HIStory - God's Story of Man
A Simple Overview of the Bible
This page is the result of a first draft book I had written a few years ago. It was going to be only one of a series of books, all covering the same subject, but in varying depths for various ages.
This particular edition was to be for upper elementary. I was also going to publish a version for parents to read out loud to their children, a version for beginning readers, and a version suitable for young adults with much more in depth study.
However, I may never have the time to complete this project and, I have never felt truly comfortable with selling anything that has to do with God and His truth. Now that I have come to find Squidoo, I think think this is a great place to put this.
I hope this condensed version of God's relationship with mankind will help some to understand some things that might have been confusing to them about the truths found in God's Word. I also hope that it might be used by Him to show people who He is and what great love He has for the humans He created, and what our response to that should be.
For an atheist's response, even though unconvinced, scroll to the video at the bottom.
I am experimenting with adding a question capability after each segment so that honest questions can be asked and I will do my best to answer them. This is not a debate page, however. I find that those who want to debate have no facts, only opposing ideas, so debate is rather fruitless and very time consuming. If you think a debate would be a good thing, I encourage you to begin a webpage to do that.
Anyone who knows the Bible at all can testify that the knowledge there is so incredible you can study your whole life and still find something new each and every time. I am a simple child of God who is studying as often as possible and I don't claim to have all the answers. No one does yet, but I will do my best for any questions that are asked with sincerity.
Not sure how such a thing will work on a page like this, but no harm in trying.
The Fruition of All Things
Before the beginnings of our earth, God, who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit met together and laid out the plan for mans' creation and eternity.
All three are equal in power, knowledge, and all things, but they agreed to take on certain roles to accomplish their plan; the Father, who sits on the throne in Heaven, the Son, who gave His life for all mankind and Who created the earth, and the Holy Spirit, who does not speak of Himself, but works in the hearts of mankind to turn them to God and accomplish His purpose.
We speak of God as Him, because all three act as one, together. There is no disagreement.
Who God Is.
Too much to list, but here is a starting point. I'll add more later.
God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, all wise, all present, all holy, all righteous, all light, and all love. He is perfect. He does not claim to be all merciful or all forgiving. While His mercy and forgiveness are immense, His righteousness and justice are higher than these.
There is nothing hidden from him, from the smallest portion of the tiniest molecule not even yet seen by a microscope, to distant places in the universe we will never reach with our ships or see with our telescopes.
He made all things and all things are held together in the power of His hand. He knows the secrets of our hearts and minds that sometimes we do not even know. He knows the future and controls it.
This is His Creation, Not Mine.
I Am His Creation, Not My Own.
God, on His throne in Heaven, began His plan for creation and eternity for mankind.
He wanted man to love and fellowship with, and He wanted a mankind who would want to love and worship Him.
He created angels, cherubim and seraphim to be messengers and helpers in the plan.
Creation of Lucifer
The first to choose evil.
The angels have jobs that are different from one another and, just like in business or the military, they have ranks and duties. Some are more powerful than others.
Lucifer was very strong, beautiful and important in the ranks of angels. But he was prideful and envious. He hated serving God and resented working for His plan. He began wanting to be like God.
Soon after creation Lucifer rebelled against God’s authority and convinced one third of the angels to join him in his defiance.
No Place for Evil
Only good things are what God will allow to remain.
Can you imagine if you made something beautiful with your own hands, and then it chose evil and decided it wanted to be more powerful than you; wanted to destroy every good thing you had ever created? Lucifer had evil in his heart. Evil is the absence of good, the separation from all that God is.
Lucifer's name was changed to Satan, the Father of Lies, and the rebellious angels became known as fallen angels and demons. They were kicked out of their places in Heaven serving God and cast down to the earth.
They have tried to interfere with God's plan in every way they could ever since. They will be destroyed along with all evil in the end, but until then, we must be watchful for their lies. They seek to deceive, to hide and twist truth, and to distract us from what really matters.
From Beginning to End
Nothing is a surprise to God.
However, we need never fear that God's plan can be changed, because He knows all that will happen already, and He knew exactly what Lucifer would do even before creating him.
Even Lucifer's rebellion fit into God's plan, for nothing takes God by surprise or is unused by Him for His great purpose.
And in the beginning of man's story, God created the heavens and the earth.
You can read about that very week in the first chapter of the Bible.
The Gift of Creation
For his pleasure, and for ours.
He filled creation with wonderful and fantastic things that pleased Him and that would make a beautiful home for mankind.
Things like the sun, moon and stars;
Places to go, like mountains, lakes, meadows, gardens;
Plants to give shade and food;
Animals like birds, fish, insects and land creatures, including dinosaurs; every marvelous thing you see in nature today.
My favorite place to be is outside. I see who He is in everything He has created. All the things He loves, you can see them all around you. He is not 'IN' His creation any more than you are in something you have made, but in the same way someone who wants to know something about you can learn by examining things you have done, we can know more about God by looking at the things He has made.
Take the time to look at His creation and ask who He is.
Man and Woman created.
"Adam" is the Hebrew word for 'mankind'.
When all was ready, God created Adam and Eve. They were created as adults.
We do not know if they had belly buttons or not. Many people want to know this, but we were not there and God did not feel it was an important enough issue to use up space with.
Adam was created first, then Eve was taken from a rib in his side. Men and women both have the same number of ribs. The lowest rib is the only rib that can regenerate.
Life was simple, easy, beautiful, and filled with all the things that make us happy, just as God wanted for us and will restore again one day for those who desire His ways and love Him and what He loves.
Life in the Garden that God Planted in the Area Known As Eden
Paradise and Perfection.
Life was perfect and wonderful.
They lived in a vast and beautiful garden which they tended with great care. They worked, played with and took care of the animals which had no fear of them at that time.
They went for walks with God in the evening. God would talk with and teach Adam and Eve.
They never got sick and their bodies did not grow old. The Tree of Life, a gift from God, grew there. It had life-giving and healing fruit to eat from.
What was meant to be.
They were created to live forever.
Do you feel your own immortality? Death was not meant to be a part of our existence. We fight against it with all we have, but without understanding of how death is defeated, our fight is in vain.
They were to have children, spread across the earth, and fill it with people who would have this same wonderful relationship with God, while caring for the earth and loving and serving one another.
So simple, yet the temptation to doubt what God says is incredible.
They did not have many rules, only one important one.
They were not to eat the fruit of one tree that was there. It was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
If they did, their bodies would no longer live forever, but grow old and die. They would also gain a sinful nature and know about evil, which they did not know of before.
Is the Whole Thing a Cruel Setup?
One of the most common doubts planted in the minds of mankind.
God could have created Adam and Eve in such a way that they could never have the chance to choose to do evil, but then mankind would never have had the chance to choose to truly know Him or love Him, either. Just as you and I want people to love us because they want to, so God gave man free will to choose.
Our understanding of God's character could never have possibly been expanded beyond Him being the one who shows up and gives nice presents. Instead, we can truly fathom what and who He is, and the depths of His love for us.
You must ask yourself a question. "If I had the choice, would I have children who were programmed to love me like Stepford Children, or would I have children with free will who could know me and love me of their own free will, even though giving them that free choice means they would sometimes choose wrong and cause pain to themselves and others?"
Love would have no meaning if we chose Stepford-type children. It would be reduced to computer programming. God is not like the leaders of Stepford, yet repercussions of evil are ultimately continual death and pain. He cannot allow it to destroy creation and He won't. It will be ended so that those who love what is good, what is of God, can enjoy that with Him forever, as was originally intended.
Man With Conscience
Perfection fades away.
As it happened, as you and I both do today because of free will, Adam and Eve did not obey the one important rule they were given.
They listened to the father of lies, Satan, and disobeyed God. They doubted that what God said was true, and wondered if He was keeping something from them. I have done this as well, and so have you and all people ever born.
Sadly, from that point on they began to grow old as you see people do today and they also began to sin and hurt one another.
All Seemed to Be Lost
But a Way remained.
Even more sadly, their sin caused separation from God. No longer could God come and spend time with them. No longer would they be able to be with Him, their Father, forever. No longer could they communicate with Him whenever they wanted. Now sin was between them. God cannot fellowship with sinful beings, and with sin in Adam and Eve's hearts, it was no longer possible to be with Him. Their souls and spirits could no longer be with God, as well their bodies.
Then God gave them one last gift. He drove them away from the beautiful garden He had planted for them and that been their home. You see, in that garden still remained the Tree of Life. To live forever in a state of evil that would grow more and more powerful would have been the end of any human relationship with God. None would ever know love and perfection again.
They did not walk out, they had to be driven out of the beautiful place they had always known. "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"
But in His mercy and great love, He provided a way of escape. A way for them to be with Him again.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
The promise of a Redeemer to purchase them back.
God told them that the curse of death that was now upon all creation was the result of their sin. And the penalty for all sin was death. Sin and death must be destroyed at the end of the world in a place called the Lake of Fire.
However, if One who was sinless could die, that would pay the penalty in full for all mankind. So God showed them how to sacrifice an innocent and perfect animal to show they understood it takes the bloodshed of innocence to pay for sin. He instructed them to do this themselves, from then on, to remind themselves of this truth, and to look for the One who would do this for them.
Sacrifice is horrific, isn't it? Because we are so easily distracted by smaller things that pull us away from things that are vitally important, we humans often feel angry that an innocent lamb must die. We want that to stop. We forget that our own sin is what caused God to allow Himself to be slaughtered for us. We forget our own guilt and the unjustness of what we do, and rather than becoming angry at our own participation in sin, we focus on the perceived wrongs of others.
A Sinless Man?
Was there no hope?
God explained that the blood of animals was not good enough to save them from eternal death and separation from God; that the only way they could ever be saved would be if a man could be sinless and be sacrificed.
How could that be possible?
Every child now born from Adam and Eve or from any other man and wife would already have a sinful nature inside them.
God never goes back on His Word.
But God made them a promise.
He promised them that He would send someone to save them. He promised that one day a Redeemer, One who pays a price to buy back something, would be born who would buy them back from death.
The Redeemer would put an end to the death that they had brought upon themselves, pay for and take away the sin that they had brought to mankind. One who would be pure and sinless, but would sacrifice Himself, and afterward rule the earth in goodness, righteousness and power.
Life on the earth now plagued by death.
For now, they also had to leave the garden and the Tree of Life so that they would not have to live forever in sin, and God could no longer come down and visit with them every evening.
Death and sickness came upon the whole earth on that sad day, and though life had been simple and easy before, now life became difficult and a struggle. Thorns and weeds grew; animals became fearful and wild and began to eat each other.
Murder Ends the First Hope
Cain kills Abel.
From that day on Adam and Eve looked for the One who would be born and save them all.
They sacrificed just as God had taught them to, remembering what it meant and looking for the One who would be the true sacrifice. They thought maybe their first child, Cain, would be the One. Then they had another child, Abel, and wondered if he would be the One.
But when Cain murdered Abel, Adam and Eve knew that neither was the He who would save them. Seth was born as well, but he was not the Promised Messiah either.
Life Without God
Why We Need Him
Many children were born, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and eventually Adam and Eve died of old age, still wondering who would be born to save them all.
Sin was growing and the earth was filling with many people who did not love God or want to serve Him. They hurt each other. There were wars and murders, there was illness and pain.
Life got continually worse as people forgot about God and His wonderful promises.
2000 Years Had Passed
All but one family had turned from God and His ways.
People and their sin grew so terrible that, about 2000 years after Adam and Eve were created, the whole earth was filled, just as you see it today, but only a few men loved God still.
One man was Noah. His parents gave him the name that meant rest, or peace, hoping he would be the promised Redeemer, the Messiah who would bring peace between God and man. Noah was married and had 3 sons who were also married.
The Global Flood
Whole earth and atmosphere were changed.
All the people who had chosen to hate God were already doomed to death, but God still had a plan to bring many other men to Himself.
After the other Godly men besides Noah had died of old age, He caused a flood to come upon the whole earth to end all those who only wanted to do evil. This slowed the progress of evil over the earth and gave more humans the chance to know God that would never have had that chance of evil had completely taken over.
God saved Noah and his family by having them build an ark to take themselves and some of every kind of animal through the flood. The animals were taken by kind; two canine, two feline, etc. They carried all the DNA necessary for the variety in the kinds you see today. Large animals could be taken when young to take up less room on the ark. There was plenty of room for all on such a large vessel.
God Makes Another Promise
God is always faithful.
When it was all over, God promised Noah to never destroy the entire earth with a flood again. He took His bow, which sits over His head in Heaven and placed it in the sky after rain so that we could always remember that promise He made us. We call God’s bow a rainbow.
Noah also remembered God's promise of the Redeemer who would come, and he made a sacrifice to show his obedience and faith in God and His promises.
Geography Is Part of God's Plan
Nations are shaped and destinies guided.
The landscape of the earth had vastly changed. Where before much of it had been grassy fertile plains, now there were rugged mountains, violent seas, deep canyons, dangerous rivers and other features that God used to direct mankind and their travels over the earth.
God, in His infinite knowledge, knew how lands would affect humanity and the courses of history and the future.
People's Hearts Remained the Same
We serve ourselves rather than God and others.
Noah and his family were to spread out over the earth again, fill it and teach their children to love and serve God, just as Adam and Eve had been told to do.
But sin still existed. The flood took away the people who only wanted to do evil, but Noah and his family still had sin in their hearts, just as you and I do. The flood did not remove that sin.
The sacrifices that followers of God gave did not remove that sin; it only was a reminder of God's promise and a temporary covering. The promise God had made to send Someone who would take that sin away and give them life again was still waiting to be fulfilled after 2000 years
Rejecting Spreading Out Over the Earth.
Thinking they could be like God.
Since sin still existed, people still made selfish and wrong choices; offending God and His character and hurting one another.Â Â People began filling the earth. However, those who did not want to love and serve God, but love and serve themselves, did not live by God's standards of love.Â
About a hundred years after the flood, they decided to band together and build a city and a great tower.Â Â They wanted to build strength in numbers and defy God by trying to worship foolish things like stars and planets, the signs of the zodiac, and they did not want to separate and live simply, allowing God to take care of them.Â
They wanted to be powerful. They mistook God's mercy for weakness, just as Lucifer did.
To slow the spread of evil once again.
They were working together, building this tower when God stopped them.Â Â Â They were trying to replace God’s authority through Noah with their own. They were trying to replace their need for God with foolish things.
Man is torn by two desires; the first is his love for beauty, peace and tranquility. He often dreams of peaceful places and simple ways of living. This is what God desired for us.
But often his desire for the things of the world which are found in city environments pull him away from places in creation that remind Him of God and simple things. He gets caught up in entertainment, seeking fortune, and other things that keep his mind from dwelling on things that are of God. The pull of the world is strong. God wants to call people out of the world; to remind them of Him and all that He offers for eternity.
Many Languages Come Into Being
Many nations are born.
God stopped them by creating many different languages instead of just the one they had all been speaking ever since creation.Â Â Now when they tried to talk to one another to build, they could only understand someone who had the same language.Â Â
Those who had rebelled against God and their still-living forefather, Noah, forgot how to speak the original language and now spoke many new ones.Â Â Those who spoke the same languages banded together and left in different directions.Â Â That is why different groups of people on this earth in different areas now speak different languages.Â
It is interesting that people still want to pursue this very tower today. An EU parliament building was built as a replica of the Tower of Babel. The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun to man.
Table of Nations
Found in Genesis 10
Though the people had rebelled against God's instructions once again, banding together, rejecting his commands, and worshiping carved pieces of wood and rock, called idols, God did not destroy them..Â Â
God instead caused them to disperse in the earth, as they had been told to do in the first place, to create nations and peoples to fulfill His plan for mankind and eternity; to give more people more chances to choose Him and all he offers.
God, Who Is Rich in Mercy
Without knowing His character, understanding is lost.
This delayed mankind from losing itself to evil and sin so quickly, but it did not stop it completely.Â Â The promise of the One who would save them was still waiting to be kept.Â Â Do you know why?Â Â
Because God wanted to have many, many people to have a relationship with, and if He had not waited so long, only a few people would live with Him forever in love and peace.Â Â
The Earth Fills
People choose God or themselves.
The earth was filling again, some people loved and served God, remembering to wait and offer sacrifices, most people did not.Â Â There were battles as men fought for land and possessions, there was sadness as illness continued to increase.Â Â
God was waiting, but He never forgets or breaks His word.
The Promise Comes to Life.
Abraham is Chosen
One day, about 500 years after the flood, God put His plan in motion.Â Â
He told a man, Abraham, that he and his wife Sarah would be the beginning of a nation that would bring the Redeemer to the entire world.Â Â He also told Abraham that this nation, when it was obedient, would help God to rule the earth from a place that was very special in God's heart.Â Â
That place and nation's name was and is Israel.Â Â Â They were responsible to bring the truth to the nations. It was a heavy responsibility.
Two Nations at War
The result of Abraham doing things his own way.
Abraham was very excited because Sarah, his wife, had been too old to have a baby and they had been childless all their lives.
But when it did not happen right away, they started to wonder if they were supposed to find a different way to have one.Â So Abraham had a child without Sarah, but with one of their maids.Â This was wrong and this child, Ishmael, grew up to be the beginning of a nation that would hate and try to destroy Israel for thousands of years, even today.Â The nation that Ishmael began is the Arab nation.Â Â Â Much suffering has resulted through thousands of years, to descendants of both half brothers.
Later on, Abraham and Sarah had the child, Isaac, that God had promised them.Â Â Isaac became the father of Jacob.Â Â Jacob's name was changed to Israel, and his sons and grandsons became the 12 tribes of Israel.
The Tribes of Israel
The Middle East still operates with a tribal outlook.
The 12 tribes of Israel are:
Juda, Rueben, Gad, Aser, Nephthalim, Manasses, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, Joseph, and Benjamin.Â
These men loved and served God, but they were not completely obedient and had many lessons to learn as the nation began.
The Gentiles were promised the Redeemer as well.
Anyone was welcome.
It was about this time that the ancient pyramids of Egypt were being built.Â
The beginning of the nation of Israel, the nation of God’s promise, had taken place. But the promise of the Redeemer who would purchase us all back from death was still waiting to be fulfilled.
But the people of the nation of Israel kept that hope alive, watching for the Redeemer, and making sacrifices to remember.
Jacob's Son; From Slavery to Ruler
God even uses the worst of man's choices to bring good about.
Another of Jacob's (Israel's) sons was Joseph.Â Because of anger and envy between he and his brothers, Joseph ended up being sold by them into slavery in Egypt, to a man who worked for the Pharaoh.Â
Joseph's brothers told their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal, but in reality, Joseph rose from slavery to great power in Egypt and God placed him second in command to the Pharaoh.Â
God was working and never forgets His promises.Â God had promised that Israel would become great when they were obedient and they would bring the Messiah to save the world.Â Â All these things that happened were what God was using to fulfill His promises.
The Hebrew Nation of Israel Stays in Egypt
They grow and prosper.
Years later, when there was a great famine that covered many countries, Joseph's family had to come beg for food from the pharaoh in Egypt.Â That was when they discovered that Joseph was not only alive, but the one they had to beg food from.Â Â
Joseph was not angry with his brothers, only glad to see his family again.Â Â
The whole nation of Israel, which was about 70 people at that time, came up to live with Joseph in Egypt.Â And they all stayed there for a very long time, even after Joseph and the pharaoh both had died.
Enslaved in Egypt, Body and Soul.
Pulled into Egyptian culture and idol worship, but in servitude.
Later on, another pharaoh who had not known Joseph began to get worried about the Israelites who lived there.Â He was afraid they would take over Egypt, so all Israelites were forced into slavery.Â
They remained slaves in Egypt for 400 years, and the nation grew in size to several million people.Â Much of the nation forgot about God and all His promises for the most part, they only knew that they were unhappy in their enslavement and wanted to be free again.Â Â
The Hebrew Nation Is Freed by God
An amazing event all should study.
One day, one of the Israelite women had a little baby named Moses whom she hid from the death sentence given to all male infants of Hebrew slaves.Â His mother also wondered if he could be the promised Redeemer the whole earth had waited for.Â
He was not, but God did have a very special job for Moses to do.Â He was discovered and adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter and grew up to be used of God to rescue the nation of Israel from slavery in Egypt.Â
God showed many miracles and when the pharaoh finally let them go, they ran away to the desert, through the parting of the Red Sea.
On the Way to the Promised Land
God steps in as their King.
While in the wilderness God led Israel through Moses and reminded them of His promises.
They had to walk across the desert to get to the Promised Land.Â Â On the way He would teach them how to be obedient by giving them the Law and, if they did, they would begin their new lives with God as their King.Â
He told them how to begin the sacrifices again and to look for the coming Messiah.Â Â
Afraid to Trust God
Afraid to obey Him.
But they did not trust God. ~Â Do you and I?
They grumbled at everything and accused God of wanting to kill them all.Â ~ Do you and I accuse Him of awful things while we complain?
They sinned many times. ~Â I do.
Still God was patient.Â Â He kept teaching them, and He brought them to the edge of the Promised Land.Â But they grew fearful and were afraid to trust God to guard them from their enemies.Â Â All but two men told Moses they should not go in.
After all He had done for them, they doubted His character. They did not believe what He said about Himself. ~ Do you and I?
Believing What God Says About Himself
Following through with action - this reveals faith.
Because of their lack of trust and their disobedience, God sent them back into the desert to wander for 40 years, until Moses and all the adults who did not trust God died.Â
Then Joshua, who was one of the two men who trusted God, was given command and brought them into the Promised Land.
God would bring the Redeemer to buy back from death those who would love Him, but it would be done from the place on the earth that God calls His Beautiful Land, where He will physically rule one day, and it would be done through the people He had given His word to. He is always faithful.
Joshua 1:4, and chapters 14 -19; Numbers 34:1-12
Hebrew people enter God's Beautiful Land, but serve themselves.
Joshua trusted God, therefore God led Israel through Joshua.Â The Israelites won all the battles against their enemies when they were obedient, including the battle of Jericho, where God showed how He would work, if they were only obedient.Â Â
Any gentile, or non-Hebrew person was always welcome to follow God, and Rahab chose to do so. She was rescued before Jericho fell and the Redeemer would be her descendant.
ButÂ the Israelites disobedience grew.Â After Joshua died the Israelites wandered into sin greatly.Â Instead of getting rid of all evil, they began to become interested in the sinful lives of the people that lived there and soon began to forget about God again.Â They began worshipping idols and serving themselves, rather than God.Â Â The people selfishly did only what pleased them at the time.Â
God ruled Israel with Judges, reminding the people of Him.Â When they remembered, they were obedient for a little while, but they would go right back to sinning again after each judge left.
Israel Rejects God As Their King
They want to be like the world.
The people then began to think that God was not as good a King as other countries had.Â They wanted to have a human king rather than God ruling over them.Â Â They wanted to be governed as Godless people were.Â Â
God warned them, through His priest, Samuel, that bad things come with earthly kings, like taxes and slavery, but they would not listen.Â So God gave them the kind of king they asked for.Â Â
King Saul looked handsome, strong, and brave.Â He began fairly well in his job.Â But power soon revealed the wickedness in his heart and he forgot about God as so many well-meaning people do.Â Â Â
God Chooses the Next King
David, whose descendant would be the Redeemer.
Then God chose the king for Israel.Â King David.Â Â
David was the shepherd boy who killed Goliath.Â David was a very great king.Â The greatest king Israel ever had, other than God.Â Â
But still, sin was there.Â King David even did horrible things that he was very sorry for doing.Â Â King David was waiting for the promised Messiah as well.Â
But because of David's sins, the nation of Israel was later divided into two parts.Â Â The northern 10 tribes kept the name Israel, the southern 2 tribes became Judah.Â Â Sadly, they both failed to be faithful to God.
Godly Kings and the Foolishness of Those Who Were Not
So few have been willing to accept God's authority.
There were many kings after David, some followed God's ways of goodness, mostly they did not.Â Â
Solomon, David's son was a very good king for aÂ time.Â Â He was very wise and God did great things for Israel through Solomon.Â He wrote the incredible book of Proverbs, full of wisdom.Â But when he got older, he also broke God's laws and he became very sad, even writing a whole book, Ecclesiastes, about how foolishness ruins a man.
He ordered the building of the first temple for worshiping God in Jerusalem in 960 BC and it was the center of the worship of YHWH by the Israelites and any gentiles who wanted to know God until it's destruction by the Babylonians 586 BC.Â
Blessings from God for Nations
How are we doing today?
When kings were obedient to God and made the nation obedient as well, God blessed them and did many great things for them.Â
But when the kings and nation were disobedient, God let them suffer their own consequences of foolishness.Â
This is why it was so important for all leaders to please God, then and also today.Â Leaders guide countries either toward safety within God's way, or toward destruction, away from God's ways. A nation will only prosper while it seeks God.
Results of Disobedience
Evil will not be allowed to go on forever.
Finally God put an end to the rule of Israel, for they would not remain obedient to the ways of God.Â Â
He allowed them to be captured and put back into slavery for thousands of years.Â Â
The country and nation of Israel virtually disappeared and the Israelites were scattered all across the world.Â Â
But God did not forget His promise, for the nation of Israel would come back in the year 1948, when no one ever thought they could ever exist again.Â Â God will do what He says He will do.
Conquered by Many Nations
Gradually exterminated or assimilated.
God used the Assyrians to scatter the ten northern tribes of Israel.Â Â They were the second nation to conquer the Israelites.Â Â
Then the Babylonians took the two southern tribes of Judah prisoner.Â Â King Nebuchadnezzar ruled Babylon when Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were taken captive.Â They began to be called Jews, because most of them came from Judah.Â Â Those 4 young men followed God and worshiped, serving Him in every way of their lives.Â
Then the Medes and Persians took over.Â Then Greece, and finally Rome ruled the world, fading away for a time, but to be renewed in the last days that will be coming.Â Â
Prophets Used by God to Speak
But few listen.
God continued to speak to Israel through prophets. God sent many messages that all Israel had to do was repent, turn from their sins and love and serve Him.
He told them many things to look for so that they would recognize the Messiah when He came; what He would do, even the year in which He would come and what town in which He would be born.
But the people did not listen. Many times they were so angry that they killed the prophets. Israel remained in captivity or wandering and everyone mostly forgot about the ancient civilization. The people without a home, without a king, and who had forgotten how good God had been to them.
At the right time.
But God did not forget them.
God never left His promise that when they were obedient they would rule with him. That they would be the ones who brought the Messiah to save people from sin and death.
God stopped sending prophets to speak to the people who would not listen.
God became silent for 400 years.
And then it was time.
The Promised One
Yeshua - Salvation
About 4000 years after Adam and Eve began looking for the One who would save them, and 2000 years after the flood, God moved to fulfill His promise.
In the land of ancient Israel there was a Jewish girl named Mary who was descended from the great King David.
She loved and served God and it was Mary whom God chose to bring the Messiah into the world through. She grew a child in her womb without the help of a man, but only because God caused it to be so, for that cannot happen without it being a miracle.
God told her to name the child Yeshua. That is the Hebrew word for Salvation. His name is often called Jesus today, but it loses it's meaning in that transliteration. His name was Yeshua. Born into a people enslaved under the authority of Rome. He was a Jew and looked like any middle-eastern child would. Not like the pictures so often shown of Him.
He was different.
This child fulfilled all the prophecies God had told about the One who would come and save the world from sin and death.
After Yeshua was born his mother married Joseph, a Jewish man who was also descended from the house of David in the tribe of Judah. They had other children together, but Yeshua was different.
Yeshua never sinned. He loved the scriptures and studied them. He even taught in the temple when he was just a young boy. He knew things that many of the teachers did not know, and everyone wondered why Yeshua knew so much and was so different. The people in the area knew he was born before his mother was married. The Bible even tells us he was not handsome.
Yeshua As A Young Man
He makes an impresssion.
As Yeshua grew, he first helped Joseph in the family business, carpentry and construction.Â Â Yeshua made furniture and built homes.Â Â He grew in His knowledge and strength, wisdom and stature, even gaining favor with people because of how he lived his life with integrity and no malice.
But when Yeshua turned 30 years old He knew it was time to do what He had come here to do.
Yeshua, the Lamb of God
The Perfect Sacrifice. To pay my debt.
You see, Yeshua was actually God the Son, who had given up His place and spiritual body in Heaven, to come to Earth and take the body of a man.Â
That was the only way a man could be sinless and offer himself to be the One Sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world.Â If that man were God.Â Â For only God could be sinless.Â Â
So that is what God the Son did.Â He chose to come down, become a man, and offer His own body to be sacrificed for us who could never save ourselves.
Yeshua Reveals His Identity
God, Lunatic, or Liar. Only one can be true.
After His baptism, for three years Yeshua traveled around and spoke to people, teaching them the things of God.Â Explaining to them the scriptures and how they should live.Â He did many miracles that revealed His power. People were captivated by Him.
But many of the power-hungry religious leaders did not like what He had to say, any more than they liked what God had to say when he sent the prophets.Â Â Israel still watched and waited for the Messiah, the One who would save them, but they had not understood what God had said about the Messiah having to die. They did not remember what the sacrifices meant. The second part they did remember - they would be saved.Â Â They only wanted a great man who would come in and conquer all their enemies and set up a kingdom.
Some were looking for two separate Messiahs; one who would die, and one who would rule. Yeshua was to be both, but later, when the time was right. Â Â Â
The Promised One Redeems
4000 years after the promise.
And then, just as God had known, even before creation, Yeshua, the Messiah and Son of God, the Promised One, the Redeemer, offered His own life as the Sacrifice of a sinless man to take away the sin of the world.
God fulfilled His promise.
Our sin put us at enmity with God. However, God, because of His good will toward men, offered peace on earth between Himself and mankind.Â Â Â He paid the price we could not pay.
For anyone who believes in Him, repents and turns away from sin, and asks Him to forgive them of their sins, Yeshua forgives and takes away their sin.Â Â Yeshua allowed his body to be beaten and hung on a cross and he died, shedding His blood to redeem us, to buy back from death, all who would follow Him.
Death has no power over God
But that is not the end.Â Â No.Â Â It is only the beginning.Â
Because, if you remember way back at the start of this book, God had already made a whole plan for eternity, and eternity has hardly begun.Â Â
You see, because Yeshua is God, death has no power over Him.Â He rose again from the grave and gives life to all who choose to follow Him!Â Â Â
How to Force Your Way
Yeshua stayed for 40 days, still teaching, and then returned to Heaven to prepare it for us who love Him and follow Him.Â Â He is waiting for us there.Â Â
But the people who knew Jesus when He was still on the earth had a very important job to do now.Â They had to tell everyone they knew about Yeshua and how He paid the price for their sins so that everyone could come to know, love, and serve Him if they choose to.Â Â
God wants every person to come, but He forces no one who does not want to.
God does not send people to Hell. You have to shove aside His broken, bleeding body to get there.
Yeshua Is Not A Religion
So the people who stayed behind and followed Yeshua came to be known as Christians and they started churches. True churches followed the teachings of Yeshua.
There have been false churches as well. Many followers of Yeshua and others have been murdered over thousands of years by false churches and false Christians. Sadly, many evil people have claimed to be followers of Yeshua when they were not.
Yeshua was not a proponent of organized religion. He was talking about a relationship with God, by knowing Him and who He is. He already knows us.
Much evil in this world has been done by those posing as followers of Yeshua and has led to much confusion and pain in the world. Sin still remains in the hearts of mankind; for only a little bit longer.
The Book of the Revelation of Yeshua
The things which would come to pass.
But true followers of Yeshua sought to spread His truth throughout the earth.
Missionaries were sent out to tell people of Yeshua and His sacrifice for them.
One of the men who knew Yeshua was John. While imprisoned for following Yeshua, God showed him a picture of what would happen in the future. We can read about what God showed John in the book of Revelation.
It is one long revelation, not many. In it, we find what will happen in the future. Today, we see the events of our geo-political earth lining up perfectly with what was written down almost 2000 years ago.
We know that one day Yeshua will return and gather all those who who love Him and are still here on the earth to be with Him.Â
He will then rid the earth of all evil and those who love evil, and set up His kingdom that will never end.Â Â
It will all be as it once was.Â Â No sickness or death.Â Â No crying or sadness; only peace with God and love and joy as we live and do things together, loving and serving God and one another in a place of beauty, in the presence of the God who loves us and gave His life for us.
Why say no?
I do hope you have chosen to be there with God.Â Â
You were born with sin in your heart and have broken God's laws.Â Â That means that your sins must be paid for.Â We must be willing to admit that and our need for His sacrifice for us. Only perfection and goodness can remain with God forever and there is no way we can be perfect. We need our debt paid by Him, and without understanding that Yeshua is the only way to salvation and peace with God, freedom is out of our grasp. We can never hope to make it by our own efforts.
Will you pay for them, or will you thankfully accept Yeshua's sacrifice as paying for your sin and begin to live your life pleasing to Him and seeking to know Him?Â Â He gave the needed sacrifice. All we have to do is acknowledge our need for it and follow Him.
He will apply His sacrifice to you as well, and you will be free and given the righteousness of God.Â Â You will live forever with Him as I have chosen to do.Â Â
I want to see you there.
If You Have Read This Far
Thank you for giving me the sweet, sweet chance to at least tell you a very general overview of what the Scriptures tell us of God and His love for us.
There is so, so much to tell beyond this paper-thin outline that it's been a real struggle to not fill the pages endlessly with the incredible knowledge, wisdom and truth given to us. But I hope that somewhere in here your heart was touched by His love. I hope you will begin to seek Him by picking up a Bible that almost every home contains, and begin to seek to know Him.
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Love this guys presentation.
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Leave a comment if you wish and know that God sees you and wants you to know Him.