OVERVIEW OF BIBLE HISTORY
IN 22 STEPS

 

1.       One True God created everything. Genesis chapters 1Ė2

God created the sky and the earth, all living things. Adam, the first man and Eve, his wife, enjoyed fellowship with their Creator. At that time, everything was good.

2.       Adam and Eve commited the original sin. Genesis chapter 3

Satan entered a serpentís body and deceived Eve. She disobeyed God and led Adam to disobey. So God cursed the earth and told them they would die. But God promised that a descendant of Eve would defeat the serpent, giving Adam and Eve hope. From then on, Adamís descendents have done evil and deserve to die.

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3.       God punished mankind with a huge flood. Genesis, chapters 6Ė9

God had Noah build a great box-shaped boat, to save two of every kind of beast, Noah and his family. All other beasts and humans perished in a flood of water. Thus, all humans are a single race.

4.       Proud men built a tower. Genesis chapter 11

The humans built a city and a high tower, hoping to reach the heavens to avoid being scattered. God confused their languages, causing many different nations to be born. However, all those nations worshiped false gods.

5.       God made a pact with Abraham. Genesis, chapters 12Ė15

God made a covenant with Abraham who believed God, promising many descendants, a land for them, and a descendant by whom all races would be blessed. God renamed Abrahamís grandson Jacob as Israel, through whom God would fulfill his promise. Because Israel showed favor to his youngest son Joseph, his eleven brothers envied him and sold him to be a slave in Egypt.

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6.       The Israelites became slaves in Egypt. Exodus, chapters 1Ė18

Famine drove Israelís descendants to Egypt, the land of pyramid tombs, to buy food. Their enslaved brother Joseph had risen to high office there and protected them. The Israelites prospered and multiplied in Egypt for 400 years. Later, oppressors enslaved them.

7.       God freed Israel from Egypt. Exodus, chapters 12Ė15

When Moses prayed, God sent plagues that forced Egyptís king to free his Israelite slaves. An angel slew all firstborn, except wherever they splashed lambís blood one the doorway. God divided a sea to let the Israelites escape from Egyptís army. God decreed the Feast of Passover to remember these miracles. Moses led the newly born nation, which had no laws.

8.       God gave Moses laws for Israel. Exodus, chapters 18Ė20

On Mount Sinai, God gave Moses ten commandments carved on stone tablets. However, the Israelites broke Godís laws, so that He let them wander in a desert 40 years. As God had promised Abraham, He led a new generation of Israelites into their promised land. However, the land was full of hostile tribes.

9.       Joshua conquered Canaan. Book of Joshua

Moses assistant, Joshua, was devout and brave. He led Israelís army into the Canaan, their promised land, and divided it among their 12 tribes. The Levite tribe served as priests and helped govern. However, after Joshua died, the Israeleites violated Godís laws.

10.   God raised up leaders to rule. Book of Judges

God raised up righteous warriors, called judges, who enforced His Law and led the Israelites. When Israelites worshipped idols, God would let pagan nations oppress them. When they repented, God would raise up another judge to free them. Later, the Israelites wanted a king, to become like pagan nations.

11.   Kings ruled over Israel. Books of 1 & 2 Samuel

Starting with Saul and later David, God gave kings who united Israelís 12 tribes. They crushed foreign enemies, and the nation prospered. God promised to give David an heir who would rule forever (Jesus). David wanted to build Godís temple, but had shed too much blood. However, God let David gather materials to build a great temple.

12.   Solomon built Godís temple. 1 Kings chapters 1Ė11

Davidís son, Solomon, taxed the people heavily to build the temple in Jerusalem, and other projects. God blessed his temple by sending into it the glory of His presence. Priests slew animals as blood sacrifices to cover sins. Israel thrived until Solomonís son became king. Rehoboam taxed Israel even more heavily.

13.   Northern tribes rebeled, dividing the kingdom. Kings chapter 12Ė22

Civil war broke out. The other tribes formed a second kingdom, called Israel. Both kingdoms grew weak, Israel in the north and Judah in the south; many folk worshipped idols. Godís prophets warned them to repent lest God make them captives in a foreign land.

14.   Israel and Judah went into captivity. 2 Kings chapter 25

Unjust kings and idolatrous Israelites rebelled against God, rejecting His prophetsí warnings. God lifted His protecting hand and let the pagan nation Assyria take Israel captive. Later Babyloniaís king took Judah captive. However, in time, Godís punishment brought His people in exile to repent.

15.   Exiles, renewed in faith, returned to rebuild. Ezra and Nehemiah.

A repentant remnant of Judah returned to their land and rebuilt Jerusalem. Malachi wrote the last Old Testament book. Judah never again fell into idolatry, but religious legalism and hypocrisy became widespread. As a result, God again brought judgment on His people.

16.   Foreign powers ruled Israel. (No Bible books were written.).

History recounts how, starting from 586 BCE, one after another, the empires of Persia, Greece, Syria, Egypt and Rome dominated Judah, collecting tribute and taxes. All that time, devout Jews waited for their promised Messiah to come liberate them.

17.   The Son of God lived on earth. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Jesus was born of a virgin. He defeated demons, sickness and sin. He made his followers Ďfishers of men.í He began a spiritual kingdom, even while Rome ruled politically. When his followers called Jesus ďKingĒ, they angered envious rulers.

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18.   They crucified Jesus. Luke chapter 23

Jealous religious leaders arrested Jesus for blasphemy, because he had let others recognize Him as the Son of God. Roman soldiers crucified Him. He died because of our sins, and they put his body in a tomb. †Jesus was perfectly holy and without sin. Godís eternal law decrees that the righteous will live.

19.   Jesus rose from death and ascended to glory. Luke chapter 24

Jesus rose from death on the third day, and he has promised to raise to life all who repent and trust in Him. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit in his place, telling his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive power from on high. When Jesus ascended to Glory, the New Testament era began. Jesusí disciples waited as he had said.

20.   The Holy Spirit came to dwell in us believers. Acts chapter 2

When the Holy Spirit came during the feast of Pentecost, Jesusí disciples heard a noise and saw tiny flames in the form of tongues above them. They began proclaiming the Good News with power. 3,000 Jews heard them and repented. The Holy Spirit gives believers boldness to testify for Christ.

21.   Faith in Jesus spread rapidly. Acts chapters 8Ė28

Filled with the Holy Spirit, believers spread the Good News widely. Godís Word multiplied like grain, as Jesus said it would. All New Testament books were written during this era. Although many faithful believers died as martyrs, for three centuries, the church spread and had great vitality.

22.   Jesusí followers make disciples. No more Bible Books written

Missionaries and businessmen are taking the Faith to every cultural group on earth. Even where authorities prohibit open evangelism, secret little churches are multiplying. This fulfills what Jesus said would happen before He would return. Thus, believers are watching for Jesusí return to set up his worldwide Kingdom.