GENESIS 12-50: First, God

God makes a covenant promise to Abraham. The covenant starts with the heart of God. He wants our lives to matter.

  

 

EXODUS: The human race is in trouble

God promises to bring the decendants of Abraham into a land where they will become a nation that will bless the world. 

  

 

This imperfect family becomes slaves in Egypt. God raises up Moses, defeats evil, and enters into a covenant relationship with the nation of Israel, Abraham’s decendants.

LEVITICUS: A holy God invites his people to live in his presence

“Holy” is the word that sets God apart. Holy means that God is alive in a way that exceeds our experience and imaginiation. God is actually present with us and every detail of our lives is affected.

  

 

NUMBERS: Israel rebels against God at every step

Because the Israelites don’t believe God, a journey of a couple of weeks to the promised land, becomes 40 years in the wilderness. But God always remains faithful.

  

 

DEUTERONOMY: Moses’ last sermon

A new generation of God’s people is finally ready to move into the promised land. Moses entreats them to choose between obeying God and life, or disobedince  and death.