HAPPY NEW YEAR
Eight years ago, I began posting daily Bible studies to email and Facebook contacts. These studies grew from a series of Bible classes that I taught several years ago at the State Line church of Christ between Fayetteville, TN and Huntsville, AL. To those of you who have been following these studies through the years, welcome to a repeat chronological study of the New Testament. Our journey through the Old Testament ended as it led us to the coming of the promised Savior. I hope the studies that follow continue to profit you as we expand our knowledge of the Scriptures.
Luke 1:1-4; John 1:1-18
The Bible is composed of two grand divisions, The Old Testament and The New Testament. At the beginning of the Old Testament, we are told of the creation of the heavens, the earth and all living creatures on the earth (including man).
As man began to populate the earth, he became very sinful. In fact, he was so sinful that God decided to destroy His creation by a giant flood. However, Noah and his family, who were righteous, were given the opportunity to save themselves by building an ark to weather the storm.
Many years later, God spoke to Abram (Abraham) and PROMISED that he would be the father of a great nation and that through his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed. This PROMISE was renewed to his son, Isaac and to his grandson, Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and he became the head of the twelve tribes of the Israelite (Hebrew) nation, a special people of God.
The Israelites increased in number and they found themselves in slavery in the land of Egypt. God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and persuaded him to lead them out of Egypt. After a series of plagues, Pharaoh, King of Egypt allowed the Hebrews to leave for a land that God had promised them.
During forty years of wilderness wandering before entering the Promised Land, God established His laws to govern the Israelite nation. The Ten Commandments were given at this time and became the foundation of what is known as the Law of Moses. This Law was in effect until the beginning of the Christian Age.
The remainder of the Old Testament relates the rises and falls of the Israelites, as they became hot and cold in their obedience to God. Prophets were sent by God to warn the people of the consequences of disobeying Him and to relate to them a most important PROMISE.
Jesus, the Son of God was introduced to us by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the writers of the Gospels that bear their names.