The Most Important Stories of the Old Testament The Creation Story This is the story of the creation of the world by God. In this story, God creates the universe, and all that is within it out of nothingness. In the beginning God. That’s how the first book of the Bible, Genesis, begins, with an explanation of the Creation. God moves upon the void and separates light and darkness, he forms the oceans and the land mass; creates the sun and the moon and the stars; the creatures of the water and air and land. On the sixth day, God created humanity. After the first six days, God rests, and instructs humankind in Exodus to also rest on the seventh day. This is the foundational Bible story because it demonstrates that God is primary and the source of all creation. God

who is without beginning or end, created our world and humanity. The Story of the Fall of Mankind God and mankind dwelled in the Garden of Eden in loving harmony until the influence of sin was introduced by the serpent. They are provided a paradise in which to live, the Garden of Eden. The only rule that God requires is that they abstain from eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But when the serpent enters Eden, he has no trouble convincing the woman that eating the forbidden fruit will bring her wisdom, not punishment. She shares the fruit with her husband. The couple realizes that they are naked, and they try to hide from God. Adam and Eve are banished for their disobedience: the man is condemned to

The Story of the Fall of Mankind God and mankind dwelled in the Garden of Eden in loving harmony until the influence of sin was introduced by the serpent. They are provided a paradise in which to live, the Garden of Eden. The only rule that God requires is that they abstain from eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But when the serpent enters Eden, he has no trouble convincing the woman that eating the forbidden fruit will bring her wisdom, not punishment. She shares the fruit with her husband. The couple realizes that they are naked, and they try to hide from God. Adam and Eve are banished for their disobedience: the man is condemned to earning his living from the land, which will resist his efforts to tame it. The woman will give birth in pain. From their act of disobedience, the inclination to sin becomes part of the human character. Once sin is introduced, humanity is flawed through the disobedience of Adam and Eve (known as original sin). The concept of original sin is the doctrine that humanity is corrupted through the original sin of Adam and Eve, “12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12. After disobeying God, Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and forced to work and travail all of their lives.

The Book of Genesis takes place during a time when the roadmap for wrongdoing is still being written. The first murder takes place as a jealous Cain kills his brother Abel, whose sacrifice to God is more pleasing. Cain faces banishment for his sin; though the Ten Commandments had not yet been delivered to Moses, the assumption in the early books is that humans knew right from wrong, and murder numbered among the sins to be punished. But even in his punishment, when he is banished east of Eden, Cain calls on God to rescue him, fearing that the populations of other communities (whose origins are not explained) will kill him. God marks him to save him, showing the divine clemency which throughout the Bible is God’s trademark: his people fall short of his will and sin against him, and despite his anger, his love for them surmounts his disappointment. The Story of the Rainbow The early world of the Bible is a rough, raw place. From their nearness to God, the ancient Israelites eventually become so infested with sin that God must destroy his creation. Only Noah is deemed worthy of salvation and he is instructed to build an ark. While his neighbors mock him for his presumed folly, Noah goes on building. The ark is populated with his wife, his sons and their wives, and multiples of God’s animals so that when the world is restored to wholeness, the nucleus of the original creation will be present. Noah obeys God’s command and as the waters flood the entire earth and drown all its inhabitants, those inside the ark are safe. After 40 days and nights of sailing upon the surging waters of the the world with water; his promise is marked by the rainbow. The Tower of Babel Despite getting a second chance after the Great Flood that destroyed the original creation, the human race failed to learn its lesson. At this time, Genesis explains, the entire world spoke one language. The people decided to build a tower that reached to the heavens. But God was not pleased by this ambition. Instead of one language, there were suddenly many, an interesting reversal of what would happen at Pentecost in the New Testament. The people were scattered all over the earth and the heavens were secure. The Covenant with Abraham The rainbow is the mark of a covenant between God and his people. The covenant is further defined generations later when God calls Abraham out of the land of Ur. God will make of Abraham and his descendants a mighty nation, so numerous that they cannot be counted. Abraham, mindful of his childless state, his advanced age and his elderly wife, is dubious, but devout. He follows God’s lead and travels from his home to the land of Canaan, which will become the Promised Land. Abraham prospers, but remains childless. God’s promise of an heir seems distant. Abraham finally fathers a son, but with his wife’s handmaiden, Hagar. Sarah is jealous and orders the woman and her son, the reminder of Sarah’s infertility, to be banished. it is a patriarchal society, there are significant instances where the men of the ruling tents bend to the will of the women in their lives). But God takes pity on Hagar and Ishmael, and does not let them die; Ishmael, he vows, will become a nation. Muslims believe that the Prophet Mohammed is descended from the line of Ishmael. Jacob the Trickster Sarah does produce a son, Isaac, who marries Rebecca, and they become the parents of the battling twins, Esau the elder, and Jacob, Rebecca’s favorite, who cheats Esau out of his birthright as the eldest and is forced to flee for his life. He escapes to his uncle Laban’s lands, where he falls in love with Laban’s daughter Rachel. He first marries, through Laban’s trickery (deceit was a family it is a patriarchal society, there are significant instances where the men of the ruling tents bend to the will of the women in their lives). But God takes pity on Hagar and Ishmael, and does not let them die; Ishmael, he vows, will become a nation. Muslims believe that the Prophet Mohammed is descended from the line of Ishmael. Jacob the Trickster Sarah does produce a son, Isaac, who marries Rebecca, and they become the parents of the battling twins, Esau the elder, and Jacob, Rebecca’s favorite, who cheats Esau out of his birthright as the eldest and is forced to flee for his life. He escapes to his uncle Laban’s lands, where he falls in love with Laban’s daughter Rachel. He first marries, through Laban’s trickery (deceit was a family trait), the elder daughter Leah, then works another seven years so that he can claim Rachel as his wife. He also takes, as concubines, the maids of his wives. From his wives and concubines, Jacob fathers 12 sons who become the 12 tribes of Israel.

Author: Delana Zakrzewski

I am saved by the most High God for others sins against me any sins against the Lord God Almighty, Whose Son Jesus, washed us all of our sin by His presuses blood and beat death, by walking out of the Tomb

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