History of Israel is a 13 part series that equips the serious Bible student to be able to understand the NT from the shadow cast from the OT. A proper understanding of the history of Israel prepares one to properly interpret the book of Revelation.
In this segment, the Patriarchs of Israel and their timeline is discussed. This takes from Abraham leaving Ur in 2004BC, the Amorite invasion of Sumer, through to Jacob dying in Egypt at age 147.
Moses and the Mountain
Moses heard God on the Mountain. The bush burned but was not consumed. At age 80, Moses receives his mission and commission from the Lord. What did God see in him?
Exodus to Wilderness
Why did God take Israel through so many wilderness locations? Find out in this vital bible study to help your walk with Christ.
Faith or Fear
Moses led Israel to Kadesh Barnea. There, they sent 12 spies to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the peoples and the viability of the promised land for agriculture. There was no need for the exploration, for God had already told them they would subdue it with His strength. They became afraid when they heard that the fabled GIANTS, Anakim, lived in the land. They rebelled and refused to move forward, beginning a process to replace Moses as their leader. They chose to return to Egypt. God stopped them, but the wilderness became a die that strained away the dross of their fear. But for Caleb and Joshua, the wilderness became a place to pick up tools of faith before they were permitted to enter the Promised Land.
On the Steps of Moab
Before Israel entered the Promised Land, God brought them to the Plains of Moab, their entrance point. The Moabites refused them passage which later cost them God's blessing. After the change of leadership, Joshua becomes the 2nd Moses. This is part 6 of 13 of the foundations bible study one needs to properly understand the book. Chapters: 01:17 Outline
Joshua was tasked with bringing Divine War to the Canaanites. He succeeded in everything except training a successor. In his life, God and Moses gave him a phrase to live by: "Be strong and of a good courage." Good courage is strength fueled by integrity. Moral and Mental toughness. The Divine War continued for 7 years upon which another 7 years were devoted to allotting the land to the 12 tribes for inheritance. The Levites of course, had God as their inheritance and received no land except 13 cities among their brothers. Joseph had the double portion, the blessing. His two sons Ephraim and Mannasseh each received land, with the blessing going to Mannesseh who got a double portion. Conquering the world with Holiness is our recipe for bringing the Kingdom of God to planet earth. Those who don't preach Holiness, do not know God. He alone is Holy and He imparts His holiness to a peculiar, separated people, who serve Him with the acceptable motive of love. That is, a desire to please God first. Divine War. http://153greatfish.website
People Want a King
The Biblical Model of Leadership becomes distorted when infidelity and syncretism are adopted in the Church. Israel went through the period of the Judges to tell us how to avoid this mistake that removes the power and unity in the Body of Christ. The head of every man is Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 11:3
Unity and Monarchty go together. Unfortunately, Divine Monarchy is the only leadership model that avoids corruption. Saul, David, and Solomon all started out great, but ended up oppressing the lay people. This lesson is as much a study on how 'not to lead' as it is on 'how to lead'. Moral purity is required of God's leaders.
Rise of the Prophet
The Prophet was a gift of accountability to the Kings of Israel. Samuel, Nathan, and Ahijah all were used by God to speak a word of accountability to leaders that succumbed to human lust, politics, power, and greed. The Israelite King was co-regent with God but became oppressive when idolatry and immorality separated him from God's wisdom. Piety, Humility, and Moral Purity are God's requirements for all leaders, religious and secular. http://153greatfish.website
3 Crises of a Divided Kingdom
A divided Kingdom will fall. Israel faced 3 crises after the Kingdom splintered in two: 1) Assyrian Crisis, 2) Babylonian Crisis, 3) Persian Crisis. When it was over with, Ezra renewed the covenant and Nehemiah had rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem.
Thus Saith the Lord - The OT Prophet
The OT prophet was first called a Seer, Nabi, Visionary, Man of God, Servant of God, Messenger of God, and Watchman. The prophet had to have his mouth cleansed, a call, a sign proof or seal, and an inaugural prophecy. Then God would train him to utter only the words he was given. When his prophecy was active, even Kings were expected to listen. However, the OT prophet was a lonely unusual separated man. His closeness to God was a privilege of being in the council of God with the Heavenly host.
Zadokites of Qumran
The Restoration of Piety was the objective of Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Prophets Haggai and Zechariah. When the remnant returned to the Holy Land, they didn't count on the Greeks and Antiochus Epiphanes IV of defiling a rebuilt Temple. But then 2 witnesses rose up. Jesus and John the Baptist. One was the Teacher of Righteousness.