By David Watson

Benchley, April 25, 2010

  • Salvation!
  • The story of the Old Testament
    • Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 3:6 – The fall of man.
    • I John 3:4 – definition of sin
    • Isaiah 59:2 – Sin separates us from God
    • Romans 5:12 – All have sinned.
    • Ezekiel 18:20 – Everyone bears the consequences of their own sin.
    • Within the first few chapters of the Bible, we have been introduced to the problem:  sin.
    • God makes three promises to Abraham (Genesis 12):
      • Nation and land:  fulfilled in Old Testament
      • Universal blessing:  fulfilled in New Testament
    • Genesis 50; Exodus 12:37-40 – Israel grows as a nation in slavery to Egypt, and is then delivered from slavery by God.
    • Leadership transfers from Moses to Joshua and then a series of judges.
    • Israel requests a king and God gives them Saul.
    • After Solomon, Israel splits into Israel and Judah.
      • II Kings 17:5 – After 200 years of wicked kings and idolatry, Israel goes into Assyrian captivity (721 B.C.).
      • Judah has a few good kings, but eventually goes into Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C.
    • Israel is finally released from captivity and a remnant returns to restore Jerusalem.  Nehemiah 9:1
    • It is important to follow God’s law!
    • God shows us the need that mankind had for a system of salvation.  The stage is set for the fulfillment of the third promise.
  • The story of the New Testament
  • Hebrews 5:9 – Jesus is the source of eternal salvation.

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