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Introducing the Bible!
 
 
The Holy Bible is without any doubt the greatest book of all times, it is the “Book of Life”. This book is one book which is composed of a total of sixty six other books. The Bible begins with the book of Genesis which can be classified as the vestibule; this is where the creations of God will make way for the five books of Moses to establish the law of God and to paint a picture gallery for the historical books. This is where we will find the battlefields, representations of heroic deeds, and portraits of eminent men belonging to the early days of the world’s history.
 Following the picture gallery of the Bible we will find the book of Job which is composed that Job’s trials may encourage us to continue to trust in God that we will prevail in the end. The book of Job is followed by the book of Psalms, which may well be classified as the harmony section of the book of life. This is where we will be able to find the true comfort in our Hymns to God. Now we move into the business office of the Bible, the book of Proverbs, which will teach us God’s instructions that we may live right in God’s site here on earth. This book is designed to give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The motto of the book of Proverbs is “Righteousness exalteth a nation”. This book is the center point of the Holy Bible.
 At this point we are ready to move into the books of Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, where we will find the Lilly in the valley, and the Rose of Sharon, all manner of perfume, fruits, flowers and singing birds. The next move beyond these books brings us to the books of the prophets where we are about to prepare for “The Bright Morning Star”, that was soon to arise.
 Once we move from the Old Testament, we will find ourselves entering into the Gospel, that we may encounter the testimonies of the King’s life here on this earth, our Lord Jesus Christ. The first four books of the New Testament are the gospels of the Bible. Next we will enter in to the working room of the Holy Spirit with the book of Acts, or the Acts of the Apostles. Once we are beyond this point we will now bear witness to the work of those great Apostles and disciples of the Bible. This is the work of Paul, Peter, James, and John, and Jude, busy in their offices.
We will move from this point to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelations where we will view the visions of what is to come. There was an argument in deciding if the book of Enoch should be in the place of the book of Revelations, therefore we do have much to study and to learn which all will stem from the Word of God, The Holy Bible!
 
Genesis
 The book of Genesis is without a doubt the greatest book ever to be written in the Bible. Genesis is the foundation to all human learning. This book is divided into two sections, from chapters 1-11, Genesis will focus on the universe, nations, and a great mass of people. This section of Genesis covers about 20% of the book, but yet in this section the book covers 80% of the time spand of the book. The second portion of genesis is covered in chapters 12-50, which makes up 80% of the book and yet only covers 400 years of the time which is the other 20% of the time spand in the book of Genesis. The second section of this book targets one man, Abraham, and his descendants.
 Some important things that happens in the first section of Genesis are, the first human to be created (Adam), the first man to be born (Cain), the first man to die (Abel), and the first man not to die (Enoch). The book of Genesis is where we will find the oldest citizen to ever live (Methuselah), who lived 969 years, The worlds first preacher, Enoch, the first prophecy of Jesus on the cross at the judgment of Satan after the fall of man. History first recorded revival is found in chapter 35 of Genesis. 
 
 
 
1.      T     F   The LORD reassured Abraham concerning His promise of a son. The LORD then rebuked Sarah for laughing at His promise. True. In Genesis 17:21 “But my covenant will I establish with Isaac , which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year”. Here we see that God has already appointed the time for Isaac to be born and has preordained Isaac as well. It is interesting that in verse 17, Abraham would fall upon his face and laugh as if God knew not of his age. Genesis 18: 10, “ and he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door which was behind him.” Here through angels, God spoke to Abraham concerning the birth of Isaac and this time Abraham is not reported to laugh but his wife is reported to be the one to laugh in verse 12.  In Luke chapter 1 we will see that Zechariah was told by the angel of God, named Gabriel of the birth of John, and in verse 18 Zechariah would speak of  he and his wife’s age just as Abraham and Sarah had done.
2.      T     F   Isaac was to be the first and last ‘miracle child. ‘False, Isaac was the first but yet the last would be the birth of Jesus, Luke 2: 7. Isaac like Jesus was given a name before he was born, Genesis 17: 19, 21. Isaac was the second of at least six individuals to be named by God prior to their birth. Others were, Ishmael; Genesis (16:11), Josiah (1 Kings 13:2), Cyrus (Isa. 44: 28; 45:1), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:13).
3.      Abraham interceded for: C; Sodom. Genesis 18: 22-23, “And the men turned their faces down from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew near and said, Wilth thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked”? Here Abraham had began to reason with the lord that those who were not wicked in Sodom may be saved.
a.     Hebron           b.     Sodom            c.     Shechem        d.     Zoar
4.      T     F  Abraham did not recognize the identity of the two heavenly guests. False , Genesis 18: 27, “And Abraham answer and said. Behold now I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes”.  Here the text proves that Abraham knew he was speaking to the angels of the Lord and in addition that Abraham would be able to identify angels see Genesis 18:1, for this is where angels had previously visited Abraham. However it was Lot who knew not that the two men were angels of God, Genesis 19: 1-3.
5.      What was the nature of the blasphemy of the Sodomites? Homosexuality, Genesis 19: 5, “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us that we may know them”. It is clear that the word “Know” in this text means to have sex with see Genesis 4: 17,  25.  Genesis 19: 8, “Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man ; Let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing ; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof”. Here Lot has offered his two daughters to the men that they will be able to even have sex with them instead of the two men.
6.      What are the names of the sons born to Lot’s daughters? Moab and Ben-ammi, see Genesis 19: 30-38. Genesis 19: 37-38, “And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon”.
7.      What is significant about these two individuals? Moab is the father of the Moabites, and Ben-ammi is the father of the children of Ammon.
8.      The birth of Isaac to Sarah (21:1-21) marks the first of at least 10 biblical births in which God Himself intervened. Genesis 25: 21-26, the birth of Jacob and Esau was the birth of two nations which had fought each other in the womb of their mother. These two twins were born with the younger holding on to the feet of the older. Genesis 29: 31 “And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren”. This is verification that Leah’s birth to Reuben was an act of God to pour his grace upon Leah. Genesis 30: 17, 18 “And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived and bears Jacob the fifth son, And Leah said God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar”.  Leah would have seemed to be the type of woman whom completely desired to be pleasing to her husband Jacob, that she would go to the limit of even allowing another woman to bear children with Jacob. These types of women are not so much found in today’s world and I can imagine that God knew her heart and therefore her blessing from God to be able to please Jacob was given in Abundance. Genesis 30: 22, “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb”. In verse 31 of chapter 29 we see that Rachel was barren and could not have kids. But here God had mercy upon her being that she was Jacobs’s first love and second wife. Leah had been given to Jacob after seven years of service to her father but Jacob would serve another seven years that Rachael would be his wife for she was his first love. God’s blessing to Rachael must have surely been done due to the love that Jacob had for her. Ruth 4:13, “So Boaz took Ruth and she was his wife: and when he went into her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bares a son”. This was the conception of Obed. 1 Samuel 1:19, “And they rose up in the morning early and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her”. This was the conception of Samuel.  Judges 13: 1-3, “And the children of Israel did evil again in the site of the lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines forty years. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Dainties, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman and said unto her, Behold now thou are barren, and barest not: but thou shall conceive and bear a son”. These are the parents of Samson. Other  births where God intervened  are noted in 2 Kings 4: 14-17, which is the birth of a son to the shunamite woman, Luke 1: 57, which is of the birth of John the Baptist, and Luke 2:27, The birth of Jesus.
a.      3        b.     7             c.    11           d.     40
9.      When Isaac was born Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old.
10.  The Apostle Paul used the event between Hagar and Sarah in a spiritual allegory when he wrote: D; Galatians 4: 22-31
      a.     1 Corinthians          b.     Colossians      c.     Philemon        d.     Galatians
11.  What pagan leader rebuked Isaac but also realized that God’s hand was upon him and sought to sign a peace agreement with him? Abimelech, see Genesis 26: 26-33.
12.  What event concerning Esau grieved both his parents?
Isaac and Rebekah were grieved when Esau married two pagan Hittite women. See Genesis 26: 34-35.
13.  True      False Abraham pronounced no blessing on his son Esau. True, Isaac was the one to pronounce a modified blessing upon Esau, Genesis 27: 37-40. Isaac blessed Esau that he would live by the sword, and though his life would be no life of ease and luxury after a period of time of serving his brother that he would shake away from serving Jacob. Esau was Isaac’s son.
14. True      False Isaac was a towering figure in the Abrahamic narratives. False, after blessing his sons when Isaac had felt that his time in life was shortened, Isaac drops out of the biblical picture for 43 years. He was not a man to dream dreams and conquered continents. Isaac has been described as the mediocre son of a great father (Abraham) and the mediocre father of a great son (Jacob). Isaac’s strong and weak points would include; his willingness to be sacrificed (Genesis 22: 7-10), his willingness to allow the bride to be picked for him (Genesis 24), Isaac had little control over Rebekah, who felt free to deceive him at will (Genesis 27: 5-13), He had little control over Jacob who rather be order by his mother than his father (Genesis 27:13), and Isaac was nevertheless at times a man of faith (Genesis 28: 1-4, 22:7-10; Heb 11:20).
15. Lives of Isaac & Jacob: Part 1         Gen. 23-28  (pp. 64-78)
 
 
16.  God reaffirmed the Abrahamic Covenant to Jacob as He had done for Isaac. What three features of the covenant were reiterated?
The threefold features of the Abrahamic covenant were; that God would bless his seed
And there would be a great nation established from his seed. The second was that God
Would give the land of Canaan to Jacob’s descendants this was a blessing of the land.
The third was that someday the Messiah would come and bless all nations (Genesis 28: 13
-15). This to me of a good reason that one would begin to study for the offspring’s that
Jesus would be traced to the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
17.  What three factors prompted Jacob to separate from Laban.
After working for Laban 20 years Jacob was persuaded to leave because there was a growing hostility between Jacob, Laban, and Laban’ sons, and a revelation from God was given to Jacob to return to Canaan, and the wives of Jacob encouraged him to leave Laban and return to Canaan (Genesis 31: 14-42). However it was noted that Laban had made an agreement with Jacob concerning the wages which Jacob was to receive and that Laban had broken this agreement and changed Joseph’s wages 10 times in 20 years, (Genesis 31:43-55).
18.  What did Jacob mean by the words God’s hostJacob was speaking of God’s angels which form an army. These are God’s warriors (Genesis 28:12, 32:1-2). Other scriptures which may be used to show these armies of angels in action are; Josh 5:14, here Joshua was visited by the captain of this host, in 2 Kings 6: 13-17, Elisha and his young servants were reassured by this mighty army of host, in Matthew 26: 52-53, Jesus told Peter that he could call on his divine army to save him from the cross, where he stated that he could easily call down 12 legions of Angels. Also David wrote in Psalm 34: 7 “The angel of the Lord emcampeth round about them that fear him and delivered them.”
19.  What did God accomplish in Jacob at Peniel? This is where Jacob wrestled with God and Jacob refused to let go of God until God blessed him. This is where God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means “he who struggles with God”. God touch Jacobs’s hip and caused Jacob to limp for the rest of his life, and afterwards Jacob called this place Peniel which means “the face of God”. It is here at Peniel that God claimed Jacob’s life, provided his consecration and sanctification, and gave Jacob that peace of God. Jacob now not only had life but he had abundant life.
20.  Jacob’s reunion with his brother Esau … A, Friendly, Genesis 33: 1-16, Esau wanted Jacob to accompany him to the land of Seir. This was not what Jacob planned to do but instead of telling Esau that he would not go, Jacob hid behind his children, Genesis 33:13 “My Lord knoweth the children are tender, and the flock and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die”.
a.      Was friendly             b.    was bitter               c.    Never happened
21.  What is the meaning of El-BethelThe God of the house of God.(Genesis 35:1-15)
22.  What was the gross sin of Simeon and Levi (34:3-31)?  They tricked the Hivites into circumcising themselves as a condition for any future marriages between them and the Israelites. On the third day when the Hivites were swollen and unable to fight, Simeon and Levi slaughtered them like wild animals. (Genesis 34: 3-31)What was the gross sin of Reuben (35:20-22)? Rueben slept with Bilhah, one of his father’s Jacob’s wives. Therefore the sin was adultery. 
23.  What were the gross sins of Judah (34:3-31)? Their gross sins were immorality and hypocrisy.(Genesis 38: 6-30).
24.  What was the occasion of Rebekah’s death? Rebekah died giving birth to Benjamin. (Genesis 35: 17-19).
25.  What was Jacob’s final act concerning his sons before his death? Reuben was rebuked for his unruliness and immorality, and was demoted from the position of being Jacob’s first born, (Genesis 49: 3-4). Simeon and Levi they were also rebuked for their uncontrolled anger and cruelty, (49:5-7). Judah would be praised by his brother, he would destroy his enemies as a lion would, and from his tribe, the Messiah would someday come, (49:10). Zebulun‘s people would dwell on the shores of the sea and offer harbors for ships, (49: 13). Issachar, his people would lovingly and diligently till the ground, (49: 14-15). Dan, his tribe would be known for its treachery, (49: 16- 18). Gad, he would be attacked by a band of raiders, he would counter attack them at their heels, (49: 19). Asher, his people would produce rich foods fit for kings, (49: 20). Naphtali, his tribe would be as deer let loose producing lovely farms, (49: 21). Joseph, He was like the fruitful tree beside a fountain whose branches shade the wall, extending over it, (49: 22-26).
 
 
 
 
 
1.   Why did Jacob love Joseph more than his other children? He was the son of Rachael his second wife but first love, and that he had been born to Jacob in his old age, and he was also Rachael’s first born.
 
 
 
 
·        2.   True      False   Potiphar was one of Pharaoh’s military officials. True,Genesis 39:1 NIV
[Joseph and Potiphar's Wife] Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelite who had taken him there.
 
 
3.   How long a time had passed before Joseph became head vizier of Egypt? Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold to Egypt, and was 30 years old at the time he was given command ship of 2nd in charge. Therefore the answer is 13 years.
4.   True      False   The dreams Joseph had earlier in his life never came to pass. False,Joseph had dreamed as a child that he would be greater than his brothers, and that they all even his father would bow to him. Genesis 37: 5, “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it  his brethren: and they hated him even the more. (7) For behold we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arouse, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. (9) and he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren and said, behold I have dreamed a dream more; and behold the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. (10) And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him and, and said unto him, what is this dream that thou has dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth”?  Genesis 42: 6,  “And Joseph was governed over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph brethren came, and bowed down them selves before him with their faces to the earth”. Genesis 46: 29, “And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, the Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while”.
5.   Joseph and his father were finally reunited after 15 years.
6.   True      False   Even though Joseph was the eleventh-born son, Jacob gives him the blessing of the first-born son. True,(1 Chron. 5: 1-2), “Now the sons of Reuben the first born of Israel, (for he was the first-born; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthrights was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler, but the birthright was Joseph’s)”.
7.   Apart from the plagues of Egypt, how many supernatural acts are found in Exodus? No  less than 18.
8.   What new name for Jehovah is revealed in the book of Exodus? Jehovah-nissi
9.   The events in the book of Exodus cover some 431 years.
 
 
10.  What is the grand theme of the book of Leviticus? Holiness
11.  What is the most important number in the book of Leviticus?  Seven
12.  In Exodus Christ is the Deliverer but in Leviticus Christ is the; In Exodus Christ is the Savior but in Leviticus he is the sanctifier
13.  What are two symbols for sin revealed in the books of Exodus and Leviticus? Leprosy and Leaven.
14.  How many total feasts are listed in this book? 9. The first three celebrated God’s work in creation, while the final six spoke of his work in redemption. (Lev. 23 and 25).
These feasts spoke of …
15. Calvary
16. The resurrection
17. Pentecost
18. The second coming
19. The great tribulation
20. The glorious millennium
21.  The events of Leviticus cover one month in time.
22.  Numbers is the strange story of a lost generation.
23.  The events in Numbers cover some 39 years
24.  True      False   Deuteronomy was one of the first books of the Bible to be attacked under the guise of higher criticism at the end of the nineteenth century. True
25. A major theme of Deuteronomy is the importance attached to the word of God.
 What are the four key prophecies listed in Deuteronomy?
26.    The victorious entrance of Israel under Joshua into Canaan (7:2; 9: 1-3; 31: 3,5)
27.     The sin of Israel while in the land (31:16-18, 20, 29)
28       The exile from the land (4:26-28; 7:4; 8:19, 20; 28: 36, 41, 49, 50,53, 64)
  29.      The return of Israel back to the land (4:29; 30: 1-3, 10)
 
 
 
1.      In the course of the Egyptian plagues, Pharaoh brought 4 compromises to weaken Moses and his mission. (Exodus 8: 8) “Then pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord”. (8: 15), “But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite (relief), he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said”. (8: 28), “And Pharaoh said I will let you go that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away entreat for me”. (8:32), “And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also neither would he let the people go”. (9: 27), “And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked”. (9:28), “Entreat the Lord for it is enough that there be no more mighty thundering and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer”. (9: 34), “And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sin yet more, and harden his heart, he and his servants”. (10: 16), “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you”. (10: 17), “Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sins only this once and entreat the Lord your God, that he may take away from me this death only”. (10: 27), “But the Lord harden Pharaohs heart, and he would not let them go”. Above are promises made by Pharaoh at the time of the  plagues which may better the understanding of the four compromises listed below:
(Exod. 8: 25-26), this is where Pharaoh says “worship your God here in Egypt”. So many times people want their cake and eat it to, and desire to please themselves by pretending to worship God. Pharaoh could have cared less if the people really worshiped God, he did not want to lose his slaves and therefore if it meant allowing for them to worship another God then he would allow it. This would also prove Pharaoh’s god to be and idol God.
(Exod. 8: 28-29), Here Pharaoh says “Go but don’t go far”. This would prove that Pharaoh’s plans would have been to keep the slaves within his reach. So many times we will try to put things or others away because we know that it is wrong for us and has been proven to be so, but yet we will keep it within reach. Many people will divorce and marry another but will yet still cheat with their ex.
(Exod. 10: 10-11), Here Pharaoh says “ Go but leave your children behind” This is a good explanation of how people will attempt to put away old sins only to regenerate new sins without being mindful that all sin is sin. This is merely how people will try to remove just enough to say that they have done well instead of removing every weight of sin. See (Heb 12:1).
(Exod. 10:24), here Pharaoh says “Go but leave your flocks and herds behind.” People will sometimes not care about you having the needs for yourself and will be willing to take your food and money, and be glad that you have left your belongings and glad that you are gone at the same time.  
2.      What was God’s final warning to Pharaoh?  In Exod. 11: 1-10, Pharaoh was warned by Moses that God would slay the oldest son in every Egyptian home along with the first born of all the animals.
 
 
 
 
3.      The Passover lamb was a beautiful type of foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. See (John 1: 29; 1 Cor. 5: 6, 7; 1 Pet. 1: 18-19).
4.      T     F.   The death of the Passover lamb did not save anyone until the shed blood was applied. True, the crucifixion of Jesus did not save all but was that all could be saved.
5.      After the tenth plague, who all left Egypt? 600, 00 men, their families and a mixed multitude.
 
 
6.      T    F   God’s original plan called for an entire nation of priests, not just one tribe (Levi).True
7.      What is the distance from Rameses to Mt. Sinai? Approximately 150 miles.
8.      Name two New Testament appearances of the Shekinah Glory. (Luke 2: 9-11) at the birth of Christ, and (Matt 17: 5) at the transfiguration on the mount.
 
 
9.      What Scripture passage records the song of victory after the Red sea miracle?  Exod. 15:1
10.  Israel’s first “pit-stop” after crossing the Red Sea was at Marah (Exod. 15:23)
11.  What was Israel’s problem here? The water was undrinkable.
 
 
 
 
12.  What was Israel’s next stop? Elm (Exod. 15: 27).
13.  Why did God feed His people manna? Because of their complaining for a lack of food even though there were sheep and herd amongst them, (Exod. 12:38; 17: 3), and food had been also brought to them by the Hebrews as well as water by the Edomites, (Deut 2: 6-7). People will have the things that they need but will still complain because of the things which they may desire and the method of which they would have it.
 
 
 
 
14.  Who celebrated the first Sabbath and for how long? For the first 2500 years of human history only God observed the Sabbath, (Gen 2:2). The first mention of the Sabbath in Exodus is in 16:23. The Sabbath was then given to Israel (Exod. 31: 13, 17), who previously knew nothing about it.
15.  T     F    There was many Sabbaths given to Israel. True the Sabbath is not a Hebrew word for “seven” but means “rest or cessation.”
16.  What basically was the cause of Israel’s 70-year Babylonian captivity? There were several Sabbaths which Israel were given, these Sabbaths are found in; (Exodus 20: 8-12, Lev 23: 24-25, Lev 16: 29- 30, Lev 23: 34, Lev 25: 1-4, Lev 25: 8). However it is also noted that the 70 year Babylonian captivity was primarily due to Israel’s disobedience to observe these rest years which was noted in (Lev 25: 8), as being a 50 year Sabbath. In approximately 500 years they had accumulated until Israel owed the promise land 70 years of rest. See (Lev 26:27-35; 2 Chron. 36:21; Jer. 25:11).
 
 
 
 
17.  What took place at Rephidim? Here Moses struck a rock with his rod, producing from it a supernatural stream of water for the thirsty crowd. On this one of two occasions Moses was obeying God. See (Exodus 17: 1- 16).
 
 
 
 
 
 
18.  How many times during the Exodus trek did God bring water from a rock? There were two occasions; (Exod. 17: 1-16) and some 40 years later northeast of Kadesh where Moses disobeyed God; (Num. 20: 7-13).
19.  What cowardly group attacked the people of God during their sojourn? The Amalekites, which were the descendants of Esau (Gen. 36:12).  (Exod. 17: 1-16)
20.  When did Israel arrive at Mt. Sinai? On June 15, 1445 B.C. (Exod. 18-40; Lev. 1-27; Num. 1:1-10:10).
21.  How long would they stay? Eleven months and 5 days.
22.  What was Israel’s constitution? The 10 commandments.
23.  How many of the Ten Commandments are ‘negative?’ None are negative but nine are external with the tenth commandment alone being an internal commandment and known as the hardest command for man to keep.
24.  What functions did the three areas of the law perform? The moral code gave the ten commandments, (Exod. 20: 1-17), The social code were community laws which governed the people, (Exod. 21-23; Lev. 11-15, 18-20, 25-27), and the Spiritual code were laws dealing with Israel’s worship life such as the feast and the sacrifices (Exod. 24-31, 34-40; Lev. 1-10, 16, 17, 21-24).
 
 
25.  Describe the confirmation of the constitution. The confirmation of the constitution was when Moses descended from Mount Sinai and read these laws to Israel, Moses then confirmed God’s covenant with his people by building an altar with 12 pillars and sacrificing upon it (Exod. 24: 3-8).
 
 
 
 
 
1.      What was the terrible crisis that occurred at the foot of the mountain? (Ex. 32:1-8) Describe the event and your thoughts about this event. Due to the length of time Moses had spent on the Mount away from the site of the people, the people begin to lose faith that Moses would return. Therefore the people decided to take matters of their own care into their own hands. The people built a golden calf to worship it which was a violation of the vertical law of the ten commandments which clearly states; “Thou shalt have no other gods before me, thou shalt not make unto me any graven image, thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, and remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy”.  Israel had chosen to create their own god and to which could only have led to their taken God’s name in vain, meaning that they had begin to lose respect for God and had no reverence any longer of his name. Many people have times in their life when it would seem to them that God has left them for good. We must remember that he will never forsake us that believe on the Son. Once one begins to disbelieve that God is with them then the enemy will be allowed to have his way with such a person. It is important that we remain in patience at all times in full faith that God is there with us. In the above description of the actions of Israel, I find that idolatry had been conducted.
2.      Why did only the tribe of Levi qualify for the priesthood when it was God’s intention for a nation of priests? Due to the sin of idolatry done with the golden calf by Israel, Moses stood and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me.  And all the sons of Levites gathered themselves together unto him”, (Exodus 32: 26).  God chose the Levites to be his chosen ones (Num. 8: 16).
3.      What were the two reasons for Moses’ veil? So that the people would not become terrified concerning the glory shining from his face, and that the people would not become discouraged at the rapid fading of this glory.
4.      Who did God choose as the general contractor for the tabernacle building project? Bezalel, grandson of Hur, from the tribe of Judah (Exod. 35: 30-31).
5.      The first piece of furniture encountered when entering the tabernacle court is the; C, the bronze altar.
a.      Golden lamp stand                     b.         bronze laver                  c.         bronze altar
6.      True     False   the golden lamp stand was located in the holy place. True (Exod. 25:31-40; 37:17-24). It rested on the south side of the first room (also called the holy place).
7.      True     False The altar of incense symbolizes service; false, it symbolized prayer (Exod. 30:1-10; 37: 25-28).
8.      What was the most important piece of furniture in the tabernacle? The Ark of the Covenant (Exod. 25:10-22; 37:1-9).
9.      How many special feasts and rest times were in Israel’s calendar? nine
10.  True     False; the priests were to be given choice real estate once in the Promised Land. False, The Priest tribe was to have no land inheritance in Canaan. Instead, they were to receive tithes from all other tribes (Num. 18:30-31).
11.  Who paid for the tabernacle construction and furnishings? All the congregation of the children of Israel, the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers who were the princes of the tribes and were over them that were numbered (Exod. 35:4-29; Num. 7:1-89).
12.  True     False God acknowledged even the smallest donation. True (Num 7).
 
1.     Why did God kill Aaron’s two sons Nadab and Abihu? These brothers were killed for offering pagan fire before the Lord, perhaps while they were drunk (Lev. 10: 9).
2.     How many stops between Mt. Sinai and Kadesh did Moses and the people make? The distance between Mount Sinai and Kadesh is less than 200 miles. InNum. 33: 16-36Moses list some 20 stops from these two places.
3.     What was Moses’ response to the peoples’ defiance? Num. 11: 10-30, Moses complained to God, stating that his burden in leading such a rebellious group was too heavy for him to bear. Moses response was to pray to God. Moses concluded that God has simply given him a very heavy burden in leading Israel and demanded for additional help. The despair becomes so severe that Moses demands from God either deliverance or death (see v.15). This is why God appointed 70 Israelite leaders to aid Moses.
4.     Who were the trouble-makers concerning the ‘food shortage?’ The children of Israel along with the lusting of the mixed multitude (Num. 11: 4-6). Though God had provided bread called manna, the children were not content with the provisions of God. Even so today people will find it hard to be completely satisfied with Jesus going to the cross to pay for sin, and will continue to search out what is sin to them. The complaining for food of the children of Israel was stirred up by the mixed multitude, the ones to be labeled as the unsaved Egyptians. It is so true today that one bad apple will spoil the entire bag of apples.
5.     What did Miriam and Aaron accuse Moses of after the quail episode? Num 11: 33, God smote the people with a great plague while they were eating the quails which were brought from the sea. The plague was the punishment from the Lord due to the lust of the children and their not being content with the manna. Num12: 1-6, Moses was criticized by both Miriam and Aron on two counts. The domestic count was that they spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married (Num. 12:1). They could have been referring to Zipporah, but it is possible that she had died and that this Cushite wife was his second wife. It is difficult to distinguish in the text if the criticism was because she was a Gentile or because of her color (if indeed she was of a different color). This marriage was not contrary to the law, which forbade marriage only to the Canaanites (see Gen. 24: 37). On the Political and religious count, “And they said, hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it”. (Num. 12: 2). These types of accusation are still present in today’s church with people saying that a preacher is not a preacher for doing things that he has preached for the congregation not to do. Also in many cases the Deacons and elders will assume that God has spoken to them without a Pastor, and that he has spoken against the Pastor because of their position as an elder or deacon, and will even attempt to over throw the Pastor.  It is also true that in most cases these are the members closest to us by the blood line that will do most of the criticizing against us (see Mark. 6: 4-5).  
6.     What happened to Miriam as a result of her criticial spirit towards her brother Moses?  Miriam was struck with Leprosy for her criticism, which is a disease of the skin. She was apparently the ring leader. Though Miriam was the leader of the criticism against Moses, it was Moses who prays for her by the request of Aaron that she was healed. Even though Aaron and his sister had stated that God had spoke to them, Aaron had only the faith that God would answer the prayers of Moses and not his own prayer. Moses proved to be faithful here because he prayed for the one who was leading a critical dispute against him, (see Matthew 5: 44)
7.     What was the twofold mission of the 12 spies sent into Canaan? Num 13: 1-20, they were to check out the foes of Canaan, and to carry back the fruit of Canaan.
8.     The people rebelled against the ‘minority’ report and demanded to return to Egypt. This was the tenth time Israel had rebelled against God. See Exod. 14: 11, 15: 24, 16: 2-3, 17: 1-3, 32: 1-6, Num. 11: 1-3, Num. 4-9; 31-34, 14: 1-4; 14:10, and 14: 22.
9.     What saved the people from certain destruction over this attitude? Moses prayed that they would be spared for two reasons; that God’s might would be confirmed among the heathen nation: “Now if thou shall kill all this people as one man, then the nation which has heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he swear unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness”. This would have allowed the people of Canaan to assume that they themselves were mightier than God the Almighty. Moses also prayed that God’s pity might be confirmed among his chosen nation: “Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people, from Egypt even until now” (Num. 14: 19). This prayer was a prayer that would even work its way down to us today that we would be able to believe in the scripture as being the true word of God.
10. What did God do about this gross sin of unbelief? God determined that not one person 20 years or over would be allowed to enter Canaan. “Since the spies were in the land forty days, you must wander in the wilderness forty years – a year for each day, bearing the burden of your sin” (Num 14: 34).
11. By this action God made the people bear the burden of their own sin
12. What then did the fickle and foolish Israelites attempt to do? They attempted to push their way into the land but were quickly defeated by the Canaanites (Num.14: 40-45).
13. Discuss the result of Korah’s rebellion. Korah was the grandson of Levi and the first cousin of Moses (Num. 16: 1-35). He and 250 Israelite leaders challenged both Moses and Aaron concerning the leadership authority (both political and religious) that God had entrusted to them. Korah and his followers were judged when the very ground they stood upon supernaturally opened and swallowed them into the heart of the earth. Korah’s revolt would eventually cause the death of 14,700 people who continued their trouble making even after the earth had consumed the leaders. Even today there are those who are swallowed up by this world that people will continue to follow rather than to follow those who have the evidence of God’s blessing present in their life.
14. What New Testament writer spoke of Korah’s rebellion? Jude spoke of this event in his epistle, citing it as a stern warning against Apostasy (v.11).
15. What kept Moses from entering the Promised Land? After years of hard work, the devil finally snared Moses, the meekest man on earth (Num. 12:3), into the trap of the anger and pride. The wicked and fickle Israelites were complaining about a lack of water (it would seem that they held a protest meeting against God at least once a day). God instructed Moses to speak to a certain rock and order it to pour out water. But the long-suffering Moses suddenly “blew his cool”, and in an act due partly to unbelief and anger, Moses screamed at the people and disobeyed the Lord by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it once as God had commanded (Num. 20: 8).  God sent water in spite of Moses disobedience, but told him this sin would keep him from the promise land (Num. 20: 12). Evidently Moses petitioned God later about going to Palestine until the Lord finally order him not to even mention it again (Deut. 3: 26-27). It is vital that ministers of the gospel will remain rooted and ground in God’s word and that we obey God’s word. We must not allow the rebelliousness of others with less faith to create anger in our thoughts. One who is angry will follow through with actions of anger rather than obedience to God.
 
 
1.     The red heifer and the serpent of brass were types of Christ’s death (Num. 19: 1-22; 21: 5-9).
2.     Why did King Hezekiah destroy the serpent of brass? In 700 B.C., King Hezekiah destroyed this serpent, for the people were worshiping it (2 Kings 18: 4).
3.     Aaron’s budding rod typified a type of Christ’s resurrection (Num. 17: 1-10).
4.     The six cities of refuge typified a type of security in Christ (Num 35: 6-34).
5.     The tribes of Reuben, Gad and half-tribe of Manasseh represent a type of the wordy believer (Num 32: 1-42).
6.     In a nutshell, what is the main message of the book of Deuteronomy? It records the final words, wisdom, and works of Moses, the man of God.
7.     What chapter in Numbers records the 42 stops of the wandering Israelites? Numbers 20
8.     In Deut. 1-4 Moses speaks about the sin at Kadesh.
Matching—questions concern Moses’ sermons
9.     __g___ The Ten Commandments
10. _e____ Moses’ meeting with God on the Mount
11. _a____ Stewardship obligations
12. _c____ Warnings against intermarriage, idolatry, injustice, etc.
13. __b___ Moses’ glowing description of the Promised Land
14. _f____ Rules concerning adultery, strangers, debts, diet, the poor, the Sabbath, the tithe, etc
15. __d___ Overall summary of God’s dealings with Israel
a. Reminder
b. Reassurance
c. Restraint
d. Review
e. Reflection
f. Regulations
g. Repetition
16. In his third sermon Moses records the features of the Palestinian covenant.
 
 
What ten theological themes did Moses address in his series of sermons? The first was the faithfulness of God (Deut. 2:7; 4:33-38; 7:6-8; 8:3-4; 9:4-6; 29:5-6; 32: 10-14). They had lacked for nothing, both food and clothing had been provided, He cared for Israel as an eagle cares for its own, and he did all of this in spite of their constant sin. The second was The Word of God (Deut. 4:1-2, 7, 9; 11:18-21; 30:11-14). Do not add to it or take away from it, teach it to your sons and daughters, meditate on it personally. The third was the person of God: (Deut 6:4-5; 7:9; 32:39-42). The fourth was the love of God (Deut. 7: 6-8; 7:13). The fifth was the greatness of God (Deut 4:39; 10:17, 18). The sixth was the grace of God (Deut 9:4-6; 7:6-9). The seventh was the coming great prophet of God (Deut 18: 15, 19). The eight was the will of God (Deut 10:12-13). The ninth was the kings of God (Deut. 17:15-20). The tenth was the Israel of God (Deut 4:25-31; 11:16-17).
 
 
1.     True      False   Joshua did not contribute to the book of the law. False. Joshua did contribute to the book of the law. Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.  Moses had lay the law to stone and brought the people this far with God’s law (see Joshua 1:2). Moses had brought the people out, and now Joshua would bring the people in. However without the law there would have been not a way to prevail. Joshua was not to proclaim the law or preach the law with his mouth but he was to meditate on the law of God day and night that he would be able to bring the people in under God’s law.  It is very important even for those of us who do not speak or preach the word to stay in meditation of the word that we will be able to operate under the law of God, for without God’s law there will be no milk and honey! It is also noted that Joshua built an altar Mount Ebal, and that Joshua carved the Ten Commandments into a stone as the people watch. Joshua also orders the priest to read out loud the Ten Commandments of Moses (Joshua 8: 30-35).
True      False   Moses finished up his life a defeated old decrepit man because of his sin. False, Moses would die on the mount Nebo in the land of Moab, on the eastern bank of the Jordan (Deut. 32:48-50; 34: 5-6). “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisga that is over against Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, and the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And the Lord said unto him, this is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes but thou shalt not go over thither” (Deut. 34: 1-4). Moses was allowed to see the land that many of those to come out of Egypt would die before they would see this land. Though Moses was 120 years old when he died: his eyes were not dim, nor his natural force abated. Moses body was never found, and to this day it is understood that Moses walked with God. Therefore Moses died as a servant of God. 
2.     In Joshua 1-5 Israel claims its possessions
a. Colonizes              b.    Claims           c.     Conquers
3.     What two cities were involved in the central military campaign of Joshua? Jericho (6:1-25), and the city of Ai (7:1-26).
4.     What city was involved in the northern campaign?  Joshua defeated the allied Northern Canaanite forces near the waters of Merom, just north of the Galilean Sea (11: 1-22).  He burned Hazor, the key city of confederacy. Caleb was given the land of Hebron (14:12; 15: 13-15). The Partitions involved in this campaign were the land east of the Jordan and the land west of the Jordan. Joshua designated 6 cities of refuge and of these cities were the cities west of the Jordan,  Kadesh, Shechiem, and Hebron. The cities east of the Jordan were, Bezer, Ramoth, and Goland. There were 48 cities assigned to the Levities (21: 1-8).
5.     Briefly describe the locations of the cities of refuge. Kadesh, Shechiem, and Hebron were located west of the Jordan River, and Bezer, Ramoth, and Golan were located on the east side of the Jordan River.
6.     How many cities were assigned to the Levites? 48 (21: 1-8).
7.     What was the response of the people once God magnified Joshua? The people feared Joshua as they had feared Moses all the days of his life (4:14).
8.     What verse does Dr. Willmington consider to be the most exciting verse in the entire Bible? Joshua 1:11
9.     How many spies did Joshua send to spy out Jericho? 2
10. Rahab the harlot would become an ancestor of King David (Matt 1:5). c
         a.    Salmon          b.    Sheba            c.     David
    Who was Rahab? She was a harlot, a woman who sold her body for money. Even though Rahab was a known sinner by man, she did have belief in the Lord, and she even lied to her own people the Canaanites and hid the spies of Joshua in the roof of her home. This one faith act towards her belief in God would save her house and she would be the mother of Boaz in the book of Ruth, giving her direct kin to the seed of Jesus. Even though she was a Harlot, and a liar to men, she would be blessed to bare a son of the seed of our Lord Jesus. Rahab believed in God because she had been taught how God brought the children out of Egypt, and therefore it is a sign and wonder that we teach our kids of how God has blessed us and delivered us from bondage, wickness and foolishness of this world.
11. On how many occasions did the Jordan River roll back it waters? 3 (Joshua 3:15-17; 4: 17-18, 2Kings 2:8; 2: 14).
12. What was the purpose for the pyramid of stones erected on the west bank of the Jordan River? These rocks would serve as a memorial for the following generations, reminding them of God’s faithfulness in parting the river.
13. How were the people purified in 5:2-9? They were circumcised a second time. Those who were circumcised prior, had all died out due to their disobeying God while they were in the wilderness. Therefore their children had not been circumcised and would need to be circumcised by Joshua. It is so today that grown ups who have been cleansed and made holy by God will get the big head and become disobiedent to God by not training up their own kids in the way that they know is right in the site of God. One of the reasons that those in the wilderness had died out was because they had not circumcised their own children. Circumcision was an important right at this time because the proper observance of the passover, held before the campaign for Jericho, demanded that it would be observed by those who were duly circumcised.
14. The appearance of the Captain of the LORD’s host was a vivid Christophany or preincarnate of Christ.
15. Relate the three prophecies made by Joshua concerning the city of Jericho. (v.6: 26) Joshua made a threefold prophecy that was amazing. He prophesied that Jericho would be rebuilt again by one man and that the builder’s oldest son would die when the work on the city had begun, and the builder’s youngest son would die when the work was completed. This prophecy was made around 1406 B.C. and did come to pass somewhat five centuries later, in 930 B.C.  (See 1Kings 16:34).
16. What explanation did God give to Joshua for the defeat at Ai? Israel had lost the battle because of sin. Someone had disobeyed God by stealing and lying. God looked upon the nation of Israel as a single unit, as he would later view the church as a body (See 1 Cor. 12:12, 26).  This sin was trace to the tribe of Judah, on to the clan of Zerah, and on down to the exact family of Achan. Achan confessed to stealing a beautiful Babylonian robe, 200 shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold (7: 1-26).
17. The blessings for obeying the Law of God were read from the top of Mount Gerizim.
18. The curses for disobeying the Law of God were read from the top of Mount Ebal.
19. Did Robert Dick Wilson give an adequate explanation for the day the sun stood still? Robert Dick advocated the theory giving by Dr John Davis, who wrote; “this essence of this view is that God brought darkness rather than light on this occasion”. This prayer then would have been a petition from Joshua to shade his weary troops from the fierce mid east sun. God, it would seem, answered this prayer by sending a massive hail storm, which not only cooled of f Joshua’s weary troops, but killed their enemies”. Why?  Dr Robert Dick Wilson pointed out that the Hebrew word dom, translated “stand thou still” in the King James Version, can also be correctly rendered “be silent”, and “leave off’”. However, two serious objections would seem to discredit this view. The account in Joshua 10:11 would indicate that the hailstorm occurred before Joshua’s petition and would seem to discredit this view. In verse 14 we are told that this day was absolutely unique in history, which would not be true if the miracle here only involved a massive hail storm.
 
 
1.     How was the dividing of the land among the 12 tribes determined? By casting of lots (Josh. 18:10; 19:51).
 
 
2.     What did the nine and one-half tribes think of the altar built by the two and one-half tribes? The nine and one half tribes first assumed that the altar of rebellion. However the issue was clarified and averted the people from engaging into a civil war.
3.     True      False One of the final things done at the end of the days of Joshua was for God to renew the covenant with Israel. True, Joshua summarized the faithfulness of God in the past (24: 1-13).
4.     True      False The 13 judges of Israel were legal experts. False.
5.     Who picked up the banner upon the death of Joshua and led the people? No one (Judges 17:16).
6.     What was the twofold fruit of Israel’s sin problem? The first was “compromise”. Israel was guilty of not doing what God had commanded the nation to do, that is, to drive out its enemies (Judges 1:21, 27-33; 2:1-5). The second was “Apostasy”. Israel was guilty of doing what God had commanded her not to do, that is, worship the God’s of her enemies (2: 11-13).
7.     How many times is the Angel of the LORD mentioned in the Old Testament? 80
8.     What was the main reason for the demise of the Israelites in the Promised Land? “And also all that generation was gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel”. This led to the compromise, that Israel would make use of their enemies rather than to obey God and drive the enemy out. This also led to Apostasy, their disbelief in God. The new generation knew not of the things God had done there for they were perishing for a lack of knowledge, unknowingly. This is why it is vital that we teach our kids and teach our peers to teach their kids. I is not a good thing to imagine ending up in hell because one knows they have disobeyed God. However it would be even worse to not find out about heaven unto one is in hell.                                           
9.     Who was Israel’s first judge? Othniel (3:9)
10. How was it that he was able to deliver Israel from her enemies for 40 years? By causing the enemy to assume that there were many more divisions to war against then there was. At a given signal, Gideon’s 300 warriors smashed the jar they were carrying, which revealed a burning torch as this would create many flames which would cause the enemy to assume that the enemy was too large to go up against (7: 16-20).
11. Which judge executed Eglon, a Moabite king who had oppressed Israel for 18 years? Ehud (3:14).
12. How long did this judge’s effective service give Israel rest from war? 40 years
13. Who was Deborah? She was a mother and was either of the tribe of Eprriam of the tribe of Issachar. Deborah was an Israelite prophetess. She is the second of at least nine prophetesses referred to in scripture. The fourth judge, Barak was a judge who took orders from Deborah.
14. Where is Barak mentioned in the New Testament? Heb. 11:32
15. Who was Israel’s fifth judge? Gideon, from the tribe of Manasseh.
16. What task was given to this judge by the LORD? To deliver Israel from the hands of those to spoil them.
17. True      False Gideon was guilty of worshipping the Canaanite god Baal. True.
18. Can a believer use Gideon’s fleece-test when seeking God’s will? Relate your thoughts. In chapter 6:17-21, God had actually given a sign to Gideon. Therefore there may not have been a need for a fleece prayer in 6:36-40.  Yes it is true that a believer can use Gideon’s fleece-test as an example to make rightful decisions in their own lives concerning the will of God. However I do see the need that the believer would always have his/her own destiny to travel and that God will always make a way for his will in the journey of the believer. Fleece-test would then seem to be only useful for those who would have confusion concerning their own salvation. This world will not turn to fit any one person, but yet God, the creator of this world will never forsake a believer of his Son Jesus. I feel that God has nothing to prove to anyone of his almighty power, therefore a fleece need not to be thrown out to God that a believer would know that God is God.
19. How large an army did God order Gideon to rise? 10,000 (7:36).
20. What were the enemy losses after Gideon’s victory? There were no men of Israel accepted to rule over them.
 
 
21. Gideon finished out his judgeship with honor. Discuss. The answer would be discussed, because Gideon married many wives, and much bloodshed would be produced from his seed through his son Abimelech (8: 29-31). “Gideon made an ephod and put it in his city, even in Ophrah, and Israel went a whoring after it, which became a snare unto Gideon and his house” (8:27).
22. The sixth judge, Tola, was part of a clan that in the days of David, had men known for their men of valor.
23. Who was the seventh judge and where did he live? Jair who lived in Kamon
1.     According to Judges 10:6, what false gods did Israel serve?  “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, Ashtaroth, and the  gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord and served not him” (10:6).
2.     Who was the eighth judge of Israel? Jephthah the son of a prostitute (11:1), who was raised up in Gilead, the land east of the Jordan River. Jephthah was driven from his home by his own half brothers because of his harlot mother (11:2). He settled in the land of Tob (located in northeast Syria) where he gathered a group of mercenary troops (11:3). The elders of Gilead later looked to Jephthah for help when their land was threatened by the Ammonites (11:4-5).
3.     Samuel used Jephthah as an example of God’s power to deliver (1 Sam. 12:11).
4.     Who was Israel’s twelfth judge? Samson, the first of three famous Nazarites.
 
 
5.     What is a Nazarite? A Nazarite is one set aside for the Lord who is not to touch wine, whose hair shall not be cut, and whom is not to touch a dead body.
6.     Besides Samson, who else was a famous Nazarite?  Samuel (1 Sam. 1:11), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).
7.     What “C” word describes Samson’s nature?  Counselor
8.     What type of prayers did Samson pray to God? Samson’s two recorded prayers are carnal and self centered (15:18; 16:28).
9.     Who was Samson’s love and betrayer? Delilah, a woman who was most likely a Philistine Harlot.
10. Samson eventually learned the high cost of Sin.
PART THREE: THE SCOUNDREL OF ISRAEL
11. Who was Gideon’s son known as Israel’s bloodiest individual? Abimelech who made a unsuccessful violent attempt to rule Israel (9:1-15).
12. God used an evil spirit to cause dissension between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem to punish this man for his murder of his 70 half-brothers.
13. How did he die? A woman dropped a stone on his head which cracked his skull from the top of the tower in the city (9: 53).                                                                                                                                 What was his nickname? The thorn bush king (9:5-57).
PART FOUR: THE SHAME OF ISRAEL
14. What was the grave sin of the tribe of Judah concerning Micah? Idolatry. Micah had been dishonest by stealing money from his mother. When he returned the money to her, she foolishly used it to make a carved pagan idol. Micah added to this idol to his household shrine and installed one of his sons as priest.
The Book of Ruth
15. Who was Ruth? Ruth was a Gentile who lived among Jews. Her book is the first of two biblical books named after a woman. Ruth is the third of four women to be mentioned in the genealogy of Christ (Matt. 1:5), with the others being Tamar (Matt. 1:3), Rahab (1:5), and Bathsheba (1:6). Ruth is also seen as the third of  three old testament women who foreshadow  Christ and his church in the New Testament, with the first two being Eve (Gen.2), and Rebekah (Gen. 24). The book of Ruth is the 31- longest Old Testament book, and 3 biblical book, with four chapters, 84 verses, and 2,578 words. It is quoted or alluded to six times by two New Testament books. The events in Ruth covered a period of 30 years (1150 to 1120 B.C.) Ruth would become one of the ten women whose womb God would supernaturally touch.
16. What was Naomi’s error? In today’s world people would more than likely view the fact that Naomi sent Ruth to Boaz with instructions to assume a position at his feet. However for those to know and understand the customs of Israel at that time, will hardly find this a fault or sinful act. According to the Hebrew law, Ruth was entitled to call upon her nearest kin to fulfill the various duties of a kinsman redeemer.                                                                                                                                
 
 
17. What is meant by the term goel? The goel was a close relative whose responsibility it would be to provide for the needs of needy family members, such as an impoverished widow or orphan.
18. The kinsman-redeemer is a beautiful picture of  Christ.
19. Who was Boaz? Boaz was a kinsman of Naomi's husband. Boaz was a mighty man of wealth of the family of Elimelech.
 
 
20. Did Ruth commit a sinful act with Boaz? Why?
21. There was a bit of a crisis when Boaz desired to exercise his rights as kinsman-redeemer. What was it? Boaz did not want to overstep another kinsman’s rights. Being that it was a tradition for the closest of kin to take the responsibility of caring, even unto marriage and rising of kids of the one to be lost and without a husband. Boaz would have to make sure that he would not be wrong in the eyes of the Lord by the tradition, he would need to ensure that Ruth was not to belong to another man that he could fulfill his full duties with honor (4:1-11)
22. How was the agreement ratified? By taking off his shoe as requested by the witnesses, Boaz would now be the legal redeemer of Ruth (4:7-8, 11).
23. What is so significant about the birth of Obed? Ruth his mother had become one of the ten women whose womb God supernaturally touched. The others are Sarah (Gen 17:19; 18:10; 21: 1-2), Rebekah (Gen 25:21), Rachel (Gen 30:32), Leah (Gen. 30:17; 29:31), Hannah (1 Sam. 1:11, 17-20), The Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:14-17), Monoah's wife (Judg. 13:2-5,24), Elisabeth (Luke 1:13, 24-25), and Mary (Luke 1:31; 2:7).
 
1.     Why 1 Samuel is called a bridge book? This book is called the bridge book because it is the book which carries us from the theocracy (where God ruled directly through priest and military leaders) to the monarchy (where the direct rule by various Kings would come into motion).
 
 
2.     Who are the four main characters of 1 Samuel? Eli the priest, Samuel the prophet, Saul the king, and David the sheprerd.
 
 
3.     True      False   Both Eli and Samuel rose up godly sons. False, their sons were ungodly and worthless (see 2:12 -17, 22-25; 8:1-5).
4.     What is the meaning of the name Ichabod? The name means “The glory is departed from Israel
5.     V 4:19-22
6.     What is the meaning of the name Ebenezer? “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (7:10-12).
7.     Describe the person of Samuel? Samuel was the first circuit riding preacher. He traveled yearly from Ramah, to Bethel, to Gilgal, to Mizpeh (see 7:15-17). This is when he established several Bible schools for Israel’s prophets. These schools were located at Gilgal, Jericho, and Bethel (see 1 Sam. 10:10; 1 Kings 18:13; 2 Kings 2:3, 5; 6:1-2).
8.     Who was Hannah? Hannah was one of Elkanah’s two wives (1:2), she was barren and unable to have kids for many years and this made was heart breaking to her. Elkanah really love Hannah, but Hannah was ridiculed for her barrenness by Peninnah who was the other wife which had children. Hannah desired a son to the extent that she went to the tabernacle in Shiloh and prayed silently, while weeping and vowing to God that she would raise any son that God would give to her as a Nazarite: (1:9-11), she prayed that God would give her a male child.
9.     True     False God sanctioned polygamy in Old Testament times. False, in every case of Polgamy there was grief to follow. I would view the allowing of polygamy by God in the Old Testament as the need for the populating of the world that we would be allowed to multiply as of God’s will.ith the promise that God would give her a son.
10. Where was the tabernacle located? In Shiloh.
11. Who was Eli? Eli was the high priest who when he heard Hannah’s prayer he assumed that she was drunk, and he rebuked her. Once Eli understood the situation and reason for Hannah’s prayer, he sent her home w
12. Describe Hannah’s sacrifice? Hannah offered up a lifeless sacrifice (1:25), and she offered her son Samuel as a living sacrifice (1:27-28).
13. What were the names of Eli’s two wicked sons? Hophni and Phinehas.
14. Who was held responsible by God for their sinful ways? To an extent God held Eli responsible, because he simply did not discipline his sons (3:13).
15. There was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. What bad news came to Eli when it was ended? Israel had lost the battle, losing some 30,000 footmen and the two sons of Eli (4:10). The Ark of the Covenant had also been taken by the Philistines.
16. Where did the Philistines house the Ark? In the city of Ashdod they carried the ark into a dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon (5:1-7). Because of the destruction of Dagon the ark was then moved to the city of Gath (5:8-9). Because God came against the city of Gath the ark was then moved to the city of Ekron which brought great destruction throughout that city, and the ark was then returned to Israel. This is a lesson to show us that the name of the Lord shall not be held in vain. We must be true about our service to God, especially ministers of the Gospel. I have witnessed ministers that would refer a young sincere minister for a Pastor’s position at another church in order to get rid of the minister because of jealously and envy without even properly attempting to train the younger minister or properly prepare him for the position for which he may be referred. In due season God will prevail over such workers of iniquity.
17. What happened to the populace of Ekron after the Ark was brought there? There was a deadly destruction throughout all the city and the men that died were smitten with tumors (5:11a, 12a). Scholars assume that this may have been one of the first references to the “black death”, or “bubonic plague”. This is inferred from the mention of tumors and mice (possibly rats) that marred the land (see 6:4,5)
18. Who was Samuel’s mentor? Eli
19. Samuel’s headquarters city was Ramah (7: 17).
20. What was God’s viewpoint concerning Israel’s demand for a king? God told Samuel that Israel had rejected their heavenly King and not their earthly prophet and then instructed Samuel to grant there request but to warn them of the consequences (8:4-21).
21. Gen. 49:10 said Israel’s kings would come from the tribe of Judah. Why did God choose Saul who was from the tribe of Benjamin? The season may not yet have come. Israel’s request for a king had been anticipated some four centuries prior to this (see Deut. 17:14-15). However it may have been that the timing was wrong here in 1 Samuel 8-9.  According to Deut. 23:2, an illegitimate child could not enter into the assembly of the Lord until the tenth generation. Some believe that the assembly here refers to a place of leadership, such as a king or priest. This would mean that the tribe of Judah had been disqualified for the previous nine generations, being with Perez, who was born out of wedlock in a union between Judah himself and Tamar, his daughter-in-law (Gen. 38:29). The Generation of Pharez are given in Ruth (4:18-22) Note that the first generation was Pharez, the second was Hezron, the third was Ram, the fourth was Amminadab, the fifth was Nahshon, the sixth was Salmon, the seventh was Boaz , the eight was Obed, and the ninth generation was Jesse. This means that God could have been waiting for the proper season for the tenth which would come from David.
22. True      False Eugene Merrill is not convinced that Saul was ever truly regenerated. True
23. True      False Right from the start Saul displayed an arrogant spirit. False
24. What was the final of at least five sins that cost King Saul his throne? Saul went to a witch to have here to consult with the dead Samuel.  This was an act of disobedience.
25. True      False Saul ordered the death of his own son for eating food. False, Jonathan had gone to war without Saul’s approval (14:6).
 
1.     True      False Samuel spotted Jesse’s impressive son named Eliab and was convinced this man was God’s choice for king over Israel. True, (1 Sam. 16: 6) “And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, surely the Lord’s anointed is before him”. This text should keep us in meditations to walk by faith and not at all by the physical appearance of anyone (2 Cor. 5:7).
2.     How many times was David anointed king? David was anointed King a total of 3 times with the first being in Bethlehem by Samuel, when David was around 17 years old. The second was In Hebron, by the tribe of Judah, when David was 30 years old (2 Sam. 2:4; 5:4). The third was also in Hebron, by the twelve tribes, when David was 37 years old (2 Sam. 5:1-5).
3.     True      False David brought food to his brothers at the battle site and his oldest brother rebuked him for his bold statements. True (17:28); there are many times that people will rebuke others who may only mean to do well. Many people will over look the gift of God and look for an evil reason to believe that one’s presence is so. We must hold fast in belief that God allows everything to happen for a reason.
4.     Goliath called for Israel’s champion to come forth and do battle with him. When David came forth Goliath was incensed (17:42). In today’s world many people may become giants in business and look at those that are small in business as an insult to their business and may not be willing to help the small business to grow but yet be willing to even speak a word that would hurt the small company. I find the law that this is where God will step in for the smaller in number and size, (Deut. 7:7) if we would continue to call on the name of the Lord he will bring down the lofty and raise the humble.
         a.    Glad                      b.    Incensed        c.     Pleased
5.     Saul gave David, A; high rank in the army, (18:5).
a. high rank in the army          b.    gold and land               c.         second chariot in his government
6.     What two reasons can be given for Saul’s turn against David? The first reason would be a victory song, (18:7-8). Here we see that the women gave more praise for David than Saul who was over David. Saul could now see that the people had begun to develop more respect for David, causing Saul to see the future of David possibility taking over the kingdom. Some people will fail to realize that their high seat position may be temporary and that God will anoint another to be in their place. Many people would love to be in charge but there are few if any that may be willing to step down, even for God’s will (see John 3:30; 1:27). I find the law here that many people will lose their own chance at being blessed into a higher position by not being humble enough to get out of the way. These people will look for a way to hold another person down and not realize that they would only be holding their own self back. It is also still true today that the praises of a woman for a man is a main stream for hate, envy, and Jealousy. Many men will rather kill another man than to have a woman whom he may desire to love another man or even speak well of another man. There are many women in relationships with a man that will not even allow her to look at another man.
The second was a vicious spirit which is a spirit that David had once purged from Saul by the use of music (16:14, 23). However this evil spirit was allowed to return to Saul (18: 10), “And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul”. Here the important part is that the evil spirit was from God. We must remember that God granted Saul to be king because of the people and warned them that they would pay for it (8: 8-21). I find the law here that for those who may be in a position that is out of season in God’s will that God will allow the evil spirit to come upon them that they may be willing to do evil in order to keep God’s chosen at a lower position than God intends for the chosen one to be. This is how we know if we are defiling God’s request in our life, especially as Ministers of the gospel.
7.     How many times did king Saul attempt to kill David with a spear? Saul attempted to kill David 3 times with a spear (18:10-11; 19:9-10).
8.     How long did King Saul seek David’s life? Saul knew that David desired Saul’s daughter Michal, so Saul offered to give her to marry David if he would bring 100 heads of the Philistines back to him. He Saul was attempting to kill David in war for he hoped that the enemy would kill David. However David would bring back 200 heads (18:25-27). Saul put pressure on his own son to kill David (19:1). Then Saul tried to trick his son by pretending to have a change of heart and assured Jonathan that no harm would come to David. Saul used his own son to try to kill David because he knew that David was loved by Jonathan (19:6). A friendship like David and Jonathan’s is a hard thing to find in today’s world. Being that Saul was king, he would have much gold to offer his son to help in killing David. So many times in today’s world people are betrayed by those who are called a friend for money or fame (see Matt. 26:15-16). Saul would also send 3 companies of soldiers to capture David (19:18-22). Saul would then go to Samuels’s house, only to also prophesy as the soldiers had done (19:23-24). In many cases today people will not be able to do harm to someone who is blessed of the Lord, but yet they will attempt to speak a future of death into the life of another by saying things like “he’s going to get his”. Saul attempted to kill David for the duration of his reign and life.
9.     Briefly describe the relationship between David and Jonathan. David and Jonathan were true brothers in Christ. The type of friendship between those two is much better than the relationship of physical brothers in today’s world. This is why it is better to be true brother’s in Christ than it is to be brother’s of the world (see Matt. 12:48-50).
10. David fled to the tabernacle at Nob. There he lied to the priest. What was his lie? David told the priest that he was on a secret mission for King Saul. We must remember that a lie which will keep evil from prevailing is useful that God’s servant will defeat the enemy of God (see 2 kings 10:18-28).
11. Where is the cave at Adullam located? The cave at Adullam was located near the Canaanite city halfway between Lachish and Jerusalem (22:1).
12. What was Saul’s reaction to the priest’s befriending of David? Saul executed  Ahimelech the high priest, and 85 other priest for helping David. The murderous king had then put the entire city to the sword (22:5, 20-23).
13. What was Nabal’s foolish mistake? Nabal refused and ridiculed David’s request for food (25:1-44).
14. True     False   Saul never admitted his injustice to David. False (see 24:16-17; 26:17-25)
15. Who was Abner? Abner was the general of King Saul who David spoke to as being worthy to die because Abener had slept through his service to Saul and allowed David to still the king’s spear and to be close enough to the king that David could have killed Saul (26:15-16). Abner was the one to introduce David to Saul after David had killed Goliath (17:55-57). Abner was the son of Saul’s uncle (14:50).
16. What unlikely ally did David team up with? The Philistines (27:1), David did this in order to flee from Saul in his time of distress. David was simply tired of running from Saul the king. However later we will learn that God had another plan for David. David would later return the ark of God back to Israel.
17. Which enemy attacked Ziklag and captured David’s family? The Amalekites (30:1-31)
18. When David’s men rose up against David for this turn of events how did he respond? David encouraged himself in the Lord (30:6)
 
 
19. What was Saul’s great apostasy? Saul would be remembered as one who had met Israel’s physical needs (2 Sam. 1:1-27). It can also be noted that Saul never once cared of thought of the ark of God.
20. What perversion by Saul brought about his death? To me it would seem that Saul was perverted with murder.
 
 
1.     When were most of Israel’s beautiful Psalms written? During the time of the book of 2 Sam.
2.     True      False one of the great spiritual lessons gained from a study of 2 Samuel is the law of sowing and reaping. True, After David’s prayer for repentance (see Ps.51), God graciously forgave him for his twin sins of adultery and murder (chapter 11), but the king still harvested the bitter fruits of his iniquity. These fruits were tragic indeed. They involved the death of an infant son, the rape of a daughter by her own brother, the murder of that brother by another brother, and the rebellion against David by his favorite son who was later executed by David’s military commander.
3.     Explain the Davidic covenant very briefly.This covenant has to do with the king to rule in that land over that people (7:4-6).
4.     What spiritual beauty is seen through the relationship between David and Mephibosheth? The most beautiful example of kindness of the heavenly Father for the poor, lost, and crippled sinners of the entire Bible is found here. God seeks to save and care for such ones because of his great love for Christ, Who died to redeem.
5.     Who was Abner? Aber was the former military commander under Saul; he entered into an agreement with David, (3:12-21). Abner had appointed Saul’s son Ish-bosheth to reign over Israel after the death of Saul (2:8-9). Abner proposed for a bloody contest and put 12 of his men against 12 of David’s which ended with all 24 killed (2:12-16). Abner was accused by Ish-bosheth of sleeping with Rizpah who was a former concubine of Saul, but Abner angrily denied it (3:6-11). Abner sent out peace feelers to David’s camp (3:12). Abner urged the elders of Israel to accept David as their king (3:17-18). He met with David and pledged his support, promising to bring the remaining ten tribes of Israel under David’s control, (3:12-21). At David’s request, Abner arranged to have Michal, the king’s first wife returned to David. Abner was murdered by Joab for two reasons, to avenge the death of Asahel, and to remove a potential rival (3:22-27). David later charged Solomon to punish Joab for killing Abner (1 Kings 2:5-6).
6.     What city was David’s final kingdom capital? Jerusalem (5:6-12; 1 Chron. 11:4-9; 14:1-2). Jerusalem was also called the city of David (6:12), the city of the great king (Matt. 5:35), The Holy City (Isa.48:2; 52:1; Matt. 4:5), Salem (Gen. 14:18), the city of God (Ps. 46:4; 48:1; 87:3), the city of the Lord of host (Ps. 48:8), the city of righteousness (Isa. 1:26), the city of truth (Zech. 8:3), the city of the Lord (Isa.60:14), the perfection of beauty (Lam. 2:15), the joy of the whole earth (Lam.2:15), The Lord our righteousness (Jer. 23:6; 33:16), the Lord is there (Ezek. 48:35), and Ariel, the hearth of God (Isa. 29:1)
a. Hebron          b.    Ziklag            c.     Jerusalem
 
 
7.     What is Uzzah most noted for in Israelite history?  Uzzah was one of the two sons of Abinadab whom drove the ark of God from Kirjath-jearim under the authority of David (6:4; 1 Chron. 13:7, 8). Disaster struck when Uzzah’s unwise handling of the ark brought down judgment of death from God (see 6:6, 7; 1 Chron. 13:9-10).
8.     Who was Obed-Edom? David placed the ark into the house of Obed-Edom, because of the fault of Uzzah, David feared to continue with the ark. The ark remained in the house of Obed-Edom for 3 months, (6:8-12; 1 Chron.13:11-14).
9.     Who was Michal and what is she most remembered for in Israelite history? Michal was the wife of David whom rebuked David and ridiculed him for his praising of the Lord before the ark of God. From this point on the two would no longer live together (6:16, 20-23; 1 Chron. 15:29)
10. What was the message to Nathan concerning David given to him in a vision? God showed Nathan that it was not David’s place to build a house for god because David had caused so much bloodshed in war (7:4-7; 17:3-6; 22:8-9).
11. List the three attributes or realities of God highlighted over the years in David’s worship of Jehovah. David worshiped God by offering up three thanksgiving prayers where he thanked and worshiped God for his presence (1 Chron. 16 7-36). This hymn of praise would later be included in Ps. 96,105, and 106. David thanked God for his promise (7:25; 7:18-29; 1Chron 17:16-27). David thanked God for his power (22: 1-51), and much of this material of the third hymn of thanks would be later repeated in Ps.18.
12. David at one point pictured God by assisting someone lowly. Who was that person? The crippled son of Jonathan (9:-13)
13. List the three big sins committed by King David. His sin of adultery (11:1-5), his sin of deceit (11:6-13), and his sin of murder (11:14-27).
14. What Scriptures tell us of God’s chastisement of David over his sins? (12:15-25; 13:1-21; 13:22-39; 14:1-33; 14-20).
15. Describe in your own words the parable of Nathan the prophet. Nathan related s story of how a richer farmer owning many flocks took from a poorer farmer his only pet ewe lamb and served it up at a banquet.
 
 
 
 
16. Where do little children go when they die? They go where David expected to go, (see Ps 23:6)
What were the four sin paybacks David experienced for this gross sin against God?
17. His son died.
18. His daughter was raped, by her half brother.
 
 
19. The half brother of the sister was killed by the whole brother.
20. His favored son rebelled against him.
 
1.     What was the high water mark of Israel’s kingdom in the Old Testament? Solomon’s reign.
 
 2.     T     F    Solomon’s empire was ten times the size of his father David’s. True, Solomon controlled more than 60,000 square miles.
3.     What three wisdom books of the Bible were written during this time? Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
 
4.     Compare the nation of Israel from 1 Kings 12 and Rev. 7. In 1 Kings 12, the tribe of Israel was rebellious against the house of David. They were seeking to be relieved of their yoke from Solomon which may be considered as their suffering. Instead of accepting tribulation, the tribe of Israel fails back in to their old backsliding ways by worshiping idols instead of God. However in Revelation we can see that in John’s vision there were 144000 which were of the tribe of Israel that would bring together the gentiles into the house of David, the throne of God. This does not mean that only 144000 people will go to heaven but that the 144000 will be used to minister salvation into the hearts of the gentiles. The white robe was worn by those of all nations and the number of people in the white robes is too many for any man to count. The white robe implies that the gentiles or those to once be sinners have been washed white as snow by the blood of Jesus. In 1 kings due to rebelliousness for tribulation sin was conceived, but in Revelation through tribulations sin was defeated! The house of David was divided in 1 Kings but there was a gathering of all nations in Revelation. Therefore in 1 Kings 12 we find described the disuniting of Israel’s twelve tribes and in Revelations 7 we find described the future uniting of Israel’s 12 tribes.
 
 5.     Describe the time span of the book of First Kings. The book of 1 Kings marks the beginning of the second period of the four key periods in scripture in which many miracles were performed. This book records the first of eight bodily resurrections from the dead (1 Kings 17:22). 1 Kings is the 12 longest Old Testament book, and the 13 longest biblical book, with 22 chapters, 816 verses, and 24,524 words. This book covers a time span of 118 years, from 971 to 853 B.C.
 
 6.     Describe the time span of the book of Second Kings. The book of 2 Kings records the first event resulting in the capture of the Northern Kingdom (chapter 17), and the second event in Judah’s destruction (chapter 25). The book of second Kings is the 13 longest Old Testament book and the 16 longest Biblical Book, with 25 chapters, 719 verses and 23,532 words. The events cover a period of 293 years (853 to 560 B.C).
 
 7.     In Second Samuel and First and Second Kings we get a detailed religious history of Judah only.
8.     Second Samuel and First and Second Kings emphasize the rulers and prophets.
9.     First and Second Chronicles zero in on the priest and temple.
10. The book of Second Chronicles is the official vision of heaven’s evaluation, both of Solomon and the 20 rulers in Judah following the tragic civil war.
11. Second Kings records the story of the discovery in the days of Zedekiah of the destruction of the temple of God.
12. Who was the only O.T. man to be healed of leprosy? Naaman (2 Kings 5).
13. T    F   First Chronicles contains David’s prayer for Solomon. True (chapter 29).
14. First Kings 12-22 is concerned with the Splintered kingdom.
15. Who was the first ruler of the splintered kingdom-north? Jeroboam.
16. Who was the final ruler of the splintered kingdom-north? Hosea
1.     What was Solomon’s other name?  Jedidiah which also means “Beloved of the Lord” (2 Sam. 12:25).
2.     Describe the legacy Solomon enjoyed from his father David. Solomon would build God’s temple that David his father had desired to build, there would be a father and son relationship between God and Solomon. God’s mercy would not depart from Solomon, and through Solomon David’s kingdom would be established forever. However, the legacy involved was that David gave Solomon the blueprints for the temple which God had given him (1 Chron. 28: 11-12).
 
 3.     What evil did Adonijah intend toward his half-brother Solomon? Adonijah intended to still the throne by attempting to marry Asbishag, David’s final concubine.
 
4.     Describe the four persistent enemies of Solomon. Adonijah who was Solomon’s half brother who was executed for attempting to steal the throne (1 Kings 2:13-25). Abiathar, who was banished from the priest hood for joining with Adonijah (1 Kings 2:26-27). Joab who was one of David’s former military leaders who was executed for his part in the rebellion and past crimes (1 Kings 2:28-34). Shimei: the rebel who had once cursed David, was executed for disobeying the conditions of his parole (1 Kings 2:36-46)
 
 5.     Where did Jehovah speak to Solomon and make him a huge promise? Gibeon.
 
6.     What was the extent of Solomon’s lands? Today’s Jordan, Iraq, the Sinai, and part of Syria and Saudi Arabia
 
 7.     Describe the two men appointed over construction of the Temple. They both were named Hiram, with one being a ruler and the other a craftman.
 
 8.     Describe the location of the Temple. It was constructed on top of  Mount Moriah on the threshing floor once purchased by David from a Jebusite named Ornam (2 Chron.3:1).
 
9.     What type of offering did Solomon make to God during the dedication of the Temple? He offered up people as living sacrifices (1 Kings 8:55-61), and animals as burnt sacrifices to God (1 Kings 62-64). 
 
 10. How did God demonstrate His approval of the Temple once it was completed? God supernaturally intervened demonstrating his approval with fire consuming the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and by filling the house with his glory (2 Chron. 7:1-2).
 
 
11. How did King Solomon receive all his wealth? From King Hiram’s Navy of sailing ships (1 Kings10:11,22; 2 Chron. 9:10,21), From an annual Israelite income tax revenue (1 King 10:14; 2 Chron. 9:13), From the queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:2; 2 Chron. 9:1), From various traders and merchantmen (1 Kings 10:15; 2 Chron. 9:14),  From various foreign kings (1 Kings 10:24-25; 2 Chron. 9:23-24), and from his sale of horses and chariots (1 Kings 10:29; 2 Chron.1:17).
 
 12. T     F    Solomon was so wealthy he even had a shipyard. True (1 Kings 9:26-28).
13. What was Jehovah’s warning to Solomon concerning the Temple? For sins not confessed he would destroy the temple of Israel, and deport the people of Israel.
 
 14. Describe briefly the consequences of Solomon’s sins. God predicted a coming civil war (1 Kings 11:9-13), God permitted a current civil unrest, he allowed three adversaries to trouble Solomon (1 Kings 11:14-40)
 
15. T     F    Like his father David, Solomon died a man who was beloved by the people. False .
1.     Explain the length of the turbulent years of Israel. The turbulent years of Israel were a time in the sinful warfare of God’s people. Israel’s turbulent years fall into two categories: The Splintered Kingdom which was from 931-721 B.C., and the Single Kingdom which was from 721-586 B.C. The turbulent years of Israel lasted about 345 years, and begin with the division of Israel’s tribes at Shechem and ended with the destruction of Israel’s temple at Jerusalem. During the Splintered Kingdom a tragic civil war divided Israel’s tribes into two separate kingdoms, one in the North and one in the South.
 
2.     Identify the northern kingdom. The Northern Kingdom had 10 tribes (Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Napthtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph (Epharim and Manssseh), and the half tribe of Benjamin. The Northern Kingdom had a total of 19 rulers.
 
 3.     Identify the southern kingdom. The Southern kingdom consisted of two tribes (Judah and the half of Benjamin), and was referred to as Judah. The Southern kindom had a total of 20  rulers.
 
4.     What were the capitals of the kingdoms? Samaria became the capital of the North and Jerusalem remained to be the capital of the South.
 
 5.     Explain the number of rulers of each kingdom. The North had 19 with the first ruler being Jeroboam, and the last to be Hoshea. None of the Northern rulers were followers of Jehovah. All rulers of the North were males. The shortest reign period was by a Northern ruler named Zimri who ruled for only seven days. Of the three rulers to be punished by God, one was from the North (Jeroboam). There are seven of the Northern rulers who were assassinated (Nadab, Elah, Jehoram, Zechariah, Shallum, Pekahiah, and Pekah). The most Godless rulers of the North were Jeroboam, Ahab, and Menahem. Seven of the Northern rulers murdered the previous king to obtain his throne, and those murderers were:  (Baasha, Zimri, Jehu, Shallum, Menaham, Pekah, and Hoshea). The North lasted for 210 years.
 South had 20 rulers with the first being Rehoboam, and the last being Zedekiah. One ruler of the south was a female named Athaliah. The longest reign was for 55 years by a Southern King named Manasseh. The average reign in the South was 22 years, while the North average 11 years. At least eight rulers of the South were followers of the Lord. The two Southern rulers to be punished by God were: Joram, and Uzziah. Five Southern rulers were assassinated (Ahaziah, Athaliah, Joash, Amaziah, and Amon). The most Godless Southern rulers were Rehoboam, Athaliah, Ahaz, and Jehoiakim. The Godliest Southern rulers were Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah. The South lasted for 345 years.
 
6.     Explain the duration of each kingdom. The South lasted for 345 years. The North lasted for 210 years.
 
 
7.     Explain the destruction of the two kingdoms. The Assyrians destroyed the North in 721 B.C. and The Babylonians destroyed the South in 586 B.C.
 
 8.     Explain the return from captivity. There was no return to the land by the Northern tribes carried off into Assyria. There were three returns to the land by the Southern tribes carried off into Babylon.
 
9.     Who was the first ruler of the northern kingdom and how long did he reign? Jeroboam, the supervisor, he ruled for 22 years. He was from the tribe of Ephriam and lived in the city of Zeredah (1 Kings 11:26). Jeroboam had great natural organization ability (1 Kings 11:28).
 
10. How did the divided kingdom come to be? Because Solomon disobeyed God by multiplying to himself gold, silver, horses, and wives, and built idol homes and places of worship for his pagan wives because he felt as if they deserved not to worship in his place of God. Solomon also had placed heavy tax burdens on the people which was very displeasing to the kingdom. Solomon began to also worship the idols which he had built, and God predicted a civil war (1 Kings 11:9:1-13), which would cause the dividing of Solomon’s kingdom that would take place after the death of Solomon.
 
11. What was Solomon’s response to Ahijah the prophet’s prediction that Jeroboam would be ruler over ten of Israel’s tribes? Solomon sought to kill Jeroboam.
 
12. Who was Rehoboam? Rehoboam was Solomon’s son and the first ruler of the Southern kingdom. He was 41 when he begin to rule the South.
 
 13. What did Jeroboam do to thwart a perceived threat that the priests in Jerusalem would use the feast days to reunite Israel? Jeroboam knew that 3 times a year the entire nation was to go to Jerusalem to worship. Therefore he constructed two golden calves and set up unlawful worship centers with a calf in each center in the city of Bethel and Dan. This was his attempt to keep the priest in Jerusalem from reuniting the people (1 kings 12:25-29). It is even so today that ministers of the gospel will do or say things to the people to keep them from uniting with other members of Christ. I find the law that a greedy minister and a minister of fear would do this. GOD WANTS US TO UNITE!
 
14. How did Jeroboam change the religious symbols of Israel? He replaced the regular feast days in Jerusalem with his own in Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:32). He even created a new feast day on the 15 day of the eight month (1 Kings 12:33).
 
15. T     F    Jeroboam upgraded the Levitical priesthood, giving it greater prestige. False
16. T     F   Jeroboam even changed Israel’s religious calendar. True
17. Explain the shriveling of Jeroboam’s hand. Jeroboam was rebuked by a prophet of God as Jeroboam stood at his false altar. The prophet spoke that a future Godly king would someday burn the bones of Jeroboam’s false prophets on that altar, which was fulfilled in 2 kings 23:15-16. Jeroboam in anger attempted to reach out at the prophet of God and his hand was shriveled.   
 
18. T     F    Jeroboam and Rehoboam lived in peace. False
19. What was prophesied concerning the male descendants of Jeroboam? They would die unnatural and unlamented deaths, which was fulfilled in 1 Kings 15:28-29.
 
20. Who killed Jeroboam? God (2 Chron. 13:20).
 
21. Which evil northern king ruled only seven days? Zimri
22. Jericho was rebuilt by king Ahab
23. Which prophet challenged king Ahab? Elijah (1 Kings 17:1; 1Kings 18:19)
24. Who was Ahab’s wicked wife and how would her life end? Jezebel, she would be thrown from a palace tower and trampled over by horse foot and eating by dogs.
 
 25. Who was Athaliah? The daughter of Ahab who became the most brutal and bloody queen of the entire Bible (2 Kings 8:26).
 
 
26. Who was Micaiah? A true prophet of God who was put in prison by Ahab. Micaiah was called out of prison by Ahab for prophecy. However when Micaiah told Ahab that he would lose a battle and die, Ahab put him back in prison.
 
27. Describe Ahaziah. Ahaziah was the 8 ruler of the North, he ruled for 2 years. He was the son of Ahab and Jezebel. He was a king would did evil
28. Which prophet bailed out King Jehoram during a great military blunder? Elisha.
29. What was Jehu’s order concerning the 70 sons of Ahab?  That they would be beheaded by the citizens (2 Kings 10:1-7).
 
30. Explain the parable of the thistle. Jehoash was challenged to battle by Amaziah, king of Judah (2 Kings 14:8). Jehoash responded by relating the parable of a thistle in Lebanon (2 Kings 14:9-10). The content of the parable: an insignificant thistle dared suggest to a mighty cedar tree in Lebanon that its daughter be given in marriage to the thistle’s son. The conclusion of the parable: The ultimate in folly was Amaziah (the thistle) challenging Jehoash (the mighty cedar) in battle.
 
 31. What did the prophet Jonah predict about Jeroboam II? That he would be allowed by God to restore the boundaries of his kingdom which had been previously occupied by Israel’s enemies (2 Kings 14:25).
 
 
32. What was the circumstance concerning the capture of the northern kingdom’s last ruler, King Hoshea? Hoshea was casted into prison for joining with Egypt.
1.     Who was the first ruler of the southern kingdom and when did he reign? Rehoboam, he ruled for 17 years which was prior to and after the death of his father Solomon.
2.     Rehoboam was Arrogant and selfish.
         a.    Humble         c.     Arrogant        c.     Selfless
 
3.     What was no doubt the beginning of Rehoboam’s slide into compromise and idolatry?  His Polygamous actions.
 
4.     Which king was wounded in battle and cried out to God for help? Abijam.
5.     Which prophet rebuked king Asa and why? Hanani, because Asa had relied upon the king of Syria instead of God.
 
 
6.     T     F    King Jehoshaphat was overall a good king. True
7.     T     F   For all his godly reforms he failed miserably in trusting Jehovah by making various alliances with ungodly king True
8.     Who was King Joram’s wicked wife? Athaliah
9.     Which queen of the southern kingdom allowed her pagan sons to loot the Temple? Athaliah.
 
 10. Who was the boy-king who survived a bloody purge by his own grandmother in an attempt to kill off all the seed of David? Joash (2 Chron. 22:11; 2 Kings 11:2,4).
11. Which priest helped Joash walk with God? Jehoiada.
12. Who was the Old Testament Stephen? Zechariah.
13. Who was the tenth ruler of Judah who suffered leprosy because he intruded into the office of the priesthood? Uzziah
 
14. Which king of Judah broke apart the brazen serpent that Moses had made because his people were worshipping it? Hezekiah
 
15. Which king was desperately ill and God answered his prayer giving him 15 more years to live? Hezekiah
1.     How long did it take Nehemiah to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem?  52 days
2.     Ezra the priest brought the Law of God before the assembled people and read it for 6 hours.
3.     Which important feast was then reinstituted? The feast of the Tabernacles (8:13-18)
4.     Nehemiah returned to Persia for a time and upon his return to Jerusalem what disturbing things did he discover? Eliashib , the temple’s high priest, who was also the grandson of Joshua the high priest had converted a storage room into a beautiful guest room for Israel’s enemy Tobiah (13:8). Nehemiah also had to re gather the temple’s choir, which had dissolved during his absence (13:10). Nehemiah excommunicated Joiada (the son of Elisashib because of his unlawful marriage to Sanballat’s daughter (13:28).
 
 
5.     In the book of Esther we have the record of the 20 % of the Jews in Babylon that elected to remain in that empire.
6.     The events recorded in the book of Esther cover some 10 years, from 483 to 473 B.C..
7.     Who was the Persian king who ruled from the city of Susa over 127 provinces, stretching from India to the Upper Nile. Ahasuerus.
 
 8.     Briefly describe the cousin of Mordecai named Esther. Ester was a Jewess who lived among Gentiles. She married a Gentile. Because of Esther’s obedience to her uncle (Mordecai), she and all the Jews were saved. Ester is the only biblical book in which all the events take place in Persia. Ester records the most horrible example of anti-Semitic in the entire Bible, as seen in the action of Haman the Agagite. Ester is one of two Biblical books in which the name of God is not mentioned, yet there is no other book where God is more evident to be working behind the sene. Ester was also called Hadassah and was from the tribe of Benjamin (2:5-7). She was very pretty (2:7). She was raised up in the city of Susa in Persia by her cousin (2:5-7). She won the Persia beauty contest and became the queen of King Ahasuerus. (2:17-18).
 
 9.     Briefly describe the infamous character named Haman. Haman was a vicious politician, an unwitting servant of Satan himself. He was an Agagite, of Amalekite descent (3:1). He was also a descendant from a former king of that nation named Agag, who ruled in the days of Saul and Samuel.  Haman instigated the first attempted holocaust in history (3:2-6). It was Haman which sought to destroy all the Jews (3:5-6).
 
 
10. Explain the action proposed by Esther that could have resulted in her death. After learning of the plot against the Jews, Ester proclaimed a fast and decided to go to see the king. She went to the kings court uninvited which was an unlawful act for any one and would usually result in death ordered by the king.
 
 11. Describe how the king came to issue an edict ordering the execution of the Jews. Haman, the prime minister lied to the king concerning the Jews but made no mention of the which people. He simply told the king that there were a certain people who kept not even the king’s law. The king then agreed to have them killed.
 
12. Upon hearing of this dreadful decree what action did Esther take?  She ordered a three day fast among the Jews.
 
 13. What fundamental cause brought about the demise of Haman? The fact that Mordecai would not bow down to him caused Haman to desire to kill all Jews. I think that this type of anger still exists in today’s world and may be the primary reason that racism is still present. Many people of another race may hold a killing hate spirit inside of them because of one unpleasing experience of the opposite race at some point in their life.
 
14. The turnabout of events concerning Haman is referred to as irony. Explain the irony of Haman’s situation. Haman went to the king’s court with the expectation that the king would be pleased with him more than anyone else. However, God worked through the reading material of the king to show the king who was loyal to him. God also touched the king’s heart to bless the one Haman had planned to hang. Once Haman was ordered to ride through the city giving praises for his enemy by the king it was obvious that the table was turned. The entire plot of Haman to hang a man would backfire on him leaving Haman hanging at the place he had planned to be the hanger.
 
 
15. What fearful warning from God had Haman violated? The warning from God to Abraham in Gen. 12:3. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”.
 
 16. What feast was instituted to memorialize the great deliverance of the Jews from this Satanic aggression? The feast of Purim.
1.     T     F    The book of Job may be the oldest of all the books in the Bible. True
2.     T     F    One of the evidences for believing that Job may be the oldest book is the fact that it uses the ancient patriarchal name for God—Jehovah. False, the name El Shaddai is used 31 times in Job. Other reasons are because of the many ancient historical allusions, such as pyramids (3:14), the cities of the plains (15:28), and the great flood (22:16). The omission of Israel’s history, there is no reference to the law, the Exodus of Israel, the Red Sea crossing, or any of the kings of Israel.
3.     T     F   The theme of Job is ‘Why do the righteous suffer?” False, the theme is God’s sovereignty.
  1. Who is Eliphaz? Eliphaz is a descendant of Esau (Gen. 36:11). He was the theologian basing his advice on observation and experience. His was the voice of a Philosophy (4:8; 5:17).
5.     Who is Bildad? Bildad is a descendant of Abraham and Keturah (Gen. 25:2). He was the historian and legalist, basing his advice on tradition. He was the voice of the history (8:8).
 
6.     Who is Elihu? Elihu is a descendant of Nahor, Abraham’s father (Gen.22:21). He was the intellectual, basing his advice on education. He was the voice of  logic.
 
 
7.     T     F     The book of Job may refer to dinosaurs. True (40:15; 41:1).
8.     T     F    Job reveals the truth that Satan cannot tempt or afflict a believer without God’s permission to do so.  True
9.     Job suffered five different trials. What is the reason for it? To prove that God will not allow any more than we can bear, and to prove that to a righteous man the devil is a lie. The ultimate reasons were because of confrontations between God and the devil.
 
 10. Job attributed evil to God. How so?  Job says “Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?” (2:10).
 
 11. What was the nature of Eliphaz’s errant assumption about Job? He me assumed that somewhere along the way job had sinned and was now paying for his sin.
 
  12. What did Eliphaz accuse Job of doing? Cheating the poor, withholding bread from the hungry, mistreating widows and orphans, and of being a windbag (22:6,7,9; 15:12).
 
 13. On what did Bildad base his words against Job? Tradition
14. On what did Zophar base his words against Job?  Dogmatism
15. How many speeches were made in the book of Job? Nine
16. How many topics were involved?  14
17. T    F    God subjected Job to a 60-question quiz. True
18. What is leviathan?  The Leviathan was the greatest aquatic animal, one that is extent which man could not tame. This creature is described as one to breath fire and may have been some type of Sea Dragon. 
  
Read Isa. 7:14, 9:6, 7, and 11:1-11.What elements of those prophecies are the most precious to you and why?
 In Isaiah 7:14, the most important element of this prophecy is that the coming of Jesus is a sign from the Lord. The word sign here has a direct meaning of surety to me and is also very important for the unbeliever in Christ Jesus. The fact that this passage was spoken many years prior to its fulfillment shows me that God works in his own time and not in our time.  I can imagine the number of people to lose faith over the years, between the days of this prophesy and its fulfillment. However the elements of this prophesy keeps hope alive that we are yet today living in times with signs and that Jesus will return as the scriptures have spoken.
In Isaiah 9:6, the most important element of this prophecy is “his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace”. The word wonderful means that he will do great things, and it builds my spirit of ministry when I compare this prophesy to the fact that Jesus went to the cross, the works he perform in the grave, and the reason that he arose in three days and ascended on high 40 days later. These wonderful things were done that we could have the spirit of God abiding in us and that the gates of hades would not be able to prevail against us (Matt 16:18), as believers in Jesus. The word Counselor tells me that Jesus is a king, a leader whom I could follow, listen to and do what he tells me to do. I would obey his counsel.  Mighty God assures me that God has all power and that all the powers of God would be in Jesus as confirmation that he is God. The everlasting Father encourages me that through Jesus I would have the ways to eternal life from the day that I first believed that he was the Son of God, and that God abided in him. The Prince of Peace comforts me in knowing that the prince of this world who is satin has no power over Jesus who is the Almighty. When this world places trails, tribulations and sufferings in my life, I can have peace through Jesus Christ.
 Isaiah 9:7 touches me with the beginning passage “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end”. We have to obey the laws of the land and the government is the law maker here. Through this passage I have found the law that even though many of their laws are without reverence to God, the government still belongs to Jesus and they will bow down to the King with all power ( Phil 2:10).  There will be an increase in his government means that one day we as a people will wake up and elect all authorities according to the gospel, the good tidings, and the righteousness of God. People who have large bank accounts filled with money will be less important than those filled with the Holy Ghost.
 In Isaiah 11:1, the word “Branch” is the most important element of this text because it points out Jesus alone. Even though the line of David would be cut down, there would be a remnant left of his father Jesse who is the forefather of the Davidic line.  Jesus would sprout up as from a forgotten stump of a tree and grow in to the spiritual branch that bears fruit into our lives that we could acknowledge him as the tree of life. Then verse 2 the entire text would be the most important element as a whole to me, because it does list the seven spirits of God. The spirit of the Lord is the first spirit of God that we all as believers seek to have in rule of our lives. This spirit covers the entire seven fold spirits of the Lord; see (Rev 4:5). Then there is the spirit of wisdom, we are wise to seek the living God. Even though many may have their own issues in life, it is the wisdom of God that teaches us to know God, and to understand his word. The spirit of understanding is none less the having the mind that God has bless us with, and having the state of mind to allow God to give us the understanding of his knowledge. When we understand a thing then we know more about its purpose and what it is that we are to do with it or for it. Next there is the spirit of counsel. This spirit places us in a spiritual leadership position and gives us the courage to us God’s gift to us for his purpose. With the spirit of counsel we are gifted to train and teach in the name of Jesus. The spirit of might enhances the power invested in the believer by God and encourages us in our walk and speech that we may be able to speak boldly in the name of Jesus. Then we have the spirit of knowledge, and this spirit goes hand in hand with wisdom and understanding because one will need to know that God exist prior to being able to understand God, and one must know that there is wisdom prior to becoming wise in the counsel of God.  The spirit of the fear of the Lord is the spirit that we have when we fear God. When a cop drives by you on the interstate it will be hard to count the number of brake lights from the cars of other drivers around you, because of their fear for the law. When we have the fear of the Lord we will be those who need not to hit on brakes when the cop passes us because we obey God, by obeying the speed limit when the cops are not around. The fear of the Lord is a great spirit of God that all nations must learn.
Isaiah 11:3, in this verse I find that the fear of the Lord will give the believer a quick understanding and this is important to me. Many people may not find it hard to understand the King James Version of the Bible simply because of their lack of fear of the Lord. When we fear the Lord, we give him the time, prayer, and meditations needed that we are able to understand.
Isaiah 11:4, here the importance of the poor being judged in righteousness stands out to me. Many pastors and teachers are valued today by their level of speech on a college level which the poor are unable to comprehend because they were unable to afford the college education, but it is the poor which are blessed (Matt 5:3). Here I find that Jesus will come and judge the poor righteously and not degrade them as many do today.
 Isaiah 11:5, the word righteousness here implies that Jesus will be all about what is right. The word reins implies that the righteousness of Christ will be from the heart and not from the laws of the world. Jesus is coming to heal, help, deliver, and save.
Isaiah 11:6-9, gives the implications that there shall be peace throughout the nations, even in the animal life. Therefore the greatest implications in this text are the understanding of the spreading and growth of love.
Isaiah 11:10, implies that the rest of Christ shall be even glorious to the gentiles. Here I find that the judgments of man by his standards will be eliminated, and the standards of God shall be glorified. The Gentiles are those who have been rejected by the Jews primary because the Gentiles were not circumcised. However, it would be the Gentiles to be first to be circumcised spiritually by seeking Christ.
Isaiah 11:11, the implication of the remnant to be gathered by the hands of God implies that there were yet those who still believed in God. This implication confirms to me that all we need to do is to remain as the remnant and never disbelieve in God, but always trust in God and he will not forsake us.  (words 1381)
 
1.       List and briefly explain the 3 views on the interpretation of 7:14. Which do you choose and why?
The first view would be the fact that God would give the sign to Ahaz. In verse 11, the man of God told Ahaz to ask for a sign, but the King responded as though the prophet asked him to request a sign. When the man of God speaks with a request of someone, it should be well if the request be fulfilled. There are many cases today where people seek counsel from God through their Pastor or Bishop, but will not obey what the Lord says. For example, a woman may be hurt because her man has cheated on her and instead of listening to her Pastor, she will, in many cases be desiring to have a man of God in her life to take the place of her cheating husband. Being in such a frame of thought during the counseling with her Pastor may cause her to lose focus on what the Pastor is telling her due to the fact that she is focused so hard on having a man like her Pastor as a husband. I do think that this is what happened to Ahaz. He was so focus on saving his life and kingdom in battle that he could not see that God was not asking but telling him to make this request.
 The second view is the fact that a virgin shall conceive. This prophesy would not be seen by the King whom it was spoken to, for it was the prophesy of Jesus in the womb of Mary. Ahaz would be dead by the time of the fulfilling of this prophesying, but yet it was spoken to him because he was of the Davidic line.  Here also I find where much confusion may have transpired, even up until today’s ministry, because of the word virgin and its meaning.  “The first question is how do we understand the Hebrew word, does it mean “virgin” or “young lady”” (Beyer p73). I find this to be the most interesting of the interpretations because it requires a much deeper study for questions  such as; What did the word virgin mean back then, and what did the word conceive mean back then, in the Hebrew’s definition (Beyer p73,74).  The reason that the Hebrew definitions are important is because Isaiah was a Hebrew, and his name was a Hebrew name. In this language the word “virgin” could mean; a woman who was not yet married, a woman  who was a young lady without a cycle, or a woman who had not been interment yet (Beyer p75,76).  
 The third main point here is the name “Immanuel”, which means, God is with us. However, at the time of this prophesy the Syrians were encamped at Ephraim. Judah was about to face war and did this mean that God would deliver them (Beyer p74).  I learn here that God will speak a word of blessing to people that will be confirmed in their Grandchildren, but is yet a blessing to the hearer because of their seed.
2. How does 9:1-5 provide a context for the great messianic prophecy in vv. 6, 7?
Verse one mentions Galilee, and it would be that The fishing villages of Capernaum that Jesus conducted most of his public ministry and performed most of his recorded miracles (Beyer p84). The Sea of Galilee was so important because it linked the Jews and Gentiles together more than other places. Because of the terrain, people traveling to and from Egypt where forced to travel through this area. Therefore verse one mentions Galilee of the nations that it would include the Gentiles and Jews. With so much association with the pagan world in this area of Galilee, it would have been hard for the people to even imagine such good as Jesus could come there.
 Verse 2 speaks of the light that was to come to those who were in the dark, and that light would be none other than Jesus. In verses 6 and 7, the prophet details the light as the Wonderful Counselor. The word “Counselor” refers to “King”.  This could have been none other than the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
 

3. List and briefly explain the elements of the prophecy of 9:6, 7.
 The prophesy of 9:6 gives us the details and deity of Jesus. Even through there was much rebelliousness, God would give his Son to us. The name Wonderful Counselor is his name meaning that he would be the King of all understanding for the people. The mighty God, meaning that Jesus was God and that there is none stronger to come to us than he. The everlasting Father, meaning that our only way to eternal life would be through Jesus, and this route to eternal life was coming to us that we: would be able to travel the road which would lead into life everlasting. The Prince of Peace, Jesus would bring peace life it had never been so before, There would be no more wars and envy and jealously among the people.
4. How does 9:8-10:34 provide a literary context for the prophecy of ch. 11? (hint: lumber industry). In Isaiah 9:812, “the people answered God’s judgment with confident pride. They could rebuild whatever God had torn down, in fact they believed that they could even rebuild better”, (Beyer p86). In 11:11-16, Isaiah prophesied the return of the remnant that had suffered displacement”, (Beyer p90). Here we see that God’s people were confident to rebuild places destroyed in the wrath of God, and that God would rebuild his people from what would remain after his judgment. The people had not lost all confidence and neither had God had not lost love for his hand was still stretched out for the people. Isaiah 10:15 “
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth there-with? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood” After God had use the Assyrians, and delivered his rebellious people in the their hands, the Assyrians would become beheaded and proud. The Assyrians never intended to give the glory to God and they took the credit for their accomplishments without thanking God and praising God. Therefore the prophet was given a word from God which compared them to the axle taking the credit for chopping down the tree, and the saw for taking the credit to sawing down the tree. Then in verse 16-19, Isaiah would acknowledge that the children of Israel would be a fire to burn the forest of trees in Assyria, and these trees were the people. Isaiah 10: 20-23, here the prophet beginning to speak of God’s rebuilding of his people from a remnant just as the people themselves spoke of rebuilding in 9:10. Again in 10:33-34, the prophet symbolizes the chopping of wood and the clearing of the forest as a symbol of what would happen to the Assyrians. 11:1 is where we see the blessings to come from the fact that the remnant of the stump which was left from the chopped tree shall produce a rod out of its stem, and this would be Jesus.
 
5. List and explain the details for Beyer’s 3 main points of the Ch. 11 prophecy.
 The theme of chapter 11 from Beyer’s viewpoint is “a wonderful kingdom God was preparing for his own” (Beyer p88). These prophesy would be used to encourage God’s people with the strength to carry on, no matter what they would face. Isaiah would focus on three aspects: the Messiah, the Messiah’s message of peace to come, and the people whom God would gather, (Beyer p89). The message of the Messiah described a new work the Lord would begin in the land. In 11:1-5 the source of the new work was detailed. “The Hebrew term for “branch” is related to the name of the town Nazareth, the place of Jesus’s bot hood.  The reference to Jesse’s line as opposed to David’s line makes an important distinction.  Isaiah was not announcing the coming of David’s successor; he was announcing the coming of another David” (Beyer p 89).
 The peace the Messiah would bring describes the blessings that were to come from this great Messiah whom Isaiah had described previously. The concepts of this passage in 11:6-10 would paint a picture of peace like never before. Kids were safe around snakes; people who were enemies would become best friends. This is the peace that Jesus would bring.
  The people God will gather in 11:11-16, shows us that all the people who had come to war against God’s people would now come in the peace that God had given though Jesus. There were 3 nations mentioned in this passage: Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon. But God’s gathering of his people would prove much more thorough. His hand would reach to Cush in Africa, to Elam east of Babylon, to Hamath in Syria, and even to the “island of the sea” visited by the seafaring and slave-trading Phoenicians (Beyer p 90, 91) 

6. Summarize the main points of the messianic and kingdom prophecies in 2, 7, 9, and 11. This is what they would have known thus far.
 In Chapter 2 the setting is that of the millennial age when the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to learn the ways of God. Here weapons which were once used for war will be used for farming, and there will be more people to feed and no one to fight any longer.
 In Chapter 7 we have the Immanuel prophecy which introduces the hope of the future in spite of the pending judgment.
In Chapter 9 Galilee is identified with the nations. To those in the darkness of the north, God has promised to send a great light. This light was Jesus.
 In Chapter 11, the millennial reign of Christ is described.
When you look at how God responded to His children, what are some principles from the portion of Isaiah that you have already read that can help us as parents know how to respond appropriately to our children?
 This text covers not only much of the book of Isaiah, but a very large portion of the entire OT.  When I look at the principles of the sections of Isaiah concerning this topic, I must begin in Genesis 6:5 “And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. This text shows me that God saw the hearts of man and that prior to some of the evil acts which man may have thought of committing but was not yet committed, that God had planned to destroy man in Genesis 6:7. Then in Genesis 9: 11-12, God left a sign that we see today in the rainbow, of his mercy towards his children from that day forward. With this understood, I can move back to Isaiah 1:9Except the Lord of host had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah”. The fact that God leaves his arms out to his children for repentance and yet leaves a portion of his children after the wrath of God is come down on a rebellious people, shows me the mercy of God towards his children. Even those who were brought into captivity would be gathered back as his people. The Bible tells us that there will be tares gathered to burn and wheat gathered into the barn in Matthews 13:30. This means that even though in the end there will be fire, those who have been saved shall be protected in the barn.
 As parents today we punish our children that they may be good people on earth. However this does not stop many kids from growing into a rebellious spirit, and I find the law here that that our own parenting standards should be raised. We all as parents should make it a priority to train up our kids to obey the commandments of God, instead of setting our standards on teaching our kids more so only in the laws of the land (Proverbs 22:6). Not only throughout the book of Isaiah, but throughout the Bible, God continue to love his children and allow room for repentance. God even gave his only begotten Son that we all could be saved (John 3:16). The only way that we can raise our kids correctly is by training them up in Jesus. Amen.
In addition to the original post question- also look at Isaiah 30, and discuss what we can learn about being a parent and about being a child from this passage.
The first verse in chapter 30 gives me the insight that it is easy for children to be rebellious to God unknowingly even when they obey their parents or elders who do not obey God. I think that this is a very large percentage of our problem in society, and it is vital that the parents obey God. In the next 6 verses, I find our lives as parents today in that many people who go out into this world in a good heart without trust and obedience to God will soon learn that the people and places that are trusted in are of no value of profit to us outside of God. Then we have our children who we have set examples for that will be transformed by this world , into liars and rebellious people to God because we as parents have trained them up in the trust of the such people as place and not in God .
 Isaiah 30:8-17, it is here that we find now our children in complete and wiliness to disobey God. They do not desire to go to church and to hear the preacher; they mock God and laugh at the one who speaks for God, because they have been trained up learning to flee from God. Many of our children will end up in jails for crimes they committed and God will still be available for them but they will not commit themselves to God. Therefore many of our children will end up right back in jail again and again until they are given life sentences , where they will realize that they are now all alone like a pole on the top of a mountain (Isaiah 30:17).
Isaiah 30:18-22, confirms God’s grace to me, for it is he that I can see a young man facing a life’s sentence in jail who will have a lot of time to sit and think and that all thought s will lead him back to God as being his only way for deliverance or freedom. Then there would be the Word of God in the jails from the preachers which will have more value now that this world has totally let the rebellious child down. However in many cases this will be avoided if the parent had been trained up into Christ, and known the importance of such training for their own child.
1.       List and briefly explain the 3 views on the interpretation of 7:14. Which do you choose and why?
The first view would be the fact that God would give the sign to Ahaz. In verse 11, the man of God told Ahaz to ask for a sign, but the King responded as though the prophet asked him to request a sign. When the man of God speaks with a request of someone, it should be well if the request be fulfilled. There are many cases today where people seek counsel from God through their Pastor or Bishop, but will not obey what the Lord says. For example, a woman may be hurt because her man has cheated on her and instead of listening to her Pastor, she will, in many cases be desiring to have a man of God in her life to take the place of her cheating husband. Being in such a frame of thought during the counseling with her Pastor may cause her to lose focus on what the Pastor is telling her due to the fact that she is focused so hard on having a man like her Pastor as a husband. I do think that this is what happened to Ahaz. He was so focus on saving his life and kingdom in battle that he could not see that God was not asking but telling him to make this request.
 The second view is the fact that a virgin shall conceive. This prophesy would not be seen by the King whom it was spoken to, for it was the prophesy of Jesus in the womb of Mary. Ahaz would be dead by the time of the fulfilling of this prophesying, but yet it was spoken to him because he was of the Davidic line.  Here also I find where much confusion may have transpired, even up until today’s ministry, because of the word virgin and its meaning.  “The first question is how do we understand the Hebrew word, does it mean “virgin” or “young lady”” (Beyer p73). I find this to be the most interesting of the interpretations because it requires a much deeper study for questions  such as; What did the word virgin mean back then, and what did the word conceive mean back then, in the Hebrew’s definition (Beyer p73,74).  The reason that the Hebrew definitions are important is because Isaiah was a Hebrew, and his name was a Hebrew name. In this language the word “virgin” could mean; a woman who was not yet married, a woman  who was a young lady without a cycle, or a woman who had not been interment yet (Beyer p75,76).  
 The third main point here is the name “Immanuel”, which means, God is with us. However, at the time of this prophesy the Syrians were encamped at Ephraim. Judah was about to face war and did this mean that God would deliver them (Beyer p74).  I learn here that God will speak a word of blessing to people that will be confirmed in their Grandchildren, but is yet a blessing to the hearer because of their seed.
2. How does 9:1-5 provide a context for the great messianic prophecy in vv. 6, 7?
Verse one mentions Galilee, and it would be that The fishing villages of Capernaum that Jesus conducted most of his public ministry and performed most of his recorded miracles (Beyer p84). The Sea of Galilee was so important because it linked the Jews and Gentiles together more than other places. Because of the terrain, people traveling to and from Egypt where forced to travel through this area. Therefore verse one mentions Galilee of the nations that it would include the Gentiles and Jews. With so much association with the pagan world in this area of Galilee, it would have been hard for the people to even imagine such good as Jesus could come there.
 Verse 2 speaks of the light that was to come to those who were in the dark, and that light would be none other than Jesus. In verses 6 and 7, the prophet details the light as the Wonderful Counselor. The word “Counselor” refers to “King”.  This could have been none other than the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
 

3. List and briefly explain the elements of the prophecy of 9:6, 7.
 The prophesy of 9:6 gives us the details and deity of Jesus. Even through there was much rebelliousness, God would give his Son to us. The name Wonderful Counselor is his name meaning that he would be the King of all understanding for the people. The mighty God, meaning that Jesus was God and that there is none stronger to come to us than he. The everlasting Father, meaning that our only way to eternal life would be through Jesus, and this route to eternal life was coming to us that we: would be able to travel the road which would lead into life everlasting. The Prince of Peace, Jesus would bring peace life it had never been so before, There would be no more wars and envy and jealously among the people.
4. How does 9:8-10:34 provide a literary context for the prophecy of ch. 11? (hint: lumber industry). In Isaiah 9:812, “the people answered God’s judgment with confident pride. They could rebuild whatever God had torn down, in fact they believed that they could even rebuild better”, (Beyer p86). In 11:11-16, Isaiah prophesied the return of the remnant that had suffered displacement”, (Beyer p90). Here we see that God’s people were confident to rebuild places destroyed in the wrath of God, and that God would rebuild his people from what would remain after his judgment. The people had not lost all confidence and neither had God had not lost love for his hand was still stretched out for the people. Isaiah 10:15 “
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth there-with? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood” After God had use the Assyrians, and delivered his rebellious people in the their hands, the Assyrians would become beheaded and proud. The Assyrians never intended to give the glory to God and they took the credit for their accomplishments without thanking God and praising God. Therefore the prophet was given a word from God which compared them to the axle taking the credit for chopping down the tree, and the saw for taking the credit to sawing down the tree. Then in verse 16-19, Isaiah would acknowledge that the children of Israel would be a fire to burn the forest of trees in Assyria, and these trees were the people. Isaiah 10: 20-23, here the prophet beginning to speak of God’s rebuilding of his people from a remnant just as the people themselves spoke of rebuilding in 9:10. Again in 10:33-34, the prophet symbolizes the chopping of wood and the clearing of the forest as a symbol of what would happen to the Assyrians. 11:1 is where we see the blessings to come from the fact that the remnant of the stump which was left from the chopped tree shall produce a rod out of its stem, and this would be Jesus.
 
5. List and explain the details for Beyer’s 3 main points of the Ch. 11 prophecy.
 The theme of chapter 11 from Beyer’s viewpoint is “a wonderful kingdom God was preparing for his own” (Beyer p88). These prophesy would be used to encourage God’s people with the strength to carry on, no matter what they would face. Isaiah would focus on three aspects: the Messiah, the Messiah’s message of peace to come, and the people whom God would gather, (Beyer p89). The message of the Messiah described a new work the Lord would begin in the land. In 11:1-5 the source of the new work was detailed. “The Hebrew term for “branch” is related to the name of the town Nazareth, the place of Jesus’s bot hood.  The reference to Jesse’s line as opposed to David’s line makes an important distinction.  Isaiah was not announcing the coming of David’s successor; he was announcing the coming of another David” (Beyer p 89).
 The peace the Messiah would bring describes the blessings that were to come from this great Messiah whom Isaiah had described previously. The concepts of this passage in 11:6-10 would paint a picture of peace like never before. Kids were safe around snakes; people who were enemies would become best friends. This is the peace that Jesus would bring.
  The people God will gather in 11:11-16, shows us that all the people who had come to war against God’s people would now come in the peace that God had given though Jesus. There were 3 nations mentioned in this passage: Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon. But God’s gathering of his people would prove much more thorough. His hand would reach to Cush in Africa, to Elam east of Babylon, to Hamath in Syria, and even to the “island of the sea” visited by the seafaring and slave-trading Phoenicians (Beyer p 90, 91) 

6. Summarize the main points of the messianic and kingdom prophecies in 2, 7, 9, and 11. This is what they would have known thus far.
 In Chapter 2 the setting is that of the millennial age when the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to learn the ways of God. Here weapons which were once used for war will be used for farming, and there will be more people to feed and no one to fight any longer.
 In Chapter 7 we have the Immanuel prophecy which introduces the hope of the future in spite of the pending judgment.
In Chapter 9 Galilee is identified with the nations. To those in the darkness of the north, God has promised to send a great light. This light was Jesus.
 In Chapter 11, the millennial reign of Christ is described.
 
 
 
WHAT IS Paul’s Gospel?
By
Kelvin L Mathews
 
INTRODUCTION
 The Gospel of Paul is a very interesting topic which has contributed much to my Bible studies and my ministry of the gospel. I feel that Paul’s gospel has a power point for everyone who desires to learn of Christ and for those who desire to understand God’s word. Paul was a Pharisee who was known before his conversion as (Saul of Tarsus). While known as Saul, Paul was one who persecuted the church and the life of those whom believed in the gospel of Christ. He wrote more books in the bible than any other author. Other Bible Authors such as Peter and James, who was the brother of Jesus, often wrote contradictory text of the text of Paul. I do find that the text of Paul stands out to me more than any other author. Paul’s gospel through Bible study seems to have much more weight and foundation to be applied to life here on earth after the Ascension of Jesus.
 I think that this study of Paul’s life and his gospel will be one to open many eyes and humble many hearts for a better understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. In this Paper I will attempt to draw a clear picture of the importance of Paul’s gospel and present a understanding of the meaning of Paul’s gospel to others as well as myself. Paul’s ministry is so unique to me because Paul wrote to churches as an individual unit that the one to receive his letter would benefit from his understanding as the Lord has given to him by the spirit of revelation. However we will find that many people who study Paul’s gospel will conclude that Paul contradicted his own text and ministry. This is why I find the need to go more in depth with the study of Paul’s ministry and his gospel.
 People will tend to look for the negative of one’s ministry rather than to seek for a Godly understanding of a minister’s ministry in today’s church. God has a gift for everyone and a measure of this gift from God may be greater or less depending upon the faith of the gifted soul. I have found that the study of Paul’s gospel has strengthened my faith and ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I do pray that somewhere along the way in this text someone else may be made stronger in the Lord.
 
The conversion of  Saul the persecutor of Jesus Christ into Paul the Apostle to write more books than any other author as a testimony for the same Lord Jesus whom he had once persecuted is one of the greatest doctrines to study. The conversion of Saul was the second of three great salvation stories in the first section of the book of acts. This great conversion also bears witness as evidence that God can use whomever he please as a vessel no matter how much sin one has indulged in or committed in their life. This is why I love to study the gospel of Paul because I know that only God can turn a soul around in such a magnitude.  Many Christians today will focus on the faults of a person in their own belief of one’s ministry, weather it would be a pure ministry or one to be defiled. I learn through my study of Paul that that it is well to see the works of God in a sinner transformed into a saint rather than to see the good of a man and neglect the works of God. The goodness of God can only be seen by the cleaning of sin from a man whom one may have considered to be good as a man, without the acknowledgements of God in all his ways.  Saul was a descendant of Shem, who received the blessing in Genesis 9:26.  Saul of acts was of the tribe of Shem, the first tribe to be blessed following the sin of the brother of Shem. This information is valuable because it gives us the understanding that the flesh relationship of people has no profit with the spiritual relationship with God. Just because a person is related to a minister or someone who has been blessed, this person must be submissive to God in order to be blessed.
 There are two other great conversions in the book of Acts, such as the Ethiopian eunuch, who was a descendant of Ham (Acts 8:7). Ham was the son of Noah who sinned during Noah’s drunkenness in Genesis 9:22 and Ham was the son whose seed of Canaan seed was cursed due to Ham’s sin to Noah. Many may ask if Ham’s seed was cursed then how a descendant of his seed could be blessed in the book of Acts. The answer would be that Canaan was a tribe to be cursed in Genesis and that not all of Ham’s seed would have been cursed due to the fault of Ham in the Genesis. The Canaanites were white however this would not pass a curse on to the pigmented skin of the flesh, nor the non pigmented skin. We must keep focus on the fact that God tries the heart and not the flesh in any and all ways. Therefore we should view the blessings as spiritual as well as the curses as spiritual. The other great conversion in the book of Acts was of Cornelius, a descendant of Japheth. In Acts 10:44, Cornelius is saved.  
 The early ministry of Paul began with his preaching in the Damascus synagogues (Acts 9:19-21). Here Paul preaches that Christ is the Son of God. However those to witness Paul’s preaching here at this time were amazed because of the reputation Paul had established for himself as one who destroyed the church in Jerusalem. Therefore those to witness assumed only that Paul may have really been a wolf in sheep clothes that had come to devour the sheep and to up root the church. At this time Paul retired to the Arabian Desert, and it may be assumed that he acknowledged his hardship beginning as a minister of gospel for Jesus Christ.  Paul must have really had a rough time in his very first attempt to preach to God’s people just as Jonah in Nineveh. This is what happens with many who are called to preach after that have been in jail for a time due the previous life of sin. People will label you as a jail house preacher and forget about the Bible text of Romans 10:14, and Isaiah 52:7.
Paul states that after he returned from the Desert, he returned to Damascus (GAL. 1:17). The scriptures of Paul imply that he was taught by no man of the gospel of Christ. However some assume that while Paul was in the Desert for three years, he was in a bible school. I do not agree, and I think that Paul may have been in isolation in the Desert and received there a more powerful preaching revelation from the Lord than he may have obtained at his conversion, just as John received such powerful revelation on the Isles of Patmos (REV.1:9). I am witness that once a person has tasted the goodness of God and once God has removed the heaviest weight of sin from someone’s life then will one desire to be filled with this wonderful taste and will prefer to be alone with God.
 The Jews desired to kill Paul, even at his second trip to Damascus and in Acts 9:23-25 we see that Paul had to escape from the Jews there in Damascus. This should be of no shock because of the numerous times that Jesus escaped from the same group of people throughout the gospels, especially in John chapter 8.  There is much mention of the Jews throughout the Bible and many may have the need to know that the Jews of the Semitic origin, meaning they are of the seed of Shem the blessed of Noah’s son’s seed. However, it may be seen that the Jews are the ones who took up rocks to killed Jesus, the very first to plan persecution to Paul. In today’s world many will acknowledge a blessing and allow the blessing to create a spirit within themselves to envy another known sinner who God may have blessed a bit more than they were blessed instead of acknowledging that God gives his gift according to our measure of faith. This is what Paul meant in Romans 12:3. The disciples of Jesus Christ took Paul and lead him down the wall in a basket in Acts 9:25. God has used a basket since Moses to hide and free his anointed from those to plot evil.  After his escape from Damascus and spending three years in the Desert, Paul visited Jerusalem for the first time since his conversion. This means that the last time Paul was in Jerusalem he was rooting up the church and imprisoning believers of Christ there. This marks only the first of at least five trips that Paul would make to Jerusalem after his conversion. I can imagine how the people there would feel once they heard that Paul was back and this time he was a preacher, just as Moses the runaway murderer was back in Egypt to save millions.  Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem would be found in Acts 11:30, the third in Acts 15:1-30; Gal 2:1-10, the fourth in Acts 18:21-23, and Paul’s final visit to Jerusalem after his conversion would be found in Acts 21:17-23.
 
 
 When Paul first went to Jerusalem as a minister of the gospel, all the disciples were afraid of him and did not believe that Paul was a disciple. I can imagine that this would be as if someone asked a person who was afraid of a snake to pick up a snake because the snake’s fangs had been removed. Paul must have known that it would be hard on him in Jerusalem to be welcomed even as a plain believer not to mention as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why did Paul go to Jerusalem knowing that he would not be welcomed or believed? This could have only been the work of Jesus. When God calls us to be about his business then nothing else matters and I think that this is a lesson for Christians to understand that God is in control.
 Just as Paul’s life had been plotted against in Damascus, so was it so here in Jerusalem. Even though Barnabas testified on behalf of Paul in Jerusalem of how Paul had been converted, Paul would still have to escape Jerusalem for his life. Here is a man who took lives from Christians who has found he was now running to save his life from Christians. Jesus spoke to Paul while he prayed in the temple and told him to get out of Jerusalem because they would not listen to him but would kill him. Paul then spoke back to Jesus and acknowledged the wrong that he had done there in the city of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. This is a lesson to show that once we confess our sins that God will make a way (1 John 1:9). The importance of unity may be one of the most under taught subjects in the ministry of the gospel here in today’s churches.
 After escaping from Jerusalem Paul returned home to Tarsus which may also be considered to be the home of the Gentiles (Acts 22:21). Paul was later sought and found by Barnabas in Tarsus and then brought into Antioch. Why would Barnabas bring Paul who had been rejected in Jerusalem into Antioch? What would be different this time around for Paul? In Acts 11:19-20 we will see that those who knew of the persecution of Stephen but had been scattered abroad, were preaching in Antioch prior to Barnabas’s departure to bring Paul back to Antioch. Therefore Barnabas must have witnessed the type of ministry there which he knew would be good for Paul. The preaching focused on was to the Jews only at first and then latter some of Cyprus did minister to the Grecians. However the most important part of the ministry to be established in Antioch prior to the arrival of Paul is that the hands of the Lord were upon them and that a great number believed. Once Barnabas had been sent from Jerusalem into Antioch and witnessed the glory of the Lord there he had a desire to find Paul. Once Barnabas and Paul arrived in Antioch from Tarsus, they remained steadfast there for an entire year, and it is here that the disciples were called Christians. During this year there in Antioch, many were taught in the church. This is the first of three occasions that believers were called Christians in the church. The other two are found in Acts 26:28, where King Agrippa uses the term, and 1 Peter 4:16 where Simon Peter uses the term.
 
 Once this year was spent in Antioch, Paul would receive a revelation to return into the city of Jerusalem and would do so with Barnabas receiving the right hand of fellowship by those disciples who disbelieved in Paul’s ministry during his first visit to Jerusalem. Why did they give the right hand to Paul on his second trip to Jerusalem? Prior to the second return into Jerusalem, a man named Agabus had received a revelation from God that there would be a great dearth throughout all the world, which did come to pass in the days of Claudis Caesar (Acts 11:28). Paul’s revelation to return to Jerusalem would come in the time that many were in need of material things of the world, especially food. God would have seemed to prepared the Jews in Jerusalem to received Paul because of their needs for food because Paul would have a love offering on this second trip to Jerusalem (Acts 11:27-30).  I can recall of how the Jews were hungry and Jesus feeds so many with so little and how the multitude of followers of Christ grew to the extent that Jesus would have to preach from a boat in the water. The Jews followed Jesus mainly because they would have a desire for more fish and bread later, but Jesus knew they his mission was to feed the eternal bread, the word of God to the Jews. Here in Jerusalem on the second time around with a love offering, Paul received the right hand of fellowship. I have no confusion concerning the matter that the worldly love offering to those in Jerusalem paved the way for Paul’s ministry to have a way into the ears of those with reproach and stiff necks. Even in today’s world people will have no problem believing in a minister who gives them a brand new car or a thousand dollar shopping spree at the mall for their kids. These types of actions will fill the seats of any church every Sunday. This is a truth that I feel will always abide in this world because of the flesh. The fact that the great dragon can give a gift and get an Amen when he waggs his tail in the church. We must keep in mind that john wrote a letter to the devil who was over the church of Pergamos in REV 2:12-16.
 The question would then be for many too ask “how can one tell if a minister is the true minister of God or the deception of the devil?” I find that the answered would reside in the suffering of a minister. However many would look for a preacher who has no suffering or sin rather than to look for one whose life have been completely turned from sin? Keep in mind that sin is doubt (Romans 14:23). In this study we should be able to understand how many will listen to the devil, and pray to go to heaven. This is as if one was a truck driver singing the gospel in the cab headed north on the way to heaven with a trailer full of hell to deliver at the dock upon arrival to the gates. God forbid such entrance!
 Once Paul left Jerusalem after he had received the right hand of fellowship there, he would return to Antioch with Barnabas and John whose surname was Mark.  During his second visit to Antioch God would separate Paul and Barnabas by the ministry of others to receive God’s revelation there. This was not a separation because of hate but because of God’s will for the ministry of Paul. We should also note that during this stay at Antioch there was ministering to the Lord and not just ministering for the Lord. What is the difference? To minister for the Lord is to give the word from the Lord to the church, and to minister to the Lord is to focus on the things that God is saying to you. Ministering to the Lord can be classified as worship, and ministering for the Lord can be classified as preaching. Therefore we do see that this trip to Antioch was a bit different whereas many were taught in the church during the first year of Paul at Antioch, ministers worshiped more at Paul’s return to Antioch. It is still important for a minister to minister to the Lord today and this may require spending some time outside of the focus of others and only on the focus of God while keeping in mind that the mystery of the gospel is that Christ abides in us (Colossians 1:26-27). However due to the new technology of the world and a stead fast climb of those worldly things to hinder our focus on hearing the word of God through our on ministering to the Lord then many are not approved into the higher level of God’s calling of his chosen one. It is very important that we are able to separate when God say’s separate and to unite when God says unite.
 At Paul’s second return to Antioch after those to minister to the Lord and the laying on of hands service, the Antioch church sends forth the world’s first Christian foreign missionaries . We must know that the church here at Antioch was totally independent of the church at Jerusalem, and recognized no ecclesiastical hierarchy what so ever.  Paul left Antioch on his very first missionary journey at this time (Acts 13:2-4). His first missionary stop was at Cyprus where he preached at Salamis, the island’s eastern city in the synagogues of the Jews.  It should also be noticed that Paul was not alone here, even though God had separated Paul from Barnabas, John was present with Paul on his first missionary here. They also preached at the island of the western city which is called Paphos. This is where they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet. He was a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus. Bar- Jesus was with the deputy of the county, a prudent man who called for Barnabas and Paul desiring to hear the word of the Lord (Acts 13:6-7). Bar- Jesus whose name was understood to be Elymas, would attempt to turn the deputy away from the word of the Lord. This means that Bar-Jesus best tools to use might have been to speak to the deputy of all Paul had done while he was not yet a believer in Jesus. I would imagine that the false prophet may have attempted to have Paul arrested rather than to hear the word of God from Paul. However at this time Paul spoke boldly the word of God and exposed the enemy and proclaimed the blindness to overcome Bar- Jesus which came to pass just as Paul spoke the word. This may be viewed as the first mighty work done through Paul by the Lord on his first missionary journey.
 Paul’s second missionary stop was at Perga, and this is where John Mark would leave and separate from Paul.  Knowing that Mark must have witnessed the work of God done through Paul concerning the false prophet in Cyprus, why would Mark leave Paul? Some say that Mark may have been home sick. Others say that Mark may have been upset because Paul had become the leader in a position previously held by his cousin Barnabas. Mark was a Palestine Jew and the powerful emphasis on the Gentiles may have been a load that he was afraid to bare. Maybe Mark was afraid to travel the route that Paul was determined to travel, which was through the Taurus Mountains. Paul became very ill while in Perga and this may have been what is known as Malaria, and this may have put fear in Marks heart also.
 Paul’s third stop was at Antioch in Pisidia where he spent several weeks and preached two sermons in the synagogues in Antioch. His first sermon was a sermon about the Savior, and in his second portion of his first sermon was a sermon on the identity of the Savior. One of the best ways to build faith in others as a minister is to be able to preach the Salvation of Jesus Christ. This must have been a very powerful sermon by Paul due to the fact that he could not only speak of hearing but teach from experience of being saved. This would build for a long time in the minds of those to hear such preaching from Paul and also would prepare the way for Paul to deliver a powerful end to his sermon on how to identify Jesus, just as John the Baptist paved the way for the coming of the Lord, so would Paul’s first sermon pave the way for the ending of this first sermon, and draw more interest for his second sermon to come. In Paul’s second sermon almost everyone in the city of Pisidia came to hear Paul preach (Acts 13:44). At this time a man who no one would dare to hear was now bringing in people by the city to hear the word of God. ANT GOD ALRIGHT!.
 Paul’s fourth stop was in Iconium. It is here where revival took place and many Jews and Greeks believed in the Lord because of Paul’s preaching. However there was yet a group of stiff necked Jews who disbelieved and stirred up strife in the church to the extent that there was a division in the city. This means that there was possibly a great fight to break out in the church and that the people of the city became complete enemies of those they had being friends with previously. This was the working of Jesus Christ in Paul’s ministry and can be identified in the gospel by the words of Jesus Christ himself in Matthew 10:34-39.
 Paul’s fifth stop of his first missionary was at Lystra. This is where Paul gives a word to a cripple man to stand and walk and it was so done at that very time. The people here were very confused once they had seen the cure of the cripple and called forth other ministers saying that the God’s from heaven had come down. The priest of the city gathered the people and prepares to do a sacrifice unto the Apostles because they perceived them to be Gods. However when this was known of by the Apostles, Paul and Barnabas rent their clothes and ran in among the people crying out to stop the sacrifice. This means that Paul and Barnabas has united at this city and that they had took their clothes off together and cried out to the people while running to them. I can only imagine the look upon people’s face in today’s world to see two known preachers running towards them nude. Once Paul had proclaimed to be a man preaching the gospel and not a God, the Jews sought to kill Paul and took Paul out of the city and stoned Paul and left him for dead. As the disciples stood in the near Paul arose and departed from this city with Barnabas to Derbe. Why did the Jews only stone Paul and not Barnabas? I would assume that it was because of Paul’s words which gave power and faith for the crippled man to walk and that since Paul had proclaimed not to be a God then the Jews label him as the devil with power. The Jews also believed that Jesus was the devil in the gospel. This was a tradition of the Jews. Some people believe that Paul actually died at this stoning and was resurrected by God, and that this may have been the time he spoke of in 2 Corinthians 12:1-9 concerning his heavenly visit. However due to the fact that this stoning took place in A.D 47 or 48 and Paul wrote 2 Corinthians almost seven years later in A.D 55, and in Corinthians he said that this event happened 14 years prior to his text in 2Corinthians. However this stoning in Lystra may be related to the text of Paul in Galatians 6:17 where he spoke of the scores he bore for Jesus.
 Paul’s sixth stop was back to Antioch in Syria where they testified of all things which had been done of him along with those to abide with him. It was also here that a certain man taught that without the circumcision given by the Law of Moses that one could not be saved. This brought much confusion and the Apostle Peter was the first to give a report concerning this matter. This means that Peter was present at Antioch along with Paul and Barnabas.  Once Peter have given his report there was a silence and then Paul and Barnabas gave their report concerning the matter by testifying of the miracles done by God through them as ministers of the gospel. Then James gave a report. In the study of these reports given by the Apostles I find that some of the Apostles themselves may have not been circumcised and this was to be done at an early age of childhood according to the laws of Moses. Yet the people became confused and lost in understanding that Jesus had died for the flesh to profit not a thing. The testimonies of the Apostles concerning this matter were testimonies that would prove that the flesh circumcision had not hindered the works of God in their ministry, therefore why would they allow the flesh to prove the spirit. This is a wonderful topic to focus on in today’s world. People are often looking at the flesh of a person to determine if he is a preacher of not, but yet they will say Amen when the preacher says that God is a spirit. Many people find themselves attempting to condemn the spirit because of the flesh, or carnal things of this world.
 Later at Antioch Paul and Barnabas would come to a disagreement concerning Mark. Barnabas desired to take Mark with them but Paul refused. The two Apostles would then separate and Barnabas would take Mark with him to Cyrus and Paul took the recommended Silas with him to minister to the Galatians.
 
 
 
 
 This would be the end of Paul’s first Missionary journey and he would begin his first stop of his second missionary journey in Lystra, with the second being in Troas, the third in Philippi, the fourth stop was Thessalonica, the fifth stop was in Bera, the sixth stop was in Athens, The seventh stop was at Corinth, the eight stop was in Ephesus, and the final stop of his second missionary was back to Antioch.
 This is a summary of the gospel which may produce the desire of another to focus more in-depth on the ministry of Paul. Paul had a desire to journey to Rome throughout his entire ministry and he would eventually make it to Rome on his third missionary Journey. It was in Rome where he wrote the books of Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians.  Much of Paul’s writing was done from inside the prison walls and I find this to be a reason that Paul may have had a word to speak or write that would bless many at any given time under any given situation.
 When God allows for isolation, all the isolated one needs to do is to seek God and the spirit will bear witness to a ministry that will be perfected by God. I have learned much and still I enjoy the text of Paul more than any other author concerning God’s Word. I have also gathered the understanding that those to suffer the most are those to do the greatest work in the name of Jesus. Therefore I dare not to judge a person from those tribulation times of this world. This study has shed insight on many important facts with one of the main ones to be is the fact that we are all brothers and sisters and that to help another is to help a brother or sister, and to harm another would then be to harm a brother or sister.
 The text of this paper is suffice that one would develop a sincere interest in the gospel of Paul.  There is much more to the gospel of Paul than that which is spoken of in this brief paper. I also feel that for one to really master the gospel of this great Apostle then one would need to fully understand the book of Romans which was penned by Paul. There are many great topics concerning the book of Romans.
 Paul wrote the book of Romans while he had not yet been to Rome and it may be safe to say that Paul founded the Church of Rome through much of his writing which he penned while he was in prison. It is through Paul’s text in Romans that we are today able to understand that God will save an unrighteous man and make him righteous for the purpose of his chosen. Had it not been for Paul then many today would be living in darkness with no hope to be saved. The fact that God saved a man who was of those considered unable to be save bears witness that Jesus died that we all could be saved. In Romans Paul shows how the gentiles have been saved into righteousness by faith without seeking salvation, and yet how many of Israel, God’s chosen were unsaved by living under the law and yet seeking to be saved. This should under no instance decrease our obedience of the law but would be sufficed that we would allow God to be above the law in our life. Paul has taught that people under God are those that do not strive to break laws and that those to break laws are in slaved to the law. However it would be better that our imprisonment be of the Lord Jesus Christ and not of the law for Christ is above the law.
 Paul breaks the book of Romans down into four building, the court house which is in chapters 1-5, and the factory which is in chapters 6-8, and the synagogue which is in chapters 9-11, and the temple which is in chapters 12-16.  In Romans chapter 9 Paul’s focus is on Israel’s selection by God in the past, the fact that they were God’s chosen people. Then in chapter 10 Paul’s focus is on the rejection of God by those whom God has chosen in the past, at that very present time. Even though they were chosen many years ago, they were still rejecting God at the present time. Then in chapter 11 Paul focuses on the future restoration of Israel that God has in store for them. It should also be noticed that in the beginning chapters of the book of Romans, Paul lays down his words on the sinful nature, the wrong that has kept God’s people from being saved. This would mean that his tactic was to identify everyone’s sinful nature that there would be a charge to convict within self. Then Paul would paint a picture so clear to both the Jews and the Gentiles that there would be no room for doubt. This is to say that if God’s chosen had still yet to be saved, and the Gentiles who seek not to be saved where saved by their faith which is belief in God, then who would another be to say that one could not be saved. If God be for you who can be against you, (Romans 8:31).
In conclusion of this study of the Gospel of Paul, I would that the text at hand encourage and inspire each reader to gain understanding of God’s will in their life as well as prove the works of such great Authors such as Paul to be of God’s will for the edification of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would that those to be in bonds and chains as a prisoner to the Lord Jesus Christ seek ye not for freedom of Christ which will only deliver bondage to the world. There is neither in the Lord save the righteous, and there is none greater in God outside the Christ. May this text be a blessing upon the souls of those to read and seek for their approval in themselves? Amen
 
Penned 11/13/10
By
Kelvin L Mathews
A Prisoner of
The
Lord Jesus Christ