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Week One: In the Beginning

#1 Creation

Question:  Why are there two different stories about the creation of male and female? 

#2 The Fall

As we apply today's E 100 lesson, thought this was an insightful and provocative article to share:

#3 The Flood

From the Rabbi

#4 God's Covenant with Noah

From the Rabbi, another interesting piece for reflection and application.
Do you pause for worship?

#5 Tower of Babel

From the Rabbi-
There are so many voices and messages competing for our attention, it is as if the "Tower of Babel" is not only in our world, but within us. We need to keep God first.  Read and listen to God's Word first as the measure of our thinking and our actions.  
As we study the E 100 lessons, we now have at our disposal (thanks to the internet), a myriad of resources and information at our fingertips.  However, information available on the internet, even when it comes to Bible study, can be a "Tower of Babel," and so as "rabbi" I am trying to provide  theologically and doctrinally sound links, as well as pieces that might flame the desire to dig deeper into God's Word.
From Matthew Henry's commentary of the Bible, writing about the Tower of Babel and the method the people chose to to bind themselves to one another and to settle together in one body:

Instead of coveting to enlarge their borders by a peaceful departure under the divine protection, they contrived to fortify them, and, as those that were resolved to wage war with Heaven, they put themselves into a posture of defence. 

Week Two: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

#6 The Call of Abram

From the Rabbi:

#7 God's Covenant with Abram

From the Rabbi:

Continue with.....

#8 Isaac's Birth and "Sacrifice"

From the rabbi:

A powerful video depiction of the story of the sacrifice of Isaac.  

As you watch, remember...Abraham's obedience and faith that God would provide the sacrifice, as indeed God does in this story and God's Story, i.e. "God so love the world that he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus."

#9 Jacob and Esau Compete

#10 Jacob and Esau Reconcile

From the rabbi-

As we read the story of Jacob and Esau finally reconciled,

I invite you to dig deeper, and reflect on the word reconciliation.

Week Three: The Stories of Joseph

all week:

#11 Sold Into Slavery

#12 Prison and a Promotion

From the Rabbi

#13 Ten Brothers Go to Egypt

From the Rabbi

#14 The Brothers Return

From the rabbi

This site is a Bible curriculum for children, still worth the read and the questions asked.

#14 &15 - Benjamin's ... wept The sudden transition from a condemned criminal to a fondled brother, might have occasioned fainting or even death, had not his tumultuous feelings been relieved by a torrent of tears. But Joseph's attentions were not confined to Benjamin. He affectionately embraced every one of his brothers in succession; and by those actions, his forgiveness was demonstrated more fully than it could be by words."

#15 Joseph Reveals His Identity

#14 &15 - Benjamin's ... wept The sudden transition from a condemned criminal to a fondled brother, might have occasioned fainting or even death, had not his tumultuous feelings been relieved by a torrent of tears. But Joseph's attentions were not confined to Benjamin. He affectionately embraced every one of his brothers in succession; and by those actions, his forgiveness was demonstrated more fully than it could be by words."

Week Four: Moses and the Exodus

#16 Birth of Moses

#17 The Burning Bush

#18 The Ten Plagues

#19 Passover and Exodus

Passover   - understanding

As you read the story of the first Passover, reflect on our Christian acclamation: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." 

#20 Crossing the Red Sea

Week Five: The Law and the Land

#21 The Ten Commandments

#22 The Golden Calf

#23 Joshua Succeeds Moses

The Oxford Annotated Bible introduces the book of Joshua, stating:"the chief value of the book is less historical than theological in the  witness it bears to Israel's faith in a God who intends to establish his kingly rule upon earth, who has clearly exhibited his power to do so, and who summons his people to share the triumph of his kingdom by accepting the covenant which he offers them."

Joshua 1:8
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." (NIV)

#24 Crossing the Jordan

#25 The Fall of Jericho

Points of Interest From the Battle of Jericho Story

·         Joshua felt unqualified for the monumental task of taking over for Moses, but God promised to be with him every step of the way, just as he had been for Moses. This same God is with us today, protecting and guiding us.

·         Rahab the prostitute made the right choice. She went with God, instead of the evil people of Jericho. Joshua spared Rahab and her family in the battle of Jericho. In the New Testament, we learn that God favored her by making Rahab one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

·         Joshua's strict obedience to God is a key lesson from this story. At every turn, Joshua did exactly as he was told and the Israelites prospered under his leadership. An ongoing theme in the Old Testament is that when the Jews obeyed God, they did well. When they disobeyed, the consequences were bad. The same is true for us today.

·         As Moses' apprentice, Joshua learned firsthand that he wouldn't always understand God's ways. Human nature sometimes made Joshua want to question God's plans, but instead he chose to obey and watch what happened. Joshua is an excellent example of humility before God.

Questions for Reflection

Joshua's strong faith in God led him to obey, no matter how illogical God's command might be. Joshua also drew from the past, remembering the impossible deeds God had accomplished through Moses. Do you trust God with your life? Have you forgotten how he brought you through past troubles? God has not changed. He promises to be with you wherever you go.

Week 6: The Judges

Intro to Judges:

#26 Israel’s Disobedience 

In this encyclopedia-read and reflect on the synopsis for today's reading of Judges 2:6-3:6 (for #26-29)

#27 Deborah Leads Israel (for #26-29)

#28 Gideon Defeats The Midianites (for #26-29)

#29 Sampson Defeats the Philistines (for #26-29)

#30. The Story of Ruth

Week Seven: The Rise of Israel

#31 Samuel Listens to God

#32 King Saul

From Agape Bible study a chart contrasting Saul and David for readings this week and next Monday.

#33 David and Goliath

#34 David and Saul

A good read for reflection on the difference between Saul and David.

#35 King David

Week Eight: The Fall of Israel

#36 David and Bathsheba

A lengthy read, but valuable as we learn more about what repentance looks like, and David as the composer of psalms, particularly our Ash Wed. psalm 51.

Continued from last week a chart contrasting Saul and David.

#37 King Solomon

#38 Solomon's Temple

#39 Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

A lengthier piece to help understand the religion and worship of Ba'al-

#40 The Fall of Jerusalem

Paul R. House, in vol. 8, 1, 2 Kings, The New American Commentary, writes,

For covenant-minded readers the loss of the temple means much more than the destruction of a significant public building. To them the temple symbolizes God’s presence in the midst of the chosen people, ongoing worship of Yahweh, the possibility of receiving forgiveness by the offering of sacrifice, and the opportunity to gather as a unified nation at festival time. Of course, the temple was rarely used properly, yet as long as it stood, the hope for the ideal existed. Now what will happen to God’s people?


Week Nine: Psalms and Proverbs

#41 The Lord is My Shepherd

#42 Have Mercy on Me

#43 Praise the Lord

Interesting piece on psalm 103

#44 Godly Wisdom

Begin, continue, and end every work, purpose, and endeavor, with God.

And if you want to dig deeper:

#45 Proverbs of Solomon

"The theme of wisdom and its necessity in our lives finds its fulfillment in Christ. We are continually exhorted in Proverbs to seek wisdom, get wisdom, and understand wisdom. Proverbs also tells us—and repeats it— that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (1:7; 9:10). Our fear of the Lord’s wrath and justice is what drives us to Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s wisdom as expressed in His glorious plan of redemption for mankind. In Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), we find the answer to our search for wisdom, the remedy for our fear of God, and the “righteousness, holiness and redemption” that we so desperately need (1 Corinthians 1:30). The wisdom that is found only in Christ is in contrast to the foolishness of the world which encourages us to be wise in our own eyes. But Proverbs also tells us that the world’s way is not God’s way (Proverbs 3:7) and leads only to death (Proverbs 14:1216:25)."

Week Ten: The Prophets

#46 The Suffering Servant

#47 Jeremiah's Call and Message

#48 Daniel in the Lion's Den

#49 The Story of Jonah

#50 The Day of Judgment

Week Eleven: The Cross of Christ

(note these are out of order so that we may read of our Lord's Passion during Holy Week)

#66 The Last Supper

Please note that for this week Holy Week we are skipping ahead to the E 100 Unit "The Cross of Christ"  (readings 66-70).

A timeline of events:

and a deeper reading of the Last Supper in Luke's Gospel:

Key Verse:  Luke 22:19-20 (NRSV)

19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

#67 Arrest and Trial

#68 The Crucifixion

#69 The Resurrection

#70 The Ascension

Week Twelve: The Living Word

#51 The Word Became Flesh

#52 Gabriel's Message

#53 The Birth of Jesus

#54 John the Baptist

#55 Baptism and Temptation

Week Thirteen: The Teachings of Jesus

#56 Sermon on the Mount: Part 1

#57 Sermon on the Mount: Part 2

#58 The Kingdom of Heaven

#59 The Good Samaritan

#60 Lost and Found

Week Fourteen: The Miracles of Jesus

#61 Feeding the Five Thousand

#62 Walking on Water

#63 Healing a Blind Man

#64 Healing a Demon-Possessed Man

#65 Raising Lazarus from the Dead

Week Fifteen: The Church is Born

#71 The Day of Pentecost

#72 Growth and Persecution

#73 The First Martyr

#74 Sharing the Word

#75 Good News for All

Week Sixteen: The Travels of Paul

#76 The Road to Damascus

#77 The First Missionary Journey

#78 The Council at Jerusalem

#79 More Missionary Journeys

#80 The Trip to Rome

Week Seventeen: Paul to the Churches

#81 More than Conquerors

#82 The Fruit of the Spirit

#83 The Armor of God

#84 Rejoice in the Lord

#85 The Supremacy of Christ

Week Eighteen: Paul to the Leaders

#86 Elders and Deacons

#87 The Love of Money

#88 Good Soldiers of Christ

#89 All Scripture is God-breathed

#90 The Coming of the Lord

Week Nineteen: The Apostles' Teaching

#91 The Most Excellent Way

#92 A New Creation in Christ

#93 A Living Hope

#94 Faith and Works

#95 Love One Another

Week Twenty: The Revelation

#96 A Voice and a Vision

#97 Messages to the Churches

#98 The Throne of Heaven

#99 Hallelujah!

#100 The New Jerusalem