20) The Hebrew Nation

Eber 1723 AM – 2187 AM: contemporaneous with Noah, Shem, Arphaxad, Nimrod, and Abraham through Jacob

Key precept: Understanding the Old Testament Hebrew nation is foundational to New Testament saving faith.

Stepping stone on the path to eternal life: Apply for citizenship to the right nation.

Part of the problem with understanding the Bible, I’m sorry to say, is that the church experience typically isolates Old Testament “Bible stories” in Sunday School – “Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden”, “Noah and the Ark”, “The Tower of Babel”, ‘Sodom and Gomorrah”, “Abraham Offers Isaac”, and so on. If we take everything recorded in the Bible as a coherent whole story we will understand so much more of God’s entire message to us.

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25) War Is Declared

Precept: Recognizing the conflict that exists between the main characters from the beginning of the story to the end is essential to understanding the actions of the secondary characters in the middle of the story.

Stepping stone on the path to eternal life: Position yourself on the right end of the sword.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)

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26) A Melchizedek Like Moses

~ 1500: From Moses onward

Key Precept: As the Melchizedek High Priest King over all the earth, Moses is not just a key figure for Judaism, but also for the multinational Hebrews in what became commonly known as Christianity.

Stepping stone on the path to eternal life: Put your faith in the Word of God not any spin-off religion.

I am the LORD, I change notRemember ye the law of Moses my servant…lest I come and smite the earth.” (Malachi 3-4) 

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27) The Son of David

~1000 BC onward: Dynasty of King David of the tribe of Judah

Key precept: David and his heirs inherited the position of Melchizedek.

Stepping stone on the path to eternal life: Accept a heart transplant.

the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people…man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (I Samuel 13:14, 16:7)

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