Today we are HALFWAY done with reading the Bible. Tomorrow we will be closer to the end than the beginning. YOU DID IT! A brief explanation of all that we have read so far:
- Genesis answers two big questions: “How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from?”
- In the book of Job: Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
- Exodus: God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a Covenant with them.
- In Leviticus God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
- Numbers: Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.
- Deuteronomy: Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) on how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.
- Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then divides out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Judges: Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way (called “judges”).
- Ruth: Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David.
- 1 Samuel, Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.
- 2 Samual: David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
- 1 Kings: The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.
- Song of Songs- A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
- A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—Ecclesicaties.
- In 1 Chronicles we read a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.
- We also read 150 Psalms that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
- And meditated on the Proverbs: a collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
- Tomorrow: 2 Kings: Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets until they both fall captive to other world empires.
We have 20 books (some very short, 1-day reads) left of the Old Testament and then we turn the page to the Gospel.
If you need a copy of the schedule because you hate waiting for me to post (when I fall back asleep after the alarm) 🙂 Click here
There is a handouts section on the website of any cool visuals we have used if you need to reference them at any time. (I am bad about not updating it all the time, but I will try harder)
I know many of you are reading but don’t comment BUT if you want to make me smile, you will write in comments 1 thing you learned reading this year that you did not know before 2021 began, I would be so happy.