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THE BIBLE SAYS IN GENESIS 1:26 THAT GOD CREATED MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND THAT HE CREATED MANKIND TO BE MALE AND FEMALE. IN VERSE SEVEN OF CHAPTER TWO ADAM WAS CREATED FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER IN VERSES 21-22 GOD MADE ADAM¶S WIFE. WHEN GOD CREATED MAN BOTH THE WOMAN AND THE MAN WERE ADULTS, BUT THEY WERE IGNORANT AND DID NOT YET KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LIFE OR RELATIONSHIPS OF ANY KIND. THIS HOWEVER WAS NOT A HINDRANCE TO THEIR RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME BOTH WERE INNOCENT, AND PERFECT, THEY HAD NOT SINNED YET AND THEREFORE DID NOT HAVE A SIN NATURE. BUT AFTER EVE AND ADAM WERE TEMPTED BY THE SERPENT IN CHAPTER 3 VERSES 47, AND FAILED IN THE TEMPTATION, THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER CHANGED COMPLETELY.
"And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered" (verse 16). Significantly, God later changed Abram's name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5). His earlier name meant "high (exalted) father." God renamed him "father of a multitude," saying, "I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you" (verse 6). At the time these prophecies must have seemed ironic to Abraham, for his wife Sarah was barren. Her infertility was to be very significant in the development of the modern Middle East. God promised Abraham in Genesis 15:4 that he would have an heir: "one who will come from your own body." Impatient, Sarah told Abraham to take her Egyptian handmaid Hagar and to produce a child by her. This took place "after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan" (Genesis 16:1-3). Fourteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God blessed Abraham with another son, this time by his wife Sarah. He told them to name their son Isaac (meaning "laughter" for the incredulous reaction they had when told they would have a son at their advanced age as well as the joy that he would later bring to his parents, Genesis 17:17, 19; 18:10-15; 21:5-6)
Genesis 6:1 - 9:17 God saw how great wickedness had become and decided to wipe mankind from the face of the earth. However, one righteous man among all the people of that time, Noah, found favor in God's eyes. With very specific instructions, God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth. God also instructed Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, along with every kind of food to be stored as food for the animals and his family while on the ark. Noah obeyed everything God commanded him to do. After they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days, and every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out. As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Noah and his family continued to wait for almost eight more months while the surface of the earth dried out. Finally after an entire year, God invited Noah to come out of the ark. Immediately, he built an altar and worshiped the Lord with burnt offerings from some of the clean animals. God was pleased with the offerings and promised never again to destroy all the living creatures as he had just done. Later God established a covenant with Noah: "Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." As a sign of this everlasting covenant God set a rainbow in the clouds.
And Abel also came and brought from the consecrated best of his herd and of his fatlings, and the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering. And with Cain and his offering, He was not pleased, and it really bothered Cain and his face turned sour. And the Lord said to Cain, "Why did it upset you? And why did your face turn sour? "Behold, if you glorify me, you shall be accepted, and if you do not, your evil lord* awaits you at the gate of sin; you will turn to him and he shall have authority over you." And Cain said to Abel his brother, "We are better off outside,"* and while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel, your brother?" And he said to Him, "I do not know; why, am I my brother's guard?" And the Lord said to him, "What did you do? The blood* of your brother is crying out from the earth. "Henceforth you are cursed by the earth that opened its mouth and received the blood of your brother from your hands. "As you work the earth, it will not flourish and give you its yield; you shall be a wanderer and a nomad on the earth.³GENESIS 4:5 -14
EXODUS-DEPARTURE OF ISARELITES FROM EGYPT
Moses in his basket When Moses was born the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh was afraid of them because he thought they might take over his country. He ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed at birth so that they would not grow up and fight against him. To save Moses his mother made a plan. She hid him in a basket by the side of the River Nile.
Moses' sister Miriam watched over him until Pharaoh's daughter came to the river to wash. She found Moses in his basket. Miriam told her she knew a woman who could be a nurse for the baby. It was his mother. Pharaoh's daughter took him back to live with her as though he were her son.
Moses grew up as an Egyptian prince, but he never forgot he was a Hebrew. One day Moses lost his temper and killed an Egyptian who had beaten a Hebrew slave to death. He had to run away to another land. God spoke to him from a burning bush and told him he must go back and free the Hebrews from slavery.
Moses went to Pharaoh to ask him to set the Hebrews free. Pharaoh did not want to lose his slaves. He would not let them go, because they worked on his grand buildings. Awful things began to happen in Egypt. There were ten plagues. Before each one, Moses had warned Pharaoh what would happen. Moses told him the disasters had been sent by God.
The last plague was the worst. The eldest son in every Egyptian family, including Pharaoh's, died. God had warned Moses to mark the doorposts of all Hebrew houses so that Hebrew boys would be safe. Pharaoh was so upset by losing his son that he said the Hebrews could leave Egypt.
The Hebrews knew they must leave Egypt quickly. They needed food to take with them. There was no time to let the bread rise before it was cooked. They had to take the dough as it was. Pharaoh changed his mind again and sent his army after them to bring them back.
Parting the Red Sea The army chased the Hebrews to the banks of the Red Sea. They would have been trapped but a miracle happened. God told Moses to lift up his rod and as he did so the waters parted to make a dry path. They were able to make their escape.
When all the Hebrews were safely at the other shore, Moses lifted up his rod again and the waters of the sea closed on Pharaoh's army who had been chasing them. God had saved the Hebrews.
Even though the Hebrews were free, they were still in the desert. They wanted to find a land called Canaan which God had promised them. The journey was long and they soon ran out of food. They were very hungry and blamed Moses for taking them out of Egypt. Moses told them that God would give them food.
Water in the Desert God told Moses, "I will give the people food." The next day the ground was covered with a white food which tasted like honey. Moses called this food manna. God also sent flocks of birds called quails that they cooked and ate. When their water ran out, God told Moses to strike a rock with his rod. As he did so water rushed out and they all had enough to drink.
After three months of travelling the Hebrews came to the foot of Mount Sinai. God called Moses to meet him on the mountain. As he climbed there was thunder and lightning. When he was up the mountain God gave Moses ten laws which told the people how to live.
These Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone. Moses stayed so long on the mountain that the people waiting at the foot of the mountain grew angry. They decided to make another God for themselves. It was a golden calf.
When Moses returned he was shocked to see the people dancing and worshipping the golden calf. He broke the tablets God had given him and destroyed the golden calf. God forgave his people for worshipping the statue and told Moses to cut two more tablets of stone.
Moses took the stone tablets up the mountain and God gave him the Ten Commandments again. When he came down all the people listened to Moses as he told them what God had said. Moses promised God that the Hebrews would keep all of the Commandments.
LEVITICUS ± BOOK OF LAW
Leviticus 18:22 is translated: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
NUMBERS ± IN THE DESERT
Their Condition (Numbers 14:1). They Murmur against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 14:2). They Wish They Had Already Died (Numbers 14:2). In the land of Egypt They Weep concerning In the wilderness
They Rend Their l thes ( ers :6) nd J shua the son of un, and aleb the son of Jephunneh, hi h ere of them that sear hed the land, rent their lothes. If the LOR deli ht in us, then he ill bring us into this land, and give it us; a land hi h floweth with milk and honey. U B RS :8
Moses replies to Korah: "Hear now, you sons of Levi: is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; and that he has brought you near him, and all your brethren the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also? Therefore it is against the LORD that you and all your company have gathered together; what is Aaron that you murmur against him?" (Num 16-8-10)
Then the entire community of Israel entered the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there. NUM 20:1
Numbers 23:4 And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram. Numbers 23:5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. Numbers 23:6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.
DEUTERO O Y SECO D L OF GOD
Deuteronomy - : First (histori al) Discourse of
Retrospect to the Retrospect to the andering in the
ilderness (from Sinaï to Kadesh)
andering in the
ilderness (from Kadesh to the Victory over Sihon)
Retrospect to the Events on the other side of Jordan Moses' Serious Exhortations for the People
Deuteronomy 5- 6: Second (legal) Discourse of Moses
Repetition of the Ten Commandments ."Hear, O Israel³ Separation from the Canaanites . The Lessons of the Wilderness .Remembering the Golden Calf. Remembering the Second Law and Urging to Obedience. Obedience as Supposition for God's Blessing .The Place of Worshiping God in Canaan .Treating Idolatry amidst the People of Israel. Clean Meats; Giving the Tithe The Sabbath Year .The Three Main Feasts of Israel . The Law for the King . The Priests and the Prophet . Grace for the Man-slayer. Laws to be observed in War . Blood-Guilt and Right for Families .Warning against Mixing and Uncleanness. Cleanness as Requirement for the Peoples' .Fellowship with God Different Commandments to Suppress Human Malice. Offering of First fruits and of the Tithe
Deuteronomy 27-30: Third (prophetical) Discourse of Moses
Gerizim and Ebal: Blessing and Curse God's Government: Obedience will bring Blessing, Disobedience will bring Curse Moses Speaks to the Conscience of the People Prophecy of Repentance and Return of the People
Joshua's Appointment and Handing Over of the Law The Song of Moses Moses blesses the Twelve Tribes of Israel Death of Moses