January 25, 2017

Reading the Bible Chronologically (2017) – Old Testament Survey

Sermon Notes

Reading the Bible Chronologically (2017): Old Testament Survey

[7] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; [8] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; [9] the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. [11] Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. [12] Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. [13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. [14] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. [Ps 19:7-14]

  1. Why Study the Old Testament?
  1. Common Myths…
  1. “The Old Testament is ___________________________.”
  2. “The OT is _____________________________.”
  3. “The OT is _____________________________.”
  4. “The OT is _____________________________.”
  1. The Central Message…
  1. “The Old Testament is ____________________________.”
  1. How Should We Study the Old Testament? Examining 3 Dimensions
  1. The _______________________ dimension.
  2. The _______________________ dimension.
  3. The _______________________ dimension.
  1. What is the Old Testament? The OT as Literature
  1. A collection of ________ books…
  1. Traditionally classified according to _____________:
  1. Law
  2. History
  3. Prophecy
  4. Poetry
  1. Rich in literary _______________:
  1. Historical narratives.
  2. ______________ and statutes.
  3. Prophetic oracles.
  4. Genealogies.
  5. _____________.
  6. Wisdom sayings.
  7. Laments.
  8. Apocalyptic ______________.
  9. Many more…
  1. Written by a variety of authors…
  1. One __________________ author- the Holy Spirit.
  2. Various human authors.
  3. Predominantly written in ______________________, though some is in Aramaic.
  1. Written over a span of around 1,000 years.
  1. Earliest parts written around ___________ B.C.
  2. Latest parts written around ___________ B.C.
  1. How did we get the Old Testament?
  1. Collected into a ____________.
  2. Transmitted through ___________.
  3. Translated through servants.
  1. Septuagent = the __________________ Old Testament.
  1. When and Where did the Events of the Old Testament Take Place? The Old Testament as History
  1. The OT is a _____________ story set in _____________ history.
  1. Real places.
  2. Real ______________.
  3. Real ______________.
  1. Old Testament history made simple…
  1. In the beginning…. __________________, then something.
  2. Creation… life… creatures… _____________ made in God’s image.
  3. The Garden of Eden quickly becomes the location of the ____________ of man (humanity).
  4. Humankind rebels at the Tower of Babel- the result is division and dispersion.
  5. A new beginning… God’s faithfulness to ________________ and his family.
  6. Abraham’s prosperity turns into Israel’s slavery.
  7. The _______________ – Moses leads Israel out of Egypt.
  8. God gives Israel the ___________.
  9. The people enter the promised _____________, where they are ruled for a while by judges.
  10. Eventually a kingdom is established, epitomized by King __________________ and his son Solomon.
  11. Solomon builds a __________________, home of the ark of the covenant and center of the people’s worship.
  12. After Solomon dies, the kingdom divides into Israel (northern kingdom) and Judah (southern kingdom).
  13. Idolatry grows.
  14. Assyria destroys _________________ in 722 B.C.
  15. Babylon destroys ________________ in 586 B.C.
  16. Survivors are taken into exile in Babylon for the next ________ years.
  17. A remnant returns to Jerusalem and rebuilds the temple.
  18. But Israel still longs for the glory it knew under David.
  19. Thus the OT becomes a story without an ______________…

[105] [Nun] Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. [Ps 119:105]

Dr. Deric Thomas