Memorization for Les...

Psalm 23:1-6 1-The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2-He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3-He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4-Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will...

LESSON 54 – Ruth and...

Discussion (FYI – The book of Ruth may have been written by Samuel, and it was always read at Pentecost, the harvest festival. Ruth has been called “the romance of redemption”.) Ruth 1:1-5. [Take out your map and find Bethlehem and Moab and trace the journey.] Why did...

Judges of Israel Ref...

Judge and Tribe Scripture reference Major Events Enemies of Israel Period of Oppression Period of Rest 1. Othniel (Judah) Son of Kenaz the younger brother of Caleb Judges 1:11-15; 3:1-11; Joshua 15:16-19; 1Chron. 4:13 Othniel was the nephew of Caleb (Judges 3:11) and became...

LESSON 53 – Sa...

Discussion Judges 15 What acts of revenge are found in 15:1-8? (Samson, hearing that his wife is given to his best man, feels justified in taking revenge by destroying the Philistines’ grain harvest with foxes bound together with burning tails. So then the Philistines get revenge by...

LESSON 52 – Sa...

Discussion Judges 13- Samson, though listed in the “heroes of the faith” in Hebrews (11:21), does not always choose God’s way of doing things.  He is picture of Israel at this time:  knowing God’s Law, but not always obeying it fully. Who was oppressing the Israelites this...

LESSON 51 – Gi...

Discussion Judges 6:1-24: Gideon’s Call. How were the Midianites are oppressing Israel? (6:2-6). {FYI – The Midianites were descendants of Abraham and Keturah, Abraham’s wife after Sarah died.} What unusual thing was Gideon doing when approached by the Angel of the Lord (a...

LESSON 50 – De...

Discussion Judges 4:1-10 Who are the two main oppressors of Israel this time? (vs. 2-3. Jabin, king of Canaan and his army commander, Sisera. They had 900 hundred iron chariots – these would be impossible to fight against if all your army was on foot as the Israelites were.) How...

LESSON 49 – In...

NOTE:  In Joshua 23 and 24 Joshua says farewell to his people.  Twenty-five years have passed and the land has been divided between the tribes (see map from the last lesson).  He reminds the people of God’s provision and kindness to them, but he also warns them about the people left in...

LESSON 48 – Th...

Discussion Note: We will only be looking at several passages in this section. Don’t try to read through the whole book while doing this lesson! High school students should, however, read the whole book on their own. Joshua 9. This chapter opens with a list of people groups that are...

LESSON 47 – Fa...

Discussion Joshua 7:1-9 What do we know at the beginning of this story that Joshua and the soldiers don’t know? (7:1 – Achan, a man from the tribe of Judah, had taken things for himself from Jericho. God is very angry.) What is the military plan to take the city of Ai? NOTE: Look...

LESSON 46 – Th...

Discussion Note: For families with several children, this is a great story to act out. Use stacked pillows for the wall and be sure a “Rahab” is inside. Have the rest march around and act out the trumpet blasts. I have included two maps at the end of the lesson that might be helpful...

LESSON 45 – Cr...

Discussion Joshua 3 – It is finally time for the people to cross the Jordan and begin the main campaign of conquest. What was to go first across the Jordan River? (The Ark of the Covenant- see picture at end of lesson.) What were the instructions given about the crossing?...

LESSON 44 – Jo...

Discussion The author of Joshua is not clearly identified, but Josh. 24:26 seems to indicate it was Joshua himself. It covers a 25 year period and describes the conquest and settlement of Canaan by the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua and by the power of God. The three most...

LESSON 43 – Th...

FYI – The book of Numbers covers the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, but Deuteronomy only covers 2 months, counting the 30 days of mourning for Moses.  Discussion As the 40 years of wandering come to a close and the book of Deuteronomy opens, we find the...

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We are working on getting the rest of our Bible study lessons for the Old Testament year 1 posted. This has been slow going because that year in particular needs a lot of editing. In other news, my mom, Shelley, is almost done with her year teaching at Anchorage Christian Schools. She is...

Memorization for Les...

Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV) 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be...

LESSON 37 – Go...

Discussion Due to the difficulty of explaining the typology of the tabernacle to our youngest students and our limited time, a study of the Tabernacle is not in this week’s lesson. For those of you dads with older children who wish a deeper study than the giving of the Ten...

LESSON 36 – Go...

Discussion Ex. 15:22-27. – After the miraculous deliverance of Israel from the Pharaoh’s pursuing army, it doesn’t take too long for the Israelites to move from praise to complaint. What is the problem in this passage? (vs 22.23. They traveled for three days and couldn’t...

LESSON 35 – Th...

Discussion Exodus 12:1-30 – What does God ask Moses to do in verses 1 & 2? (Make the month they were in the beginning of their year. He was asking them to change their calendars.) List the things God asks the Israelites to do in verses 3-11. (Take a lamb, a year-old lamb with...

LESSON 34 – Th...

Discussion Why do you think that God sent the plagues on Egypt?(By demonstrating His power and sovereignty over Creations God showed Israel their true God [Ex. 6:3] and showed Egypt their gods were false. Bring judgment that was due to the Egyptians.) Each plague was a personal attack...

LESSON 33 – Th...

Discussion How does God identify himself to Moses? What does God tell Moses to say to the sons of Israel? I am the LORD I will bring you out I will deliver you I will also redeem you I will take you for MY people I will be you God I will bring you to the land I will give it to you...

LESSON 32 – Mo...

Discussion Chapter 4:18-31 What does God say to Moses about what to expect from Pharaoh? What prophecy about his son is Moses directed to deliver to Pharaoh? Did the people question the message from Moses and Aaron? What did they do when they heard that God was concerned for...

LESSON 31 – Mo...

Discussion Exodus 3:1-10 – In this section Moses will receive his call from God to go back to Egyptand free his people from slavery.  What is Moses’ occupation in Midian? (vs. 1 – He has been a shepherd for his father-in-law, Jethro.  Moses is learning to do what...

Memorization for Les...

Exodus 6:6-8 “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, I will free you from being slaves to them and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people and I will be your God. Then you will know...

LESSON 30 – Th...

Discussion Ex 2:1-10. From what tribe was Moses? (Levi.) How old was Moses when his mother hid him? (3 mos.) What did the mother do instead of drowning her child like the Pharaoh had decreed? (She put him in a basket and put it in the river with his sister nearby, watching to see what...

LESSON 29 – In...

Discussion Overview: We broke the book of Genesis into two sections: events (creation, fall, flood and the Tower of Babel) and Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph). Now we move on to the book of Exodus which begins the next stage in Biblical history: The Exodus Stage. It...

LESSON 28 – Ja...

Discussion Gen. 46.  Jacob is overjoyed and overwhelmed to find out his son Joseph is still living. He packs everyone up and they head for Egypt, but first he stops at Beersheba (find it on the map). What happens there? (vs. 1-4 Jacob offers a sacrifice and God talks to him. He tells...

LESSON 27 – Jo...

Discussion Gen. 42 – The scene now switches back to Canaan from Egypt. Jacob and his family are feeling the effects of the famine.  What does Jacob suggest to his sons and what do they do? (vs. 1-5) What doesn’t Benjamin, the youngest, go? (Jacob was afraid harm would come to him...

LESSON 26 – Dr...

Discussion Gen. 40:1-25.  Who is sent to the same prison as Joseph? (vs. 1 – Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker) These men are high government officials – not mere servants. For some reason we are not told why the Pharaoh became angry with them and threw them into jail. In an...

LESSON 25 – Jo...

Discussion (You can just read this story to younger children. You don’t need to go into much detail. It’s pretty clear what the wife is asking is wrong. One suggestion from The Greenleaf Guide to OT History, page 27, was that if your children wanted more information was to say,...

LESSON 24 – Jo...

Discussion– For the rest of Genesis we will be studying the life of Joseph.  No other person’s life in the Bible parallels the Lord’s more closely than Joseph’s life. Be on the lookout for ways that Joseph and Jesus are alike in their experiences. {NOTE: On the print version for...

LESSON 23 – Ja...

Discussion – NOTE:  Obviously, we will not be going over every verse of every chapter in this section. Instead will do an overview. This will be how the rest of the year will be; rather than a verse by verse study, we will be summarizing the main points and looking at key stories. ...

LESSON 14 – God’s Pr...

Discussion Read Gen. 15. (or summarize the story briefly to your child) What promises does God make in Gen. 15:4-7? (His own son from his own body would be his heir, his family would be as  many as the stars, he would own all of the land God promised him through this heirs) Abram asks God...

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