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Genesis was written to explain God’s creation of the world and to show his love for all that he created. In Genesis Moses explains the creation of all things, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". He explains the fall of man in sin and separation from God. God implemented a flood and selected Noah, a faithful man, and his family, to spare. God wipes out humanity and starts again, with one secluded family.
God begins to carry out his plan of redemption in the beginning stages of establishing his own nation of Israel. It is through Abraham, again one faithful man, which God calls and promises to bless with a multitude of people and through them bless the entire world. God faithfully rises up and protects the generations from Abraham as he had promised, all the way through for Joseph while in Egypt. God blesses Abraham’s son and their sons. Through their disappointments and failures he displays his power in their lives. But, in at the end of Genesis, God’s people are in a foreign land and wondering about the promise land.
Personally, I have been through a lot of ‘tests” and I pray about bad situations and I pray when I receive blessings. Up until now God has always directed me in his path that he feels I should be in. I used to complain about bad things happening when I was younger but as I got older I started to realize that everything happens to a reason. And it is very true that God will never give you more than you can handle and good thing and bad things help mold you into the person God intends for you to be. It helps you be prepared for certain things that he knows will come your way.
Exodus was written to keep track of the events of Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt. It describes the events and also lists the Laws that God has given to the Israelites, in order to guide them in their relationship with him.
In Exodus, Moses and the Israelites are enslaved in Egypt and God protects Moses and spares his life, as Moses is adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and is raised as an Egyptian. God calls Moses with a special revelation, through a burning bush to release His people from slavery in Egypt. Moses obeys and with his brother Aaron, they tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go, but Pharaoh ignores them. Moses through the power of God releases 10 different plagues on the land of Egypt which included, turning all the water to blood, plagues of frogs, lice, and hail. Finally, the death of the first-born son, this included the death of Pharaoh’s oldest who would someday takeover Egypt. However, the Israelites obeyed God and followed the order of the pass over and God spared them.
Finally, Pharaoh can no longer take the plagues that God released on Egypt and himself and allows the Israelites to leave. They escape making it to the Red Sea and a little after they leave Pharaoh changed his mind and decides go after them, but God destroys his army by drowning them with the sea. Afterwards, Moses presents all of the Laws to all the people at Mt. Sinai as God has commanded. We all have laws that we are suppose to follow and if you do your life, in my opinion flows a lot easier. When you live your life true to God you will not have as many problems, I know from experience that when I grow closer to God things have gotten easier because my faith gets stronger and all of my are gone because I know that God is guiding me. I know he is always with me whenever and wherever.
Leviticus was written to help the Israelites understand the holiness of God, and that he wants them to act in a holy manner. It describes Moses giving instructions for the Israelites, about how they are to carry out offerings, ceremonies, and celebrations.
In Leviticus sacrifices and offerings are laid out for the priests the Israelites. Moses describes the instructions for the priesthood, since Israel is to be “a kingdom of priests”. He does this from the doorway of his tent. Moses consecrates his brother Aaron and his sons who are the priests. Moses also teaches the importance and procedures for things that are unclean. These include food, diseases, animals, insects, dead bodies, birth, cleaning and many others. God’s purpose of all this is to protect his people from the illnesses and diseases that come from these things.
Also in Leviticus the laws that apply generally for living a holy life are explained. These are many laws including sexual immorality, land laws, more priest laws, religious festivals and celebrations, the Sabbath year and the year of Jubilee.
In Leviticus we learn about how we should approach God, which is in a respectful and holy manner. When I come to the Lord I do just that, Also I talk to him like I would my best friend. My prayers are always different and I try to pray for everyone. I make sure that if I am around something loud that it is turned down before I pray I don’t like people trying to talk to me while I pray. I bow my head and put my hands together and pray on my knees. You are supposed to kneel to the lord when in prayer, that is how I was taught to pray.
The purpose of the book of Numbers is to tell about how Israel prepared to enter the promise land, but sinned and was punished. In the book of Numbers the Israelites are preparing for their journey and entry into the promise land. Moses begins by taking a census of all the tribes, to see how many men are available and in shape for military service. Next, Moses dedicates the Levites and instructs the vows and laws. During this time, the Israelites celebrate the 2nd pass over one year after their exit from bondage. The Israelites travel from the wilderness to reach the promise land. The people complain about their food, and because of their greed, he also sends them a plague.
We see severe punishment for disobedience and unfaithfulness to God. Moses sends out 12 spies to perform an observation on the promise land. The 12 spies return and only two of them bring good news. The people fear the occupants and turn against the land. For this God punishes them and sends them into the wilderness for forty years.
In the last chapters of Numbers, from 20-36, the new generation of Israelites attempt to enter the land to take it as God promised. This time they destroy two nations that confront them as they were entering. Balak uses his prophet Balaam to learn to seduce the Israelites to worship Baal. Because of that about 24,000 people die. Before the book of Numbers ends, Moses does a census again, and Joshua takes the leadership of Israel in place of Moses who is banned from the promise land, due to his disobedience.
When I sin, because I am far from perfect, I know when I am being punished. I remember working at a bank and the people there were so rude to me I would cry sometimes because I am one of the sweetest people you would ever know and it hurt me. Slowly my attitude started to be like theirs and I knew I was wrong and that my personality was not like theirs. Well, I lost my job and I felt like it was a lesson to learn. I was not true to myself and I was behaving in a way that I would not like anyone behaving towards me in that same way. I got a job at another bank the same month and the people I work with are some of the nicest people ever. Things do happen for a reason.
Moses wrote this book to remind the Israelites of what God had done and to remind them of what God expected of them. The name means “Second Law”. Moses gives “the Law” for the second time. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses reviews some of the past history of Israel such as the exiting and the wandering in the wilderness. He then urges that they obey the Laws of God. Then, Moses restates the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Moses explains the instructions for living a Godly life as God’s chosen nation. These include how to love the Lord, laws of worship, laws regarding relationships, and also the consequences and penalties if these laws are broken.
Finally, in chapter 31 through 34, we see the first change in leadership in Israel. Moses, the one who has been leading them the entire time, hands over his authority to Joshua, and commissions him. Moses blesses the tribes. In the last chapter, God shows Moses the promise land, although he cannot enter it, after this, Moses the servant of the Lord dies on Mt. Nebo.
As I have stated previously we all have laws that we are supposed to follow, the Ten Commandments. If we do not follow them then we shall not spend eternity with God in heaven. I know I sin and no sin is greater than the other. I pray that God helps me to get closer to him. I pray my family does the same. If we choose to disobey God we will be punished. I want to grow closer to the lord. I do not want to go to hell so I know what I have to do in order to go to heaven, it’s hard but if I pray to God he will be there and he will bring me through everything.