Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
A student worksheet designed to help teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament in a 50 minute to 2 hour session.
A chronological Bible survey of God's redemptive plan, consisting of two courses: The Roots of Faith–Old Testament and The Roots of Faith–New Testament. Altogether these courses include lessons that feature 100 key Bible events in 25 major Bible eras, from Genesis through Revelation.
In The Roots of Faith, we divide the Bible into 25 major eras, which contain a total of 100 key Bible events. Use the chart below to go through each era and event. Each event has accompanying illustrations that visually tell the story of each key moment.
In its opening statement, the Bible addresses the most basic issue of human existence by declaring that the something or someone who has always existed is God.
In what was probably His first act as a Creator, the God of the Bible created spirit beings that we call "angels."
God also created the universe, including our earth and its heavens, as well as its living organisms—plants and animals of all kinds.
Then God created a man and a woman, Adam and Eve, and commissioned them to rule over His earthly creation.
Adam and Eve lived in the beautiful paradise Garden of Eden with lots of freedom and pleasures and only one rule to obey.
At some earlier time, one of God's most powerful and beautiful angels, led other angels in a failed rebellion against God and became known as Satan, the Devil.
In continued defiance against God, Satan enticed the woman to eat of the forbidden tree and the woman then influenced Adam to do the same thing, in spite of God's clear and loving warning.
Because God is a holy and just judge, Adam and the woman suffered the consequences of their disobedience; they immediately died spiritually and eventually died physically.
God then promised that a special offspring of the woman would someday conquer Satan because of Satan's evil participation in Adam and the woman's disobedience.
But the problems caused by Adam and the woman's sin would affect God's creation in many negative ways for generations to come, including burdensome toil and miserable pain.
After Adam and the woman attempted to cover their guilt and shame with fig leaves, God graciously replaced the leaves with clothing He made from animal skins.
Because Adam and Eve's disobedience caused them to forfeit their privilege to live in the paradise garden where God placed them, He drove them out of it.
Cain and Abel, the first two sons to be born to Adam and Eve, responded to God in very different ways —Abel in faith and Cain in defiance.
Abel's life ended tragically when his brother Cain murdered him, but God gave Adam and Eve a replacement son, Seth, who would become the ancestor of some great godly men.
Throughout the years to follow, the human race grew and became so sinful that God destroyed the earth and its inhabitants with a great flood, except for God-fearing Noah and his family.
Several generations later, the descendants of Noah assembled together to build a stairway tower as a “gateway of the gods,” but the LORD God confused their language and scattered them.
Sometime after the tower of Babel incident, God called Abram to be the father of a great nation through which all families of the earth would receive a special blessing.
The city of Sodom was exceedingly sinful, so the LORD God destroyed it with a rain of fiery sulphur, but He saved Abram's nephew Lot and Lot's daughters from harm.
Abram believed God would provide a son for him, but his wife Sarai could not bear children so she devised her own plan to make that happen through her handmaiden.
God later gave Abram a special son through his wife Sarai, but then tested Abram's faith by telling him to offer Isaac back to Himself.
Isaac's son Jacob was a deceitful man whose life God changed and who became the recipient of the promises God had given to Abraham and Isaac.
God directed events in Israel's family to place his son Joseph as a prominent leader in Egypt for a critical time in the early history of this very important family.
In spite of intense oppression by a new king of Egypt who did not know about Joseph, God blessed the Israelites and they multiplied greatly in Egypt.
God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the land of Canaan, the place God earlier promised to Abraham.
In order to convince Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to release the Israelites from their bondage, God used Moses to afflict Egypt with some dreadful plagues.
God sent a final plague upon Egypt, which resulted in the death of firstborn sons, but God protected those families who appropriately expressed faith in Him.
Then Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt as God parted the waters of the Red Sea, preparing their way toward the promised land of Canaan.
In the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan,the holy LORD God made a covenant with Israel and gave them a set of laws which express His hatred for what we know as "sin."
Not long after God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave His laws to them, they rebelled against Him and created a golden image to worship.
Moses built a portable place for worship, a “tabernacle,” so that God could dwell with them during their wilderness journey.
God established a process that made it possible for Israelites to have their sins forgiven near the entrance of the tabernacle.
The LORD appointed an annual holy day when the contamination caused by the sins of the people would be cleansed from the tabernacle and the sins of God's people would be removed from them.
From Mt. Sinai the LORD led the Israelites to the border of the land He had promised them, but they chose to not believe that He could give them the land.
On their way toward Canaan, the Israelites rebelled against God and were punished with deadly serpent bites, but God graciously provided a remedy for their afflictions.
The LORD God's final assignment for Moses was to teach God's law to this new generation of Israelites, in order to prepare them to enter the pagan land of Canaan.
After the death of Moses, Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the promised land of Canaan, which they conquered with the help of the LORD their God.
After Joshua died, the Israelites were ruled by various tribal rulers known as “judges” and the lack of good central leadership contributed to moral and political chaos.
Samuel, the final judge of Israel, was faithful to the LORD God, as were Boaz and Ruth, the Moabite woman whom Boaz married.
In spite of the fact that God was their King and Samuel was one of Israel's best leaders, the Israelites asked for a king and in response God gave them Saul.
After several years of protecting himself from Saul, David emerged as a great king of Israel and the LORD promised to establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
David, the great soldier and king, was also a musician who wrote many psalms (songs), several of which prophesied that the LORD would send a Messiah who would suffer and reign.
Solomon succeeded his father David as king and ruled over Israel at the height of its wealth and power, during which time he built the temple for the LORD that David had wanted.
Because Solomon worshiped false gods late in his life, God took ten of the tribes of Israel from Solomon's son Rehoboam and gave them to a man named Jeroboam.
In an era of extreme spiritual darkness in the northern kingdom of Israel, the LORD God raised up Elijah and Elisha, two prophets who denounced the idolatrous false religion of their times.
As Israel and Judah continued to deteriorate, the LORD raised up other prophets who foretold in writing the demise of those kingdoms, as well as the coming of the Messiah.
The kingdoms of Israel and Judah both continued to deteriorate spiritually and the LORD God punished them with exile in Assyria and Babylonia.
The prophet Jeremiah was not taken to Babylon in the exile but was left behind to continue his ministry, during which time he wrote about the coming Messiah and a New Covenant.
Daniel and Ezekiel were taken as exiles to Babylon, but from there they faithfully proclaimed God's messages, including predictions of the coming Messiah.
Seventy years after Daniel and other choice captives were taken to Babylon, the Persian king who had recently conquered Babylonia released the Jews to go home to rebuild their temple.
Ezra, a priest, and Nehemiah, the king of Persia's cupbearer, returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken and burned city walls and to lead a spiritual revival among the people.
In the 400 years or so between the Old and New Testament eras, some major political, social, and religious developments occurred that influenced life in the New Testament era.
At God's appointed time, He sent His Son to Earth, born of a virgin named Mary, as the special King and Savior He had promised for centuries.
The genealogical records of Jesus connect Him to several prominent Old Testament people, including Abraham and King David, which made Jesus eligible to be the Savior and King that God had promised.
Some early events in the life of Jesus, as a baby and as a young boy, marked Him as a special person who would later bring hope and peace to multitudes of people.
After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was personally tempted by Satan, but He resisted Satan's temptations with statements from God's Word in the Old Testament.
After Jesus resisted Satan's temptations, John the Baptist boldly announced that Jesus was the special King and Savior, God's Lamb, who would take away the sin of the world.
From among His committed followers, Jesus chose a special group of disciples that were often referred to as “apostles” or simply, "the Twelve."
On one occasion, Jesus told Nicodemus, a prominent religious leader, that he needed to experience a spiritual birth in order to enter God's kingdom.
On another occasion, Jesus explained to a woman from Samaria how God could permanently satisfy her spiritual thirst.
During the second year of His ministry, the crowds that were attracted to Jesus grew increasingly large, especially as He moved about the region around the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus even amazed His closest disciples by calming the Sea of Galilee, when its raging, stormy waters threatened to overwhelm their boat.
On the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus cast many evil spirits out of a severely afflicted man and his life was dramatically transformed in many ways.
Several times when Jesus declared that He was the Son of God and was one with His Father, some people were greatly offended and attempted to kill Him.
In an unprecedented act, Jesus healed a man who was born blind, which shocked the man's parents and neighbors, offended the religious leaders, and resulted in the man's sincere faith response.
Jesus used many parables in His teaching, but one of the most famous was about a wayward son whom his father forgave and a selfish brother who didn't understand.
As He moved among the people, Jesus often lovingly but sternly warned them of the reality of eternal punishment in Hell and the urgent need to escape it.
Jesus demonstrated His power over nature, demons, and physical infirmities, but perhaps His greatest miracle was bringing a dead man, who had been in the grave for four days, back to life.
On Sunday of His final week of ministry on earth, Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a triumphant king surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd, but then announced His impending death.
Two days following His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus gave a prophetic discourse to His disciples in which He told of future events that would shock the world.
The last supper that Jesus shared with His disciples was a Passover meal, at which time He explained the significance of His death and instructed them about His future care for them.
When one of Jesus' twelve disciples (Judas Iscariot) betrayed Him, Jesus did not resist arrest but willingly submitted Himself to the Jewish religious leaders and Gentile Roman soldiers who seized Him.
Although Jesus was never proven guilty of any wrongdoing in any religious or civil court, He was unjustly flogged and condemned to die by Roman crucifixion.
Jesus was taken to a place outside of Jerusalem called Golgotha, where He was nailed to a cross and suffered great physical pain and humiliation.
Just before Jesus died on the cross, one guilty man who was being crucified beside Him placed his faith in Jesus and was granted the gift of life in a paradise beyond the grave.
On the third day after Jesus died and was buried, God raised Him physically from the dead to demonstrate God's power over sin, death, and Hell.
After Jesus' resurrection His disciples developed a strong conviction that God had raised Him bodily from the grave and that He truly was the Son of God, the promised Savior.
When Jesus met with His disciples after His resurrection, He commanded them to go into all the world and make disciples from all the nations of the world.
After forty days of preparing His disciples for their future roles, Jesus repeated His Great Commission to them and then ascended to heaven to begin His ministry as our heavenly High Priest.
Soon after Jesus ascended to Heaven, His disciples began to proclaim the good news about who Jesus was, what He did, and why people should trust in Him as their Savior.
Those who trusted in and followed Jesus assembled regularly to worship God, pray, study His Word, and fellowship together, with a passionate zeal to proclaim the good news to others.
Persecution against the Jerusalem church caused Philip to go to Samaria where he proclaimed the gospel, but then was led by the Lord to Gaza to lead an Ethiopian official to faith in Christ.
God radically changed the life of Saul of Tarsus, a man who zealously persecuted early Christ-followers, and then God commissioned him to become a prominent leader in the early church.
In a vision God taught Peter the way to peace with God through Jesus is open to all people, regardless of their ethnic and religious heritage, and then He demonstrated that truth by saving Cornelius, a Roman military officer.
The gospel spread from Jerusalem to Antioch, a major cosmopolitan city in the Roman empire, and a blended Jewish-Gentile church was founded that sent missionaries abroad.
Commissioned by the church in Syrian Antioch, Paul and Barnabas carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to Cyprus and regions of Galatia, now part of the country of Turkey.
In response to false teachers who came to Antioch, Paul and Barnabas travelled to Jerusalem to confirm the truth that Gentiles do not have to keep the Law of Moses to have their sins forgiven.
Paul chose new missionary companions and set out to revisit the churches established on the first missionary journey and after that extended his trip into Greece.
After a brief visit with the Syrian Antioch church, Paul made a third journey, on which he spent a significant amount of time ministering in the very pagan city of Ephesus.
At the end of his third missionary journey, Paul was arrested for his faith in Jesus and appeared before several Roman judges, where he boldly shared his personal faith story.
During the final four decades of the first century, many Christians suffered persecution and martyrdom and false teachers began to corrupt the teachings of Jesus and His apostles.
For more than 1900 years, since the death of John, the last living apostle, God has preserved His Church through much hardship and adversity and has caused it to spread all around the world.
Based upon the promise of Jesus and the teachings of the apostles, those of us who trust in Jesus expect Him to return at any time to take us to heaven to live with Him.
Sometime after Jesus returns for believers and before He returns as King, He will evaluate the lives of those who have trusted and served Him and will reward them for faithful service.
God's judgment upon the Jewish people, which began in the time of Daniel and Ezekiel, will not be completed until a future period of seven years of tribulation.
Shortly after His return for believers, Jesus will come back with those He took to Heaven and will deliver His redeemed people from their time of great tribulation.
Following His return with power and glory, Jesus will fulfill the Old Testament promises to Israel of a Davidic king and worldwide kingdom by reigning over the earth for 1000 years.
At the close of the earthly reign of Jesus Christ, after a brief final rebellion against God, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire where he will be punished with everlasting conscious torment.
At the end of time as we now know it, unbelievers will stand before God to be sentenced to eternal punishment for their sins and their refusal to receive God's provision for sin.
At or near the time of the great white throne judgment of unbelievers, God will destroy the current sin-contaminated earth and its heavens with a roaring fire and intense heat.
But God's story ends with wonderful news—everyone who has trusted Jesus as his or her Savior will enter a beautiful, sin-free paradise and live there eternally with God.
One hundred beautifully visualized Bible events (50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation. Plus, the Chronological Bridge to Life evangelistic presentation - eight key theological truths presented as they chronologically emerge out of the Bible's story of hope.
Also includes two sorting quizzes:
One to help you memorize the eight ChronoBible concepts—God, man, sin, death, Christ, cross, faith, life. Another to help you memorize the twenty five major Bible eras around which The Roots of Faith courses are organized.
Additional features: A (4:34 minutes) video that overviews The Roots of Faith Bible courses and curriculum, information on training and resources for evangelism and discipleship available through Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship, and information concerning twenty and forty event versions of this app—The Story of Hope Condensed and The Story of Hope.
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