 1 : .
Remember. n get sick and die. Well. 4 . God warned them that they would die if they ate fruit from a certain tree. they saw lots o thorns and thistles grow f around them. This means that f f the children would also have to grow old and die. '. They had to work hard for their food. the very day that they ate they began to die. They could all have lWed forever i happinem on earth. I only Adam and Eve had obeyed Jehovah. But worse than that. Adam and Eve had many f troubles. How foolish they were not to listen to God! The children o Adam and Eve were f a l born after God put their parents out l o the garden o Eden. life would have f been happy for them and their children.A HARD LIFE BEGINS UTSIDE the garden o Eden. This is what happened when Adarn and Eve disobeyed God and stopped being His friends. Instead o f beautiful fruit trees. Adam and Eve started to die. No one would have had to grow old.
Revelation 2 : . And everyone on earth will be l a good friend with everyone else and with God. They named their second son Abel. She had pain. 2. but a l the people will be healthy. When their first son was born. So when she gave birth to her children. Not only will the whole earth be beautiful. r ' 6 & . don't you agree? Adarn and Eve had many sons and daughters. What happened to them? Do you know? Genesis 3:16-23. they named him Cain. 4 13 .4:1. But Eve was no longer a friend of God. it was not easy for her.God wants people to live forever i happinesq and He prornises n that someday they will. Being disobedient to Jehovah certainly brought her a lot of somw.
One day Cain and Abel bring a gift to God. And Abel brings the very best sheep he has. He likes to take care of little larnbs.A GOOD SON. They grow up into big sheep. But he is not pleased with Cain and his gift. Do you know why? It is not just that L . Cain brings some food he has grown. They have both grown up. AND A BAD ONE 6 OOK at Cain and Abel now. He grows grains and fruits and vegetables. Jehovah is pleased with Abel and his gift. Cain has become a farmer. and so Abel soon has a whole flock of sheep to watch over. Abel has become a keeper of sheep.
It is because Abel is a good man.' There. I [' ! So God tells Cain that he should change his ways. So after Cain killed his brother. At that time Abel will never have to die. When Cain went away to live i another part of the earth. he does not love his brother. Genesis 42-26: 1 John 3 1 . 12.1 than Cain's. :1 . and they also had children. In time Cain and his wife began to have children. But Cain is bad. So Cain says to Abel. Wasn't that a terrible thing for Cain to do? Even though Abel died. he took with him one of his sisters. He hila hirn so hard that he kills him. Soon there were many people on the earth. John 1125. Cain hits his brother Abel. Abel was good. God punished him by sending him far away n from the rest of his farnily. He loves Jehovah and his brother. and Jehovah never forgets a person like that. 'Let us go over into the field. Other sons and daughters of Adam and Eve got married. God still remembers him. Won't it be h e to get to know persons like Abel? But God is not pleased with persons like Cain. when they are al1 alone. and she becarne his wife. He is very angry because God liked Abel better. So one day Jehovah God will bring Abel back to life. But Cain does not listen. Let's learn about s0me 0f them. He will be able to live here on earth forever.
many bad things? caused Adam and Eve to h b e y God and to eat the fruit that God said they should not eat? Yes. 1. The pe m u n d him were do bad things.' The people were probably very angry to hear this. Do you know why people back then did sw. - i t7 z L . rnost of them things like Gain. It was this: 'God is someday going to destmy all the bad people. ' . . He i s named E'noch. E'noc brave man.. it was a bad angel. And he is trying to get everyone to be bad. But was difFerent.. want ta hear. The Bible calls him Satan. S THE number of began earth. 1 8. I . One day Jehovah God had E'noch tell the people something they did not - A a: U . . but E'noch kept on serving God.
after E'noch died. Well. Hebrews 11:5. 15.days were much stronger than now and lived much longer. Why. Jude 14. The Bible says that 'everything they thought about wm bad all the h e . ' and that 'the earth became filled with Do you know one of the reasos why there was so much trouble on the earth in those days? It is beeause S a h had a new way o getting the f people to do bad things. . the people just got worse and worse. 27. We will learn about this Genesis 5:21-24. 6:5. E'noch's son Me-thu'selah lived to be 969 years old! .
They tried to force everyone to be bad like thernselves. This man's name was Noah. These giants were bad. Genesis 6:l-8. they would hurt people. The Bible says that this was wrong. . what would you think?was as person That would be a giant! At one time there really were gianta on the earth. these babies were Merent. his family and many of the animals. But God was going to save Noah.GIANTS IN THE EARTH tall 8 SOMEONE were walking toward you and he as 1Fthe ceiling in your house. In time. but there was one man on earth now who was good. some of these angels started to listen to Satan. Jude 6. because God made the angels to live i heaven. He always did what God wanted hirn to do. and getting stronger and stronger. Let's see how God did this. But how could that be? Remember. He was even trying to get God's angels to be bad. Do you know why? The Bible says that it is because these sons of God saw the pretty women on earth and wanted to live with them. And they came down to earth and made hwnan bodies for themselves. unta they became giants. the bad angel Satan was busy making trouble. n When the angels and their wives had babies. And because they were so big and strong. One day God told Noah that the time had come for Him to destmy all the bad people. The Bible shows that their fathers were angels from heaven. At ñrst they may not have looked very different. E'noch had died. But they kept growing bigger and bigger. So they came to earth and married these women. They stopped the work that God had for them to do in heaven.
NOAH BUILDS AN ARK N OAH had a wife and three sons. His sons' names were Shem. They kept on being bad. and the food all of them would need. He told him to build a big ark. Nobody -Cc - .' Noah and his sons obeyed Jehovah and started building. This ark was large like a ship. the anirnals. 'Make it three floors high. God now had Noah do a strange thing. but it looked more like a big. But the other people just laughed.' God said. long box. God said: '1 arn going to send a great flood of water and destroy the whole world. God also told Noah to fix up the ark so that no water could leak in. Everyone not in the ark will die. So there were eight persons in Noah's family. And each of these sons had a wife. Harn and Ja'pheth.' The roorns were for Noah and his family. 'and n put rooms i it.
b W d d there really be a flood as God d d ? Genesis 6:9-22.It took a long time to build the ark because it was so big. Inside. God said to bring in two of some kinds of animals. Now God told Noah to bring the animals into the ark. . t i . Noah and his family also went into the ark. Noah and his family waited. God also told Noah to bring in d the different kinds of birds. Noah did just what God said. e Just imagine you are there in the ark with them. after many years. God told Noah to bring in seven. waiting. . both a male and a female. But of other kinds of animals. Findy. it was finished. Then God shut the door. Afterward.9 .
They must have laughed more than ever. It pushed over trees and rolled around big stones. and made a lot of noise. Noah had been right! But it was too late now for anybody else to get into the ark. They believe that the Flood . They climbed up to higher ground. The people were afraid.THE GREAT F'LOOD as come. Soon al the low ground was covered. The water becarne like l big rivers. how they wished they had listened the people same OUTSIDE the ark. All of a sudden water began to fall. The door had been closed tight by Jehovah. But they soon stopped laughing. Oh.still did notwent about their life thewould before. It poured down from the sky as when you pour water from a bucket.
and it floated right on top of the water. .to Noah and gotten into the ark when the door was still open for them! But now it was too late. along with their mothers and 8 . after the rain stopped falling. It rose up the sides of the mountains. For 40 days and 40 nights the water poured out of the sky. And the only thing that could be seen was the ark floating on top. The watef lifted it up. But everyone inside was safe. The water kept getting higher and higher. the sun began to shine. and soon even the tallest mountains were covered. All of them had died. a l %he people and animals outside the ark died. The giants were gone now. l So just as God had said. No more would they be around to hurt people. Then one day. Noah and his sons had done a good job building the ark. What a sight it was! There was just one big ocean everywhere.
Noah sent out the dove a third time. 1 Peter 3:19. So we can just imagine how happy they all were to be outside again and to be alive! Genesis 7:lO-24. It would fly away for a while and then it would come back. because it could not ñnd a good place to land.8:l-17. and the waters of the flood began to go down.. In the Bible they are called demons.. f . Many more days passed. God now spoke to Noah.- b . So Noah knew that the waters had gone down. and it brought back an olive leaf in its beak. But what happened to their fathers? The fathers of the giants were not really human people like us. it would rest on the ark. He said: 'Go out of the ark. and ñnally it found a dry place to live. I S I . Noah wanted to see if the waters had run off the earth. so next he sent a dove out of the ark. they did not die'with the rest of the people. They stopped using the human bodies they had made. The waters kept on going down and down. Noah sent it out a second time.' They had been inside the ark for more than a whole year. p k U. Five months later the ark carne to rest on the top of a mountain.FC the rest of the bad people. Take your whole family and the animals with you. and went back to heaven as angels. But they were no longer allowed to be part of the farnily of God's angels. Then Noah let a black bird called a raven out of the ark. So they became the angels of Satan. It kept doing this and each time it returned. God now made a wind blow. But the dove came back too because it did not find a place to stay. They were angels that had come down to live as men on earth. 4. % . . So when the Flood came. and those inside the ark could look out and see the tops of the mountains. 20.
For the next 215 years the Israelites lived in Egypt. Jacob had a big family of 12 sons and some daughters. Joseph tested his brothers to see whether they had a change of heart. of Isaac's two sons. Jacob was chosen by God. but in time they increased to number many thousands. 857 years of history are covered in Part TWO. Joseph became an important ruler of Egypt. Jacob's whole family. . I n time. After Joseph died. This happened 290 years after Abraham was born. Then.PART 2 The Flood to the Delivemnce from Egypt Only eight people survived the Flood. When a bad famine came. W e learn how God kept his promise by giving Abraham a son named Isaac. Later. Then. 352 years after the Flood. Moses was born. Abraham was born. and God used him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. Finally. they became slaves there. I n all. moved to Egypt. the Israelites. Jacob's 10 sons hated their younger brother Joseph and sold him into slavery in Egypt.
I Soon the land was all dried off. You can see him doing this in the pidure below. God blessed them and told them: 'You must have many children. Noah offered this gift of animals to thank God for saving his family from the i great flood.THE FIRST RAINBOW D 0 YOU know the fmt thing Noah did when he and his family m e out of the ark? He made an oflering or a gift to God. Do you think Jehovah was pleased with the gift? Yes. and Noah and his family began a new life outside the ark. he was. And so he promid Noah that he would never destroy the world again by a flood. You must increase i numbers until people live all over the d n . ' 4 - .
Do you know what he gave to remind them? It was a rainbow. So God gave something that would remind people of his promise never to flood the whole earth again. God's promise that he will never destroy the world again by a great f i ~ ~ d .' ' ii 1 . .. Genesis 8:1&22. they might be afraid that a flood like that would happen again. Have you ever seen one? Do you see the one in the picture? Thia i what God said: ' promise that never again will a l s 1 l people and anima be destroyed by a flood. 1I it and remember this promise of mine.! ) 1 i I But later. Rainbows may have many beautiful colors. what should it remind you of? Yes. 1 1 j 1 So when you see a rainbow. 1 arn putting my n see rainbow i the clouda And when the rainbow appears. when people would hear about the great flood. A rainbow i often seen in the sky when the sun shines after s it has rained. 9:9-17.
God wanted the people to move out and live all over the earth. And their f children grew up and had more children. God did not like Nim'rod. Nim'rod. So do you l know what he did? He told the people to build a city and a big tower in it.$yTy : t ' 6 1 MEN BUILD A BIG TOWER Er 12 ANY years passed. Noah's sons had lots o children. But the people said: 'Come on! Let's build a city and a tower so high that its top will reach into the heavens. Nim'rod wanted to keep them a l together so that he could rule them. All the people at that time spoke one language. . Then we will be famous!' The people wanted honor for themselves. Jehovah God was not pleased with this building. not for God. He was a bad man who hunted and killed both animals and men. Nim'rod also made himself a king to rule over other people. Soon there were many people on the earth. See them in the picture making bricks.
One day Jehovah told Abraham: 'Leave Ur and your relatives. When Abraham was 99 years old. And. But the people there worshiped false gods. He lived with his family in that city of Ur. he did.ABRAHAM-A FRIEND OF GOD 13 NE of the places where people went to live after the Flood was called Ur. It became an irnportant city with some nice homes in it. In time they all arrived at a place called Ha'ran.' Did Abraham obey God and leave behind all the comforts of Ur? Yes. and go to a country 1 will show you. It was just two years later that the man you see in this picture was born. After a while Abraham and his household left Ha'ran and came to the land called Ca'naan. God began to help Abraham so that he carne to have great flocks of sheep and other animals and hundreds of servants. to have a child? o . where Te'rah died. Some of Abraham's family went along with hirn when he left Ur. 15-17. And it was because Abraham always obeyed God that he came to be known as God's friend. since Abraham and Sarah were now too old Genesis 11:n-32. 350 years after the flood. But he and Sarah did not have any children of their own. His father Te'rah did. The people in Ur and Ba'bel were not like Noah and his son Shem. There Jehovah said: 'This is the land that 1 will give to your children. Jehovah said: ' promise 1 that you will become father to many nations of people. 12:1-7. who kept on serving Jehovah. of course. So did his nephew Lot. His name was Abraham.' Abraham stayed in Ca'naan and lived in tenh.1758. faithful Noah died. That was the way they did in Ba'bel too. They were far away from Ur. Abraham's wife Sarah went too. Finally. He was a very special person to God.' But how could this happen.18:9-19.
But just at that moment God's angel called: 'Abraham. He called: 'Abraham!' And Abraham answered: 'Here 1 am!' Then God said: 'Take your son. Jehovah tested Abraham's faith. Then. Then he took out the knife to kill his son. your only one. God had kept his promise! But when Isaac had grown older. from me. When he got to the mountain. let's see how Abraham and Sarah got their son. But how could that happen if Isaac were dead? Abraharn did not undeitand. Remember. And remember. God promised them that they would have a son. Isaac. and that Jehovah could even raise C . because Abraham loved his son very much. Abraham!' And Abraham answered: 'Here 1 am!' 'Don't hurt the boy or do anything to him. your only son.GOD TESTS ABRAHAM'S FAITH AN you see what Abraham is doing here? He has a knife. There kill your son and offer him up as a sacrifice. and it looks as if he i going to kill his son. believed that God could do what seemed impossible. Abraham tied up Isaac and put him on the altar that he built. God had promised that Abraham's children would live in the land of Ca'naan. they had a baby boy named Isaac. because you have not held back your son. But that seemed impossible. when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old. 'Now 1 know that you have faith in me. Abraham.' n What great faith Abraham had i God! He believed that nothing was impossible for Jehovah.' How sad those words made Abraham. Why would he ever s do that? First. because Abraham and Sarah were so old. and go to a mountain that 1 will show you. but still he obeyed God. however. a whole year passed.' God said. So what happened? After God made his promise.
But it was not really God's will for Abraham n to kill Isaac. and he told Abraham to sacrifice it instead of his son.22:l-18. So God caused a sheep to get caught i some nearby bushes.Isaac from the dead. . Genesis 2l:l-7.
3 WIFb LOOKED BAC-' ' 1l ! OT id his family lived together with Abraham in the land u ~f Ca'naan. So Lot moved his family and animals Gndy made their home in $41 y of Sod'om. He saw a very nice part of the country w t r and a lot of good grass for his animds. I you go f L e wah then 1 wiU go the othe-. This was ae t of the JOrdan.B+F: y-1 3. % Uwet h t ..h f @&r d rnn* Qod was upset t n ~ "?#* . One day Abraham said to Lot: 'There isn't land .mough here for all our animals. let us separate. W a d owr the land. PIeam. e o '@7on were very bad.
It shows LIS that God saves those who obey him.mor'rah because of their badness. The angels told Lot: 'Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters and get out of here!' Lot and his family were a little n slow i going. Genesis 13:5-13.18:P33. 19:l-29. so that you won't be killed. They didn't stop for a moment. After they had gone some distance from Sod'om. But Lot's wife disobeyed.angels to warn Lot that he was going to destroy Sod'om and the nearby city of Go. and so the angels took them by the hand and led them out of the city. Run to the hills. Then one of the angels said: 'Run for your lives! Don't look back. 2 Peter 2s-8. . Then Lot's wife became a pillar of salt. and they didn't look back. she stopped and looked back. Can you see her in the picture? We can learn a good lesson from this.Luke 17:2832.' Lot and his daughters obeyed and ran away from Sod'om.but those who do not obey him will lose their l i ~ .
He didn't want Isaac to marry one of the women in Ca'naan.ISAAC GETS A GOOD WIFE 3 YOU know who the woman is in this picture? Her name U is Re-bek'ah. because these people worshiped false gods. So Abraham called his servant and . Isaac's father Abraham wanted to get a good wife for his son. How did this happen? s Well. And the man she is coming to meet is Isaac. She i going to become his wife.
When the servant asked her for a drink. Genesis 24:1-6i.' Abraham's servant knew that Be-thu'el was the son of Abraham's brother Na'hor. So he knelt down and thanked Jehovah for leading him to Abraham's relatives. . It was Isaac.said: 'I want you to go back to where my relatives live i Ha'ran n and get a wife for my son Isaac. But now Isaac carne to love Re-bek'ah very much.bekfah.' Soon Re-bek'ah came along to get some water. His mother Sarah had died just three years before. That night Abraham's servant told Be-thu'el and Re-bek'ah's brother La'ban why he had come. she gave him one. He also asked if he could stay overnight at their home. and there is room for you to stay with us. When Re. it was evening time. the time when the women of the city would come to get water from the well.vi . . What did Re-bek'ah say when she was asked? She said. Rehk'ah saw a man 1 walking in the field.' she wanted to go. He was glad to see Re. '. and he was still sad about this.' Right away Abraham's servant took ten camels and made the long trip. Then she went l and got enough water for a l the thirsty camels. That was hard work because camels drink lots and lots of water. he stopped at a well. So Abraham's servant said a prayer to Jehovah: 'May the woman that gets some water for me and the camels be the one that you choose to be the wife of Isaac. So the very next day they got on the camels and began the long trip back to Ca'naan. They both agreed that Re. Abraham's servant asked her the name of her father. When they arrived. and he was happy again. When he got near the place where Abraham's relatives lived. It was late in the afternoon.bek'ah finished doing this. She said: 'My father is Be-thu'el.bek'ah could go with him and marry Isaac.? . 'Yes.
and we can just imagine how Jacob liked to listen to him talk about Jehovah. wn The father.bekrah very sad. Grandfather Abraham was still alive. Abraham ñnally died at 175 years of age. because he was a quiet. because he was a good hunter and would bring home food for the family to eat. when the twins were 15 years old. aren't they? Do you know their names? The hunter i E'sau. E'sau and Jacob were the t i sons of Isaac and Rebk'ah.bekrah loved Jacob most. peaceful boy. liked E'sau a lot. But Re. When E'sau was 40 years old he married two women from the land of Ca'naan.TWINS WHO WERE DIFFERENT HE two boys here are very different. Isaac. and the boy taking care of s the sheep is Jacob. because T . This made Isaac and Re.
27:l-46. But E'sau had earlier sold the right to receive the blessing to Jacob. Later. E'sau expected to receive this blessing. when the two boys were born God had said that Jacob would receive the blessing.Hebrews 12:16. So she told her husband Isaac: 'It will be just terrible if Jacob also marries one of these women of Ca'naan. 17. when E'sau learned about this he becarne angry with Jacob.. Since E'sau was older than Jacob. When Re.' Jacob listened to his father. Go instead to the house of your grandfather Be-thu'el in Ha'ran. \ Genesis 25:5-11.28:l-5.to give a blessing to his older son. she was very worried. And this is what happened. Marry one of the daughters of his son La'ban.20-34. He was so angry that he said he was going to kill Jacob. . 35. Also.2694. Isaac gave the blessing to his son Jacob.bek'ah heard about this. and .right away began his long trip to where his relatives lived in Ha'ran.' At that Isaac called his son Jacob and told him: 'Don't marry a woman from Ca'naan.
' they said. here comes his daughter Rachel n with his flock of sheep. and she went home and told her father La'ban.' Can you see Rachel there corning i the distante? When Jacob saw Rachel with his uncle La'ban's sheep. 'Yes.' they answered.JACOB GOES TO HARAN O YOU know who these men are Jacob is talking to? After traveling many days. And when Jacob asked to marry Rachel. he went and rolled the stone away from the well so the sheep could dRnk. Jacob asked: 'Where are you from?' 'Ha'ran. 'look. They were taking care of their sheep. 'Do you know La'ban?' Jacob asked. Jacob met them by a well. La'ban was very happy to have Jacob stay with hirn. She was very excited. La'ban was D . Then Jacob kissed Rachel and told her who he was.
Genesis 29 :130. do you know what happened? La'ban gave his older daughter Le'ah to Jacob instead of Rachel. Because he loved Rachel m much Jacob did this.glad. a man should have only one wife. However. But when the time came for the marriage. he asked Jacob to work i his n field seven years for Rachel. But now. 4 ( * . When Jacob agreed to work for La'ban seven more years. 1 . In those times God allowed men to have more than one wife. as the Bible shows. La'ban also gave him Rachel as his wife.
. and Bil'hah had two sons named Dan and Naphfta. Rachel had a hard time. We want to remember the names of the 12 sons of Jacob because the whole nation of Israel came from them.li. and began the long trip. In fact. Jacob named him Benjarnin. The time came when Jacob decided to leave La'ban and go back to Ca'naan. but the Bible gives the name of only one of them. she was very sad. Jacob also had some daughters.JACOB HAS A BIG FAMILY UST look at this big family. But let's see what happened to his granddaughter Di'nah. Do you know the names of any of the children? Let's learn some of them. It happened when they were on a trip. At last Rachel was able to have a child. Later we will learn a lot more about Joseph. Isaac lived for many years after all these boys were born. and she ñnally died while giving birth. And he had daughters too. and Zil'pah gave birth to Gad and Ash'er. n Rachel gave birth to another son. These are Jacob's 12 sons. Then Le'ah also gave her maidservant Zil'pah to Jacob. She named him Joseph. These were the 11 sons that were born to Jacob when he lived with Rachel's father La'ban.35:16-19. 30:1-26. Her name was Di'nah. So she gave her maidservant Bil'hah to Jacob. Le'ah ñnally had two more sons. the 12 tribes of Israel are named after 10 sons of Jacob and two sons of Joseph. After Jacob and his family had been back i Ca'naan for a while. because he became a very important person. So he gathered together his big family and his great flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. Is'sa-char and Zeb'u-lun.on. Genesis 29:3235. When Rachel saw that she was not having any children. Le'vi and Judah. But the little baby boy was all right. Le'ah gave birth to Reu'ben. and it must have made him happy to have so many grandsons.37:35. Simfe.
and they weren't good people to have as close friends. Did Abraham want his son Isaac to marry a girl from Ca'naan? No. they did not. he did not. Di'nah got into trouble. because only married men and women are supposed to lie down together. Sure enough. Two of them. They and their brothers killed She'chem and all the other men. D . They were not good people to have as husbands and wives. Sim'eon and Le'vi. try to remember what Abraham and Isaac thought about the women in Ca'naan. One day when Di'nah carne on a visit. will we? Genesis 3k1-31. Can you see that Ca'naan-ite man in the picture who is looking at Di'nah? His name is She'chem. This bad thing that She'chem did to Di'nah led to a lot more trouble. they were very angry. Do you know why? It was because these people in Ca'naan worshiped false gods. When Di'nah's brothers heard about what had happened. We will not want to make SU& frien&. How did a l this trouble get started? It was because Di'nah l made friends with people who did not obey God's laws. So we can be sure that Jacob would not be pleased that his daughter was making friends with these Ca'naanite girls. Would her father Jacob be happy about this? To help answer this question. Jacob was angry because his sons did this bad thing. She'chem took Di'nah and forced her to lie down with him.DINAH GETS INTO TROUBLE 20 O YOU see who Di'nah is going to visit? She is going to see some of the girls who live in the land of Ca'naan. This was wrong. were so angry that they took swords and went into the city and caught the men by surprise. Did Isaac and Re-bek'ah want their son Jacob to marry a Ca'naan-ite girl? No.
. When Joseph's brothers see him coming. Then they sit down to decide what to do with him. In both of Joseph's drearns his brothers bowed down to him. some of them say: 'Let's kill him!' But Reu'ben. Joseph had two drearns. But there was also another reason why they hated him. Now one day when Joseph's older brothers are taking care of their father's sheep. He showed him favor by having a beautiful long coat made for him.JOSEPH9SBROTHERS HATE HIM 21 EE how sad and hopeless the boy is. their hatred grew even more. they began to be jealous and to hate Joseph. says: 'No. This is Joseph. When Joseph told his brothers these dreams. very much. S Their father Jacob liked Joseph very. Jac:ob asks Joseph to go and see how they are getting along. When his 10 older brothers saw how much Jacob loved Joseph. Why have his half brothers done this bad thing? It is because they are jealous of Joseph. the oldest brother. There Joseph will be made a slave. His brothers have just sold hirn to these men who are on their way to Egypt. don't you do that!' Instead they grab J o s e p h a n d throw him i n t o a dried-up water hole.
And that is just what Joseph's brothers want their father to think.About this time some Ish'ma-elite men come dong.' he cries. Judah says to his half brothers: 'Let's se11 him to the Ish'ma-el-ites. and see if it is not Joseph's coat. He weeps for many days. How mean and unkind that was! What will the brothers tell their father? They kill a goat and again and again dip Joseph's beautiful coat into the goat's blood.' And that's what they do. Let's see what happens to him where he is taken. But Joseph is not dead. Genesis 37:135. Jacob is very. Look at it. 'A wild animal must have killed Joseph. They sell Joseph for 20 pieces of silver. Then they take the coat home to their father Jacob and say: 'We found this.' Jacob sees that it is. very sad. .
she lies to him and says: 'That bad Joseph tried to lie down with me!' Potfi.phar's wife wants hirn to lie down with her.' But to the baker. though.phar's wife.' So Joseph adds: 'When you get out. So he puts him in charge of al1 the other prisoners. The next day Joseph says: 'Te11 me your drearns. and puts them into prison. who is called Phar'aoh. s There he is sold to a man named Potfi. One night they each have a special dream. So when Joseph f grows older.pharputs him in charge o his whole house. and you will become Phar'aoh's cupbearer again. Pot'i-phar works for the king of Egypt. But Joseph knows this is wrong.~o:I-23.JOSEPH 1s PUT INTO PRISON 22 OSEPH is only 17 years old when he i taken down to Egypt. Genesis 39:1-23. and he won't do it. is let out of prison and begins to serve the king again. The man in charge of the prison soon sees that Joseph is a good man. Joseph. Pot'i-phar. Phar'aoh has the baker's head cut off.pharbelieves his wife.' In three days it happens just as Joseph said. and Joseph has to stay in prison. But the cupbearer forgets all about Joseph! He does not te11 Phar'aoh about hirn. Later Phar'aoh becomes angry with his cupbearer and his baker. Joseph says: 'In three days you will be let out of prison. Why. then. te11 Phar'aoh about me. and he is very angry with Joseph.phar. Pot'i-phar's wife is very angry. The cupbearer. Joseph says: 'In just three days Phar'aoh will have your head cut off. J . To the cupbearer. with God's help. and Potfi.' And when they do. is Joseph here in prison? It is because of Potfi. but they do not know the meaning of their dreams. explains the meaning of their dreams. Potfi. So he has hirn thrown into prison. So when her husband comes home. Joseph works hard for his master. Joseph grows up to be a very good-looking man. and help me to get out of this place.
PHARAOH'S DREAMS T WO years pass. beautiful cows. dried-out heads of grain. and he wonders what they mean. He says to Phar'aoh: 'When 1 was i prison there was a man there who n could tell the meaning of dreams. Do you see him sleeping there? The next morning Phar'aoh calls his wise men and te& them the things that he has dreamed. . And the thin ones ate up the fat cows. Then 1 saw seven thin. But they are not able to tell him the meaning of his dreams. 'In my second dream 1 saw seven heads of f d . The cupbearer s has not remembered him. Phar'aoh tells Joseph his drearns: '1 saw seven fat. Then one night Phar'aoh has two very special dreams. Now the cupbearer at last remembers Joseph. ripe grain growing on one stalk.' Phar'aoh has Joseph brought out of prison right away. Then 1 saw seven very thin and bony cows. and Joseph i still in prison.
n Eight years later. There will be seven years when a lot of food will grow in Egypt. Then there will be seven years when very little food will grow. and to store it up. and for a good reason. 4.' Joseph says to Phar'aoh: 'The two dreams mean the same thing. Do you remember reading about that? So Joseph can see that it is God who has sent him down to Egypt. The seven fat cows and the seven full heads of grain mean seven years. Joseph sees some men coming. Joseph becomes the most important man i Egypt. And he chooses Joseph to collect the food. and he is s dressed in a different kind of clothes. Next to Phar'aoh. Do you know why? It i because Joseph has grown older. 50:20. and the seven thin cows and the seven thin heads of grain mean seven more years. What do you think Joseph doe~? Let's see. . Then n the people will not starve during the following seven bad years when very little food will grow. but they do not recognize him.' Phar'aoh likes the idea.And the thin heads of grain began to swallow up the seven good heads of grain. Genesis 41:~-57. Joseph recognizes his brothers. during the famine. Do you know who they are? Why. Joseph remembers that when he was a boy he dreamed about his brothers coming to bow down to him.' So Joseph t h Phar'aoh: 'Choose a wise man and put him e i charge of collecting food during the seven good years.2~-8. they are his 10 older brothers! Their father Jacob has sent them to Egypt because they were running out of food back home in Ca'naan.
and the youngest is home with our father. We are all brothers. you must bring your youngest brother with you.' . He keeps the brother n named Side-on i prison. You have come to ñnd where our country is weak.JOSEPH TESTS HIS BROTHERS 24 aT OSEPH wants to know if his 10 older brothers are still mean and unkind. We were 12. we are not.' J w p h pretends not to believe them. So he says: 'You are spies.' 'No. and lets the others take food and go home. 'We are honest men. But he tells them: 'When you come back.' they say. But one brother is no more.
1 will not let you take my youngest son Benjarnin. Joseph sends his servants after them. but let the boy go home.44:1-34. Joseph teils his brothers: 'You can all go home. Jacob is very sad. and they find the cup i Benjamin's bag.' Judah now speaks up. They are not mean and unkind anymore. my father will die because he loves hirn very much. the servants say: 'Why have you stolen our master's silver cup?' 'We have not stolen his cup.' So the servants search through all the bags. What s' will the 10 half brothers do now? l They a l return with Benjamin to Joseph's house.' Joseph can see that his brothers have changed. The servants say: n 'The rest of you can go. He is very happy to see his younger brother Benjamin. So please. let that person be killed. But without letting them know.' the brothers all say. 43:1-34.When they return home to Ca'naan. keep me here as your slave.' But when their food begins t run out. he also has his special silver cup put into Benjamin's bag.' he cries. 'If you find the cup with any one of us. but Benjamin must come with u. Jacob has to let them take Benjamin to Egypt so they o can get more food. Now Joseph sees his brothers coming. and says: 'If 1go back home without the boy. Let's ñnd out what Joseph does now. . Of course. When they catch up with them. but Benjamin must stay here as my slave. none of them know that this irnportant man is Joseph Joseph now does something to test his 10 half brothers. just as you see here. After they a l leave and have gone a little distance l on the road. 'and now Sim'e-on is no more. Genesis 42:938. He has his servants ñll up all their bags with food. the brothers te11 their father Jacob everything that happened. 'Joseph is no more.
1s my father still alive?' His brothers are so surprised that they can't speak.' When they do. whom you sold into Egypt. We can imagine how surprised his brothers are. He tells all his servants to leave the room.' . he says: '1 am your brother Joseph. Phar'aoh has made me the ruler of the whole country. And te11 him to come and live here. because they do not know why he is crying.9t THE FAMILY MOVES TO EGYPT J 25 OSEPH cannot control his feelings any longer. Joseph begins to cry. Finally he says: '1 am Joseph. When he is done with his brothers. But Joseph says: 'Please come closer. So now hurry back to my father and te11 him this. They are afraid. It was really God who sent me to Egypt to save people's lives.' Joseph continues to speak in a kind way: 'Do not blarne yourselves because you sold me here.
he telk Joseph: 'Let them take wagons and go get their father and their families and come back here. But there were also the wives. 1 will give them the best land in a l Egypt. The Israelites became a very special people to God. When Phar'aoh hears that Joseph's brothers have come. These all settled in Egypt. and he hugs and kisses them all. Altogether there were 70 when they moved to Egypt. counting Jacob and his children and grandchildren. and probably many servants too.46:l-n. a . They were called Israelita. Jacob's family had become very big. as we will see later. Genesis 45:l-28.Then Joseph throws hk arms around his brothers. Here you can see Joseph meeting his father when he came to Egypt with his whole family.' l That is what they did. because God had changed the name of Jacob to Israel.
bis sick man? Hs name i Job. Job was a faithful man who obeyed Jehovah.' 'He is faithful.' Satan argued. Do you know who? It was Satan the Devil. and why Job suffered so much. Satan is the bad angel who hates Jehovah.' Let's see why she would ever say a thing like that. not far from Ca'naan. Do al1 the bad D . Remember. and he thought he could get everybody else to disobey Jehovah too.' So Jehovah said: 'Go ahead. Jehovah wanted to let n Satan know that he could not get everyone to be bad. Job was the person most faithful to Jehovah i all the earth. Jehovah loved Job very much. But was he able to? No.JOB 1 FNTHFUL TO GOD s 26 i s O YOU feel sorry for t. How many can you name? After Jacob and Joseph died in Egypt. he will curse you. He lived in the land of Uz. but there was someone who hated him. Just think of the many faithful men and women we have learned about. But if you take these away. See how faithful he is to me. so he said: ' h k at Job. 'because you bless him and he has many good things. Take them away. and the woman is his saying to Job? 'Curse God and &e. He was able to get Adam and Eve to disobey Jehovah.
. Ti made Jehovah very happy. Will you always be faithful to Jehovah like Job? I you are. You will be able to live forever when the whole earth will be made just as pretty as the garden of Eden. Next. and afterward he blessed Job.' But Job would not do it. But Job kept faithful. hs as you can see i the picture.things you want to Job. Also. and twice as many cattle. three false friends came and told hirn he had lived a bad life. He healed him from his sickness. Then he killed his 10 sons and daughters i a n storm. Satan had men steal Job's cattle and camels. We will see if he curses me. Only be sure that you do not kill hirn. f God will bless you too. n Job had 10 more beautiful children. sheep and camels as he had before. and his sheep were kiiled.' First. Job suffered very much. That i why Job's wife told hirn: 'Curse God s and die. Satan struck Job with this terrible sickness.
And a new Phar'aoh. And the men forcing them to work are Egyptians. They forced T . The Israelites have become slaves of the Egyptians. became king in Egypt. who was the most important man in Egypt next to Phar'aoh the king. Joseph. h k at the man who ii3 hitting one of the workers with a whip! The workers are of the farnily of Jacob. So this bad Phar'aoh made the Israelites slaves.A BAD KING RULES EGYPT HE men here are forcing the people to work. and are called Israelites. took care of them. And he put men in charge of them who were mean and cruel. But then Joseph died. who did not like the Israelites. How did this happen? For many years Jacob's big family lived at peace in Egypt.
and said: 'You must kill every baby boy that is born. . After a while the Egyptians became afraid that the Israelites would become too many and too strong. So Phar'aoh gave this command to al1 his people: 'Take the baby Israelite boys and kill them. E X O ~ U S 1:6-~. n But still the Israelita kept growing i nurnbers. Do you know what Phar'aoh did? He spoke to the women who helped the Israelite mothers when they gave birth to their babies.' But these were good women. Only let the baby girls live.' Wasn't that a terrible thing to command? Let's see how one of the baby boys was saved.the Israelita to work very hard building cities for Phar'aoh. and they would not kill the babies.
So Mir'i-am ran quickly to tell her mother. Mir'i-am. But she knew that Moses might be found. Later when Moses was old enough. and the princess felt sorry for him. She didn't want to have him killed. and placed the basket in the tall grass along the Nile River. what a beautiful baby she saw! Little Moses was crying.' the princess said. Then Mir'i-am came up. She took a basket and fixed it so that no water would leak in.' So Moses' mother took care of her own child. Phar'aoh's own daughter. You can see her in the picture. She called to one of her servant girls: 'Go get that basket for me. Soon Phar'aoh's daughter came down to the Nile River to bathe. who adopted him as her own son. was told to stand nearby and see what would happen. Mir'i-am asked Phar'aoh's daughter: 'Shall 1go and cal1 an Israelite woman to nurse the baby for you?' 'Please do. because she didn't want him to be killed by the Egyptians.HOW BABY MOSES WAS SAWD 28 EE the little baby crying. This is Moses. When Moses' mother came to the princess.' When the princess opened the basket. . Moses' sister. That is how Moses came to grow up in the house of Phar'aoh. S Moses' mother hid her baby until he was three months old. Do you know who the pretty lady is? She is an Egyptian princess. E X O ~ U S 2:l-10. she took him to Phar'aoh's daughter. Then she put Moses into it. so this is what she did to save him. the princess said: 'Take this baby and nurse him for me. and 1will pay you. and holding onto the lady's finger. Suddenly she saw the basket in the tall grass.
Even Phar'aoh heard about it. Moses decided to go to see how his people were getting along. and the Egyptian died. That is why Moses had to run away from Egypt. but that his real parents were Israelite slaves... . . Can you see the men chasing hirn? Do you know why they want to kill Moses? Let's see if we can find out. He thought he could help them so they wouldn't have to be slaves anyrnore. the ruler of Egypt.. One day. and he sent men to kill Moses. he hit the Egyptian. Moses looked around.WHY MOSES RAN AWN L OOK at Moses running away from Egypt. . . when he was 40 years old. But he saw two Israelite men fighting. The man said: 'Who made you our ruler and judge? Are you going to kill me just as you killed that Egyptian?' Moses now becarne afraid. n Moses grew up i the house of Phar'aoh. Then Moses hid his body in the sand. It was terrible how they were being treated.t . so Moses said to the one who was in the wrong: 'Why are you beating up your brother?' . He knew that people had found out what he had done to the Egyptian. . He saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite slave. Moses knew that he was not an Egyptian. and when he didn't see anybody watching. . He becarne a very wise and great man. N. The next day Moses went out to see his people again.
and married one o his daughters named Zip-po'rah. He was now 80 years of age.-%. Exodus 2 :U. he went far away to the land of Mid'ia. Moses became a shepherd and f took care of Jeth'ro's sheep. while Moses was taking care of Jethro's sheep. For 40 years he lived in the land of Mid'i-an. . Acts 7 :n-29. and let's see what this arnazing thing is. Turn the page. an arnazing thing happened that changed Moses' whole life. Then one day. There he met the family of Jeth'ro.When Moses left Egypt.
$1 I. but it wasn't burning up! 'This is strange. How can 1 do this? But suppose 1 do go. So 1 am going to free them. g w u N#& .' Moses thought. the God of Isaac f .' Jehovah was going to bring his people to the beautiful land of Ca'naan. saying: 'Do not come any closer. a voice came from the bush. '1 will go closer and get a better look. because you are standing on holy ground. Here he saw a bush on fire. But Moses said: '1 am nobody. God then said: '1 have seen the suffering of my people in Egypt. and you are the one 1 am sending to lead my people out of Egypt.' God answered.THE BURNING BUSH 30 dSES had come al1 the way to the mountain of Ho'reb to hnd grass for his sheep. The Israelites will say to me.' When he did. Take off your sandals. ' "JEHOVAH the God of Abraham. "Who sent you?" Then what shall 1 say?' 'This is what you are to say. so Moses covered his face.' It was God speaking by means of an angel.
' Moses did. and when he took his hand out. Jehovah then showed Moses another miracle.' Moses replied. And when Moses did. 'What i i your hand?' God s n asked.' 'Throw it on the ground.' God said." ' And Jehovah added: 'This is my name forever. it was white like snow! The hand looked as if it had the bad sickness called leprosy. Exodus 3:l-22.' After that Moses went home and said to Jeth'ro: 'Please let me go back to my relatives in Egypt to see how they are. 4:l-m. Finally he said: 'When you do these miracles the Israelites will believe that 1 sent you. He said: 'Put your hand inside your robe. Next Jehovah gave Mases power to do a third miracle.' So Jeth'ro said g d . the stick became a snake. and Moses began his trip back to Egypt.' 'But suppose they don't believe me when 1 say that you sent me. .and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. Moses answered: 'A stick.b y e to Moses.
MOSES AND AARON SEE PHARAOH
HEN Moses returned to Egypt, he told his brother Aaron a l about the miracles. And when Moses and Aaron showed l the Israelites these miracles, the people al1 believed that Jehovah was with them. Then Moses and Aaron went to see Phar'aoh. They told him: 'Jehovah the God of Israel says, "Let my people go for three days, so they can worship me in the wilderness." ' But Phar'aoh answered: '1 don't believe in Jehovah. And I'm not going to let Israel go.' Phar'aoh was angry, because the people wanted time off from work to worship Jehovah. So he forced them to work even harder. The Israelites blamed Moses for how badly they were treated, and Moses felt sad. But Jehovah told hirn not to worry. '1 will make Phar'aoh let my people go,' Jehovah said. Moses and Aaron went to see Phar'aoh again. This time they did a miracle. Aaron threw down his stick, and it became a big snake. But Phar'aoh's wise men also threw down sticks, and snakes appeared. But, look! Aaron's snake is eating up the snakes of the wise men. Still Pharfaoh would not let the Israelites go. So the time came for Jehovah to teach Phar'aoh a lesson. Do you know how he did it? It was by bringing 10 plagues, or great troubles, on Egypt. After many of the plagues, Phar'aoh sent for Moses, and said: 'Stop the plague, and 1 will let Israel go.' But when the plague would stop, Phar'aoh would change his mind. He would not let the people go. But, finally, after the 10th plague, Phar'aoh sent the Israelites away. Do you know each of the 10 plagues? Turn the page and let's Exodus 4:n-31;5 : 1 - ~ 6:1-13,26-30;7:1-13. ; learn about them.
THE BO PLAGUES
shows a plague that Jehovah brought on Egypt. In the first picture you can see Aaron hitting the Nile River with his stick. When he did, the water in the river turned to blood. The ñsh died, and the river began to stink. Next, Jehovah caused frogs to come up out of the Nile River. They were everywhere-in the ovens, the baking pans, in people's beds-everywhere. When the frogs died the Egyptians piled them up in great heaps, and the land stank with them. Then Aaron hit the ground with his stick, and the dust turned into gnats. These are small flying bugs that bite. The gnats were the third plague on the land of Egypt. The rest of the plagues hurt only the Egyptians, not the Israelites. The fourth was a plague of big fies that m m d into the houses of all the Egyptians. The ñfth plague was on the animals. Many of the cattle and sheep and goats of the Egyptians died. Next, Moses and Aaron took some ashes and threw them into the air.
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They caused bad sores on the people and the animals. This was the sixth plague. After that Moses raised his hand toward the sky, and Jehovah sent thunder and hail. It was the worst hailstorm that Egypt ever had. The eighth plague was a large swann of locusts. Never before that time or since have there been so many locusts. They ate everything that the hail had not destroyed. The ninth plague was of darkness. For three days thick darkness covered the land, but the Israelites had light where they were living. Finally, God told his people to sprinkle the blood of a young goat or a young sheep on their doorposts. Then God's angel passed over Egypt. When the angel saw the blood, he did not kill anyone in that house. But i n a l the houses where there was no blood l on the doorposts, God's angel killed the firstborn ones of both man and animals. This was the 10th plague. After this last plague, Phar'aoh told the Israelites to leave. God's people were all ready to go, and that very night they started their march out 0f Egypt. Exodus chapters 7 t o 12.
CROSSING THE Rl3D SEA
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the other side are the Israelites. But Phar'aoh and all his army n are being drowned i the sea. Let's see how this carne about. As we learned, Phar'aoh told the Israelites to leave Egypt after God brought the 10th plague on the Egyptians. About 600,000 Israelite men left, as well as many women and children. Also, a large number of other people, who had become believers i n Jehovah, left with the Israelites. They all took their sheep and goats and cattle with them. Before they left, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for clothes and for things made of gold and silver. The Egyptians were very
as well as all the other chariots of Egypt. In the meantime. because of that last plague upon them. . After a few days the Israelites carne to the Red Sea. There they rested. So they gave the Israelites everything they asked for. So Phar'aoh changed his mind once more. they were very much afraid. Then he began to chase after the Israelites with 600 special chariots.much afraid. When the Israelites saw Phar'aoh and his army coming after them. There was no way to flee. Phar'aoh and his men began to feel sorry that they had sent the Israelites away. 'We have let our slaves go!' they said. He quickly got his war chariot and his anny ready.
He has thrown the horses and their riders rnto the sea. The Egyptians becarne very much afraid and began to cry out: 'Jehovah is fighting for the Israelites against us. He has thrown the horses and their riders into the sea. This is when Jehovah told Moses to stretch his stick out over the Red Sea. And as they danced with joy. It took hours for the millions of people with all their animals to get safely through the sea to the other side. and here the Egyptians were coming from the other direction. The whole army had followed the Israelites into the sea.The Red Sea was on one side of them. Then the Israelites began to march through the sea on dry ground. When he did. n the walls of water began to come back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots. and all the women followed her with their tambouMnes. Jehovah then told Moses to stretch his stick out over the Red Sea. And when Moses did. Let's get out of here!' But it was too late. . The waters of the sea were parted. So the Egyptians were not able to see the Israelites to attack them. Jehovah caused a strong east wind to blow. But Jehovah put a cloud between his people and the Egyptians.' E X O ~ U S chapters 12 to 15. and the waters were held up on both sides. Finally the Egyptians were able to see the Israelites again. And not one of the Egyptians got out alive! How happy all God's people were to be saved! The men sang a song of thanks to Jehovah. When they did.' Moses' sister Mir'i-arn toob her tambourine. they sang the m e song as the men were singing: 'Jehovah has won a glorious victory. saying: 'Jehovah has won a glorious victory. God caused the wheels of their chariots to fall off. as you saw i the picture. Their slaves were getting away! So they rushed into the sea after them.
Samson and Samuel. Beginning with Joshua. Later. Israel was ruled for 356 years by judges. I n all. W e also read about such women as Rahab. Joshua was chosen to lead the Israelites into the land of Canaun. Jael. Jephthah. Naomi and Delilah. Moses sent 12 men to spy out the land of Canaun.PART 3 Delivemnce from Egypt to Israel's First King Moses led the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to Mount Sinai. including Barak. They caused the people to want to go back to Egypt. Af ter six years. . the land was taken from the Canaanites. W e learn about many of them. the walls of Jericho to fa11 down. Ruth. But 10 of them returned with a bad report. God punished the Israelites by having them wander for 40 years in the wilderness. He made the Jordan River stop flowing. and the sun to stand still for a whole day. where God gave them his laws. Finally. Part THREE covers 396 years of history. T o help them take the land. Gideon. For their lack of faith. Deborah. Jehovah caused miracles to happen.
Then. however.' The people cal1 it MANNA. But it's not frost. Do you know what happens? The next morning the manna that they have saved is full of worms. It is white. 1 1 ! i j f I .' Moses tells the people.' But some of the people don't listen. This is the sixth day. They are in the wilderness. that Jehovah tells the people to gather twice as much manna. they ask one another: 'What is it?' Moses says: 'This is the food that Jehovah has given you to eat. when the sun gets hot. And Jehovah says to save some of it over to the next day. So each morning this is what they do. C i.' And this is what Jehovah does. When they save f the mama over to the seventh day. it doesn't get full o worms and it doesn't stink! This is another miracle! Al the years that the Israelites are in the wilderness Jehovah l feeds them with manna. and so the people complain. saying: 'We wish that Jehovah had killed us in Egypt. it's something to eat.- A NEW KIND OF M)OD J AN you te11 what the people are picking up off the ground? It is like frost. E X O ~ U S169-36. It has been only about a month since the Israelites left Egypt. 'You are to pick up as much as each person can eat.Numbers 115-9.' 1 So Jehovah says: ' am going to cause food to rain down from the sky. Moses also says: 'No one is to save any o£ the manna over to the next day. The next morning when the Israelites see this white stuff that has fallen. and it is thin and flaky. the mama left on the ground melts. because he will not cause any to fall on the seventh day.Joshua 5:lo-12. Little food grows here. and it begins to stink! There is one day of the week. At least there we had all the food that we wanted. It tastes like thin cakes made with honey.
When Moses comes down. Up there on top of the mo Jehovah tells Moses that He wants the Israelites to obey ~ i m " and to become His special people.' So Moses again goes up into the mountain. because we are afraid that if God speahs to us we may die. and causes loud thunder. which i also d e d Ho'reb. he tells the Israelites what Jehovah has said. n 1 will give you two flat stones on which 1 have written the laws that 1 want the people to keep. He makes the top of the mountain moke. A ' S ' . As the people wait below. For 40 days and nights he stays there. He also speaks to the people: '1 am Jehovah your God who brought you out o£ Egypt. or laws. The people are very afraid. And the people say that they will obey Jehovah. The people camp here and stay for a while.' Later Jehovah tells Moses: 'Come up to me i the mountain.JEHOVAH GIVES HIS LAWS 35 BOUT two months after they leave Egypt. They tell Moses: 'You speak to m. the Israelites s come to Mount Si'nai. Jehovah now does a strange thing. This is the same place where Jehovah spoke to Moses from the buming bush. Moses climbs the mountain. because they want to be his people.' Then he commands: 'You must not worship any other gods except me.' God gives the Israelites nine more cornrnandments.
Godhimself has written the 10 laws that he spoke to al1 the people. s your whole mind. . On these. Moses writes these laws down. God also gives Moses the two flat stones. Later we will learn many things about God's son and his teachings. But so are the many other laws that God gives the Israelita. Jesus Christ. They are called the Ten Comrnandments. Deuteronomy 6 : M . Matthew 22:36-40. . said that these are the two greatat laws that Jehovah gave to his people Israel. Leviticus 19:18. The Ten Comrnandments are important laws. One of these laws i : 'You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart.' And another is: 'You must love your neighbor as yourself. many laws for his people.' God's Son. your whole soul and your whole strength. 20:l-21. 31:18. Exodus 19:l-25.God has many.24:l2-18.
'Take off your gold earrings. and worship the golden calf. who led us out of Egypt!' Then the Israelites have a big party. OH! What are the people doing now? They are praying to a calf! Why are they doing this? When Moses stays up on the mountain for a long time. the people say: 'We do not know what has happened to Moses. and bring them to me.' . So he says to Moses: 'Hurry and go down. Aaron melts them down and makes a golden calf. And the people say: O 'This is our God.' 'All right.THE GOLDEN CALF H. The people are acting very badly. he is very angry. So let's make a god to lead us out of this land.' When the people do so.' Moses' brother Aaron says. They have forgotten my laws and are bowing down to a golden calf. When Jehovah sees this.
l Moses hurries down the mountain. AA A The people have done a very bad thing. So Moses tells some of the men to take their swords. T h e bad people who worshiped the golden calf must die. many pieces. He then takes the golden calf and melts it down. .' Mases saya And so the men strike dead 3. The people are singing and dancing around the gol Moses is so angry that he throws down the two flat stones with the laws on them. this is what he sees. and they break into many. And when he gets clase. and not any false gods? E X O ~ U S 32:la. Then he grinds it into powder.000 people! Doesn't this show that we need to be careful to womhip only Jehovah.
.a. A TENT FIOR WORa$Fp6w 37 3 YOU h w what thiis building iair? It is U a ~pecialrsnt for worshiping Jehovah. It i also d e d the tabemcle. 3%e people s .
basin. s In the yard of the tabernacle there is a big bo~l. I you look inside the small room at the end of the tent. 4l . Jehovah told hirn how to build it. Here the dead animeils are burned as an offering to Jehovah. they carried the tent with them. and the Israelites live i their tents all around it. with sorne smoke going up from it? This is the altar where the priests burn some sweet-smelling stuff called incense. Also. And these stones were kept inside oe the ark of the covenant. you f can see a box. The tent is right in the middle of the camp. And the third thing in the room i a table. and there be put together again. Do you see the box. He leads the people in worshiping Jehovah. or that is filled with water. On it are kept 12 loaves of bread. So when the Israelites moved from place to place in the wilderness. a jar of mama was kept inside it.finished building it one year after they left Egypt. God again wrote the Ten Commandments on two flat stones. n EXO~US 25:8-40. Hebrews 9:15. He said to make it so that it could easily be taken apart. The priests use it for washing. And his sons are priests h . 26:l-37. or little chest. 0l1. In this way the parts could be carried to another place. Now look at the bigger room of the tent. It is twice as big as the small room. 2. 28 1 3 : . It had two angels or cherubs made of gold. This is called the ark of the covenant. or chest. : . because M s s had broken the first ones. While Moses was up on Mount Si'nai. 27~1-8. one on each end. Do you know whose idea it was to build it? It was Jehovah's idea. Then there i the s larnpstand that has seven lamps.3 : . Do you remember what mama is? Moses' brother Aaron is the one that Jehovah chooses to be the high priest.0 17-21. There is also the big altar.
Isaac and Jacob once lived. Where did this beautiful fruit come from? From the land of Ca'naan. Ca'naan is where Abraham. And see the figs and the pomegranates.THE 12 SPIES LOOK a t the fruit these men are carrying. See how big that bunch of grapes is. Remember. It takes two men to carry it on a pole. But because of the .
Their names are Joshua and Caleb. Bad people live in the land of Ca'naan. They have seen the miracles that 1 did in Egypt and in the wilderness. and our wives and children will be captured. Now. So Moses sends out 12 spies. It will be easy to take the land. and go back to Egypt!' But two of the spies trust in Jehovah.' they say.' The Israelites are afraid when they hear this. Moses is leading the Israelita back to Ca'naan. Find out if the ground is good for growing things. and try to calrn the people. So they will wander in the wilderness for 40 years u t l the last person dies. Jehovah is with us. and tells them: 'Find out how many people live there. 'We will be killed in battle. And be sure to bring back some of the fruit. They have come to a place in the wilderness d e d Ka'desh.' When the spies come back to Ka'desh. But 10 of the spies say: 'The people who live there are big and strong. they show Moses sorne of the fruit.' But the people don't listen. 'It would have been better to die in Egypt or even here in the wilderness. and how strong they are. moved to Egypt. but still they don't trust me. This makes Jehovah very angry.farnine there Jacob. We will be killed if we try to take the land. Let's choose a new leader in place of Moses.' Numbers 139-33.' And to prove it. They say: 'Don't be afraid. about 216 years later. They even want to kill Joshua and Caleb.14:138. and he te& Moses: 'None of the peope from 20 years of age and over will go into the land of Ca'naan. they tell Moses: 'It is really a fine country. Only ni Joshua and Ca'leb will go into the land of Ca'naan. . with his family.
the ground opens. Ko'rah's tent and belongings and Da'than and A-bi'rarn and those with them go down. Many others come along to support these men.' As soon as Moses stops talking. Then Moses says: 'By this you will know whom Jehovah has chosen. A-bi'rarn and 250 leaders of the people. Da'than and A-bi'ram. Then come to Jehovah's tabernacle. or that Aaron should be the high priest. The Israelites have been wandering in the wilderness for a while now. Ko'rah is one who thinks this way. they shout: 'Run! The earth might swallow us too!' Ko'rah and his 250 followers are still near the tabernacle. This is the rod of Aaron. Then Jehovah tells Aaron's son E. 'Get away from the tents of these bad rnen. These flowers and the ripe fruit grew out of Aaron's rod in just one night! Let's see why. So Jehovah sends fire. The ground will open and swallow up these bad men. and so are Da'than.' Moses says. Some of the people don't think Moses should be the leader.le. and the ground closes over them.' The people listen. This altar S . and move away from the tents of Ko'rah. These al1 come and say to Moses: 'Why is it that you put yourself above the rest of us?' Moses tells Ko'rah and his followers: 'Tomorrow morning take fire holders and put incense in them. or stick. When the people hear the cries of those falling into the ground. 'Don't touch anything that belongs to them. We will see whom Jehovah will choose. and all of them are burned up. Jehovah is very angry.afzarto take the fire holders of the dead men and to make a thin covering for the altar with them.' The next day Ko'rah and his 250 followers come to the tabernacle.AARONLSROD GROWS FLOWERS 39 EE the flowers and ripe alrnonds growing from this rod.
covering is to serve as a warning to the Israelites that no one besides Aaron and his sons should act as priests for Jehovah. Then put each of these rods in the tabernacle in front of the ark of the covenant. For the tribe of Levi. why. . have Aaron bring his rod. The rod of the man that 1 have chosen as priest will grow flowers. 26 :lo. 17:l-11. But Jehovah wants to make very clear that it is Aaron and his sons whom he has chosen to be priests. So he tells Moses: 'Have a leader of each tribe of Israel bring his rod. Aaron's rod has these flowers and ripe almonds growing out of it! So do you see now why Jehovah caused Aaron's rod to grow flowers? Numbers 16:l-49.' When Moses looks the next morning.
no figs. and by night with a pillar of fire. Enough water will come out of it for the people and all their animals. and says: 'Listen. There is enough water for a l l the people and animals to drink. Moses' sister Mir'i-am dies at Ka'desh. But all these years Jehovah takes care of his people.' Y So Moses gathers the people. 39 years! And the Israelita are still in the wilderness. Why did you bring us out of Egypt into this terrible place where nothing will grow? There are no grain. And as before. 1 .' When Moses and Aaron go to the tabernacle to pray.MOSES STRIKES THE ROCK 40 AR after year passes-10 years. no grapes. Jehovah tells Moses: 'Gather the people together. 30 years. He feeds them with manna. So they complain to Moses: 'It would have been better if we had died. no pornegranata. The people can't find any water. there is trouble here. 20 years. It is now the ñrst month of the 40th year since leaving Egypt. And a l during these years their clothes don't l wear out and their feet don't get sore. Then in front of them a l l speak to that rock over there. you who have no trust in God! Do Aaron and 1 have to get water out of this rock for you?' Then Moses strikes the rock twice with a stick. There isn't even any water to drink. This is where they were when the 12 spies were sent to spy out the land of Ca'naan nearly 40 years before. and a great stream of water 1 comes pouring out of the rock. The Israelites again camp at Ka'desh. He leads them during the day with a pillar of cloud.
Jehovah says that he is going to punish them. and so for 30 days a l the people weep for Aaron. Do you know s why? It i because Moses and Aaron said that they were going to s bring water from the roek. l His son E-le-a'zar becomes the next high priest t o the nation of Israel. But really Jehovah did it. A A A- A ' . 22-29. Soon the Israelites leave Ka'desh. 'You will not lead my people into Ca'naan.But Jehovah i angry with Moses and Aaron.' he says. The Israelites are very sad. Aaron dies. He is 123 years of age at the time of his death. up on top of the mountain. Here. After a short while they come to Mount Hor. f Numbers 20:l-13. Deuteronomy 29:5. And because Moses and Aaron didn't tell the tmth about this.
By a miracle Jehovah has given it to them. But the people aren't thankful for the way God has taken care of them. Do you know why? It is because the Israelites have spoken against God and Moses.' But the manna is good food. And we n can't stand to eat this manna anymore. and many of them die. So Jehovah sends these poisonous snakes to punish the Israelites. The snakes bite them. But the other snakes on the ground are real. And by a miracle he has given them water too. Finally the people come to Moses and say: 'We have sinned. They complain: 'Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die i this wilderness? There is no food or water here. Jehovah told Moses s to put it up on the pole so that the people could look at it and keep alive. They have bitten the people and made them sick. because we .THE COPPER SERPENT 41 1 OES that look like a real snake wrapped around the pole? It isn't. The snake i made of copper.
And the people who were bitten look at the copper snake and they get well again. But Jehovah has made a way so we can live forever. get sick. All of us are. Jesus was hung on a stake. We are a l i a dying condition. This i because the first man and woman. If we look to him. But we will learn more about this later. Look around. Jehovah sent his Son. and you will see that people n s grow old.have spoken against Jehovah and you. He says to put it on a pole. and we are all their children. because many people thought he was bad. But Jehovah gave Jesus to save us.' So Moses prays for the people. turned away from Jehovah. Moses does just what God says. and that anyone who is bitten should look at it. And Jehovah tells Moses to make this copper snake. Adam and Eve. There is a lesson to learn from this. if we follow him. to earth. i a way. and die. Jesus Christ. then we can have everlasting life. 15. n l like those Israelites who were bitten by those sn&es. :4 . Numbers 21:49. Now pray to Jehovah to take these snakes away. John 3 1 .
Ba'laam is very angry. the king of Mo'ab. So he sends for a smart man named Ba'laam to come to curse the Israelites. Ba'lak promises to give Ba'laam a lot of money. So the donkey keeps trying to turn away from the angel.' But the Bible tells about a donkey that did. 'Animals can't talk. Ba'laam can't see the angel. but his donkey does. so Ba'laam gets on his donkey and starts on his way to see Ba'lak.' you may say. and finally just lies down on the road.A DONKEY TALKS H AVE you ever heard of a donkey's talking? 'No. is afraid of the Israelites. and beats his . Ba'lak. So he sends an angel with a long sword to stand in the road to stop Ba'laam. Let's see how it happened. The Israelites are alrnost ready to go into the land of Ca'naan. Jehovah does not want Ba'laam to curse His people.
Then Jehovah lets Ba'laam see the angel with the sword standing on the road. 'If 1 had a sword 1 would kill you!' 'Have 1 ever treated you like this before?' the donkey asks.donkey speak to him. The angel says: 'Why have your donkey? 1 have come to block your way. 'NO. 'You have made me look like a fool. but - .' Ba'laam says. '\ because you should not be going to curse Israel.' Ba'laam answers. If your donkey had not turned away from me. 1 would have struck you dead. 'What have 1 done to you so that you should beat me?' asks the donkey.
So he asks: 'Let me cross the Jordan River. Jehovah. and see the good land. 4 .JOSHUA BECOMES OSES wants to go into Ca'naan with the lsraelites.' But Jehovah says: 'That's enough! Don't mention this again!' Do you know why / Jehovah said that? It is because of what happened when - i.
no So a few months after Aaron dies. He was still strong. and stand him i front of EJe-a'zar the priest and the n people.31:l-8. Rernember. 34:l-12. 1 have let you see it. but 1 will not let you go - into it. They didn't tell the people that it was Jehovah who was bringing water from the rock. tell everybody that Joshua is the new leader. as you can see i the picture. . n Then Jehovah tells Joshua: 'Be strong. and 1 will be with you. he and Aaron did not honor Jehovah.Moses struck the rock.' Moses does just what Jehovah says.' There on top of Mount Ne'bo Moses dies. Isaac and Jacob. and do not be afraid. and his eyesight was still good. For this reason Jehovah said that he would not let them go i t Ca'naan. 7 Deuteronomy 3:23-29. Jehovah says: 'This is the land that 1 prornised to give to the children of Abraharn. And there before them all. Jehovah tells Moses: 'Take Joshua.' Later Jehovah tells Moses to climb high up to the top of n Mount Nefbo i the land of Mofab. You will lead the Israelites into the land of Cafnaan that 1 have promised them. 1423. But they are happy to have Joshua as their new leader. He was 120 years of age. Numbers 2 :12-23. T h e people are very sad and cry because Moses is dead. 32:45-52. From up there Moses can look across the Jordan River and see the beautiful land of Ca'naan.
you can catch them!' And so the rnen go chasing after them. before the city gate was closed. but 1 don't know where they were from. and the woman helping them is Ra'hab. They are Israelite spies. Let's ñnd out why these rnen are in trouble. He tells them: 'Go take a look at the land and the city of Jer'i-cho. 1 have been kind to you. So she says: 'Some rnen did come to my house.' When the spies come into Jer'i-cho. They left just as it was getting dark.' she tells the spies. ' know that 1 Jehovah will give you this land. so promise me. but Ra'hab must do something. and they command her: 'The rnen that you have in your house. please. they tell hirn everythuig that happened. the king sends rnen to Ra'hab. 'and n gather all your relatives into your house with you.' the spies say. we will see this cord in your window and will not kill anyone in your house. they go to the house of Ra'hab.cho: 'Two Israelites carne in here tonight to spy out the land. or they will be killed. But somebody tells the king of Jerfi. I you f huny. 'Take this red cord and tie it i your window.' The spies promise that they will. f The Israelites are ready to cross the Jordan River into the land of Ca'naan. Hebrews 11:31. Ra'hab hurries up to the roof. Joshua sends out the two spies.' When he hears this. Save my father and mother. and how you killed the kings Sifhonand Og. Joshua 2:l-24.' When the spies go back to Joshua. that you will be kind to me. But before they do. They must get away.RAHAB HIDES THE SPIES HESE rnen are in trouble. Ra'hab lives here in a house on the wall of the city o Jer'i-cho. bring them out!' But Ra'hab has hidden the spies on her roof. After they leave. and my brothers and sisters. 'We heard how he dried up the Red Sea when you were leaving Egypt. And when we all return to take Jer'i-cho. T .
When the time carne for the Israelites to cross the Jordan River. the river was very full just a few rninutes before.CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER 45 L OOK!the Israelites are crossing the Jordan River! But where is the water? Because lots of rain falls at that time of year. then the waters will stop running. So. When they put their feet into the waters of the Jordan River. soon there is no more water in the river! . the water begins to stop running! It is a miracle! Upstream Jehovah has dammed up the waters.' So the priests pick up the ark of the covenant. But now the water is all gone! And the Israelites are going across on dry land just as they did at the Red Sea! Where did all the water go? Let's see. the priests step right into the water. It is runnulg very strong and deep. But as soon as their feet touch the water. and carry it ahead of the people. When they come to the Jordan. this is what Jehovah had Joshua tell the people: 'The priests should take the ark of the covenant and go ahead of us.
m The priests who are carrvine the ark of the " covenant go right out into the middle of the dry river.' And as soon as they do. you should te11 them thal the waters stopped r u n n i n g when Jehovah's ark of thc covenant crossed the Jordan. Pick up 12 stones. in the future.4 l 1 . when your children ask what these stones mean. The stones will rernind you of this rniracle!'Joshua also sets up 12 stones where the priests had stood in the riverbed. and stack them where you all stay tonight. At last Joshua tells the priests canyhg the arIr of the covenant: 'Go up out of the Jordan. Jehovah has Joshua tell 12 strong men: 'Go into the river where the priests are standing with the ark of the covenant. all the Israelites walk right across the Jordan River on dry land! When everyone has gone amss. Can you see them in the picture? As they stand there. :-8 . Then. the river begins running once more. Joshua 3:l-17.
March aromd it once each . It is another miracle of Jehovah! Let's learn how it happened. they didn't even have guns.THE WALLS OF JERICHO 46 W HAT'S making these walls of Jer'i-cho fall? It looks as if a big bomb has hit them. Listen to what Jehovah tells Joshua: 'You and your fighting men are to march around the city. But in those days they didn't have bombs.
' To the two spies. on the seventh day. the fighting men shout. and bring her and a l her family out. Ra'hab has done what the two spies told her to do. While they march. Carry the ark of the covenant with you. Burn everything. Joshua 6:l-25. copper and iron. The enernies of God's people in Jer'i-cho must have been afraid. and give them to the treasury of Jehovah's tent. gold.day for six days. Then Joshua says: 'Kill everyone in the city and burn it. Finally. Seven priests should walk ahead of it and blow their horns. the horns sound. and have everyone shout with a great war cry. 3 $ . No one speaks a word. Joshua says: 'Go into the house of Ra'hab. and the walls fall. Save only the silver. Can you see that red cord hanging from a window? Whose window is that? Yes. after marching around the city seven times. Al1 her family are inside watching with her. Then give a long sound on the horns. 'On the seventh day you should march around the city seven times. All that can be heard is the sound of the horns and the marching feet. everyone is silent. And the walls will fall down flat!' Joshua and the people do what Jehovah says.' l Ra%ab and her family are saved. just as the spies had promised her.
Joshua sends out some men to fight against the city of A'i. They have stolen what belongs to God. and those with him are part of his family. So these people have disobeyed God. Let's see what happens. The man's name is A'chan. He lies down with his face to the ground and prays to Jehovah: 'Why have you let this happen to us?' Jehovah answers: 'Get up! Israel has sinned. He has taken them from the city of Jer'icho. But what should have been done with the things in Jer'i-cho? Do you remember? They were supposed to have been destroyed. and the gold and silver were to have been given to the treasury of Jehovah's tabernacle. But they are beaten in battle. and a gold bar and some pieces of silver. They stole a beautiful robe and kept . After A'chan steals these things. Some are killed. Joshua is very sad.A THIEF IN ISRAEL OOK at what this man is burying ' in his tent! A beautiful robe. and the rest run away. They have taken some of the things that were to be destroyed or to be given to Jehovah's tabernacle.
' Jehovah says that he will show Joshua who the bad man is. 1 saw a 1 beautiful robe.' When these things are found and brought to Joshua. and the bar of gold and the silver pieces. Doesn't that show that we should never take things that do not belong to us? Afterward Israel goes out to fight against A'i again. 1 wanted them so much that 1 took them.8:l-29.it secret. You will ñnd them buried inside my tent. This time Jehovah helps his people. and they win the battle. Joshua 7:1-*. So Joshua gathers a l l the people together. and Jehovah picks out the bad man A'chan. and the one who has taken these things. 1will not bless you until you destroy it. A'chan says: ' have sinned. he says to A'chan: 'Why have you brought trouble on us? Now Jehovah wül bring trouble on you!' At that al the people stone A'chan l and his family to death. .
Prornise that you will not make . Then they go to Joshua and say: 'We have come from a very distant land. So some of the men put on ragged clothes and worn-out sandals. So our leaders told us to get some food ready for a trip and to go and say to you: "We are your servants. and take some old dry bread.on. and they do not want to fight against God. But the people in the nearby city of Gibfe.on do not think so. So do you know what the Gibfe.THE WISE GIBEONITES 48 M ANY of the cities in Ca'naan now get ready to fight against Israel. They think that they can win. because we heard about your great God. They load their donkeys with worn-out sacks. Jehovah. They believe that God is helping the Israelites. We heard all the things that he did for you in Egypt.ites do? They decide to make it look as if they live somewhere very far away.
ites really live nearby.' Joshua and the other leaders believe the Gib'e-on-iteis. So we were afraid that you would kill u. The Gib'e-on-itesanswer: 'We did so because we were told that your God Jehovah had promised to give all this land of Ca'naan to you. 'Why did you tell us that you carne from a distant land?' Joshua asks them.ites wise to make peace with Israel. Joshua 9 :1-27. Were the Gib'e. . So he says to four other kings: 'Come and help me to fight Gib'e-on. which now causes these kings to come to fight against them? We will see.10:l-5. The king of Jerusalem is angry because the Gib'e-onites have made peace with Israel. Instead they make them their servants.on.So they make a promise not to fight against them. and they do not kill the Gib'e-on-ites.war with us. But the s' Israelites keep their promise. But three days later they learn that the Gib'e-on." You can see that our clothes are worn out from the long trip and that our bread has become old and dry.' And that is what these five kings do.
He is saying: 'Sun. stand still!' And the sun does stand still. It stays right there i the rniddle of the sky n for a whole day. Jehovah makes it happen! But let's see why Joshua wants the sun to keep shining. .THE SUN STANDS STILL L OOK at Joshua.
and many of the soldiers of the five bad kings will get away. Then Jehovah makes large hailstones fall from the sky. the soldiers of the five kings are afraid and begin to run away.U:?-24. But when these good men die. hs *- . 'Save us! Al the kings in the l hill country have come up to fight against your servants. the people obey Jehovah.' Right away Joshua and all his fighting men go. When this iB done. So that is why Joshua prays to Jehovah and then says: 'Sun. and more soldiers die from being hit by the hailstones than are killed by Joshua's fighting men. and Joshua finally dies at 110 years of age. It takes Joshua and his army about six years to defeat 31 kings i the land. . 'Come to us quickly!' he says.When the five bad kings in %he land of Cafnaan start to fight against the Gib'e-onites. the Gib'e-on-ites send a man to ask Joshua for help. C Joshua 10:6-15. Joshua can see that soon the sun will go down. As long as he and his friends are alive. the Israelites are able to. It will be dark. Many years pass. 14:l-5. There are many more bad kings in Cafnaan who hate God's people. the people start doing bad things and get into trouble.finish winning the fight. stand still!' And when the sun keeps shining. Joshua sees to it that the n land of Ca'naan is divided out to those tribes yet needing territory. AU night long they march. Ti is when tby really need God's help. When they come to Gib'e-on.Judges 2 & 3 :1.
But two of the people who help Israel are women named Deb'o-rah and Ja'el. He has 900 war chariots. and people come to her to get help with their problems. Jehovah 1 answers them by giving brave leaders to help them. Jehovah gives her information about the future. Joshua was the first judge. w / 1 At this time Ja'bin is the king of Ca'naan. His army is so strong that many of the Israelites have been forced to . The Bible calls these leaders 1 judges. and then she tells the people what L Jehovah says.TWO BRAVE WOMEN e HEN the Israelites get into trouble. She sits under a certain palm tree in the hill country. they cry I out to Jehovah. E'hud and Sham'gar. Deb'o-rah is a prophetess. Deb'o-rah is also a judge. and some of the judges after him were named Oth'ni-el.
h e shows h m the i dead Sis'e-ra! So you can see that what Deb'oorah said carne true. Then Ja'el takes a tent pin and drivm it into this bad man's head. :-." ' Ba'rak tells Deb'o-rah: '1 will go if you too will go with me. And 1 will give you victory over him and his army. The chief o King Ja'bin's army is f f named Sis'e-ra. and many of the enemy mldiers are drowned.' Deb'o-rah goes along. There 1 will bring Sis'e-ra to you. again for awhile. but she says to Ba'rak: 'You won't get credit for the victory. This makes him sleepy. Later. One day Deb'o-rah sends for Judge Ba'rak. Finally King Ja'bin is killed too. and tells him: 'Jehovah has said: "Take 10. . bmme servants o Ja'bin. After awhile Sis'e-ra comes to the tent of Ja'el. f Ba'rak goes down from Mount Ta'bor to meet Sis'e-ra's soldiexs.^ . when Ba'rak comes.000 men and lead them to Mount Ta'bor. But Sis'e-ra gets off his chariot and nuis away. She invites him i . 4 1 % 5:1-31. because Jehovah will give Sis'em into the hand o a woman. and soon he n is fast deep.' And this is what happens. Suddenly Jehovah causes a flood. and gives him some milk. and the Israelites have peace Judges 2:14-22.
d . But when Ruth l e a m about the true God Jehovah.. . she does not belong to God's nation of Israel. She and her husband and two sons moved to the land of Mo'ab at a time when there was little food to eat i Israel. But after about 10 years. Nato-miis an Israelite woman. Nafo. .rni is an older woman who helped Ruth to learn about Jehovah. Ruth and Or'pah want to stay 1 *. Nato-mi's two sons died. It is a story about a family that lived during the time when Israel had judges. Ruth is a young woman from the land of Mo'ab. she comes to love hirn very much. Then one day Na'o-mi's husband died.RUTH AND NAOMI N THE Bible you will ñnd a book called Ruth. How and the two girls were! What would Na'o-mi do now? sad Natoami One day Nato-midecides to make the long trip back home to her own people.. n Later Nato-mi's sons married two Mo'ab-ite girls named Ruth and Or'pah.
my daughters. Bible book of ~ u t h .mi! But Na'o-mi is even happier when Ruth and Bo'az have their ñrst son. and your God will be my God. because it is the time for gathering the barley. Do you know who the mother of Bo'az was? She-was Ra'hab of the city of Jer'i-cho. Here they settle down to n live. Finally the two women get to Israel. You too go home with her. named O'bed. and that is where 1 will be bwied. Nafo. But after they have traveled awhile on the road.rni turns to her and says: 'Or'pah has left. But Ruth does not go. Where you die 1 will die. Na'o-mi turns to the girls and says: 'Go back home and stay with your mothers. because they love Na'o-mi very much. and so they go along too. about whom we will learn a lot later on. Your people will be my people.' But Ruth answers: 'Don't try to make me leave you! Let me go with you.' When Ruth says this. sir. and 1 how kind you have been to Na'o-mi. Ruth Mght away begins working i the fields.' So Or'pah starts on her way home. One day Bo'az tells Ruth: ' have heard al1 about you. Where you go 1will go.with her. At that they start to cry.' Bo'az likes Ruth very much. Nato-midoesn't try anymore to make her go home. You have made me feel better by the nice way that you have spoken to me. Later O'bed becomes the grandfather of David.' Na'o-mi kisses the girls good-bye.' But Na'omi answers: 'You must go back. It will be better for you at home. and it is not very long before they get married. 1 know how you left your father and mother and your own country and how you came to live among a people you had never known before. May Jehovah be good to you!' Ruth answers: 'You are very kind to me. . How happy this makes Nato. They say: 'No! We will go with you to your people. A man named Bo'az lets her gather barley in his fields. and where you live 1 will live.
Look closely at the different ways in which the men are drinking. Some are putting their face right down to the water.GIDEON AND HIS 300 MEN 52 O YOU see what is happening here? These are a l l fighting men of Israel. Judge Gid'e-on is the man standing close to them. The men bending down are taking a drink. D . He is watching how they drink the water.
They a l begin to run. The rest.000 fighting men. listen! Jehovah says: 'You still have too many rnen. The time comes for the fight. and Jehovah listens to their cries. God said. . So the Israelites cry to Jehovah for help. should be sent home. Then. they all gather around the camp of enemy soldiers. 22. The people of Mid'i-an have gained power over them and are hurting them.000 f rnen to fight against all those 135. so that he can watch what is going on around him.' Jehovah promises. so Gid'e-on gathers together 32. And yet Jehovah tells Gid'e-on: 'You have too many rnen. The reason is that they have not obeyed Jehovah.' When Gid'e-on does this. for Jehovah told Gid'e-on to choose only the rnen who keep watching while they drink. Gid'e-on puts his 300 rnen in three groups. they a l blow l their horns and break their jars.' So he tells Gid'e-on to have the rnen drink at this strearn and then to send home all the people who put their face down to the water to drink. The Israelites are in a lot of trouble again.000 rnen against Israel. So Jehovah says to Gid'e-on: 'Tell all the rnen who are afraid to go back home. Judges chapters 6 to 8.000 soldiers. they might think that they won by themselves. they are confused and afraid. Let's see why. They might think that they didn't need Jehovah's help to win. But there is an arrny of 135. and a jar with a torch inside it. and the Israelites l ~h the battle. '1 will give you the victory with the 300 men who kept watching while they drank. and shout: 'Jehovah's sword and Gid'e-on's!' When the enemy soldiers wake up. When it is about rnidnight. Jehovah tells Gid'e-on to get an arrny. This is irnportant.But one is taking the water up in his hands.' Why did Jehovah say that? It is because if Israel won the war. He gives to each man a horn. But.000 o his fighting rnen go home. That leaves him only 10. at the same time.
They are again doing what is bad. save us!' The people are somy for the bad things that they have done. And so again Jehovah helps them. the first person that comes out of my house to meet me when 1 return from the victory 1will give to you. This makes the Israelites cry out to Jehovah: 'We have sinned against you.' Jehovah listens to Jeph'thah's promise.H AVE you ever made a promise and later found it hard to keep? The man i this picture did. They show that they are sorry by worshiping Jehovah again. When Jeph'thah returns home. 'Oh. and that is why he i n s so sad. Jeph'thah is chosen by the people to fight against the bad Am'mon-ites. So he promises Jehovah: 'If you will give me victory over the Am'mon-ites. Please. 'What sadness you are . do you know who the ñrst one is to come out to meet him? It is his daughter. and he helps him to win the victory. who is his only child. s Jeph'thah lives at a time when the Israelites are no longer worshiping Jehovah. So Jehovah lets the people of Am'mon hurt them. my daughter!' Jeph'thah cries. The man i a brave judge of Israel named Jeph'thah. Jeph'thah wants very much for Jehovah to help him in the fight.
you must keep it. So she tells her n father: 'If you have made a pmmise to Jehovah. at first she is sad too. ' -31 I . 11:l-40.' So Jephfthah's daughter goes to Shi'loh. But 1 have made a promise to Jehovah. The people love Jeph'thah's daughter because she is such a good servant of Jehovah. For it means that she will have to leave her father and friends. Four days out of every year the women o Israel go to visit her there. and she spends the rest of her life serving Jehovah at his tabernacle.' When Jephfthah's daughter learns about his prornise. But she will spend the rest of her life serving Jehovah at his tabernacle i Shifloh. and 1 cannot take it back. f and they have a happy time together.bringing me. Judges 10:6-18.
Once. and they really hurt the Israelites. But Samson kills the lion with only his bare hands. Jehovah te& his mother: 'Soon you will have a son. He also kills hundreds of bad Phi. a big lion comes roaring out to meet him.THE STRONGEST MAN 3 YOU know the name of the strongest man who ever lived? He is a judge named Samson. They have many fighting men. He will take a lead in saving Israel from the Phi-lis'tines.lis'tines. l . It is Jehovah who gives Samson his strength. when Samson is on his way to where the Phi-lis'tines live. Later Samson falls in love with a woman narned De-li'lah.' The Phi-lis'tines are bad people who live in Ca'naan. Even before Samson is born.
In the meantime.' Then Samson prays to Jehovah for strength. She is not a true friend of Samson. Samson says to the boy who is leading him by the hand: 'Let me touch the pillars that hold the building up. De-li'lah wants al1 that money. If my hair was cut.listtineshave a big party to worship their god Dagon.' Well. God chose me to be a special servant of his called a Naz'i-rite. When Samson wakes up.100 pieces of silver if she tells them what makes Samson so strong. 6 . He cries out: 'Let me die with the Phi-lis'tines.000 Phi. or of God's people. 'My hair has never been cut. 1 would lose my strength. One day the Phi. Finally. she has Samson go to sleep on her lap. They put out both his eyes. Samson's hair has grown again. De-li'lah gets Sarnson to teU her the secret of his strength. and make him their slave. he has lost his strength. when De-lilah learns this.lis'tines promise to give De-lilah 1. and they bring Samson out of prison to make fun of him. So she keeps asking Sarnson what it is that makes him so strong. 'From the time that 1 was born. Then she calls a man to come in and cut his hair.' he says.' There are 3. I ~ Judges chapters 13 t o 1 . and takes hold of the pillars. The Phi-lis'tines then come in and capture him.The Phi.lis'tines at the party. and when Samson bends himself against the pillars the building falls down and kills al1 these bad 1 people.
They do 1 . The reason is that she could not have a baby. Each year Han'nah and El-ka'nah come to worship a t this special tent. and she began teaching hirn about Jehovah when he was still very little. Why would El.' l Jehovah answered Han'nah's prayer. And because Samuel has been taught so well by his parents. But he will live here at Jehovah's tabernacle with E'li and the other priests.karnah and his mother Han'nah who are bringing Samuel to E'li. As the years go by. 1 promise that 1 will give him to you so he can serve you al his life.' This is what we see Han'nah and El-ka'nah doing in the picture. Samuel keeps on serving a t Jehovah's tabernacle. But high priest E'li's sons Hoph'ni and Phin'e-has are no good. It was just a few years before this that Han'nah was very sad. and to visit their little boy. Samuel is only about four or five years old. And the man with his hand on Samuel's head is Israel's high priest E'li.kafnah and Han'nah give someone so young as Samuel to serve Jehovah a t the tabernacle? Let's see. and she wanted one very. she prayed: 'O Jehovah. 1 will take him to the tabernacle to serve Jehovah there. She told her husband: 'As soon as Samuel is old enough so he does not need to be nursed anymore. he is glad to be able to serve Jehovah here a t Jehovah's tent. That is Samuel's father El.A LITTLE BOY SERVES GOD 55 SN'T this a good-looking little boy? His narne is Samuel. and both Jehovah and the people like him. and months later she gave birth to Samuel. Han'nah loved her little boy. So one day when Han'nah was visiting Jehovah's tabernacle. And each year Han'nah brings a new sleeveless coat that she has made for Samuel. very much. do not forget me! If you give me a son.
breaks his neck and dies too. When s' he grows old." ' This is what Samuel says when Jehovah c l s again. But Jehovah tells him to listen to the people. E'li should remove them from being priests. because really Jehovah i their s king. for you must have called me this time. n He answers: 'Here 1 am.' And he gets up and runs to E'li. When Samuel grows a little older this is what happens: Samuel is asleep i the tabernacle when a voice wakes him up. Samuel grows up. the people ask hirn: 'Choose a king to d e over u.' But E'li answers: ' did not cal1 you. . 'You called me. and if he calls again. and becomes the last judge of Israel. Later Hoph'ni and Phin'e-has die in battle with the Phi-lis'tines. E'li knows now that it must be Jehovah who i callhg. my son. Young Samuel doesn't let any of the bad things going on at the tabernacle cause him to stop serving Jehovah. for your servant is listening. Samuel does not want to do this. So he s tells Samuel: 'Go lie down once more. But because so few people really love Jehovah.many bad things. So Samuel runs to E'li. but he does not. you must say: "Speak.' So 1 Samuel goes back to bed. 8:49. and when E'li hears what has happened he falls over. So Jehovah's word comes true. go back to bed. 'Samuel!' the voice calls a third time. Lie down again. Jehovah al then tells Samuel that he is going to punish E'li and his sons. and says: 'You called me. 'Here 1 am. and here 1 am.4:16-18. it has been a long time since Jehovah has spoken to any hurnan. and get others to disobey JehoYah too.' he says. Then there i a second call: 'Samuel!' So Samuel gets up and s again runs to E'li. and here 1 am. 1 Samuel 1:l-28.' he says. Jehovah. But E'li answers: ' did not call.291-36.' So Samuel 1 retums to bed.
Then beautiful Abigail stopped him from doing a foolish thing. he fought the giant Goliath. The first three kings of Israel each ruled for 40 years. The northern 10-tribe kingdom lasted 257 years before it was destroyed by the Assyrians Then 133 years later. and David was chosen to be king in his place.PART 4 Israel's First King to Captivity in Ba bylon Saul became Israel's first king. a northern and a southern kingdom. during which time many exciting events pass before our view. So Part FOUR covers 510 years of history. who took David's place as king of Israel. Later he fled from jealous King Saul. W e find out many things about David. . we learn many things about David's son Solomon. As a youth. Next. After Solomon's death. A t this time the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon. Israel was divided into two kingdoms. the southern two-tribe kingdom was also destroyed. But Jehovah rejected him.
and he is a very strong man. Saul did not think that he was good enough to be king. They are still s causing a lot of trouble for the Israelites. The Phi-lis'tines are still the Israelites' worst enemy.' he tells Samuel. S Samuel te% Saul to wait unta he comes and makes a sacrifice. to Jehovah. Jehovah tells Samuel to pour the oil on Saul's head. ' 1 belong to the tribe of Benjarnin. Saul also has a brave son named Jonfa. Saul is afraid that the Phi-lis'tines will start the battle. This i what they s used to do to a person to show that he had been chosen as king. This makes the people happy that Saul is king. He comes from a rich family. and he wins the victory over the Arn'mon-ites. or gift. tall man. And Jon'a-than helps Israel to win many battles. But Saul is not poor or a small man. He is about a foot taller than anyone else in Israel! Saul is also a very fast runner. 'Why do you say that 1will be king?' Jehovah likes Saul because he does not pretend to be big and important. the smallest one in Israel.than. so he goes ahead and . It is a special sweet-smelling oil. Soon after Saul i made king. As the years go by. That is why He chooses him to be king. Saul leads the Israelites to many victories over their enemies. But Samuel is slow in coming. the Am'mon-ites come up to fight against them.SAUL -ISRAEL'S FIRST KING 56 EE Samuel pouring oil on the man's head. The people are glad that Jehovah has chosen Saul to be king. But Saul gathers a big arrny. They all begin to shout: 'Long live the king!' The enemies of Israel are as strong as ever. and he is a very handsome. One day thousands and thousands of Phi-lis'tines come to fight against the Israelites.
15 1325-14. We never want to become bad. . Also. :1-35. Later Saul disobeys again. Because you have not obeyed Jehovah. So Samuel tells him: 'It is better to obey Jehovah than to make a gift to him of the best sheep. When Samuel finally comes. Jehovah will not keep you as king of Israel. do I we? - - 1 Samuel chapters 9 to 11. he tells Saul that he has been disobedient. can change and become bad. it shows that a good person.' Samuel says.makes the sacrifice himself. as Saul had been. It shows us how important it is to obey Jehovah always.14~47-52. 2 Samuel 1:23.' We can learn a good lesson from this. 'Jehovah will choose another person to be king over Israel.
' J d s e says. Jehovah hasn't chasen him either. Jes'se brings his son Sham'mah. 'No. 'This is the one.hem. 'But he is out taking care of the sheep. the son of Ruth and Bo'az. The time comes when Jehovah says to Samuel: 'Take some special oil and go to the house of Jes'se in Bethle. David was born 10 years after Jehovah chose Saul to be king. 1 samuel 1734. The bear carne and d e d off the lamb and was going to eat it.' Jehovah says. 1 have chosen one of his sons to be king. But Samuel says: 'No. Do you remember them? And David's father is Jes'se.' When David i brought in. Jehovah hasn't cbosen him either. 'Pour the oil on hirn. Isn't he a brave boy? Do you know who he is? This is young David. 35. The time will come when David will become k h g of Israel. He lives in the town of Beth1e.bin'a-dab and brings him to Samuel. His grandfather was O'bed. 16:1-13. But the boy ran af.' Samuel says. 'There is still the youngest.' When Samuel sees Jes'se's oldest son E-li'ab.ter them. 'Are these all the boys?' Smuel asks. And when the bear rose up. 1have not chosen him to be kg. Samuel can see that s he is a good-looking boy. he says to himself: 'This is surely the one that Jehovah has chosen.' Next.' So Jes'se calls his son A.GOD CHOOSES DAVID AN you see w h t has happened? The boy has saved t i little hs lamb from the bear. David takes care of his father's sheep. and saved the lamb from the bear's mouth.' And this is what Samuel does. Jes'se brings seven of his sons to Samuel. the boy grabbed the bear and struck it d h dead! At another time he saved one of the sheep from a lion.hem.' But Jehovah tells him: 'Do not look a t how tal1 and handsome he is. but Jehovah doesn't choose any of them. C .
you will be our slaves. The Phi.lis'tine giant Go-li'ath comes out to make fun of the Israelites. we will be your slaves.' David asks some of the soldiers: 'What will the man get who kills this Phi.DAVID AND GOLIXTH HE Phi-lis'tines again come to fight against Israel. He yells: 'Choose one of your f men to fight me.' answers: ' killed a bear and a 1 . So one day Jes'se tells David: 'Take some grain and loaves of bread to your brothers. David's three oldest brothers are now in Saul's army. and he has been a soldier all his life. Some soldiers go and t l King Saul el this Philis'tine. But if 1 win and kill him. he runs t the battle line to look for his brothers. 1 dare you to pick someone to fight me. Find out how they are getting along. You are just a boy. I he wins and kills me.' o When David arrives at the army camp.lis'tine and frees Israel from this shame?' T But all the Israelites are afraid of Go-li'ath because he is so big. He is more than 9 feet (about 3 meters) tall. He has been doing this every morning and evening for 40 days.
lis'tine witl become like one of them.&ad1 When &e J2hi.lion that carried o$ my hther'b sheep. IEe t k e a ae s h m his bag. 'and 1 will give to the birds and eat. fl says. The m 1~~8elit. ruia I ~ a r m 17:la ~ 1 -A . And this Phi. This day J and 1 will strike At h t David runs Go-li'ath. and pub them into his p bag. and k w s it w t all his ih Goli'ath's head. Jehovah will help me.' So Saul says: 'Go.' But David says: ' come to me with spear and a javelin.es after them and win the battle. Then he takb his sling and goes out to meet the giant. but 1 of J e h d . and may Jehovah be with you.' David goes down by a stream and gets five srnooth stones. and he falls do. puts it into sluig.-&'tines see that their champion has £den.they all turne d run. h$ can't believe it. When Go-li'ath sees him. He thinks will beso easy to kill ~ a v i d . .
the women sing: 'Saul has killed thousands. He loves David very much. n Later. Later Saul misses David again with his spear. saying: '1 will pin David to the wall!' But David dodges. Saul is very pleased with David. But Saul's son Jon'a-than is not jealous. but David tens of thousands. So David knows now that he must be very careful. So the two make a promise to each other that they will always be friends. But one day Saul's jealousy causes him to do a terrible thing. and Saul likes the music that he plays. David is a very good player of the harp. because David is given more honor than Saul is. L 1 b Do you remember the promise that Saul made? He said that he would give . Israel's army chief Ab'ner brings him to Saul. He makes him a chief i his amiy and takes hirn to live at the king's house.WHY DAVID MUST RUN A A WY 59 AFTER David kills Go-li'ath. when the army returns from fighting the Phi-lis'tines. While David is playing the harp. and David loves Jon'a-than too. Saul takes his spear and throws it. and the spear misses.' This makes Saul jealous.
Think o that! f f Saul really hopes that the Phklis'tines will kill David. So she tells her husband: 'If you don't get away tonight. ig:i-i8. i samuel i8:i-a. and he promises not to hurt David. and when you saw it. and so Saul gives his daughter to be David's wife. For about seven years David must hide in one place after another so that Saul cannot ñnd him.' That night Mi'chal helps David to escape through a window. Mi'chal knows what her father plans to do. Saul again throws his spear at David. David dodges.' Saul listens to his son. everything he has done has been a great help to you. . but first he must kill 100 o the enemy Phi. you were glad. One day. and the spear hits the wall.li'ath.his daughter to be the wife of the man who killed Go-li'ath. while David is playing music. David is brought back. But Jon'a-than says to his father: 'Don't hurt David. Rather. Saul at last tells David that he can have his daughter Mi'chal. however. But they don't. He has never done anything wrong to you. and he serves Saul in his house again just as he did before. This is the third time! David 4 knows now that he must run away! That night David goes to his own house. tomorrow you will be dead. But Saul sends some men to kill hirn. One day Saul tells Jon'a-than and a l his servants that he l wants to kill David.lis'tines. He risked his life when he killed Go.
he hides i a cave. and she keeps David from doing a bad thing. His n brothers and the rest of his family join hirn there. and David becomes their leader. let's see what has been happening to David. About 400 men in all come to hirn. David - l . But before learning about that. She has good sense.ABIGAIL AND DAVID 3 YOU know the pretty woman who is coming to meet David? Her narne is Ab'i-gail. After David runs away from Saul.
give us some food.2 : . Now. tells Abfi.' ' won't give my food to rnen like you. 'You have kept me from killing Na'bal to pay him back for his meanness. . So one day David sends some of his men to ask Na'bal for a favor.000 sheep and 1. She loads it on some donkeys and starts on her way. It is a feast day. who heard the mean words that Na'bal spoke. Also. Here i a gift.3 514. she getri off her dopkey. One of Na'bal's men. Once she even mve8 her family. Her husband Na'bal s is a rich landowner. she knows how to do what is right. So this i s what David's rnen say: 'We have been kind to you. We have not stolen any of your sheep. and Na'bal has many good things to eat. pay no attention to my husbfdnd Na'bal. They have helped to protect his sheep. David and his rnen have been kind to Na'bal. now in p a e ' Later. but have helped to look after them.' David answers.gail is very beautiful.' Later David and his rnen begin hiding in the hills.gail what happened. 'Put on your swords!' he tells his men. And they start on their way to kill Na'bal and his men. But his wife Ab'i. please.' Na'bal says. and says bad things about David. Go home ec. David's rnen come to Na'bal while he and his helpers are cutting the wool off the sheep. When she meets David. when Na'bal dies. When the n rnen return and tell David about it. Na'bal is a mean man. and forgive us for what happened.000 goats. Abfiigailbecomes one of David's wive~. sir. Let's see how. He speaks 1 i a very mean way. He has 3. s He is a fml. bows down and says: 'Please. and he does foolish things. Please take it. David is very angry. It i after this that David meets Ab'i-gail.then goes to the king of Mo'ab and says: 'Please let my father and mother stay with you unti11 see what happens to me. 1 sarnuel 221-4.' You are a wise woman. Right away Abfiogailgets some food ready.
000 of goldiera Bnd goes for him. They pich U &d8 p 3' arid hk ~&2& is lyiq right beside Seul's head No one q or hears tth4mla@ams@ are riU fagt 4-p. the k g ? Zook! Where are hirg-qmu a d his jug?' Saul w&E#~ He mxmgnkes David's yoice. Dad?' Can you & Saui iuid ~b$erdown them? Y s xny lord the kkg.' A-bish'ai tumwers. He txikeg: 3. and ada: 's that up. When David 1 a m s &out this. 1 you.' David repEw to SauL And ~ & d e. Then EjBVid. asks: ) a . he sends spies out to leam wliere Saul men hay3 4x%nlped foz the *ht. asks tato s lilis men: 'Which of f will go t Sad's camp o '1 will.DAVDIS MADE KING 61 AUL again tries tq capture David. _&ey See 11p&d sud A-Wvainw. m e Saul and bis men m deeping# David and Abbish'ai a e e p &nUy 'into the AP. They have W e awag9iuid are kn Bafely on top of a hill David shouts down to I d ' s arniy ehjief: 'Abfner. why mm't &u g p your mastea. A*bbhpai &e son 02 David's is &ter Ze-ru'iah.
The time comes when David and his men go up to capture a beautiful city called Jerusalem. But ñnally David's men w n David is 30 years old when he i made king. s For seven and a half years he rules in He'bron. takes the lead in the fight. Some time later the Phi-lis'tines go up to fight against Israel.273-7. and he writes a beautiful song.lis'tines. Now David begins niling in the city of J e d e m . another son of David's sister Ze-ru'iah. But David says to b l f : 'One o these days Saul will kill me. In the battle. David f is able to fool the Phi. i which he sings: ' feel sad for you.' Saul adrnits.' At 1 that David goes his way. Some of the sons born to him there are named Am'non.lis'tines and make them believe that he is now on their side. both Saul and Jon'a-than are killed. my brother Jon'a-than. 1 Chronicles 11:l-9.'Why are you trying to capture me? What bad thing have 1done? Here is your spear. ' have acted foolishly. So David rewards Jo'ab by making hUn the chief o his 1 f -y. O king. i. 3:l-2l.' And that is what he does. This makes n David very sad. . Let one o your men come and get it. Jo'ab. 5:l-Lo. and Saul returns home. How dear you were 1 to me!' After this David retwrns to Israel to the city o He'bron. 2 Samuel 126.' f '1 have done wrong.31:1-6. 1 should escape f to the land o the Phi. There f is a war between the men who choose Saul's son Ish-bo'sheth to be king and the other men who want David to be king. 1 1 Samuel 269-25. Ab'sa-lom and Ad-o'ni'jah.
Bath-she'ba's son dies. he d e s a bad mistake. Well.TROUBLE IN DAVID'S HOUSE 62 A army rnany victories over their enemies. a l the land that was pmmised to them finally becomes theirs. when he is on the roof o his palace. But one evening. David is a good d e r . Later. f l with Jehovah's help. Then David's firstborn son Am'non gets his sister Ta'mar done and forces his love on her. He loves Jehovah. f and her husband is one o his soldiers named U'ri'ah. Her name is Bath-she'ba. And now. But Jehovah says: 'Because you have done these bad things. David marries Bath-she'ba. David i s very worried and sends word to his army chief Jo'ab to have U-ri'ah put in the front o the battk where he will be killed. Her husband i away fighting. David knows that it is wrong to take something that belongs to someone else. . So he sends his servant Nathan to tell him about his sins. David's son Ab'sa-lom is so angry about this that he kills Am'non. David makes love s to her and later she fin& she is going to have a baby. and so Jehovah does not put him to death. David wants Bath-she'ba so much that he has her brought to his palace. f When U-ri'ah is dead. And he wants to build a temple in which f to put it. Jehovah had FTER David begins ruling in Jerusalem. So one o the ñrst f things that he does after captwhg J e d e i n i to bring Jehovah's s ark o the covenant there. David is very sorry for what he has done. Jehovah gives his pmmised to give the land o Ca'naan to the Israelites. he looks f down and sees a very beautiful woman.' And what trouble David has! First. You can see Nathan there talking to David. When David grows older. Jehovah is very angry with David. you will have a lot o f trouble in your house.
2 Samuel 6515.Ab'sa-lom wins the favor o rnany o the people. his son Ad-omi'jah tries s t make hjmself king. 1 Kings 15-48. f In between d o this. Bath-she'ba gives birth to a son named f Solomon. Findy. Soon afterward David dies at 70 years of age. but now Solomon is the king of Israel. and he has himself f f made king. David has a lot o trouble. At that David has a priest namd Za'dok o pour oil on Solomon's head to show that Solomon will be king. David wins the war against Ab'sa-lom. Yes. 1l27 . When David i old and sick. He rriled for 40 years. 1 : . who is killed.' .
and so one night he says to him i a dream: 'Solomon. He loves Jehovah. 1 am very young and 1 don%know how to d e .WISE KING SOLOMON SOLOMON is a teen-ager when he becomes king. Jehovah is pleased with Solomon. what would you like me to n give you?' At this Solomon answers: 'Jehovah my God. So give me the wisdom to d e your . and he follows the good advice that his father David gave hirn.
During the nile of Solomon. and give each woman half of it.' n F n l y Solomon speaks: 'Don't kill the child! Give him to the ial ñrst woman. When the people hear how Solomon solved the problem. She is the real mother.' At this the other woman says: 'No! The living child is mine. Then one night her baby died. he says: 'Cut the living baby in two. and the living one is mine!' This is the way the women argue.' explains one of them. go on and cut it i two. they are glad to have such a wise king. 'This woman and 1 live in the sarne house. grapes and figs and other foods. But while 1 was asleep.' 'No!' cries the real mother. '1 gave birth to a b y . s 1 Kings 3:3-28. . God blesses the people by making the soil grow plenty of wheat and barley. and the dead one i hers!' The first woman answers: 'No! The s dead child is yours. 4:29-34. Give it to her!' But the other woman says: 'Don't give it to either of us.Jehovah is pleased with what Solomon asks. 'Please don't kill the baby. and two days later she also gave birth to a baby boy. What will Solomon do? He sends for a sword. The peopie wear fine clothes and live in gdOd houses. So He says: 'Because you have asked for wisdom and not for long life or riches. There i more than enough of everything good for everybody. and. 1 saw that it was not mine. when it is brought. When 1 woke up and looked at the dead child.' A short time later two women come to Solomon with a hard problem. both riches and glory.' Solomcrn knows this because the real mother loves the baby so much that she is vPilling to give him to the other woman so he won't be killed. But 1 will also give you what you did not ask for. 1 will give you more wisdom than anyone who has ever lived. she put her dead child next to me and took my baby.
and it takes seven and a half years to finish it. Solomon begins building the temple. Tens of thousands of men work on the temple. . he gave Solomon the plans from God for building Jehovah's temple.SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE 64 B EFORE David died. In &e fourth year of his d e .
there is a big celebration. and the people are not happy anymore. 2 Chronicles 6 : M . 'Not even all of heaven is large enough to hold you. But 1 won't take a l the l people of the khgdom away from your s n ' Let's see how this happens. 'how much less. now becomes the place where the people come to worship. Solomon kneels in front of the temple and prays. But Solomon mamies many women f o other countries rm who do not worship ~ehovah. and he tells him: '1 will take the kingdom away from you m d give it to another man. rather than the tabernacle. 1 Kings 11:9-13. o. And a bright light from Jehovah fills the temple. 1 ECings 5:l-18. O my God. but during the rule of your son.' When Solomon ñriishes his prayer. . you see one of them worshiping Can before the idol? Finally his wives get Solomon to worship other gods too. He becomes cruel. This makes Jehovah angry with Solomon. The temple. 29:l-9.the covenant put in the inside room of the temple. and the other things that were kept in the tabernacle are put i the other room. as you can see in the picture. But. fire comes down from heaven.' Solomon says to Jehovah. n For a long time Solomon rules i a wise way. n When the temple is ñnished. can this temple hold you. 1 Chronicles 28:9-!¿l. 7:14. 1 will not do this in your lifetime. and the people are happy. then. please listen to your people when they pray toward this place. This shows that Jehovah is listening. Do you know what happens when Solomon does this? He no longer treats the people kindly. It burns up the animal sacrifices that have been made. and that he is pleased with the temple a d Solomon's prayer.
D .THE KINGDOM IS DIVIDED 65 O YOU know why this man is ripping his robe to pieces? Jehovah told him to do it. This man is God's pmphet A-hi'jah. Do you know what a prophet is? He is a person that God tells ahead of time what is going to happen.
bo'am 10 pieces? A. Less than five years after Re-ho-bo'am becomes king. but the two tribes of Benjamin and Judah keep Re-ho-bo'am as their king. So it is for only a short time that the temple remains the same as when it was built. So the people make Jer-o-bo'am king over 10 tribes.A-hi'jah is here s p e a h g to Jer-o-bo'am. Soon the land becomes ñlled with crime and violente.o.hirjah gives Jer. Jer. He t e b Jer-o-bo'am: 'Take 10 pieces for yourself. When Solomon hears what A-hi'jah told Jer-o-bo'am. In fact. he becomes even meaner than before.hitjah explains that Jehovah is going to take the kingdom away from Solomon.botam does not listen.But Jer-o-bo'amruns away to Egypt. 14:2iai. Jer-o-bo'am does not want his people to go to Jerusalem to worship at Jehovah's temple. But Re. so he comes back to Israel. i S n g s 1 1 : ~ mi-33.botam is a man that Solomon put in charge of doing some of his building work. He tries to kill Jer-o-bo'am.ho. Re-ho-bo'amis not a good king. . There is also trouble in the two-tribe kingdom.bo'am. When A-hi'jah meets Jer-o-bo'am here on the road. . He says that Jehovah is going to give 10 tribes to Jer. He takes away many treasures from Jehovah's temple. So he makes two golden calves and gets the people of the letribe kingdom to worship them.he becomes very angry. He takes off the new robe that he is wearing and tears it into 12 pieces. This means that only two tribes will be left for Solomon's son Re-ho-bo'am to rule over. Jer-o-bo'am and some other irnportant men go to King Re-ho-bo'am and ask him to be nicer to the people.' Do you know why A. Down i Egypt n Jer-o-bo'arnhears that Solomon is dead.o. but now his son Re-ho-bo'am is made king. He was king for 40 years. A-hi'jah does a strange thing. the king of Egypt comes to fight against Jemalem. After a while Solomon dies. He is even meaner to the people than his father Solomon had been.o.
I Jez'e-be1 wants something.bel in the window.bel should be punished for doing such a terrible thing? So. '1 wanted to buy his vineyard. '1 will get it for you. 'Then take Na'both out of the city and stone him to death. she says to A'hab: 'Now go and take his vineyard.' 'Don't worry. They throw her down. she paints her eyes and tries to fix herself up to look pretty. wicked Queen Jez'e-bel. So Jez'e. But he told me 1 couldn't have it. Jez'e-be1 is not an Israelite woman. 1 Kings 16:29-33.JEZEBEL-A WICKED QUEEN 66 FTER King Jer-o-bo'arndies. But when Je'hu comes and sees Jezfe. Do you know why? One big reason is his wife. she will even kill a person to get it. She is the daughter of the king of Si'don. as you can see in the picture. She worships the false god Ba'al. and she dies. and she gets A'hab and many Israelites to worship Ba'al too. Others have to hide in f caves so that they won't be killed. King A'hab is the worst king of all.' So Jez'e-be1writes letters to some chief men in the city where this man Na'both lives.' she tells them. he calls to the men in the palace: 'Throw her down!' The men obey.2 Kings 9:30-37.18:l-4. This is the end of wicked Queen Jez'e.' Don't you agree that Jezfe.219-16.' As soon as Jez'e-be1 learns that Na'both is dead. When Jez'e.be1 asks him: 'Why are you sad today?' 'Because of what Na'both said to me.' A'hab answers. 'Get some good-for-nothing men to say that Na'both has cursed God and the king. each king who rules the northern 10-tribe kingdom of Israel is bad.be1 hears that Je'hu is coming. A .be1. One day King A'hab is very sad. Jehovah sends the man Je'hu to punish her. Jez'e-be1 hates Jehovah and kills many of his prophets.' Jez'e-be1 says. in time.
army from the are coming to attack you.hoshta.bel of the northern t Je. He e as King A'hab and Jezte.' Many Israelites gather a t Jerusalem to seek J .JEHOSHAPHAT TRUSTS JEHOVAH u # 67 singers have swords with?' Let us see.phat is a good king. So for many years the people of the & f a ae people afraid. s king two-tribe kingdom of Israel. and his father was a fine king too.
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E-li'jah then tells the woman: 'Give the boy to me.where a w o q m is very kind to him. Then he prays: 'O Jehovah.li'sha n to do mhacles. He serves E. and he sneezes seven times. The f f man is the prophet E-li'jah. We don't h a y the power to raise the d e d . and the woman and the little boy. The woman is a widow o the city o Zafe-phath. and the boy is her son. How happy his mother is when she comes i and fin& her boy alive! n Many. But i time Jehovah also uses E. He gets worse and worse until he finally dies.' E-li'jah takes the dead child upstairs and lays him on the bed. Later this woman has baby by. He prays to Jehovah.lifsha. 2 Kings 4:8-37.' And the boy starts to breathe! At that E-li'jah takes hirn back downstairs and says to the woman: 'Look. after the child has grown oldkr. how would be very happy! But you awere bmught life? She can person who has died live again? Has it happened before? Look at the man here.lifjah's helper. a . Later we wil. Soon &e boy's body becomes warm. But Jehovah does.l learn how he will bring many miilions o people back t0 Me. Suddenly the boy &es out: s n 'My h ~ hurts!' After he i taken home. rnake the boy live again. your son is alive!' This is why the mother is so happy. he goe~ to jo* 0th bis father who i working i the field. One dag E. he goes into the mn with tIie ilead r child. many people have died. f 1 Kings 17:824. one day the boy gets sick. and lies down over the body. This has made their f d e s and friends very sad. One morning. Well. the boy dies.TWO BOYS WHO LIVE AGAIN 68 YOU would your mother feel if 1Fback todied. When E-lhha arrives. How sad d s his mother is! Right away she goes and gets E.lifshagoes to the city ~f ~hu'nem. Another important prophet of Jehovah is narned E-li'sha.
and the wonderful things that Jehovah helps him to do. why the girl i i the lady's home. and she was brought to Nata-rnan's wife to be her servant. then.manYswife: '1 wish my master could go to Jehovah's prophet i Israel. The Syrians had captured this little Israelite girl. This sickness can even cause some of a person's flesh to fall off. the chief o the Syrian army.A GIRL HELPS A MIGHTY MAN 69 O YOU know what this little girl is saying? She i telling the s lady about Jehovah's prophet E. Her husband is Na'a-man.' n Later the lady tells her husband what the little girl said. D . The lady does not know about Jehovah because she is not an Israelite. Na'a-man has a bad sicknem d e d leprosy.li'sha. Let's see. He wotdd heal him of his lepmy. So this is what the girl is telling Na'a. s n f The lady is a Syrian.
. that we should be like the little girl and talk about Jehovah. but we should obey God's servants. E.hafzi did.man. of course. is a lie. take this gift from me.lifsha sent me to te11 you that he would like some of your gift for friends who just carne to visit. Ge-ha'zi hs runs to catch up with hirn. E-li'sha has his servant go out and te11 Na'a-man to go wash i the Jordan n River seven times.man very angry. as he said?' Na'a-man listens to his servant and goes and dips himself in the Jordan River seven times. This makes Nafa. It can do much good. So he says: 'Because you did this bad thing. When Ge-ha'zi returns home. But one of his servants tells hirn: 'Sir. right away! What can we learn from all of this? First. After Nafa-manleaves. Can't we learn a lot from reading the Bible? 2 Kings 5:l-27. He returns to E-lirshaand tells him: s 'Now 1 know for sure that the God in Israel is the only true God in all the earth. When he gets there. so he gives Ge-ha'zi some of the things.' E-li'sha knows that it would be wrong for him to take the gift. you would do it. And thirdly. This.man doesn't know that it is a lie.lifshaknows what he has done. if E-li'sha told you to do something hard. please.' But E-li'sha answers: 'No. Jehovah has told him.hafzi wants the gift f or hirnself. his flesh becomes ñrm and healthy! Na'a-man i very happy.lifsha's house. because it was Jehovah who had healed Nafa. and he says: 'The rivers back home are better than any river i Israel!' After n saying this.' Ge. But Na'a. he goes to E. Now why can't you just wash yourself. we should not lie as Ge. we should not be proud as Nata-man was at first.Na'a-man wants very much to be healed. So t i is what Ge-ha'zi does. 1wiU not take it. Na'a-man leaves. But E-lifsha's servant Ge.hafzisays.' And it does. So.man's leprosy wiU come upon you. Secondly. 'E. Nafa. When he does. so he decides to go to Israel.
Finally Jo'nah tells them: '1 worship Jehovah. For three days and three nights he is in the belly of that &h. He is in a lot of trouble.' But Jo'nah does not want to go. Jo'nah is very sorry that he did not obey Jehovah and go to Ninfe.veh. LOOK . and the sea is calm again.JONAH AND THE BIG FISH 70 a t the man in the water. After that Jo'nah goes to Nin'e-veh. and 1 want you to speak to them about it. Right away the storm stops. As Jo'nah sinks down into the water. but as the storm gets worse they finally throw Jo'nah overboard. isn't he? That fish is about to swallow him! Do you know who this man is? His name is Jo'nah. So He causes a big storm.' Jo'nah says. The badness of the people there is very great. Let's see how he got into so much trouble. and they cry out to their gods for help. Then Jehovah makes the fish vomit Jo'nah out onto dry land. So he gets on a boat that is going in the opposite direction from Nin'e-veh. The sailors are very much afraid. the big fish swallows him. It is not long after the death of the prophet E.' So the sailors ask: 'What should we do to you to stop the storrn?' 'Throw me into the sea. It is so bad that the boat is in danger of sinking. The sailors don't want to do it. And 1 am running away from doing what Jehovah told me to do. the God who made the heaven and the earth. Doesn't this teach us how important it is that we do whatever Jehovah says? Bible book of Jonah. Jehovah is not pleased with Jo'nah for running away. and the sea will become calrn again. But he doesn't die. Jo'nah is a prophet of Jehovah. So do you know what he does? Jo'nah prays to Jehovah for help.lifsha that Jehovah tells Jo'nah: 'Go to the great city of Nin'e-veh.
Paradise means "garden" or "park." Does it remind you of something we have already seen in this book? It looks much li the beautiful garden that Jehovah God made for Adam and doesn't it? But will the whole earth ever be a paradise? Jehovah told his prophet Isaiah to write about the corning new i paradise for God's people.GOD PROMISES A PARADISE 71 HIS is a picture of a paradise such as God may have shown to his prophet Isaiah. Y . Isaiah lived shortly after Jo'nah did. He said: 'Wolves and sheep Pcrill .
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The letters make fun o Jehovah. f Hez-e-ki'ah has been careful to obey all o Jehovah's laws.before God. None o his soldiers will even come close to it. and the people have peace for a while.e.nastseh becomes king.000 As-syr'i-an soldiers. So. Ma-nwrseh and his son A'mon after him aire both very bad kings. f So the king o As-syr'i-a gives up and goes back home. He is not like the bad kings of the 10-tribe kingdom o Israel.ki'ah finishes praying. Jehovah sent his angel. f 2 Kings 18:1-36. . The two-tribe kingdom is saved. the prophet Isaiah sends hirn this message from Jehovah: 'The king o As-syr'i-a will not come f f into Jerusalem. So again the land is fUed with crime and violence.' Look at the picture on this page. or like his bad father King A'haz. So this is why Hez-e-ki'ahprays: 'O Jehovah. 19:137.' Will Jehovah listen to Hez-e-ki'ah? Hez-e. Do you know who all these dead soldiers are? They are the As-syr'i-ans. and in one night the angel killed 185. save us from the king o As. But after Hez-e-ki'ah dies his son Ma.kitahis a good king.syr'i-a. 21:l-25. Then a l the nations will know that f l you done are God. They will not shoot a single arrow at the city. and tell Hez-e-ki'ah f to give up. f after Hez. When King A'mon is murdered by his own servants. his son Jo-si'ah i made king s o the two-tribe kingdom.
It was lost for many years.hoshra. .ISRAEL% LAST GOOD KING 73 OSIAH is only eight years old when he becomes king of the southern two tribes o f Israel.phatand Hez-e. It is the very book of the law that Jehovah had Moses write a long.si'ah goes out with his men and begins to remove false worship from the land. You can see Jo.kirah. He follows the example of good kings like David. This i a big job be!cause so many people worship s false gods. So Jo. For a long time most of the Israelites have been very bad. This is very young for one to be king. the high priest Hil-ki'ah fmds something very important there. long time ago. While they are working on the temple. J Afterward. They worship false gods. So at first some older persons help hirn to d e the nation. when he i s still just a teen-ager. Je. do-si'ah does a brave thing. They bow down to idols. When Jo-si'ah has been king for seven years he starts to seek Jehovah.sirah auid his men here breaking up the idols.Then. Money is collected from the people and given to these men to pay for the work that is to be done. Jo-si'ah p u b three men in charge of repairllig Jehovah's temple.
have done what is good. But because you.' . because our fathers did not keep the laws written in this book.sifah: 'Jerusalem and al1 the people wiU be punished because they have worshiped false gods and the land has been ñlled with badness.' Jo. and he asks that it be read to him.The book is taken to Jo-si'ah. Jo-sif& can see that the people have not been keeping Jehovah's law. Hil-kit& goes to the woman Hul'dah. He says: 'Jehovah is angry with us.sifah commands high priest Hil-ki'ah to ñnd out what Jehovah is going to do to them. She gives him this message from Jehovah to take back to Jo. As he listens. He feels very sad about this. and so he tears his clothes apart.sitah. and asks her. as you can see here. Jo. this punishment will not come until after your death. who is a prophetess.
'The gods that the people of the nations worship are false. But Jehovah o says that He will help him. He is a very irnportant prophet of God.chad-nez'zar makes the Israelites his servants. Years pass. Jehovah will destroy Jerusalem. I you don't f change your bad ways of living.nez'zar.' What will Jeremiah do now? He is not afraid! He te& all of them: 'Jehovah sent me to speak these things to you. Finally Neb. Jo-si'ah dies. f But be sure of this: I you kill me.A MAN WHO IS NOT AFRAID 74 the people making fun of this young man. .u. When Jeremiah tells the people that God will punish them for their badness. the king of Babylon. but the Israelites do not change their bad ways. 10:15.' The priests grab Jererniah and shout: 'You should be killed for saying these things. Soon after King Jo-si'ah starts destroying the idols out o f the land.' The princes let Jererniah live. Jererniah tells the Israelites to stop doing bad things. Just think what it would be like to have strange people carry you off from your home to a strange land! SEE Jeremiah 1:l-8. Jeremiah thinks he is too young t be a prophet. because he has spoken against our city. But many Israelites would rather worship idols than worship the true God Jehovah. 2 Kings 24:l-17.' he says. Later Neb-u-chad. Jehovah tells Jeremiah to be His prophet. Jeremiah keeps telling the people: 'Jerusalem will be destroyed if you don't change your bad ways. 26:l-16. He takes many thousands away to Babylon. they just laugh at him. and three months later bis son Je-hoi'a-kirn becomes king. comes and fights against Jerusalem. Do you know who he is? This is Jererniah. However.' Then they tell the princes of Israel: 'Jererniah should be put to death. you will be killing a man who has done no wrong.
One is Daniel.chad. Me'shach and A. Neb-u-chad-nez'zar plans to train the young men t serve i his o n Jace. After three years of training he will choose only the smartest . Four of these are the boys you me here.bed'ne-go. Afterward the king chooses from among them the most handsome and martest young men.nez'zar takes all the best educated Israelita away to Babylon.u. and the other three the Babylonians call Sha'drach.FOUR BOYS IN BABYLON K ING Neb.
9 m d his three friends to be the ' t ones.chad. NebDu.nez'zar's chief servant Ash'pe-naz? Daniel is telling him that he does not want to eat the rich things from the king's table.' So Daniel goes to the guardian that Ash'pe-naz has put in charge of him and his three friends.*'.o them all.tohelp him in the palace. he may kill me. 'And if you don't look as healthy as the other young men.' he says.' The guardian agrees to do this. the king ñnds Daniel . 'Give us some vegetables to eat and water to drink.' he says. Do you know what he is saying to Neb. After talking . Then compare us with the other young men who are eating the king's food. So he keeps them >. &:" ' 1 r .Look at young Daniel.nez'zar. .. Daniel I:I-n. Daniel and his three friends look healthier than all the other young me?. Me'shach and A-bed'ne-go questions or gives them hard problems. And when the 10 days are up. So the guardian lets them continue to eat vegetables instead of what the king provides."!?::: young men are taken to +he .chad. and see who looks better. 'Please put us to the test for 10 days. But Ash'pe-naz is worried.u. Sha'drach. they know 10 times as much as any of his priests OF wiSe men. cc At the end of three years all . 'The king has decided what you are to eat and drink. And r the king asks Daniel.t.
JERUSALEM 1 DESTROYED s
T IS over 10 years since King Neb-u.chad.nez'zar took all the best educated Israelites away to Babylon. And now look at what is happening! Jerusalem is being burned down. And the Israelites who weren't killed are being taken as prisoners to Babylon. Remember, this is what Jehovah's pmphets warned would happen if the people didn't change their bad ways. But the Israelites did not listen to the prophets. They kept right on worshiping false gods instead of Jehovah. So the people deserve to be punished. We know this because God's pmphet Ezekiel te& us about the bad things that the Israelites were doing. Do you know who Ezekiel is? He is one of the young men King Neb-u-chad-nez'zartook to Babylon over 10 years before this great destruction o Jenisalem took place. Daniel and hir, three f friends, Sha'drach, Me'shach and A-bed'ne-go, were also taken to Babylon at the same time. While Ezekiel is still in Babylon, Jehovah shows him the bad things happening back in Jerusalem at the temple. Jehovah does this by a miracle. Ezekiel i really still i Babylon, but Jehovah s n lets him see everything that i going on at the temple. And what s Ezekiel sees is shocking! ' o at the disgusting things that the people are doing here at L& the temple,' Jehovah tells Ezekiel. 'Look at the walls covered with pictures o snakes and other animals. And look at the Israelites f worshiping them!' Ezekiel can see these things, and he writes down s what i happening. 'Do you see what the Israelite leaders are dohg in secret?' Jehovah asks Ezekiel. Yes, he,can see this h There are 70 men, . and they are all worshiping f& gods. They are saying: 'Jehovah is not seeing us. He has left the land.'
Then Jehovah shows Ezekiel sorne women at the north gate of the temple. They are sitting there worshiping the false god Tamfmuz. And look at those men at the entrance of Jehovah's temple! There are about 25 of them. Ezekiel sees them. They are bowing to the east and worshiping the sun! 'These people have no respect for me,' Jehovah says. 'They not only do bad things but come right to my temple and do them!' So Jehovah promises: 'They will feel the force of my anger. And 1 will not be sorry for them when they are destroyed.' It is only about three years after Jehovah shows Ezekiel these things that the Israelites rebel against King Nebu-chad-nez'zar. So he goes to fight against them. After a year and a half the Babylonians break through the walk of Jerusalem and burn the city to the ground. Most of the people are killed or taken away as prisoners to Babylon. Why has Jehovah let this terrible destmction happen to the Israelites? Yes, because they have not listened to Jehovah and they have not obeyed his laws. This shows how important it is for us always to do what God says. At first a few people are allowed to stay i the land of Israel. n King Neb-u-chad-nezfzar puts a Jew named Ged-a-li'ahi charge n of these people. But then some Israelites murder Gqd.a.li'ah. Now the people are afraid that the Babylonians will come and destroy l them a l because this bad thing has happened. So they force Jeremiah to come with them, and they run away to Egypt. This leaves the land of Israel without any people at all. For 70 years no one lives in the land. It is completely empty. But Jehovah promises that he will bring his people back to the land after 70 years. In the meantirne, what is happening to God's people in the land of Babylon where they have been taken? Let's see.
2 Kings 25:l-26; Jeremiah 29:lO; Ezekiel 1:13; 8:l-18.
Captivity in Babylon to Rebuilding of Jerusalem 's Walls
While in captivity in Babylon, the Israelites had many tests of their faith. Sha'drach, Me'shach and A.bed'ne.go were thrown into a fiery hot f urnace, but God brought them out alive. Later, after Babylon was defeated by the Medes and the Persians, Daniel was pitched into a lions' pit, but God also protected him by shutting the mouths of the lions. Finally, the Persian king Cyrus freed the Israelites. They returned to their homeland just 70 years after they were taken away to Babylon as captives. One of the first things they did when they returned to Jerusalem was to begin building Jehovah's temple. However, enemies soon stopped their work. So it was about 22 years after returning to Jerusalem that they finally finished the temple. Next, we learn about Ezra's trip back to Jerusalem to beautify the temple. This was some 47 years after the temple was finished. Then, 13 years after Ezra's trip, Nehemiah helped to rebuild Jerusalem's broken-down walls. Part FIVE covers 152 years of history down to this time.
THEY WOULD NOT BOW DOWN
O YOU remmber hearing about these three young men? Yes, they are the friends of Daniel who refused to eat what was not good for them. The Babylonians called them Sha'drach, Me'shach and A-bed'ne-go. But look at them now. Why aren't they bowing down to this huge image like everyone else? Let's find out. Do you remember the laws that Jehovah himsel£ wrote called the Ten Commandments? The ñrst one of these is: 'You must not worship any other gods except me.' The young rnen here are obeying thk law, even though it is not an easy thing to do. Neb-u-chad-nez'zar, the bing of Babylon, has called many important people to honor this image that he has set up. He has just fhished saying to all the people: '#en you hear the sound of the horns, the harps and the other musical instrurnents, you hs are to bow down and worship t i gold image. Anyone who does not bow down and worship will be thrown into a burning hot furnace right away.' When Neb.u.chad.nez'zar learns that Sha'drach, Me'shach and A-bed'ne-gohave not bowed down, he is very angry. He has them brought to him. He gives them another chance to bow down. But the young rnen trust in Jehovah. 'Our God whom we serve is able to save us,' they tell Neb.u-chad-nez'zar. 'But even if he' does not save us, we will not bow down to your image of gold.' At hearing this, Neb-u.chad.nez'zar i even more angry. There s is a furnace nearby and he comrnands: 'Heat the furnace seven times hotter than it was before!' Then he has the strongest rnen in his army tie up Sha'drach, Me'shach and A-bed'ne-go and throw them into the furnace. The furnace is so hot that the strong rnen are killed by the flames. But what about the three young rnen whom they threw in?
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e: L :. The :i lmks into ;he furmee,and becomes very much , ,afraid. 'Didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the lburning hot furnace?' he asks. . , . ', ;f.Fyif.. 'Yes, we did,' his servants answer. -.;: ,. 'But 1 see four men walking around iil the fire,' he says. s 'They are not tied up, and the fire i not hurting them. And the fourth one looks like a god.' The king g w closer to the door of the furnace and cries out: 'Sha'drach! Me'shach! A-bed'ne-golCome on out, you servants of the Most High God!' When they come out, everyone can see that they have not been hurt. Then the king says: 'Let the God of Sha'drach, Me'shach and A-bed'ne-go be praised! He has sent his angel and saved them because they would not bow down and worship any god except their own.' Isn't this a fine example of faithfdness to Jehovah for I to ~ O ~ O W ? M ? I , ni, Exodus 20:3; Daniel 3:1-30.
Bel-shaz'zar.HANDWRITING ON THE WALL 78 w HAT is happening here? The people are having a big feast. But. the grandson of Neb-uchad. Everyone is scared. The king of Babylon has invited a thousand important guests. 'will be given many gifts and be made the third most important ruler in the kingdom.' the king says. They are using the gold cups and the silver cups and the bowls taken from Jehovah's temple in Jerusalem. He shouts for his wise men to be brought in.' But none of the wise men can read the writing on the wall. The king's mother hears the noise and comes into the big dining room. is the king now.' she tells the king. 'Anyone who can read this writing and tell me what it means. nor tell its meaning.nez'zar. . suddenly. 'Please don't be so frightened. the fingers of a man's hand appear in the air and begin to write on the wall.
'knew all about what happened to him. You have praised gods made of wood and stone.' 'But you. TE'KEL means that you e been weighed on the scales and found to be no good. and you have not honored our Grand Creator. 'And Jehovah punished him.' Daniel says: 'ME'NE. 'This is what is written. the Medes and the Persians have begun to attack Babylon. Send for him. and stiIl you are proud just as Neb-u-chad-nez'zar was.' Daniel says. but first let's see what happens to Daniel.' So right away Daniel is brought in. ME'NE. After refusing to take any gifts.' 'ME'NE means that God nurnbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an . The handwriting on the wl comes true that very al night! But what will happen to the Israelites now? We will soon find out. . 'He was very proud. E'KEL and PAR'SIN. PAR'SIN means that your kingdom is @ven to the Medes and the Persians. . b d to write these words. Daniel 5:i-a. When s your grandfather Neb-u-chad-nez'zarwas king he made him the chief of all his wise men. They capture the city and kill Bel-shaz'zar.' Daniel tells Bel-shaz'zar. You have brought in the cups and the bowls from Jehovah's temple and drunk out of them.'There i a man in your kingdom that knows the holy gods. His narne is Daniel.' Even while Daniel is speaking. and he will te11 you what all of this means. Daniel begins to tell why Jehovah once removed Bel-shaz'zar's grandfather Neb-u-chad-nez'zar from being king.
DANIEL IN THE LIONS' PIT
H, OH! It looks as if Daniel is in a lot of trouble. But the lions are not hurting him! Do you know why? Who put Daniel in here with a l these lions? Let's ñnd out. l s The king of Babylon i now a man named Da.Mfus. He likes Daniel very much because Daniel is so kind and wise. Da.rifus chooses Daniel to be a chief ruler in his kingdom. This makes other men in the kingdom jealous of Daniel, so this is what they do. They go to Da-rifusand say: 'We have agreed, O king, that you should make a law saying that for 30 days no one should pray f to any god or man except to you, O king. I anyone disobeys, then he should be thrown in with the lions.' Da-ri'us does not know why these men want this law made. But he thinks it is a good idea, so he pub the law into writing. Now the law cannot be changed.
When Daniel leams about the law, he goes home and prays, just as he always has done. The bad men knew that Daniel would not stop praying to Jehovah. They are happy, because it seems that their plan to get rid of Daniel i working. s When King Da-ri'us learns why these men wanted to make this law, he is very sorry. But he cannot change the law, so he has to give the command for Daniel to 7 ---- be thrown into the lions' pit. rBut the king tells Daniel: '1 hope that your God, whom you serve, will save you.' Da-ri'us is so upset he can't sleep that night. The next moming he runs to the lions' pit. You can see him there. He cries out: 'Daniel, servant o the living God! Was the God whom you serve f able to save you from the lions?' 'Gsd sent his angel,' Daniel answers, 'and shut the mouths o f 05 the E 1 so that they did not hurt me.' The h g i very glad. He comrnands that Daniel be lifted out s o the pit. Then he has the bad men who tried to get rid of Daniel f thrown to the liom. Even before they reach the bottom of the pit, the lions grab them and break all their bones. Then King D a r i 5 ~ ~ to all the people in his kingdom: writes '1 command that everyone should respect Daniel's God. He does great &cles. He saved Daniel from being eaten by the lions.'
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GOD'S PEOPLE LEAVE BABYLON
two have passed Babylon captured NEARLYMedesyears the Persians. since look whatwashappening by the and And is now! Yes, the Israelites are leaving Babylon. How did they get free? Who let them go? Cy'rus, the king of Persia, did. Long before Cy'rus was born, Jehovah had his prophet Isaiah write about hirn: 'You will do just what 1 want you to do. The gates will be left open for you to capture the city.' And Cy'rus did take the lead in capturing Babylon. The Medes and the P e r s h carne into the city at night through gates that had been left open. But Jehovah's prophet Isaiah also said that Cy'rus would give the command for Jerusalem and its temple to be built' again. Did Cy'm give this command? Yes, he did. This is what Cy'rus tells the Israelites: 'Go, now, to Jerusalem and build the temple of Jehovah, your God.' And this is just what these Israelites are on their way to do. l But not a l the Israelites in Babylon can make the long trip back to Jerusalem. It is a long, long trip of about 500 miles (800 kilometers) and many are too old or too sick to travel so far. And there are other reasons why some people
don't go. But Cy'rus tells thorse that don't go: 'Give silver and gold and other gifts to the people who are going back to build Jenisalem and its temple.' So, many gifts are given to these Israelita who are on their way to Jerusalem. Also, Cy'rus gives them the bowls and the cups that King Neb-u.chad.nez'zar had taken from Jehovah's temple when he destroyed Jerusalem. The people have a lot of things to carry back with them. After about four months of traveling, the Israelites get back to Jerusalem right on time. It is just 70 years since the city was destroyed, and the land was left completely empty of people. But though the Israelites are now back in their own country they will have some hard times, as we wl learn next. il
Isaiah 44:28; 45:l-4; Ezra 1:l-11.
TRUSTING IN GOD'S HELP
LMOST 50,000 people make the long trip from Babylon to Jerusalem. But when they arrive, Jerusalem is just a big ruin. Nobody lives there. The Israelita have to build everything all over again. One o the first things that they build is an altar. This is a f place where they can make animal offerings, or gifts, to Jehovah. A few months later the Israelites begin building the temple. But enernies living in lands nearby don't want the Israelites to build it. So they try to frighten them to make them stop. Finally, #ese enemies get the new king o Persia to make a law to stop the f building work. Years pass. Now it has been 17 years since the Israelites carne back from Babylon. Jehovah sends his prophets Hagfgai and Zech.a-ri'ah to te11 the people to start building again. The people n trust i God's help, and they obey the prophets. They start to build again, even though a law says that they are not to do it. So a Pemian oficial narned Tatfte-nai comes and mks the Israelites what right they have to build the temple. The Israelites tell him that when they were in Babylon, King Cy'rus told them: 'Go, now, to J e d e m and build the temple of Jehovah, your God.' Tat'te-nai sends a letter to Babylon and asks if Cy'rus, who i s now dead, r e d y said that. Soon a letter from the new king o f Pa comes back. It tells that Cy'm &y said it. And so the king WntRs: 'Let the Israelites build the temple of their God. And 1 command you to help them.' In about four years the temple is h i s h d , and the Israelites are very happy. Many more years pass. It is now alm.t 48 years since the temple was finished. The people in J e d e m are p o r , and the city and God's temple do not look very pretty. Back in Babylon,
because there are bad men along the way. About 6. And after four months of traveling.the Israelite Ez'ra learns about the need to fix up God's temple. They have a lot of silver and gold and other precious things to carry with them. Ez'ra asks it the Israelites in Babylon to help hirn carry these gifts to Jerusalem. Jehovah does protect them.the king of Persia. Then they pray to Jehovah to protect them on their long trip back to Jerusalem. So do you know what he does? Ez'ra goes to see Ar-ta-xerx'es. and kill them. they arrive safely in Jerusalem. So Ez'ra calls the people together. as you can see in the picture. . Doesn't this show that Jehovah Can pr0tect those wh0 tl"ust i h h for help? n Ezra chapters 2 to 8 . Ez'ra is worried. These men might take away their silver and gold.000 people say they will go. and this good king gives Ez'ra many g f s to take back to Jerusalem.
Do you see this proud man that people are bowing " down to? This is Ha'man. And so this is what he does. Ha'man wants Mor'de-cai. A. Esther is the queen. and Mor'de-cai is one of his servants. so the king chooses a new wife to be his queen. Esther's parents died when she was very small. But Mor'de. Well.MORDECAI AND ESTHER 82 ET'S go back a few years before Ez'ra went to 1 Jerusalem. beautiful young Esther.' A-has-u-e'rusdoes not know that his wife Esther is an . He is a very irnportant man in Perm. 'They should be put to death. one day the king's wife Vash'ti does not obey him. whom you can see sitting here. has a palace in the city of Shu'shan.has-u-e'rus. to bow down t him also.' he says. Mor'de-cai and Esther are the most irnportant Israelites in the kingdom of Persia. the king of Persia. He doesn't think it o i right to bow down to such a bad man. Do you know the woman he chooses? Yes. This makes Ha'man very s angry.cai won't do it. 'They are bad people who don't obey your laws. and her cousin Mor'de-cai is second only to the king in power. and so Mor'de-cai has raised her. L m (- Ha'man te& the king lies about the Israelites. Let's see how this carne about.
'Who dares to do such a thing?' he asks. Esther invites the king and Ha'man to a big meal. So he listens to Ha'man.Israelite. . Esther says that she will tell him if he and Ha'man will come to another meal the next day. and he has a law made that on a certain day all Israelites are to be killed.' The king is angry. Now the king is really angry. Bible book of Esther. He sends a message to Esther: 'You must tell the king. Afterward. When Mor'de-cai hears about the law. many people help the Israelites.' It is against the law in Persia to go see the king unless you're invited. the enemy. At that meal Esther tells the king: 'My people and 1are to be killed. he is very upset. o There the king asks Esther what favor she wants from him. 1 . which means that she is not t be killed. is this bad Ha'man!' Esther says. The king holds out his gold rod to her. Because Mor'de-cai i such an important man now. the king makes Mor'de-cai second in power only to himself. 'The man. 3 fmm their enemies. and they are saved . But Esther goes in without being invited. and beg him to save us. Mor'de-cai then sees to it that a new law is made that allows the Israelites to fight for their lives on the day they are s supposed to be killed. He commands that Ha'man be killed.
How do you think the people have felt living here all these years without walls around their city? They have not felt safe.THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM 83 L OOK a t a l the work going on here. Their enemies could easily come i n . When King Neb-u-chad-nez'zar destroyed Jerusalem 152 years before. The Israelites are busy l building the walls of Jerusalem. he knocked down the walls and bumed the city's gates. The Israelites did not build the walls again when they first came home from Babylon.
Ar.ta.that he serves the king his wine. But the Bible does not say that Ne-he-mi'ah worked for Esther's husband. and makes sure that no one tnes to poison the king.ta.u. King Ar-ta-xerx'es. It is a very hportant job.xerx'es. .Ne-he-rni'ah is an Israelite who comes from the city of Shu'shan. This me. Ne-he-mi'& is now the chief cupbearer for K3ng Ar.has. He worked for the next king. It has been 13years shce Ar. King A. where Mor'decai and Esther live.xerx'es is the good king who gave Ez'ra all that money to take back to Jerusalem to fix up Jehovah's temple. Remember. Ne. so he may have been a good friend of Mor'de-cai and Queen Esther.he.e'rus. But Ez'ra did not build the broken-down walls of the city.ta-xerx'es gave Ez'ra the money to fix up the temple. Let's see how it carne about that Ne-he-mi'ah did this work.rni'ah worked in the king's palace.
mirah very sad. And he says: 'Don't be afraid of our enemies.mi'ah and Ez'ra teach the people God's law. Who is this king? How will he bring peace to the earth? About 450years pass before any more is learned about this. So in just 52 days the walls are finished. Then there is a most important birth of a baby.he-mi'ah says. m d asks: s 'Why are you looking so sad?' Ne*he.he. They tell him about the trouble the Israelites are having. 'Let me go to Jeqsalem. They like the idea.he.' When the enemies of the Israelites see the wall going up. and he prays to Jehovah about it. pf .' But Ne-he:"'& hears about this. But that is another S ~ O ~ Y . and stop the building work. and for your homes. he tells the people about his plans. for your wives. and he gives the workers s ds and w spears.he. He says that Ne. and how the walls of Jerusalem are still broken down. Now the people can feel safe inside the city. One day the king notices that Ne.he.' The people are very brave. The people are ruled by the king of Persia and they must serve him.Well.he.mi'ah tells him that it is because Jerusalem is in such a bad condition and the walls are broken down. they say: 'We will go up and kill them.' Ne. 'What is it that you want?' the king asks. Fight or your brothers. This makes Ne. But Jehovah has promised that he will send a new king. Nehemiah chapters 1 to 6. for your children. and the people are happy. and say: 'Let's start building. and that this king will bring peace to the people. But things are still not the sane as they were before the Israelites were taken as prisoners to Babylon. They keep their weapons ready day and night.mi'ah. and he helps him to get wood for doing some of the building. one day Ne-he-mi'ah's brother Ha-na'ni and other men from the land of Israel come to visit Ne.' King Ar-ta-xerx'es is very kind. 'so that 1 may rebuild the walls. Soon after Ne-he-mi'ah comes to Jerusalem.mitah may go. Ne. and they keep building.rni'ah i sad.
and how he was killed.PART 6 Birth of Jesus to His Death The angel Gabriel was sent to a fine young woman named Mary. we learn about the many things that happened to Jesus during the last day of his life. Next. The child. Eighteen years later Jesus was baptized. He fed thousands of people with only a few small fishes and a few loaves of bread. and he then began the Kingdom preaching and teaching work that God sent him to earth to do. Finally. He told her that she would have a child who would rule as king forever. Jesus chose 12 men and made them his apostles. Jesus. Later. a star guided men from the East to the young child. was born in a stable. Jesus also did many miracles. W e learn who caused them to see that star. we find Jesus. and how Jesus was saved from the efforts to kill him. where shepherds visited him. when he was 12 years old. so PART 6 covers a period of a little more than 34 years. . T o help him in this work. Jesus preached for about three and a half years. He healed the sick and even raised the dead. talking with the teachers in the temple.
People said that she was too old to have children. 'Jehovah is very pleased with you. But Jesus will be a king forever. as David was.' Then he tells Mary: 'Remember your relative Elizabeth.' he says. and she says to Mary: 'You are specially blessed among women. and then goes back home to Nazra.reth. because she doesn't know what he means. But right away Garbri. That is why he has sent his angel Garbri. who lives in the town of Nazra. So you see. That is why he is going to do a wonderful thing for you. and he will be called Son of the Most High God. Jehovah will make him king. and his kingdom will never end!' 'How can this all be?' Mary asks.' Mary stays with Elizabeth about three months.' The angel then leaves. She is an Israelitess. Mary. 'Jehovah is with you. God knows that she is a very fine person.el has come to tell Mary? Let's see. But soon now she will have a son. And you are to cal1 him Jesus.el goes on to explain: 'This child will be great.el says to her.' Mary has never seen this person before.' Right away Mary says: '1 am Jehovah's slave girl! May it happen to me just as you have said.el calrns her fears. Elizabeth is filled with God's spirit.' Ga'bri-el answers.' Garbri. Mary hurries off to visit Elizabeth. 'So the child will be called God's Son. the baby inside Elizabeth jumps for joy.' Garbri. you highly favored one. When Elizabeth hears Mary's voice. there is nothing that God can't do. She is worried.elto speak to her. Do you know what Garbri. 1 have not lived with a man. You will soon have a baby. 'Good day. 'Don't be afraid. T . so how can 1 have a baby?' 'God's power will come upon you.reth.AN ANGEL VISITS MARY HIS pretty woman is Mary. '1 am not even married.
. and they wait for Jesus t0 be born. But when Joseph learns that Mary is going to have a baby. Luke 1:26-56. he doesn't think he should marry her. .Mary is about to get married to a man narned Joseph. For it is God who has given her a son. E. Then God's angel says to him: 'Don't be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. Matthew 1:18-25.' So Mary and Joseph get married.
Caesar Au-gus'tus. But this is why they are here: The ruler of Rome. it isn't. Mary is laying Jesus in the manger. He has just been born in a stable. is it? No. made a law that everyone must return to the DO YOU . A stable is where animals are kept.JESUS BORN IN A STABLE 85 know who this little baby is? Yes. But why are Mary and Joseph here with the animals? This is no place for a baby to be born. which is the place that holds the food for donkeys and other anirnals to eat. it is Jesus.
l Can you see the shepherds coming to see Jesus? They were in the fields at night taking care of their sheep. So they had to come here with the animals. in the h story of this book t we told about God's ñmt Son. this i who Jesus is! s e life of his Son from heaven and put it a baby began t grow inside her just as o their mothers.hem. he is a l right. Well. Do you know why Jesus is so special? Do you know who he really is? 1 Ftemember. in Beth'le-hem. there wasn't a room for them anywhere. as you can see. But this baby was God's here i a stable in Beth'le-hem. But the angel said: 'Don't be afraid! 1have good news for you.' Suddenly rnany angels carne and began praising God. It was an angel! The shepherds were very much afraid. And on this very day Mary gave birth to Jesus! But. Christ the Lord was born. I I 'Y . But when he and Mary arrived. Well.j i city where he was born to have his name written in a book. and a bright light shone all around them. Joseph was bom here in Beth'le. So right away these shepherds hurried to look for Jesus. and nuw they have found him. He will save the people! You will ñnd him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Today. This Son worked with Jehovah in making the heavens and the earth and everything else.I 1 . Can n so happy to be able to tell people that Jesus had been born? Luke 2 l m :-.
These men are from the East. . and they study the stan.' n the men e d . They believe that this new star is leading them to someone important.MEN GUIDED BY A STAR C AN you see that bright star one of these men is pointing to? When they left Jenisalem. 'and we have come to w d h i p hirn. the star appeared. they asked: 'Where is the child who is to be king of the Jews?' "Jews" is another name for Israelites.' . 'We first saw the child's star when we were i the East. When the rnen got to Jerusalem.
and Joseph leaves with his family for Egypt. 1 want to go and worship him h But. Later. ' Herod wanted to find the child to kill him! Then the star moves ahead of the rnen to Beth'le-hem. he gets very angry. So Satan is the one who must have made that star shine. the rnen ñrst went to Jerusalem after seeing the star. . This is where Jesus grows up. they find Mary and little Jesus. Satan the Devil wanted to kill God's Son. Who do you think made that new star to shine? Remember. Matthew 2:l-23. and he knew that King Herod of Jemisalem would try to kill hirn.Micah 5:2. But Jehovah warns Joseph &ead of time in a dream. really. So he gives the command for all the boys in Beth'le-hem two years of age and under to be killed.So Herod called the rnen from the East. When you find him. When the rnen go into the house. when Joseph learns that Herod has died. When Herod learns that the rnen from the East 'have left for home. They bring out gifts and give them to Jesus. . But later Jehovah warns the rnen i a dream n not to go back to Herod. So they return to their own country by another road. and it stops over the place where the child is. and said: 'Go make a search for the young child. he takes Mary and Jesus back home to Naz'a-reth. let me know.
By now Joseph has a big family. this year Joseph and Mary have left with their children on the long trip back home to Naz'a-reth. Most of the people walk. and there are no trains.Matthew 13:53-56.YOUNG JESUS IN THE TEMPLE 87 OOK at the young boy talking to these older men. It's a long trip from Naz'a-reth to Jerusalem. Well. Jesus would go to meetings for worship every week. but he's not with them! So they return to Jerusalem to look for him there. They didn't have them in those days. and it takes them about three days to get to Jerusalem. He is listening to them and asking questions.' 'Why did you have to look for me?' Jesus answers. And al1 the people are amazed at how wise Jesus is. But why aren't Joseph and Mary here too? Where are they? Let's find out. No one has a car. why have you done this to us? Your father and 1 have been very worried trying to find you. They look for him among their relatives and friends. he learned many things from the Bible. So there are some younger brothers and sisters of Jesus to look after. They think that Jesus is with others traveling along. Because he always paid attention. But when they stop a t the end of the day. Let's be like Jesus and follow his example. L . Now he is 12 years old. Jesus loves to be where he can learn about God. He has grown up quite a bit. Isn't that the way we should feel too? Back home in Naz'a-reth. They are teachers in God's temple a t Jerusalem. 'Didn't you know that 1 had to be in the house of my Father?' Yes. they can't find Jesus. At last they find Jesus here with the teachers. Luke 2:41-52. Every year Joseph brings his family to Jerusalem for the special celebration called the Passover. But Mary says: 'Child. And the boy is Jesus. The teachers are very surprised that Jesus knows so much about God and the things written in the Bible.
Well, John did it because Jesus came and asked John to baptize him. John baptizes people who want to show that they are sorry for the bad things they have done. But did Jesus ever do anything bad to be sorry about? No, Jesus never did, because he is God's own Son from heaven. So he asked John to baptize him for a different reason. Let's see what that reason was. Before Jesus came here to John, he was a carpenter. A carpenter is a person who makes things out of wood, such as tables and chairs and benches. Mary's husband Joseph was a carpenter, and he taught Jesus to be one too. But Jehovah did not send his Son to earth to be a carpenter. He has special work for him to do, and the time has come for Jesus to begin doing it. So to show that he has now come to do his Father's will, Jesus asks John to baptize him. 1s God pleased with this? Yes, he is, because, after Jesus comes up from the water, a voice from heaven says: 'This is my Son, with whom 1 am pleased.' Alsoyit seems that the heavens open up and this dove comes down on Jesus, But it is not a real dove. It only looh like one. It is really God's holy spirit. Now Jesw has a lot to think about, so he goes away to a lonely place for 40 days. There Satan comes to him. Three times Satan tries to get Jesus to do something against God's laws. But Jesus won't do it. After that, Jesus returns and meets some men who become his ñrst followers, or disciples. Some of their names are Andrew, Peter (also called Simon), Philip and Na-thanra.el (also called Bar.tholto*mew). Jesus and these new disciples leave for the district o GalPi.lee.In Gal'i-lee they stop at Na-than'a-el's hometown of f Ca'na. There Jesus goes to a big wedding feast, and does his first miracle. Do you know what it is? He turns water Unto wine.
Matthew 3:13-17;1:1-11;1 3 ~ 5 5 ; Mark 6:3; John 1:29-51;2:l-12.
JESUS CLEANS OUT THE TEMPLE
really looks angry here, doesn't he? Do you know why i he is so angry? It is because these men at God's tem~le n
Jerusalem are very greedy. They are trying to make a lot of money from the people who have come here to worship God. Do you see all those young bulls and sheep and doves? Well, the men are selling these animals right here at the temple. Do you know why? It is because the Israelites need animals and birds to sacrifice to God. God's law said that when an Israelite did wrong, he should make an offering to God. And there were other times, too, when Israelites had to make offerings. But where could an Israelite get birds and anirnals to offer to God? Some Israelites owned birds and animals. So they could offer these. But many Israelites didn't own any anirnals or birds. And others lived so far away from Jerusalem they couldn't bring one o their animals to the temple. So the people carne here and bought f the animals or birds they needed. But these men were charging the people too much money. They were cheating the people. Besides that, they should not be selling right here i God's temple. n This is what makes Jesus angry. So he turns over the tables of the men with the money and scatters their c o k . Also, he makes a whip from ropes and drives all the animals out of the temple. He commands the men who are selling the doves: 'Take them out of here! Stop making my Father's house a place for making a lot of money.' Some of Jesus' followers are with him here at the temple in Jerusalem. They are surprised at what they see Jesus doing. Then they remember the place in the Bible where it says about God's Son: 'Love for God's house will bwrn in him like a fire.' While Jesus is here in Jerusalem attending the Passover, he does many rniracles. Afterward, Jesus leaves Ju-de'a and begins his trip back to Gal'i-lee. But on his way, he goes through the district of Sa.mar'i.a. Let's see what happens there. John 2:13-25;4:3, 4.
His disciples have gone into town to buy food. and she is a Sa-mar'i-tan. But he is talking about the truth concerning God and his kingdom. 'the well is deep.' Jesus explains.' 'Sir.' the woman says. 'You answered right.And most Jews do not like Sa. It can give a person everlasting life.marri-a. 'give me this water! Then 1 will never be thirsty again. and the man you are living with now is not your husband.marri. The woman Jesus is speaking to has come to get some water. So he says: 'If you knew who was asking you for a drink. you would ask him and he would give you life-giving water. This truth is like life-giving water. And 1 won't have to come here to get water anymore. They won't even talk to them! But Jesus loves al1 kinds of people. 'But you have had five husbands.WITH THE WOMAN AT THE WELL 90 ESUS has stopped to rest by a well in Sa. 'But the water 1 will give can make a person live f orever.' the woman says. How did Jesus know these things? Yes. Do you know why? I t is because Jesus is a Jew.' 'Sir. it is because Jesus is the Promised J . because al1 of this is true.' This surprises the woman very much.' The woman is amazed.tans. and you don't even have a bucket.' '1 don't have a husband.' The woman thinks Jesus is talking about real water.' Jesus says.' she answers. He says to her: 'Give me a drink. Jesus now tells the woman: 'Go and cal1 your husband and come back. Where would you get this life-giving water? 'If you drink water from this well you will get thirsty again.
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F l S r- m bTEACHES~ A ~ ~ ~ ~ ON MOUNTAIN 91 J. Do you know their There is Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. He is teachmg all mountain in Gal'iJee. and another one is also called Sirnon. One is Judas 1s-car'i-ot. EE Jesus sitting here. Another apostle is also named James. Then there are James and John. After comiqg back from Sa-mar'i-a. Then there are Philip and Na-than'a-el (also called Bar-thol'o-mew . He has chosen 12 of them to be a-t are Jesus' special disciples. Two apostles are named Judas. who are brothers too. sMm disciples.' Do you know what .Jesus began to prea'ch for the finst time: 'The kingdom of the heavens is near. and Matthew and ) Thomas.and the other Judas is also called by the name Thad-dae'us.
Father in heaven. we should treat other people kindly."e Ii8k.' Others cal1 it the 'Our Father.e it when others treat you in a kind way? So.* L A . The whole by God's kingdom. e earth. Jesus is iw m g .d. . 10:1-4. Y P .' Can you say the teaching the people how h o d treat one &$~ers what ywu wmt them to cEo for yau. Lord's Prayer. I . Won't it % e paradise earth when everybody will do this? h 7 .
. Do you y? Let's find out. . One day d she is put to bed. Jesus is nc--hg --2r nana. Ja'ims and eir little girl is ~ ~ & # ~ ~ t2"pg d ~ "y $~ - v .yeam old.l&igb%i ant man narned Ja'i-rus. . er are standing close by. But she does gets sicker and sicker.
But then a messenger comes. Can't we o be glad about that? Luke 8:40-56. 'Who touched me?' he asks. because he can see how easy it is for Jesus to heal someone. This is not the first person Jesus raised from the dead. Jesus then takes the girl's father and mother and three of his apostles into the room where the child is lying. Jesus felt power go out from him. Later. many dead people back t life. 'Don't bother Jesus anymore. fmm the dead. She is their only daughter. the crowd keeps pushing to get closer. Suddenly Jesus stops.' he says.going to die. When Ja'iarus finds Jesus. she will be al1 right. He takes her by the hand and says: 'Get up!' And she comes to life. The child did not die. 'Please. very happy. the brother of Mary and Martha.rus. So Ja'i-rus goes to look for Jesus. the people are crying with great grief.John 11:17-44. But who? It is a woman who has been very sick for 12 years.' he tells Ja'i-rus. because they know she is dead. there is a big crowd around him.' When they finally get to Ja'i-rus' house. But Jesus says: 'Don't cry. But Ja'i-rus gets through the crowd and falls at Jesus' feet. so he knows that someone touched him. .' Jesus overhears this and says to Ja'i-rus: 'Don't worry. he will bring many. She had come up and touched Jesus' clothes. She is only sleeping. The ñrst one the Bible tells about is the son of a widow who lives in the city of Na'in.' But they laugh and make fun of Jesus. And &e gets up and wdks about! That is why her mother and father are so very. As they walk along. When Jesus rules as God's king. come and make her well. Jesus also raises Laz'a. 'Your daughter has died. very sick. and was healed! This makes Ja'i-rus feel better. 7:11-17. He has heard about the miracles Jesus is doing.' he begs. just as you see here. 'My daughter is very. Jesus says that he will come.
He goes into a lonely place by himself. That evening his disciples come to him and say: 'It is already late. and waves toss the boat this way and that way. did not like him.il they are full.' Philip answers.000 men. Then he thanks God for the food. who is carrying our food. he is very sad.' Turning to Philip. Next.ro'di. 'You give them something to eat. They cry out in fear. When Jesus sees the crowds.as. John the Baptizer has just been killed. But it won't be nearly enough for al1 these people. he feels sorry for them. So he talks to them about the kingdom of God. they see someone walking toward them across the water. Then. has five loaves of bread and two fishes. and starts breaking it into pieces..JESUS FEEDS MANY PEOPLE 93 OMETHING terrible has happened. Send the people away so they can buy some food for themselves in the nearby villages. But the people follow him.o al1 the people. He. And she was able to get the king to have John's head cut off. And when the disciples gather up what is left over. During the night a big storm comes up.lee.' 'They don't have to leave. They al1 eat unt. the wife of the king. Andrew speaks up: 'This boy. When Jesus hears about this. there are 12 baskets full! Jesus now has his disciples get into a boat to go across the Sea of Gal'i. There are 5. S . in the middle of the night.' Jesus answers.' 'Te11 the people to sit down on the grass. the disciples give the bread and fish t. and this is a lonely place. because they do not know what they are seeing. The disciples are very much afraid.' Jesus says. and many more thousands of women and children. Jesus asks: 'Where can we buy enough food to feed al1 these people?' 'It will cost lots and lots of money to buy enough so everyone can have only a little bit. and he heals their sick ones.
Isn't it wonderful how Jesus takes care of people? When he rules as God's king we will never have to W O ~ Y about anything! Matthew 14:l-32. tell me to walk across the water to you. So Peter says: 'If it really is you.' Jesus answers: 'Come!' And Peter gets out and walks on the water! Then he becomes afraid and begins to sink.' Jesus says.15:29-38. . Later.'Don't be afraid. but Jesus saves hirn. Lord. John 69-21. This time he does so with seven loaves of bread and a few small fishes. And again there is plenty for all. Jesus again feeds thousands of people. 'It is I!' They still can't believe it.
Isn't it good to know that Jesus loves little children? Matthew 18:l-4.Mark 9:33-37. A few months later some people bring their children to see Jesus. LOOK . because on the road they were arguing about which one of them is the greatest.' Then Jesus takes the children in his arms. What is Jesus saying to them? Let's find out. Unless you change and become like young children. How will Jesus te11 them it is not right to want to be the greatest? He calls the little boy. But Jesus tells his apostles: 'Let the children come to me. So after the trip Jesus asks them: 'What were you arguing about on the road?' Really.19:13-15. you will never get into God's kingdom. But he asks the question to see if the apostles will te11 him. Jesus and his apostles have just come back from a long trip. The greatest person in the kingdom is the one who becomes like this child. Some apostles want to be more irnportant than the others. The apostles try to keep them away. The men watching are his apostles. too.' Do you know why Jesus said this? Well.10 :13-16.HE LOVES LITTLE CHILDREN 94 a t Jesus here with his arms around the little boy. and stands him in front of them all. and do not stop them. You can te11 that Jesus really cares for little ones. So the apostles should learn to be like children in this way and not quarrel about being great or important. because the kingdom of God belongs to persons like them. Jesus knows what the argument was about. Along the way the apostles had an argument among themselves. and blesses them. There are other times. The apostles don't answer. when Jesus shows how much he cares for little children. Then he says to his disciples: '1 want you to know this for certain. very little children do not worry about being greater or more irnportant than others are.
Later. But robbers jurnped on hirn. he just crossed over to the other side of the road and kept going. They took his money and beat him up until he was almost dead. he didn't stop to help the beat-up rnan either.marti-tan. So let's see what Jesus says to hirn. You can see the priest and the Levite i the distance going down the road. a Jewish priest came along the road. We have already learned that most Jews do not like Sa-marti-tans. n But see who is here with the beat-up man. He te& a story about a Jew and a Sa. Jesus knows what this rnan is thinking. Jesus says to the rnan who 1 asked him the question: i 'Which one of these three O - . He saw the beat-up man. He was a Levite. Then another very religious person came along.marti. What do you think he did? Why. he takes the Jew to a place where he can rest and get well. This is what he does now. And he is helping the Jew. The rnan asks Jesus: 'Who is my neighbor?' Well. He is putting some medicine on his wounds.tan. Did he stop? No. Afterward. The rnan thinks that only people of his own race and religion are his neighbors. this is Jesus' story: One day there was a Jew going down a mountain road to Jer'i-cho.THE WAY JESUS TEACHES NE day Jesus tells a rnan that he should love his neighbor. He is a Sa. After finishing his story. Sometimes Jesus teaches by telling a story. Well.
do you think acted like a neighbor to the beat-up man? Was it the priest. can't we? Luke 10525-37.' Jesus says: 'You are right. n many important things if we listen to what Jesus says i the Bible.' Don't you like the way Jesus teaches? We can learn many. He was kind to the man who was beat up. So go and treat others the same way as he did. . the Levite or the Sa-mar'i-tan?' The man answers: 'The Sa-mar'i-tanman.
he heals the sick. Over three years have now passed since John baptized Jesus. where he will be killed.Matthew 2029-34. 'Those are the days to come for healing. So shouldn't this poor woman. For 18years she was bent over. and she begins to stand up. who has been sick for 18years. The woman you see here has been very sick.cho. So they shout: 'Jesus.31. Luke 1390-17. So people bring to him those who are crippled and blind and deaf. and right away they can see! Do you know why l Jesus does al these wonderful miracles? Because he loves people and wants them to have faith in him. And so we can be sure that when he rules as King nobody on earth will be sick again. In the meantime. and asks: 'What do you want me to do for you?' They say: 'Lord.' one of them shouts to the crowd. Jesus keeps on healing the sick. be healed on the Sabbath?' Jesus' answer makes these bad men ashamed. let our eyes be opened. A Matthew 15:30. One day Jesus is teaching on a Sabbath. The news of these miracles is told about in the villages and towns all around. 'There are six days in which we should work. The Sabbath is a day of rest for the Jews. and then rise from the dead.JESUS HEALS THE SICK S JESUS travels throughout the land. And Jesus tells his apostles that soon he will go up to Jerusalem. and many others who are sick. two blind beggars hear that Jesus is passing by. When they are just outside the town of Jerfi. She is healed! This makes the religious leaders angry. and couldn't stand up straight.' Jesus touches their eyes. . help us!' Jesus calls the blind men over. So Jesus puts his hands on her. Later Jesus and his apostles travel on toward Jerusalem. not on the Sabbath!' But Jesus answers: 'You bad men. Any one of you would untie your donkey and take it out for a drink on the Sabbath. And Jesus heals them all.
' When the donkey is brought to him. When he gets near the city. Jesus comes to the small village of Beth'a-ny. He tells two of his disciples: 'Go into the village and you will find a young donkey. Then he rides to Jerusalem a short distance away. and they shout: 'God bless the king who comes in Jehovah's name!' Long ago in Israel new kings would ride into Jerusalem on a young donkey to show themselves to the people. a large crowd of people comes out to meet him. Untie it and bring it to me. Others cut off branches from palrn trees. This is what Jesus . They put these on the road too. Jesus sits on it. Most of them take off their coats and put them on the road.JESUS COMES AS KING A SHORT time after healing the two blind beggars.
1 do. When will this time come? Jesus' disciples want to know. Matthew n:1-17. don't we? Some people may try to stop us from talking about God's kingdom. It was not time for Jesus to begin ruling as king when he was on earth. And these people are showing that they want Jesus to be their king.John 12:1%16. But not all the people want him. 'Did you never read i the Bible n where it says: "Out of the mouths of little children God will bring forth praise?" ' So the children keep on praising God's king. . When the young children see this. We want to be like those children. But we will keep right on telling others about the wonderful things Jesus will do for people. and they tell Jesus: 'Do you hear what the children are saying?' 'Yes. We will read about this next.' Jesus answers. At the temple Jesus heals persons who are blind and crippled. But this makes the priests angry. they shout praises to Jesus.is doing. We can see this by what happens when Jesus goes to the temple.
many people will be sick and hungry. Jesus also says that the good news about God's kingdom will be preached everywhere in the earth.ON THE RlOUNT OF OLIVES 98 HIS is Jesus on the Mount of Olives. When will Jesus come again to rule as King? Jesus knows that his followers on earth will not be able to see him when he comes again. There the priests tried to grab Jesus to kill him. Have we seen these things happening in our time? Yes! And so we can be sure that Jesus is now ruling in heaven. 243-14. The four men with him are his apostles. Then Jesus said that God would punish them because of all the bad things they had done. That is God's temple in Jerusalem you can see over there in the distante. and there will be big earthquakes. But they were afraid to do this because the people like Jesus.Mark 133-10. Earlier in the day Jesus was at the temple. It is Tuesday. d badness on earth. This is because he will be in heaven. What are some of these things? Jesus says that there will be great wars. So Jesus tells his apostles some of the things that will be happening on earth when he i s ruling as King in heaven. and they will not be able to see him there. It has been two days since Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the young donkey. They are the brothers Andrew and Peter. Do you know what they are asking Jesus? The apostles are asking about things in the future. 23:1-39. 'You snakes and sons of snakes!' Jesus called those religious leaders. and then these four apostles started asking hirn questions. T . crime will be very bad. and also the brothers Jarnes and John. But they want to know when this will happen. They know that Jesus will put an end to all badness on earth. After that Jesus carne up to the Mount of Olives. Soon he will put an end to Matthew 2l:46.
0 .-' 8.. ... Isn't that terrible? The Passover meal is ñnished. . .z (. 4 _ % :i ' .Ii .He is going to te11 the priests how they can get Jesus. . . Just the day before. . But Jesus now begins another special meal. The man you see leaving is Judas 1s-car'i-ot.' Then 1 . Judas went to them and asked: 'What will you give me if 1 help you catch Jesus?' They said: 'Thirty silver coins. .' So Judas is now going to meet these men so that he can lead them to Jesus. - .. ..<. . : l .:.. : 1 . .A.Yl -i !m. Jesus and his 12 apostles have come to this large upstairs room to eat the Passover meal. because this means my body which is to be given for vou. . -S.IN AN UPSTAIRS ROOM T IS Thursday night now. . . two days later. 8 . . . He hands his apostles a loaf of bread and says: 'Eat it.
he hands them a glass of wine and says: 'Drink it.' or the 'Lord's supper. Jesus tells his apostles to be brave and strong in faith. Let's see where they go. which is to be poured out for you. they sing songs to God and then leave. . After eating the Lord's Evening Meal. It is very late now.' The Bible calls this 'the Lord's evening meal.Luke 22:139. probably past midnight. but killed the firstborn in the houses of the Egyptians. and how he gave his life for them.' The Israelites ate the Passover to remind them of when God's angel 'passed over' their houses in Egypt. And that is why he tells them to celebrate this special meal each year. Finally. 1 Corinthians 11:20. Matthew 26:1430. because this means my blood. 1 But now Jesus wants his followers to remember hirn. John chapters 13 to 17.
' Just at that moment the noise of a large crowd can be heard. but each time he returns he finds them sleeping.-.John 18:l-12. The man is Judas Isear'i-ot! Why does he kiss Jesus? . S . . But Peter is not going to let them take Jesus without a fight. Jesus tells Peter: 'Return your sword to its place. because he knows that the time has come for his enemies to take him. 'How can you sleep at a time like this?' Jesus says the last time he comes back. % . Let's see what happens to Jesus ~ O W .\. Jesus now tells them to keep awake and to pray. So he lets them lead him away. When they get closer. : 4 . Look! The men are corning with swords and clubs! And they are carrying torches to give them light.- - r . So Jesus' enemies step forward to grab him. Matthew 26:36-56. He pulls out the sword that he has brought along and strikes at the man near him. someone steps out from the crowd and comes right up to Jesus. Jesus asks: 'Judas. The sword just misses the man's head and chops off his right ear. he can! But Jesus doesn't ask God to send any angels. do you betray me with a kiss?' Yes. ' q . l . Jesus and his apostles go out to the garden of Geth-sem'ame. . . and gets face down on the ground to pray. as you can see here. He kisses him. It lets the men with Judas know that this is Jesus." a . * <- -8 . the " kiss is a sign.: . Later Jesus comes back to where his apostles are. ..Luke 22:39-53. . Then he goes a little distance away. But Jesus touches the man's ear and heals it. e .h. They have come here many times before. the man they want.JESUS IN THE GARDEN A FTER leaving the upstairs room. What do you think they are doing? They are asleep! Three times Jesus tells them they should keep awake. 'The hour has come for me to be handed over to my enemies. Don't you think that 1 can ask my Father for thousands of angels to save me?' Yes. .
Well. The religious leaders al1 say: 'Jesus should be put to death. Even before Jesus is nailed here on the stake. They follow along to see what happens to Jesus. But the apostles Peter and John do not go very far away. They have put him on a stake. and so the people make a fire. Why would anybody want to do this to Jesus? It is because some persons hate Jesus. While a l of this is going on. who used to be the high priest. a servant girl looks at Peter. they were the religious leaders. Peter is outside in the yard.JESUS IS KILLED OOK a t the terrible thing that is happening! Jesus is being killed. They next take Jesus to the house of Ca'ia-phas. and hit him with their ñsts.' Then they spit in his face. who is now the high priest. Here at the house of Ca'ia-phas they have a trial. because they become afraid. his apostles run away. 1 wasn't!' Peter answers. let's see what happens next. Do you know who they are? One of them is the wicked angel Satan the Devil. his enemies do mean things to him. Remember how they came to the garden of Geth-sem'ane and took him away? Who were those enemies? Yes. The crowd does not stay here long. Whle they are warming thernselves around the fire.' 'No. He is the one who was able to get Adam and Eve to disobey Jehovah. When Jesus is taken by the religious leaders. It is a l cold night. Many religious leaders have gathered at his house. People are brought in to tell lies about Jesus. The priests take Jesus to the old man An'nas. They leave Jesus done with his enemies. Nails are driven into his hands and feet. L . And Satan is the one who got the enemies of Jesus to comrnit this terrible crime. and says: 'This man also was with Jesus.
This rnan i the robber Bar-ab'bas. 'He should be killed.John 18:12-40.27:l-50. Here they talk over what they are going to do with him. And when Jesus rules as king in heaven. so he sends him back to Pilate. on earth. As the sun starts to come up on Friday momiing. Peter feels very sorry for t e k g these lies. and they take Jesus away to be killed.' the priests te11 Pilate. but he is staying in Jerusalem. and he goes away and weeps. But each time Peter says it is not true. 'This is a bad man. s It is now about noon when Pilate brings Jesus outside. the priests take Jesus to their big meeting place.23:l-49. s Herod can't see that Jesus has done anything wrong either. Early Friday afternoon Jesus is nailed to a stake. You can't see them in the picture. the ruler of the district of Ju.' Isn't that a wonderful promise? Do you know what paradise Jesus is talking about? Where was the paradise that God made at the beginning? Yes. . Pilate says: '1 can't see that he has done anything wrong. he will bring this man back to life to enjoy the new Paradise on earth. Pilate wants to let Jesus go.Three times people say to Peter that he was with Jesus. the San'he-drin hall.' Then Pilate sends Jesus to Herod An'ti-pas.' And Jesus answers: '1 promise you that you will be with me in Paradise. Herod i the ruler of Gal'i-lee.defa.Luke 2254-71.19:l-30. The third time Peter says this. Jesus tums and looks at him. Can't we be happy about that? Matthew 26:57-75. but on each side of Jesus a criminal is also being put to death on a stake.' After asking Jesus questions. Shortly before Jesus dies.ab'bas go free. They take hirn to Pontius Pilate. one qf the criminals says to him: 'Remember me when you get into your kingdom. He says to the people: 'See! Your king!' But the chief priests yell: 'Take him away! Kill him! Kill him!' So Pilate lets Bar. But Jesus' enemies want another prisoner to be let go instead.
Jesus continued to appear to them for 40 days. three and a half years after Jesus' death. Later. Jesus was resurrected. Then. On that day he appeared to his followers five different times.PART 7 Jesus 'Resurrection to Paul 's Imprisonmen t O n the third day after his death. Paul was put in prison in Rome. enemies of God had the apostles thrown into prison. At last. God sent the apostle Peter to preach to the non-Jew Cornelius and his household. W e learn how Paul and his traveling companions had many exciting times in serving God. On his second trip Timothy joined Paul. . Jesus ascended to heauen. The disciple Stephen was stoned to death by opposers. The events of P A R T 7 happened over a period of about 32 years. while some of his disciples watched. but then he was put in prison again and killed. T e n days later God poured holy spirit on Jesus' followers waiting in Jerusalem. and he became the apostle Paul. Two years later he was set free. but an angel freed them. Then. About 13 years later Paul began his first preaching trip. But we learn how Jesus chose one of these opposers to be his special servant.
This little room that M r i looking ay s D .JESUS IS ALIVE O YOU know who the woman and the two men are? The wornan is Mary Mag'dadene. And the men in white clothing are angeis. a friend of Jeaus.
2 11. . while we were asleep. the body is gone! Some of the soldiers go into the city and tell the priests. It is called a tomb.' the priests tell the soldiers. some women friends of Jesus visit the tomb. as we will learn. John 20 : . God did not raise Jesus to life i the fleshly body n i which he died. 'He has been raised up. Do you know what the bad priests do? They pay the soldiers to lie. the disciples find this hard to believe. Go quickly and te11 his disciples. Do you know who it is? It is Jesus! 'Go te11 my disciples. But to show his disciples he i alive. and stole the n body. But now the body is gone! Who took it? Let's see.' he says. Jesus can n s take on a body that people can see. The soldiers are so afraid that they can't move. He gave Jesus a new spirit body. 2ü:l-15.into is the place where Jesus' body was put after he died. Luke 24:l-12. But very early on the third day after Jesus had died an angel o Jehovah suddenly comes. as the angels n i heaven have. but the tomb i empty! When Peter and John leave. 'Why are you looking for Jesus here?' they ask. Finally. Mary Mag'da-lene stays behind. Matthew 27:6%66. the priests say to Pilate: 'When Jesus was alive he said that he would be raised up after three days. 'Say that his disciples carne i the night. when they look inside the tomb.' How fast the women run! But on the way a man stops them. Peter and s John run to the tomb to look for themselves. How surprised they are to find it empty! Suddenly two angels i bright n clothing appear. Then his disciples can't steal his body and say that he has been raised from the dead!' Pilate tells the priests to send soldiers to guard the tomb. He rolls the stone away from the f tomb. So cornmand that the tomb be guarded. s When the women tell the disciples that Jesus i alive and they have seen him. After Jesus dies. That i when she looks in and sees the two angels. s Do you know what happened to Jesus' body? God caused it to disappear. Meanwhile.
Jesus appears right there in the room. and that he may have taken Jesus' body. l'yíary knows this is Jesus. But as they walb: along. the man explains many things from the Bible that make them feel better. a man joins them. l While that is going on. Finally. this man i Jesus.' But.' Then Mary turns m u n d and sees a rnan. Then Jesus disappears. do you know the amazing thing that happens? Look at the picture. s He has taken on a body that Mary does not recognize. Then she bends over and looks inside the tomb. as we saw in the last picture. So she says: 'If you have taken him away. She runs and teUs the disciples: 'I have seen the Lord!' Later in the day.INTO A LOCKED ROOM FTER Peter and John leave the tomb where Jesus' body had been. Jesus appears also to Peter. The disciples are very sad because Jesus has been killed. when they stop for a meal. The others get excited when they hear this. There she sees two angels! They ask her: 'Why are you crying?' Mary answers: 'They have taken my Lord away. They tell them how Jesus also appeared to them on the road. He asks her: 'Who is it that you are looking for?' Mary thinks the man is the gardener. redy. tell me where you have put him. while two disciples are walking to the village of Em-ma'us. She begins to cry. How happy the disciples are! Isn't that an exciting day? Can you count the number of times that Jesus has appeared by now to his followers? Do you count five times? A . But when he d l s her by her name. the disciples recognize that this man i Jesus. And just when they are telling about this. and 1do not know where they have put him. even though the door is locked. and these two disciples quickly s go a l the way back to Jerusalem to tell the apostles about him. Then these two disciples go to Jerusalem and ñnd the apostles. Mary is left there alone.
eight days later the disciples are together again i a locked room. Jesus appears right . Well. -. ..The apostle Thomas i not with them when Jesus appears. So s the disciples t l him: 'We have seen the Lord!' But Thomas says el he will have to see Jesus himself before he believes it. this time Thomas is with them. Suddenly. and n =. I .
and Jesus is the One God chose to be king.Do you remember what God's kingdom is? Yes. Jesus &owed what wonderhl king he will be by feeding the hungry. healing the vemai . the Kingdom is a real government of God in heaven. As we hawe lmrned.
:.Revelation 21:3. n And Jesus wl see to it that what God il wants done i h d y &ed out. . what will made the earth to be a pairadise. again.. Acts 19-11. L lappens. He begins ven.en Jesus d e s as king i n heaven for a thousand years. . .-cartsin--that& is a l h ..!4>*<' people to enjoy. : back to heaven. 4.fc ~. ' The holy spi . A l . s --a-. That i why he made s the garden of Eden i the beginning. The time now comes for Jesw to go ::-. as you can cloud hides him from 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. X . B t before he leaves h u he tells them: 'Stay in J k r i t . For 40 days Jesm been showing himself to his So are. .
that they are able to speak in these different languages that belong to the countries where we come from?' Peter now stands up to explain to them. That is why you have seen and heard these miracles. Do you know what this spirit causes them to do? They a l begin to speak i l n diff erent languages.. A C ~ S: . I ' . . Many people in Jerusalem hear the noise that sounds like a strong wind. many of the people feel very sorry about what was done to Jesus. . . And then tongues of fire begin to appear over the heads of each one of the disciples. Some of the people are from other nations who have come here for the Israelite feast of Pentecost.7 214. It sounds like a rushing strong wind.WAITING IN JERUSALEM T HESE people here are Jesus' followers. .000 people get baptized and become followers of Jesus.' So on that very day about 3. Can you see the fire over each one o them? VVhat does it all mean? f It is a miracle! Jesus is back in heaven with his Father.' Well.' Peter says. And while they are all waiting together. Peter tells them: 'You need to change your lives and be baptized.' the visitors say. then. a loud noise fills the whole house. 'Now Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of God. They have obeyed him and stayed in Jerusalem. when Peter says these things. 'How is it. He raises his voice and tells the people how Jesus was killed and that Jehovah raised him from the dead. 'And he has poured out the promised holy spirit. 'What should we do?' they ask. t . What a surprise these visitors receive! They hear the disciples speaking in their own languages about the wonderful things that God has done.'These people are all from Gal'i-lee. and they come to see what is happening. and he is pouring out God's holy spirit on his followers.
Let's find oul what led to their being put irl prison.SET FREE FROM PRISON L OOK a t the angel here holding open the door of the prison The men he is setting free are Jesus' apostles. People carry him here every day so that he can beg for money from those going into the temple. In the name of Jesus. It has been only a short time since the holy spirit was poured out on Jesus' disciples. near s the door. And this is what happens: Peter and John are going into the temple in Jerudem one afternoon. get up and walk!' Peter then takes the man bv the right hand. and . There. '1 have no money. When he sees Peter and John.' Peter says. What will the apostles do? They stop and loob at the poor man. i a man who has been crippled all his life. 'but 1 will give you what 1have. he begs them to give him something.
the religious leaders say. As the days go by the apostles keep on preaching about Jesus and healing the sick. Peter and John. for they cannot deny that this wonderful miracle r e d y happened. some religious leaders come along. So they warn the apostles not to talk about Jesus anymore. they are amazed and very happy for this wonderful &de. The angel says: 'Go and stand in the temple.' The next morning. 'But you have ñlled Jerusalem with your teaching. are brought in. and then let them go. as you can see here. News about these miracles spreads. so they grab the apostles and put them into prison. While he and John are speaking. they are gone. The priests do not know what to do. The next day the religious leaders have a big meeting. who raised Jesus from the dead. along with the man they healed.at once he jumps up and begins walking. So they grab them and put them into prison. that we did this miracle. 'It is by the power of God. and keep on speaking to the people. Peter tells them that it is by the power of God. This makes the religious leaders jealow.' Then the apostles answer: 'We must obey God as ruler rather than rnen. And so even crowds from the towns around Jerusalem bring sick ones for the apostles to heal." Isn't that a h e example for us to fouow? A C ~ S chapters 3 to 5. 'We gave you strict orders not to teach about Jesus anymore. Later the men ñnd them teaching in the temple and bring them to the San'he-drin hall.' So they keep right on teaching the "good news. During the night God's angel opens the prison door. When the people see this. who raised Jesus from the dead. But they don't stay there long. when the religious leaders send men to the prison to get the apostles. They are angry because Peter and John are telhg the people about Jesus' being raised from the dead. 'By what power did you do this miracle?' the religious leaders ask. .' Peter says.
' n At this. he tells how bad rnen hated Jehovah's prophets long ago. They were kind even to those who were unkind to them.STEPHEN IS STONED HE man kneeling here is Stephen.' He knows some of them have been fooled by the religious leaders. do not punish them for this bad thing. But then Stephen lifts his head up. Why do they hate Stephen so much that they are doing this terrible thing? Let's see. At the end of it. You killed God's servant Jesus. These rnen don't like this. But God gives Stephen great wisdom. n The high priest asks Stephen: 'Are these things true?' Stephen answers by giving a fme talk from the Bible. Stephen kneels down. and so they get i t an argument with him no about his teaching the people the truth. He i a faithful disciple of s Jesus. and you have not obeyed God's laws. After that Stephen dies. They grab him and drag him outside the city. But look at what's happening to him now! These rnen are throwing big stones at him. Then he says: 'You are just like those men. and says: n 'Look! 1 see Jesus standing at the right side of God i heaven. and call i people to tell lies about hirn. When someone does something bad to you. or ask God to hurt them? That's not what Stephen or Jesus did. and he prays to God: 'Jehovah. do you try to hurt them back. Here they take their coats off and give them to the young man Saul to take care of. as you can see. T . This makes them even angrier. 6 .' This makes these religious leaders very angry! They grind their teeth i rage. A C ~ S :8-15 7:I-60. God has been helping Stephen to do wonderful miracles. So they grab him. Do you see Saul? Then some of the rnen begin throwing stones at Stephen. and Stephen shows that these rnen have been teaching false things. these rnen put their hands over their ears and rush at Stephen. Let's try to copy their example.
ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS 108 O YOU know who that i lying on the ground? It is Saul s Remember. Look at that bright light! What's happening? After Stephen i killed. and drags them out and throws them into prison.(*. on the way. as we see here. he's the one who watched the coats for the m e m who stoned Stephen. But Saul goes to other cities to ñnd Jesus' followers. Saul takes the lead in hunting fok a s Jesus' followers to hurt them. this is the arnazing thing that happens: Suddenly a light from the sky flashes around Saul. He falls to the ground. Saul! Why are you hurting l D #' . But. . He is now on his way to Damascus. Many of the disciples flee to other cities and begin to declare the "good news" there. Then a voice says: 'Saul. He goes inta one house after anothei.
He is blindJ So .. 22:6-16. At the house of Judas ask for a man naarkd Saul.26:8-20. i he c 4 t see a thing. scales falls fr&' Saul's eyps. - 1 .9:l-20.this because when Sanl hug& desus' followers.' When Saul gpetg up and opens h s eyes. Ana-ni'as. An-ani'as o b e y p he m&ts Saul. saying: in 'Get up.says. Jesus now speaks'iio one of hi~'discip1es Darnascus. to preach to people of many as the apostle Paul.. 1 have chosen him to be a special servant of mine. Jesw feels as. and he is able to see again.s&eet called Straight.B r A C ~ 89-4. Lord?' 'Get up and go into Damasm. S . he lays h* han& un him and says: 'Th Lord has sént me that you might see again and be filled wi@'holY s p i w At once sornething that looks like . Go to the. s Saul now asks: 'What shall 1 do.tif he i be* hwt húaiself.' Jesw. 'There you will be told what you must do. whom we will et's see what God sends Peter hhd*# o#a .$he men with him take him by the hand and lead hirn h$o Dampcus.-.
But why is the man bowing down to Peter? Should he do that? Do you know who he is? The man is Cornelius. Cornelius doesn't know Peter. and he does many kind things for people. but Cornelius is not a Jew. He is a Roman army officer. and he is going to answer your . and those are some of his friends behind him. one afternoon an angel appears to him and says: 'God is pleased with you. he prays to hirn. The first followers of Jesus were Jews. Let's ñnd out how this carne about. but he was told to invite him to his house.PETER VISITS CORNELIUS 109 T HAT is the apostle Peter standing there. Well. Yet he loves God.
11:l-18. The next day. Send some men to get a certain rnan named Peter.' But 1 the voice t e h Peter: 'Stop calling unclean what God now says is clean. .to God than people of any other race. Peter. We should worship only Jehovah. Peter now preaches to those gathered.' Peter says. who lives by the sea. God sends his holy spirit. right away Cornelius sends some men to find Peter. He falls down and bows at Peter's feet. But Peter says: 'Rise.asrefa.' Yes. and the people' begin to speak in different languages. Why have you come?' When the men explain that an angel told Cornelius to invite Peter to his house. the Bible shows that it is not right to bow down and worship a man. When Peter comes.prayers. The next day Peter and friends leave to visit Cornelius in Caes. Cornelius meets him.' n Well. ' have never eaten what is not clean. Peter goes downstairs and says: ' arn the rnan you are looking 1 for. Peter agrees to go with them. as you see here. And while he is talking. Isn't that something good for all of us to remember? Acts 10:148. and yet a voice says: 'Get up.' 'No!' Peter answers. Peter is on the fiat roof of Simon's house. Revelation 1 : O 9l. when the men are getting near to Jop'pa. because they thought that Gsd favors only the Jews. This amazes the Jewish cbcip1es who carne with Peter. According to God's law. Kill and eat. '1 see that God accepts all people who want to serve him. the men sent by Cornelius arrive at the house and l ask for Peter.' Three times this happens. 1 myself arn only a man. While Peter is wondering what it a l means. There God makes Peter think that he sees a large cloth coming down from heaven. He is staying i Jopfpa at the house of Simon. In the cloth are all kinds of animals. these animals were unclean for food. So this teaches them that God does not view peop1e of any one race as better or more important . Cornelius has gathered together his relatives and close friends.
PAUL'S NEW HELPER 110 HE young man you see here with the apostle Paul is Timothy. 'We could use your help in preaching to people in faraway places.TIMOTHY. Paul and Bar'na-bas are then sent out T . It's been about 17 years since Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.' 'Yes. but now he is a disciple himself! Later some enemies plan to kill Paul because they don't like his teaching about Jesus. They put him in a basket and let him down outside the city wall. Timothy lives with his family in Lys'tra. let's h d out what's been happening to Paul. His mother is named Eu'nice and his grandmother Lo'is. ' would like to go. Do you know what Paul is saying to Tirnothy? 'Would you like to join Silas and me?' he is asking. But the disciples help Paul to escape.' Tirnothy answers. This is the third time that Paul has visited Lys'tra. It is here that Jesus' followers are first called Christians. Paul and Bar'na-bas ñrst carne here on a preaching trip. Paul carne to Damascus to hurt Jesus' disciples. About a year or so before. But before we learn about their trip.' So soon afterward 1 Tirnothy leaves his family and goes with Paul and Silas. Remember. And now Paul has returned again with his friend Silas. Afterward Paul goes to Antioch to preach.
sus. about a year later. chapters 13 t 17. First. So Timothy travels hundreds and hundreds of miles helping Paul to preach the "good news" and to start many Christian congregations. they go to nearby I.roefa. When Timothy leaves with Paul and Silas.and travel up to Antioch.nifcaand Be.cofni. Paul is back in Lys'tra on a second trip. Now.um. then over to Phi-lip'pi. After that they travel up to Trotas. and let's learn some of the places. When you grow older.Then they come back by boat to Caes-a-re'a. the home of Timothy. Thes. 18:l-B. One of the cities they visit is Lys'tra.lo. where Paul stays. After that they spend a year and a half preaching in Corinth. Finally they make a short stop in Ephfe.to far-off countries. will you be a faithful servant of God like Timothy? ~ c t s : 1 m .then to a second city named Antioch.sa. 9 o . do you know where they go? Look at the map. 11:19-26. Do you see Athens on the map? Paul preaches there.
He's al1 right!' And he is! It's a miracle! Paul has brought hirn back to life! A wave of joy sweeps over the crowd. and right out the window. Then he says: 'Don't worry. three stories to the ground below! So you can see why the people look so worried.A BOY WHO FELL ASLEEP 111 o H! OH! What's happening here? 1s the boy who is lying on the ground hurt very bad? Look! one of the men coming out of the house is Paul! Can you see Timothy there too? Did the boy fa11 out the window? Yes.sus is just a few miles away. this boy narned Eu'tyehus was sitting at the window. He fe11 over. Paul was giving a talk to the disciples here in Tro'as. it's just as they fear.chus doesn't go to sleep again! Then Paul. when it is time for the boat to leave. Well. and he fe11 asleep. They al1 go upstairs again and have a meal.le'tus so he can talk to them for the last time. that's just what happened. he lies on top of him and hugs him. So he kept talking until midnight. the boat stops at Mi-le'tus for a while. So this is an even longer trip than his second one. Since Ephfe. Afterward. He knew that he would not see them again for a long time because he had to leave on a boat the next day. Paul sends for the older men in the congregation to come over to Mi. Paul keeps on talking until it is daylight. how sad they are to see Paul go! . On this trip Paul had stayed three years in the city of Eph'e-sus alone. When the men pick up the boy. Timothy and those traveling with them get onto the boat. Do you know where they are going? Paul is just finishing his third preaching trip. and he is on his way home. But you can be sure that Eu'ty. He is dead! When Paul sees that the boy is dead. After leaving Tro'as.
. 1s that Paul there? Let's ñnd out what's been happening to hirn.SHIPWRECKED ON AN ISLAND 112 L OOK! the boat is in trouble! It is breaking to pieces! Do you see the people who have jurnped into the water? Some are already making it to shore.
only the boat will be lost. 28:1-14." ' About midnight on the 14th day after the stonn began.Ll 8 ( . a'i QC-wSI!J . "Don't be afraid. They decide to try to sail the boat right up onto the beach there. Paul is put on another boat and taken to Rome. Finally._ ' . just as the angel promised..q. and they take care of those from the boat.y . C . when they get closer to shore. For last night an angel of God carne to me and said. A C ~ Sn:1-44. . . n and grab some pieces from the boat to hold onto. The army officer in charge says: ' l Al of you who can swim jump into the sea first and swim ashore. # -. The people are very kind. . Then Paul stands up and says: 'Not one of you will lose his life. - 1 night.@Y$gppm. the boat hits a sandbank and gets stuck.LT2>--7 _I 3 >+ &. the sailors notice that the water is becorning less deep! Because of fear of smashing into some rocks in the da&. after many days. In this way all276 persons who were on the boat get to shore safely. Y C . - L? f : p T - p .:-p+q. they drop their anchors. .'L. Paul! You must stand before the Roman ruler Caesar.' And that's what they do. When the weather gets better. and the boat starts to break in pieces. . And God will save all those who are sailing with you. those on bqard give up all hope of being saved. . Then the waves begin to smash it. The next morning they see a bay.* .2' . The island is called Malta.. Well. The rest of you jump i after them.
They sent a gift to him here in prison. and some of them become Christians. But who is this visitor at the table writing? Can you guess? Yes. Paul also preaches to the different soldiers that have the job o guarding him. Paul writes letters to these Christians.ro:di'tus is the man who brought the gift. and so Paul is thanking them for it. Some believe and become Christians. The letters are in the Bible.As a result. E. while he is in prison. Paul preaches to them about Jesus and the kingdom of God. SEE . even the household of Caesar hears about the good news of the Kingdom. Do you remember the cities of Phi-lip'pi and Eph'e-sus in Story 110? Paul helped to start Christian congregations in those cities. He is waiting until the Roman Caesar decides what to do with him. And he has come here to help Paul. Do you know what Tirnothy is writing? Let's see. The Phi. many Jews in Rome come. Paul is now telling Timothy what to write to their Christian friends in Phi-lip'pi. As a result. Now. it is Tirnothy. and look at the Roman soldier guarding him. For the two years he is kept here as a prisoner f Paul preaches to everyone he can. but others do not believe.lip'pi. and they are called E-phe'sians and Phi-lip'pi-ans.PAUL IN ROME the chains on Paul. but he is free again.ans have been very kind to Paul. But he got very sick and almost died. He will carry this letter from Paul and Tirnothy with him when he retums to Phi-lip'pi. Three days after Paul gets to Rome he sends word for some Jewish leaders to come to see him. people are allowed to visit him. Timothy had also been in prison for preaching about the Kingdom. Paul is a prisoner in Rome.paph. Now he is well agah and ready to go home. While he is a prisoner.
Hebrews 1323. He is also a h e Christian brother.rnus ran away from Phi. Let's leam now what the future 1214.le'mon is when he learns that his servant has become a Christian. 2:1. 0. So he writes to Tirnothy and asks him to come quickly.muslearned about Paul's being in prison here. hold~. this time by the Romans. '1 am sending Timothy to you. '1 am sending him back to you. 'and God wiU reward me.nes'i. he writes: 'Get a place ready for me to stay there.nesfi. Jehovah God has the apostle John write its last books. Now 0-nes'i-musis sorry that he ran away.' When Paul is set free he visits his Christian brothers and sisters i many places. Do n s s you know what it is called? Co. Philemon 4:7-9.While he is in prison Paul writes two more letters that we have i the Bible.' A few years after Paul is put to death. We can just imagine how happy Phi. The letter is about Phi-le'mon's servant Oaes'i-mus.le'mon? Paul asks phi-le'mon to forgive 0. to Phi-le'mon.los'sians.' When 0. When Paul writes to the Phi-lip'piaris and to Phi-le'rnon.1-25. One i to the Christians ín the city of Co. '1 have been faithful to God. But later Paul is made a prisoner i Rome again. This Bible book tells about the future.losfsae.' And.' Paul writes. Philippians 1:13. Soon 0-nes'i-mus also became a Christian.ans. including the book of Revelation.mus goes back to Co-los'sae he &es with him these two letters.' Paul writes.nes'i. Jerusdem is destroyed again. he has some really good news. Acts 28:1631. 2 Timothy 4:7-9. n n This time he knows he is going to be killed. 2:1930.le'mon and came to Rome. 'But now he is not just your servant.' Paul il tells the Phi-1ip'pi.lostsae. He came to visit.le'mon who also lives in Co. The other i a personal letter to a close friend named Phi. So do you know what Paul writes in this letter to Phi. and Paul preached to 0-nes'i-mus. one to the Co-los'sians and the other to Phi-le'mon. In some way O.nes'i-mus.Colossians4:18-23. . But there is more in the Bible. 'But 1 also wl visit you shortly.
but he will protect those who serve him. I n this war God will clean the earth of al1 badness and bad people.PART 8 What the Bible Foretells Comes True The Bible not only gives the true story of whut happened in the past but also tells whut will huppen in the future. Whut does the Bible say about the future? I t tells about a great war of God. So read PART 8 and find out what the Bible foretells for the future. Humans cannot te11 the future. and that they will never get sick again or die. W e can be glad that God will make a new paradise on earth. can't we? But we must do something if we are to live in this paradise. Jesus Christ. . will see to it that God's servants enjoy peace and happiness. I n the last story of the book we learn what we must do to enjoy the wonderful things God has in store for those who serve him. That is why we know that the Bible is from God. God's king.
So the Bible tells of persons riding horses down from heaven to show that God has a war to fight with people on earth. Who caused that Flood? Jehovah God. an army on white horses. we should not be surprised that Jehovah will send his heavenly armies to put an end to al1 badness on earth. That is why Jesus wears a king's headpiece. You will see there that Jehovah even let his people. That war is to destroy all badness on earth. be destroyed because of their badness. What's happening there? Sod'om and Go-mor'rah are being destroyed by íire that Jehovah sent. See what's happening to the horses and war chariots of the Egyptians. then. Jesus is the one Jehovah chose to be king of His government. What do you see there? Yes. Remember. can they? But the Bible does speak about horses in heaven. 19:ll-16. He did it to protect his people. .THE END OF ALL BADNESS 114 w HAT do you see here? Yes. Look at Story 76. the great Flood that destroyed bad people. Revelation 16:16. Should we be surprised that God would destroy all bad people? Look back to Story 10. Who caused the water to come crashing down on them? Jehovah. Jesus is the One who will take the lead in fighting this war at Armageddon. But notice where they are coming from. Now look at Story 15. Do you know what the place of this war is called? Armageddon. Do you know why it does? It is because once horses were used a lot in fighting wars. Turn to Story 33. But just think what that will mean! Turn the page and let's see. the Israelites. So. And the sword shows that he will kill all of God's enernies. The horses are galloping down from heaven on the clouds! Are there really horses in heaven? No. these are not real horses. We know this because horses can't run on the clouds.
LOOK it at those tal1 trees.in a place like this? . Wouldn't you &e b f i Pqidn ~ tq . . pretty flowera and high Isn't beautiful here? See how the deer is mth little boy's hand..A NEW PARADISE ON EARTH " . over there in the meadow..115 I . God wants you to live forever on earth i a p a r a e a And he n doesn't want you to have any of the aches and pains that people suffer today. . < 2 L 1: : \ - . And look at the lions and the . This is t e who will live in the new para&: 'C There will be no more .
The Bible says: 'This is the way to live forever. it this very book that Bible Stories. and the Son he sent to earth. and yet not gain everlasting life." Do you know what they are learning? First.car'i. It tells a lot about Jehovah and Jesus. that we need to know about Jehovah and his Son Jesus if we are to live forever. The Bible gives us the full inforrnation we need so that we can al1 serve Jehovah in the right way and get everlasting life. Jesus Christ. Do you see the other book lying on the flmr? It's the Bible. Judas had a lot of knowledge about Jehovah and Jesus. Learn about the only true God. But just learning about Jehovah God and Jesus Christ i not s enough. Do you know what else is needed? We also need to live in harmony with the things we learn. . And they are reading the very story that you are " H o w We Can Live Forever.HOW WE CAN LIVE FOREVER 116 and her friends are CAN you istell what the little girlyou are reading-My reading? Book of Yes. But we need to do more than just read this book. doesn't it? And it tells a lot about the things that they have done and the things that they will yet do.' How can we learn about Jehovah God and his Son Jesus? One way is by reading My Book of Bible Stories from beginning to end. Do you remember Judas Is. So Judas will not receive everhting life. So we should make it a habit to study the Bible often. and he betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver.ot? He was one of the 12 that Jesus chose to be his apostles. But what happened to him? After a while he becarne selñsh. Have someone read to you the parts from the Bible on which the stories of this book are based. We could have lots and lots of knowledge about them and their teachings.
Manita 2800. Port Morerby. Salirbuq. Elandsfontein.. D-6200 Wiasbaden 1. Narsou. NIGERIA: P. 21 35. S-175 21 J6rf6lla 1.. GHANA: Box 760. P.Do you remember Ge-ha'zi. Suva.).O. Nairobi. Additional copies of this book may be obtained for $2. Penang. But there are many good people who always served Jehovah f a i t W y . SWITZERLAND: Ulmenweg 45. Psalm 145:1-21. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Box 113. for $1 . Kitwe. the person we all want to follow i Jesus Christ..S. as shown in Story 87. . using one of the addresses below. too young to serve Jehovah. Sacond Floor. you are not . LIBERIA: P. BARBADOS: Fontabelle Rd.P. The Ridgeway. INDIA: South Avenue.S. Bombay 400054. d. as we saw in Story 55. BAHAMAS: Box N-1247. CANADA M6A 125: 150 Bridgeland Ave. JAMAICA: 41 Trafalgar Rd. Of course. SIERRA LEONE: Box 136.W. But Jehovah p him. don't we? Little Sarnuel i s a good example to follow. Box 171.S0 (U. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 117 Adams St.. 1406. ZAMBIA: Box 1598. 108. Honolulu. Dublin 9. Pesioran Besi. ENGLAND: Wotch Tower House. the man we learned about i n 69? He wanted to have some clothes and money that did not b to him. IRELAND: 86 Lindsay Rd. then we will be able to live forever in God's new paradise on earth. NEW ZEALAND: 6-A Weitern Springs R . Tokyo. Jesus Christ. ALASKA 99507: 2552 East 48th Ave. FIJI: Box 23. Bridgetown. d . London NW7 1 RN. N. So he told a lie to get these things.00 (U. Also. postpaid.O. PAKISTAN: 8-E Habibulloh R . BELIZE: Box 257. John 1?:3. Let's follow his example. KENYA: Box 47788. Monrovia. a Bible in rnodern English. Brooklyn. Accra. TRINIDAD: 2 La Seiva Road.Y.. N. Toronto. Freetown.O. Remember. REPUBLIC OF: PO Box 2044. s Even when he was a boy. Lahore 3. MALAYSIA: No. Anchorage. Georgetown..O. SWEDEN: Box 8. JAPAN: 5-5-8 Mita Minato-Ku. SOUTH AFRICA: Private Bag 2. receive the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. And he will punish us too if we do not obey his laws. Santa Cruz. Yaba. 45. Georgetown 16. I we do f these things.. . Johns. Panama 1. N.. Maraval. Send to Watchtower. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF: Postfach 5920. RHODESIA: 35 Fife Avenue. Lagos State. Belize City. We want to be like them. Auckland 3. he was only four or five years old when he started serving Jehovah i at his tabernacle.S. St. CH-3601 Thun. So no matter how young you are. Strothfield. AUSTRALIA: 11 Beresford Road. Antigua. Box 477. Ont. HAWAll 96814: 1228 Pensacola St.) each. Box 194. GUYANA: 50 Brickdam. Let's tell as many people as we can about our wonderful God Jehovah and his Son. 1 1201. LEEWARD ISLANDS: Box 119. P. Glasnevin. Kowloon. GERMANY. Kingston 10. Port of Spain. he was there i n the temple talking to others about his heavedy Father. PHILIPPINES.. PANAMA: Apartado 1386. HONG KONG: 312 Prince Edward Rd.
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