20 Things Christians Should Know in the Old Testament in the Bible
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If someone ask you to tell them the most significant things in the Old Testament, what are some things you can relate to the individual. I have found that It is very sad to be around Christians who say they know the Lord for 20-30 years, yet they do not know the basic facts in the Old Testament. I have seen many other religions who has schooled their believers very well in their teachings. Christians need to read their Bibles, believe it and be prepared to answer questions that come their way.
1. The Creation Story- details of every day.
2. First Marriage & details of the Fall of Man- Adam and Eve
3. The Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses to present to the people.- Have you committed to memory all ten commandments?
4. . Godly encounters of Men and Women of God- Abraham, Hagar, Jacob, Moses and the Burning Bush, Solomon, etc.
5. The 12 Tribes of Israel- Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin.
6. The Plagues that were inflicted on the Pharaoh and Egypt- blood on the river Nile, frogs, lices, flies, boils, hail, locust, darkness and the firstborn will die. This shows the power of God.
7. Understand the different Feasts of the Lord
There are 7 feasts - Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Feast of Tabernacles. It is vital to know the meaning and purpose.
Some Christians may think it, what's the purpose, it's part of the law in the old testament, which I disagree with. Today Messianic Jews still celebrate the feasts and should be followed in Christian congregations across the world. Each feast has signifcant new testament meaning, that were a shadow of things to come in Christ.
There are deep meanings within the feasts in the Old Testament. It signifies Jesus as the Passover Lamb, forgiveness of sins, the cross of Jesus, sanctification, reconciliation with God and the regin of Christ.
8. Forbidden Foods and Foods Permitted in the Bible- Leviticus 11- Some nutritionists today would agree.
9. Covenants in the Bible- Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic covenant, God's covenant with Noah and God's covenant with Israel.
10. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament- The Spirit of God in Creation, God's Spirit on 70 elders, God's spirit on Azariah word to Asa (II Chron. 15:1), Jahaziel, a Levite prophesying (II Chron. 20:15), Spirit of God came on Samuel- prophesying, The Spirit of God on Samson.
11. Judges in the Bible- Who were they?
12. Kings in the Bible- Christians should know the kings in the bible, the righteous kings, the wicked kings, their mothers, fathers, their wives, their children, those who had influence in these kings lives, seers and prophets during their reign, knowledge of a few things they did, whether it was good or bad, their prayers, the battles and victories and how they died.
13. Minor Prophets, Major Prophets and Seers, False Prophets during Kings reign- Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Micah and Zephaniah. Jehu and Hanani are seers.
14. Fasts in the Old Testament- Who Fasted and the reasons they fasted- Moses fasted, Israel fasted because they sinned (I Samuel 7: 5-6), the people of Nineveh fasted, Daniel Fasted, Esther Fasted, Joel called for a fast,
15. Mighty Acts in the Old Testament- People of Israel delivered from Egyptians, Parting of Red Sea, Raining Bread from Heaven, Water from the Rock, Israel Crossing Jordon, Jericho March and Jericho walls fall down, David and Goliath.
16. Miraculous Resurrection - Widow’s Son at Zarephath raised back to life, Shunnamite son’s also raised to life and Elisha’s bones revive the dead.
17. Healings in the Old Testament- King Abimelech healed, Hezekiah healed, Naamed cured of leprosy, Sarah, Hannah, Samson's mother (Manoah) healed of barrenness.
18. Unbelievable, but Awesome Events- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the burning fiery furnace, Daniel in the lion's den and Samson tearing apart the lion.
19. The 7 things the Lord hates- a proud look, lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness who speaks lies and he who sows discord among the brethen. (Prov. 6:17)
20. Prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah- Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Micah 5:1-2, Zechariah 11:12-13, 13:17.
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