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The People and Lands of the Old Testament
Religion and Theology
Pages 11 (2761 words)
Name here Instructor Course 15 August 2011 Lessons to a Stubborn and Rebellious People in a Weary Land The moral depravity of this day and age is nothing new. Since Adam and Eve inhabited the Garden of Eden, man has had a fatal flaw – something that has kept him from experiencing full fellowship with God and the joy He intended us to have.
Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible, God has used man and his imperfections to teach mankind many lessons, oftentimes using nations and lands outside of Israel to fulfill His divine purpose. Whether it is the Egyptians in the time of Moses, the Philistines in the time of David, the Babylonians in the time of Daniel, or the Persians in the time of Esther, God used His people – the Jews – to achieve mighty works that would serve as examples of faith to future Hebrew generations and as warnings to outside nations that worshiped false gods and opposed His people. But this is not the full picture. God often worked within His own camp – the people of Israel – to expose their corrupt nature, punish them, purge them of their sins, and bring them back into His mercy and blessings. With Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Job, Noah, and others figures in the Old Testament, God used traumatic or catastrophic events in order to steer man back on the right path of godliness and submission to Him. The best place to start when examining how God used the people and places of the Bible is the book of Genesis, which means “origins” in Greek and “in the beginning” in Hebrew, (Hamilton 1). ...
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