Saturday, May 4, 2013

Old Testament Review-Genesis-Deuteronomy

Our church recently did a Walk Through The Old Testament Survey that my family took part in. In the class we learned several different ways to help up learn what took place during what book and time period of the Old Testament. We also learned how to study the word of God and not just make speculative opinions of what is happening. One way we learned to do this is by using the SPECK formula and asking your 5 W's when reading as well. I covered this in a previous post you can find here. . This is actually something my daughters youth group pastor taught her a while back and it was brought up again during this course. So she was pretty stoked about it.


S=Sin to avoid
P=Promise to claim
E=Example to follow
C=Commandment to obey
K=Knowledge about God to Jesus' Holy Spirit

Another neat little trick the walk through people use is the use of funny imagery for us visual learners out there! Here are the ones for the first 5 books of the OT or the Torah as some us call it. I will go into more detail later, but I think you get the idea.

Big "N" for beginnings-Genesis is all about beginnings
Genesis is a book all about Beginnings: The heavens and the earth, night an day, man and woman, sin and redemption-it all starts here. Genesis introduces the key events and people God used to shape the beginnings of both sacred and secular history. Chapters 1-11 trace four key events: creation, fall, flood, nations, while chapters 12-50 tell the story of 4 key people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. It's the story of the one True God, whose word creates a world, whose sovereign choice of the nation Israel will ultimately bless the entire world and whose watchful care determines the destiny of humankind. 

A third way to help you remember is by this little chant: 5, 12,5,5,12. You got to get the beat though when you say it boom, boom boom-boom, boom. Fro the NT is 4,1,21,1 boom, boom, boom-boom ,boom
Exodus-leaving Egypt through the Exit sign
Exodus: The children of Israel left Egypt in the Exodus, as you can see in this picture. The people walking through the Exit sign out of Egypt (pyramids). Key word for this book is Exit. The name Exodus comes from two Greek words that mean "the way out", or "exit". At the conclusion of Genesis, the Jews were a "chosen few" living in the favor of the Pharaoh of Egypt. But after Joseph died, a new king came to the throne of Egypt who felt no obligation to Joseph's descendants. As a result Israel became a nation of slaves in a land not their own. But Exodus is the story of deliverance. In the first half (chapters 1-18), God calls Moses to declare judgement upon Pharaoh, to take Israel through the exit of     Egypt, and to lead their long trek to the Promise Land. In chapters 19-40, God begins to educate His people in the responsibilities of holy living.
Leviticus: Left foot I kiss-all about Offerings and Feasts
key word: Offerings and Feasts.
Chapters 1-7: All about Sacrifices
Chapter 8-10: Priest hood
Chapter 11-15: What is clean and unclean
Chapter 16-Day of Attonment
Chapter 17-237: Laws for daily life
Leviticus was wrote by Moses in Mount Sinai and Canaan around 1445-1500 BC. It was wrote to instruct Israel on how to be holy and to be a blessing to others. 
Numbers: A book about Wondering
Numbers was wrote as a reminder of what happens when people disobey or rebel against God. The key verse is 6:24-26. The stories about the 2 census of the people; the 1st and 2nd generations of Isrealits. The book of Numbers records the judgement of the 1st generation and then the hope connected with the 2nd generation as they prepare to enter the Promise Land. God's constant presence is a strong theme as well,.
Chapter 1-9: Census
Deuteronomy: the duet runs over me-the 2nd law

Chapter 10-12: Sinai to Canaan
Chapter 13-19: Spies and Rebellion
Chapter 20-36: Moab

Deuteronomy's Key word is 2nd Law. This book includes important reminders of God's care for His children, His principals for godly living and the need for strong faith in Him. The children of Israel-one family composed f 12 tribes and many families are the key people in this book. It was wrote by Moses on the Plains of Moab about 1401-1400 BC to remind the people what God expects of them. Key verse is 6:4-5
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