In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.a In the image of God He created male and female b to be joined together as man and wife and become one flesh.c They are to rule over all creation, be fruitful, fill the earth and subdue it.d God created the garden of Eden for them to cultivate and keep. They were told they could eat of any tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.e
After temptation by Satan in the form of a serpent, Eve and Adam ate fruit from the forbidden tree and were punished. However, Eve was promised that her seed would produce victory over Satan.f All creation was made slave to corruption and mankind was exiled from the garden of Eden until the 2nd coming of the Redeemer.g Adam and Eve had 3 sons Cain, Abel and Seth as well as many more sons and daughters. Cain rebelled against God and killed Abel. Cain was punished by God and began a family tree of unrighteous people while the descendents of Seth were righteous.h
Finally the righteous people begin to dwindle because of unfaithfulness in reproducing faith in future generations. God said I will give man 120 years to repent while Noah built the ark. In about 2350 BC only Noah’s family found favor in God’s eyes and escaped punishment of the worldwide flood in the ark along with representatives of the animal kingdom.l
After the flood Noah’s family of 8 people begin to reproduce and refill the earth.j Job lived about 2100-1900 BC and suffered greatly, but Job was promised a Redeemer and a future resurrection. jj About 2090 BC God made a covenant with Abram, a descendent of Noah’s son Shem. God said to Abram; “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” k
Abram, later known as Abraham, obeyed God and went to the land now known as Israel. After 3 generations 75 members of Abraham’s descendant’s followed Joseph to Egypt where over 400 years they became a great nation of over 2.5 million people, but in slavery.l God sent Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. God sent 9 plagues on Egypt to encourage them to release the slaves but the Pharaoh refused. Finally the 10th plague was to be the death of all the firstborn in Egypt who did not sacrifice a lamb, and place the blood of the lamb on the 2 doorposts and lintel of their house. The Israelites complied and their firstborn were passed over, but the deaths of the Egyptians compelled them to send the Israelites out with the wealth of Egypt.L1 The Israelites have celebrated the Passover annually every since to worship God and commemorate this deliverance. m
Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai where he received from God the Ten Commandments, the rest of the law and instruction for building the tabernacle. God provided water and manna to eat on their journey.n When they reached the promised land, Canaan, what we now know as Israel, God promised to provide the land to Israel, but the people were fearful and refused to obey. God punished them for this disobedience by wandering around in the wilderness until all the people over 19 years old died except for Joshua and Caleb.o Joshua in 1405 BC led the Israelites into Canaan where they mostly succeeded in conquering the land.p
Then, Israel was led by Judges for 300 years with recurring cycles of disobedience to God, punishment, crying out to God, repentance and restoration. Samuel was the final Judge. The Israelites demanded a King to rule them and God anointed Saul, then David and Solomon as king. q God said to King David “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” qq
After King Solomon the nation split into Israel, the northern kingdom with 10 tribes and Judah with 2 tribes in 931 BC. None of Israel’s kings were good and God sent Assyria to destroy them in 722 BC. Only 4 or 5 of Judah’s kings were good and God sent Babylon to capture and destroy Judah in 605 BC. r Persia defeated Babylon in 539 BC and as promised the Israelites were allowed to go back to Jerusalem. Some returned and they rebuilt the Temple and continued worship including the annual Passover celebration and awaiting the promised Savior/Redeemer.
God sent kings and prophets to warn the people of their sin and encourage His people that a Savior was coming. Just to name a few of over 300 Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by the birth, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus… Born of a virgin,s Born in Bethlehem,t Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver,u Presented as king on a donkey,v Buried in a rich man’s tomb,w Bones not broken,y Seed of Abraham,z Son of Isaac,a1 Would bruise Satan on the head,b1 Would be scourged,c1 Beaten beyond recognition.d1
In about 4 BC the angel Gabriel appeared to the young virgin Mary [a descendent of David and Abrahamd11] and told her she would be the women awaited since the promise to Eve to birth the Victor over Satan as a baby–the Son of God.d12 An angel also appeared to Joseph and said: 20 “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesuse1.
Jesus lived a sinless life.e12 He lived a private life for about 30 years and then God said about Jesus: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” e122 For three years Jesus performed many miracles and signse13 to prove that He was the Son of God.e14 In about 30 AD Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciplesf1, and then Jesus the Lamb of God was crucified,g1 buried, and arose on the 3rd dayh1. He was seen on 15 occasions by over 500 peoplei1 and after 40 days He ascended to heaven in the presence of His disciples. Then two angels said to His disciples, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” j1 This return of Jesus is still in the future when He returns for the righteous. j11
We are all sinners and cannot do anything to satisfy the wrath of God for our sin and become righteousk1. But, because of the love of God, Jesus satisfied God’s wrath for the sin of all people: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” l1 This exchange of “personal sin” for the “righteousness of God” is available to all who believe in Jesus.
Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” m1 Are you ready to believe in Jesus as the Son of Godn1 and receive the “righteousness of God” and eternal life?
Footnotes are on the next page. Timelines are from the link below: http://alwaysbeready.com/images/stories/alwaysbeready/Timeline%20of%20Biblical%20History,%208.5%20x%2011.pdf
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Footnotes: a- Genesis 1:1; b- Genesis 1:26; c- Genesis 2:23-24; d- Genesis 1:27; e- Genesis 2:15-17; f- Genesis 3:15; g- Genesis 3:17-24, Romans 8:20-22; Revelation 22:2; h- Genesis 4-6; i- Genesis 7-9; j- Genesis 10-11; jj- Job 19:23-27; k- Job 1-42; Genesis 12:1-3; l- Genesis 12:4-Exodus 1:22; li- Exodus 12:35-36; m- Exodus 2-13; n- Exodus 14-Numbers 12; o- Numbers 13-14;then through Deuteronomy 34; p- Joshua 1-24; q- Judges 1-1Samuel 1:37- 1 Kings 11:43; qq- 2 Samuel 7:16; r- 1 Kings 12-2 Chronicles 36; s- Isaiah 7:14; t- Micah 5:2; u- Zechariah 11:12; v- Zechariah 9:9; w- Isaiah 53:9; y- Psalm 34:20; z- Genesis 22:18; a1- Genesis 21:12; b1- Genesis 3:15; c1- Isaiah 53:5; d1- Isaiah 53:4; d11- Luke 3:23-38; d12- Luke 1:25-56; e1- Matthew 1:20-25; e12- 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5; e122- Matthew 3:13-17; e13- John 5, 6:1-21, 9:24-34, 11:1-45, 20:30-31; e14- Luke 22:70, John 10:36, 19:7, Matthew 16:15-17, 26:63-64, 27:43,54; f1- Luke 22:8-23; g1- Luke 22:24-23:56; h1- John 20:1-18;
15 Appearances of Jesus after His resurrection: i1- 1. To Mary Magdalene: Mark 16:9; John 20:14, 2. To women returning from the tomb: Matthew 28:9, 10, 3. To Peter later in the day: Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5, 4. To the Emmaus disciples: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-24, 5. To the apostles without Thomas present: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-24, 6. To the apostles with Thomas present: John 20:26-29, 7. To the seven by the Lake of Tiberias: John 21:1-23, 8. To a multitude of 500-plus believers: 1 Corinthians 15:6, 9. To James: 1 Corinthians 15:7, 10.To the eleven: Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-20; Luke 24:33-52; Acts 1:3-12, 11. At the ascension: Acts 1:3-12, 12. To Paul: Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8, 13. To Stephen: Acts 7:55, 14.To Paul in the temple: Acts 22:17-21, 23:11, 15. To John on Patmos: Revelation 1:10-19;
j1- Acts 1:1-11; j11- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; k1- Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-11,13,17, Ephesians 2:8-9; l1- 2 Corinthians 5:21; m1- John 3:16; n1- John 1:12, Ephesians2:8-9, Romans 5:1
Henry Luke November 12, 2016, revised 11/26/2013