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@ -6,18 +6,18 @@ The stories in the OBS tell about things that happened in the Bible. However, th
## The Parts of the Stories
The Stories in the OBS can be used by individuals or groups of people who want to learn about God. The OBS includes several things to help people use the stories:
The Stories in the OBS can be used by individuals or groups of people who want to learn about God. The OBS includes several things to help people use the stories:
- The text of the stories
- The images in the stories
- The study notes in the stories
- The questions for the stories
- The text of the stories
- The images in the stories
- The study notes in the stories
- The questions for the stories
## How to Use the Stories
We suggest you use the stories in the following way:
We suggest you use the stories in the following way:
1. **Choose a story to read.** The stories will be easier to understand if you read the stories in order, beginning with the first story.
1. **Choose a story to read.** The stories will be easier to understand if you read the stories in order, beginning with the first story.
1. **Read the story.** In a group, one person may read the story aloud, or the people may take turns reading portions.
1. **Look at the images.** Use the images to help you understand what happened in the time of the story. Try to identify the people in the images.
1. **Refer to the Notes.** Read the study notes whenever there is a word or something else that you do not understand in the story.

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# 01. The Creation
# 01. The Creation
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What all did God create?
God made the universe and everything in it. He made light. He made the sun, moon, and stars. He made the earth with its sea and dry land. He made all the plants, birds, and animals. And he made the first man and woman, and a made a garden where they could live.
God made the universe and everything in it. He made light. He made the sun, moon, and stars. He made the earth with its sea and dry land. He made all the plants, birds, and animals. And he made the first man and woman, and a made a garden where they could live.
1. What did God do in order to create everything except the first people?
God only spoke, and the universe and everything in it appeared. In that way, he showed his great power.
God only spoke, and the universe and everything in it appeared. In that way, he showed his great power.
1. In what way did God decide to make people to be different than the animals?
God decided to make people in God’s image and to be like him. He also decided to give them power over all of the earth and over the animals (See: [01:09](01/09)).
God decided to make people in God’s image and to be like him. He also decided to give them power over all of the earth and over the animals (See: [01:09](01/09)).
1. What two special trees did God plant in the garden?
God planted many trees in the garden, but he also planted two special trees. He planted the tree of life in the garden and told Adam that he could eat its fruit. He also planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil there and told Adam he would die if he ate fruit from that tree (See: [01:11](01/11)).
God planted many trees in the garden, but he also planted two special trees. He planted the tree of life in the garden and told Adam that he could eat its fruit. He also planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil there and told Adam he would die if he ate fruit from that tree (See: [01:11](01/11)).
1. What did God do so that the man would not be alone?
God wanted Adam to have a helper who would be like Adam. But none of the animals were like Adam, so they could not be his helper. Therefore, God took one of Adam’s ribs and made the woman from it to be a helper for Adam (See: [01:12](01/12), [01:13](01/13)).
God wanted Adam to have a helper who would be like Adam. But none of the animals were like Adam, so they could not be his helper. Therefore, God took one of Adam’s ribs and made the woman from it to be a helper for Adam (See: [01:12](01/12), [01:13](01/13)).
1. What did God do after he finished making everything?
After God finished making everything in six days, he rested on the seventh day. God was not tired, but he had finished his work of making everything. He blessed the seventh day and made it a special day (See: [01:16](01/16)).
After God finished making everything in six days, he rested on the seventh day. God was not tired, but he had finished his work of making everything. He blessed the seventh day and made it a special day (See: [01:16](01/16)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why do you think God made the man and the woman in a different way than he made the universe and the other things in the earth?
God creates people in a more personal way than he created everything else. He formed the man from dust and breathed life into him. Then God formed the woman from one of the man’s ribs. In this way, he showed that people were very important to him, and that they have a special purpose in creation (See: [01:10](01/10), [01:13](01/13)).
God creates people in a more personal way than he created everything else. He formed the man from dust and breathed life into him. Then God formed the woman from one of the man’s ribs. In this way, he showed that people were very important to him, and that they have a special purpose in creation (See: [01:10](01/10), [01:13](01/13)).
1. In what way are people like God and made in his image? How are they different than God?
God made people to be like God, but not the same as God. That is, people have some of the characteristics of God that the animals do not have. However, people are not equal to God. They are in God’s image because they are like God in some ways (See: [01:09](01/09)).
God made people to be like God, but not the same as God. That is, people have some of the characteristics of God that the animals do not have. However, people are not equal to God. They are in God’s image because they are like God in some ways (See: [01:09](01/09)).
1. Why do you think God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden when he did not want Adam to eat its fruit?
God wanted Adam to be able to choose whether or not to obey God. Therefore, God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden where Adam was. However, he warned Adam clearly that he would die if he ate fruit from that tree. And God allowed Adam to eat fruit from every other tree, so there was no reason for Adam to disobey God (See: [01:11](01/11)).
God wanted Adam to be able to choose whether or not to obey God. Therefore, God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden where Adam was. However, he warned Adam clearly that he would die if he ate fruit from that tree. And God allowed Adam to eat fruit from every other tree, so there was no reason for Adam to disobey God (See: [01:11](01/11)).
1. Why do you think God made the woman from the man rather than from the soil?
God wanted the man and the woman to become one. Therefore, he did not make the woman separately from Adam. Instead, God took part of Adam and made her from that. When Adam saw her, he understood that she was very much like Adam, and that God had made her especially for him (See: [01:13](01/13)).
God wanted the man and the woman to become one. Therefore, he did not make the woman separately from Adam. Instead, God took part of Adam and made her from that. When Adam saw her, he understood that she was very much like Adam, and that God had made her especially for him (See: [01:13](01/13)).
1. How do you think a man becomes one with his wife?
God wants a man and his wife to have a special bond that is closer than their connection to any other person. It is even closer than the bond with their parents. As they grow to know each other more, they begin to think in similar ways and value the same things. People who have been married a long time often seem to know what each other is thinking without even speaking (See: [01:14](01/14)).
God wants a man and his wife to have a special bond that is closer than their connection to any other person. It is even closer than the bond with their parents. As they grow to know each other more, they begin to think in similar ways and value the same things. People who have been married a long time often seem to know what each other is thinking without even speaking (See: [01:14](01/14)).
1. Why did God say that everything he had made was very good?
God created everything so that everything would work together to accomplish what he wanted to happen (See: [01:15](01/15)).
God created everything so that everything would work together to accomplish what he wanted to happen (See: [01:15](01/15)).
1. What did God want people to do on the seventh day?
God made the seventh day a special day. On that day, he wanted people to stop doing their normal work. Instead, they should remember that God created them and everything around them. Because they would not work on the seventh day, they would have more time to honor God and think about him than they did on the other days of the week (See: [01:16](01/16)).
God made the seventh day a special day. On that day, he wanted people to stop doing their normal work. Instead, they should remember that God created them and everything around them. Because they would not work on the seventh day, they would have more time to honor God and think about him than they did on the other days of the week (See: [01:16](01/16)).
## Summary
## Summary
God created everything that exists. He simply spoke, and the entire universe appeared out of nothing. However, God formed the first man and woman in a more personal way. He breathed life into the man, and then formed the woman from the man. God wanted people to be like him in ways that animals are not. God finished his work in six days, and set the seventh day apart as a time for people to remember how he had made everything.
God created everything that exists. He simply spoke, and the entire universe appeared out of nothing. However, God formed the first man and woman in a more personal way. He breathed life into the man, and then formed the woman from the man. God wanted people to be like him in ways that animals are not. God finished his work in six days, and set the seventh day apart as a time for people to remember how he had made everything.

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# 02. Sin Enters the World
# 02. Sin Enters the World
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What did Adam and Eve need that they did not have in the garden?
Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the garden. There was no sin or shame, and they were able to walk with God and speak directly to him (See: [02:01](02/01)).
Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the garden. There was no sin or shame, and they were able to walk with God and speak directly to him (See: [02:01](02/01)).
1. How did the snake convince the woman to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
The snake first questioned what God said (See: [02:02](02/02)). He next called God a liar (See: [02:04](02/04)). Finally, he told the woman that she could be like God (See: [02:04](02/04)).
The snake first questioned what God said (See: [02:02](02/02)). He next called God a liar (See: [02:04](02/04)). Finally, he told the woman that she could be like God (See: [02:04](02/04)).
1. Why did the woman eat the fruit?
Eve thought the fruit looked good, and she wanted to be wise like God. Therefore, she decided to disobey God and to eat the fruit.
Eve thought the fruit looked good, and she wanted to be wise like God. Therefore, she decided to disobey God and to eat the fruit.
1. What did Adam and Eve do after they ate the fruit?
They were both ashamed, and tried to cover themselves with leaves. Then they tried to hide from God (See: [02:06](02/06), [02:07](02/07)).
They were both ashamed, and tried to cover themselves with leaves. Then they tried to hide from God (See: [02:06](02/06), [02:07](02/07)).
1. What answer did Adam give when God asked if he had eaten the fruit?
Adam did not admit that he had sinned. Instead, he blamed his wife.
Adam did not admit that he had sinned. Instead, he blamed his wife.
1. What answer did Eve give when God asked her what she had done?
Eve did not admit that she had sinned. Instead, she blamed the snake.
Eve did not admit that she had sinned. Instead, she blamed the snake.
1. What would the snake do to Eve’s descendant, and what would he do to the snake?
Eve’s descendant would kill the snake by crushing its head. The snake would wound Eve’s descendant by biting him on the heel of his foot.
Eve’s descendant would kill the snake by crushing its head. The snake would wound Eve’s descendant by biting him on the heel of his foot.
1. What did God use to cover Adam and Eve?
God covered them with animal skins. Most scholars think this was the first animal sacrifice. God killed the animals and took their skins to cover Adam and Eve.
God covered them with animal skins. Most scholars think this was the first animal sacrifice. God killed the animals and took their skins to cover Adam and Eve.
1. What did God want to say when he said that Adam’s body would return to the soil?
God made Adam from the soil (See: [01:10](01/10)). When he died, he would become soil once again.
God made Adam from the soil (See: [01:10](01/10)). When he died, he would become soil once again.
1. Why did God send Adam and Eve out of the garden?
God did not want them to eat from the tree of life in the garden and live forever as sinners.
God did not want them to eat from the tree of life in the garden and live forever as sinners.
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. How did the snake convince Eve to eat the fruit?
The snake did not begin by telling Eve to disobey God. Instead, he asked questions that caused Eve to think about the one fruit that God had told her not to eat. Then the snake convinced her that God did not do the right thing when he told her not to eat the fruit.
The snake did not begin by telling Eve to disobey God. Instead, he asked questions that caused Eve to think about the one fruit that God had told her not to eat. Then the snake convinced her that God did not do the right thing when he told her not to eat the fruit.
1. Why do you think Eve forgot about all the things God had given her, and only focused on the one fruit that God told her not to eat?
People often do not like someone telling them not to do something. They want to do whatever they want to do. Eve did not care that it was God who told her not to eat the fruit, or that God told her not to eat it in order to protect her.
People often do not like someone telling them not to do something. They want to do whatever they want to do. Eve did not care that it was God who told her not to eat the fruit, or that God told her not to eat it in order to protect her.
1. Why do you think Adam and Eve tried to cover their shame and hid from God?
When they disobeyed God by eating the fruit, they became sinners. They were so ashamed that they did not want God to see them.
When they disobeyed God by eating the fruit, they became sinners. They were so ashamed that they did not want God to see them.
1. How did Adam and Eve answer God when he asked them what they had done?
Adam and Eve both blamed someone else for what they had done. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake. Neither of them was willing to tell God the truth about what they did.
Adam and Eve both blamed someone else for what they had done. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake. Neither of them was willing to tell God the truth about what they did.
1. How did the curses match the way that Adam, Eve, and the snake disobeyed God?
Adam ate the fruit, so God made it difficult for him to grow food. Eve caused Adam to sin, so God gave Adam power over Eve. The snake spoke as if he were wiser than God, so God made him crawl on his belly.
Adam ate the fruit, so God made it difficult for him to grow food. Eve caused Adam to sin, so God gave Adam power over Eve. The snake spoke as if he were wiser than God, so God made him crawl on his belly.
1. Why was it bad for Adam and Eve to know good and evil?
Their knowledge of good and evil was knowledge gained by personal experience. That experience of making an evil choice caused them to be separated from God. Their fellowship with him was broken (See: [02:12](02/12)).
Their knowledge of good and evil was knowledge gained by personal experience. That experience of making an evil choice caused them to be separated from God. Their fellowship with him was broken (See: [02:12](02/12)).
## Summary
## Summary
God provided everything Adam and Eve needed in the garden. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the only thing they could not have. The snake convinced Eve that God did not want them to be wise, and that was why God told them not to eat the fruit. So Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned by eating the fruit. They immediately were ashamed and hid from God. God cursed Adam, Eve, and the snake because of what they had done. Then God drove them out of the garden so they would not eat the fruit of the tree of life and live forever as sinners. But God also promised him that a descendant of the woman would later come and kill the snake.
God provided everything Adam and Eve needed in the garden. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the only thing they could not have. The snake convinced Eve that God did not want them to be wise, and that was why God told them not to eat the fruit. So Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned by eating the fruit. They immediately were ashamed and hid from God. God cursed Adam, Eve, and the snake because of what they had done. Then God drove them out of the garden so they would not eat the fruit of the tree of life and live forever as sinners. But God also promised him that a descendant of the woman would later come and kill the snake.

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# 03. The Flood
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What did God decide to do about the wicked and violent people on the earth?
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God promised that he would not destroy the earth with a flood again. He put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of this promise (See: [03:15](03/15), [03:16](03/16)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did God decide to destroy the world?
God created people to be with him. But God is good and cannot accept things that are evil. Because almost all the people became wicked and disobeyed him, he decided to destroy all those evil people (See: [03:01](03/01)).
God created people to be with him. But God is good and cannot accept things that are evil. Because almost all the people became wicked and disobeyed him, he decided to destroy all those evil people (See: [03:01](03/01)).
1. Why did God save Noah and his family?
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1. Why is the rainbow important?
The rainbow that appears after a rain reminds God and people of God’s promise. He said he will never destroy the earth again with a flood.
The rainbow that appears after a rain reminds God and people of God’s promise. He said he will never destroy the earth again with a flood.
## Summary
## Summary
The story of the flood shows that God must punish people who sin against him. But he also wants to save people who honor him. Noah lived in a time when almost everyone was wicked. In spite of that, Noah honored God, and taught his family to honor him as well. Therefore, God made a way for Noah and his family to escape God’s punishment. Noah obeyed God. He built the boat and took his family into it. God then closed the door and protected them from the flood. After the flood, God told them to fill the earth again. Noah continued to honor God, and God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again.
The story of the flood shows that God must punish people who sin against him. But he also wants to save people who honor him. Noah lived in a time when almost everyone was wicked. In spite of that, Noah honored God, and taught his family to honor him as well. Therefore, God made a way for Noah and his family to escape God’s punishment. Noah obeyed God. He built the boat and took his family into it. God then closed the door and protected them from the flood. After the flood, God told them to fill the earth again. Noah continued to honor God, and God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again.

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# 04. God’s Covenant with Abraham
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Why was is wrong for the people to gather together in one city?
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1. Who did God say he would bless through Abram?
God would bless all the people groups on earth through Abram and his descendants (See: [04:04](04/04)).
God would bless all the people groups on earth through Abram and his descendants (See: [04:04](04/04)).
1. What land did God give to Abram?
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1. Why did Abram give a tenth of his possessions to Melchizedek?
Melchizedek was a priest of God (See: [04:07](04/07)). That is, he spoke for God and helped people worship God. Abram gave a tenth of his possessions to Melchizedek as an offering to God. In this way, Abram honored God.
Melchizedek was a priest of God (See: [04:07](04/07)). That is, he spoke for God and helped people worship God. Abram gave a tenth of his possessions to Melchizedek as an offering to God. In this way, Abram honored God.
1. Why might it have been difficult for Abram to believe that he would have many descendants?
Abram and Sarai did not yet have a son (See: [04:08](04/08)). Without a son, he could not have many descendants.
Abram and Sarai did not yet have a son (See: [04:08](04/08)). Without a son, he could not have many descendants.
1. Why did God declare that Abram was righteous?
God said Abram was righteous because Abram believed God (See: [04:08](04/08)). Abram believed he would have many descendants even though he did not yet have a son.
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Noah was a righteous man. Why did his descendants begin to sin?
God destroyed all the wicked people in the flood (See: [03:08](03/08)). So only the family of Noah survived to fill the earth. Although Noah obeyed God, he was not perfect. He received wicked desires from his ancestors, Adam and Eve. And he passed these on to his descendants.
God destroyed all the wicked people in the flood (See: [03:08](03/08)). So only the family of Noah survived to fill the earth. Although Noah obeyed God, he was not perfect. He received wicked desires from his ancestors, Adam and Eve. And he passed these on to his descendants.
1. Why did the people want to live in one city?
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1. Why did God send Abram to Canaan?
Abram already honored God where he lived. But, God told him to go to Canaan, the land that God would give to him. God wanted Abram’s descendants to have a land where they could honor God. In this way, all the families of the earth could learn through them how to honor God.
Abram already honored God where he lived. But, God told him to go to Canaan, the land that God would give to him. God wanted Abram’s descendants to have a land where they could honor God. In this way, all the families of the earth could learn through them how to honor God.
1. Why did Abram give his tenth to Melchizedek instead of directly to God?
Melchizedek was the first priest of God. Before that, Noah and other righteous people offered their sacrifices directly to God. But now God was providing a priest to help people honor God and to speak to them for him.
Melchizedek was the first priest of God. Before that, Noah and other righteous people offered their sacrifices directly to God. But now God was providing a priest to help people honor God and to speak to them for him.
1. Why was God’s promise to Abram so surprising?
God promised that Abram would have more descendants then the stars in the sky. No one is able to count all the stars! But Abram and Sarai did not yet have a son. It would not have seemed possible that they could have so many descendants.
God promised that Abram would have more descendants then the stars in the sky. No one is able to count all the stars! But Abram and Sarai did not yet have a son. It would not have seemed possible that they could have so many descendants.
## Summary
## Summary
Many descendants were soon born to Noah. But, even though Noah was a righteous man, his descendants did not obey God. They refused to fill the earth. Instead, they built a city and a tower to honor themselves. Therefore, God confused their language so they would separate into groups. Later, God chose Abram and promised to bless every language group through his descendants. Abram believed God would do this, even though he did not have a son. Therefore, God was pleased with Abram and declared him righteous.
Many descendants were soon born to Noah. But, even though Noah was a righteous man, his descendants did not obey God. They refused to fill the earth. Instead, they built a city and a tower to honor themselves. Therefore, God confused their language so they would separate into groups. Later, God chose Abram and promised to bless every language group through his descendants. Abram believed God would do this, even though he did not have a son. Therefore, God was pleased with Abram and declared him righteous.

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# 06. God Provides for Isaac
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What did Abraham send his servant to do?
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1. Who was Rebekah’s older son?
Rebekah’s older son was Esau.
Rebekah’s older son was Esau.
1. Who was Rebekah’s younger son?
Rebekah’s younger son was Jacob.
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did Abraham send his servant so far away to find a wife for Isaac?
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1. Why could Rebekah not have children?
We do not know why Rebekah could not have children. She had obeyed God to leave her family and marry Isaac. Perhaps God wanted Isaac to pray for Rebekah, so that they would understand that God enabled her to become pregnant.
We do not know why Rebekah could not have children. She had obeyed God to leave her family and marry Isaac. Perhaps God wanted Isaac to pray for Rebekah, so that they would understand that God enabled her to become pregnant.
1. Why were the babies struggling with each other while they were still in Rebekah’s womb?
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Later on, Jacob would take Esau’s place by receiving the honor and possessions that should belong to the firstborn son. Perhaps Jacob was holding on to Esau’s heel as a sign that he was already trying to hold Esau back and to take his place.
## Summary
## Summary
Abraham wanted to make sure that his son Isaac married a woman who believed in God, and not a woman who served idols. Therefore, he sent his servant far away to the land of his relatives to find the right wife for Isaac. God directed Abraham’s servant to Rebekah, who trusted God. After Isaac married Rebekah, they could not have children. But God answered Isaac’s prayer and she became pregnant with twin boys. Even while they were in her womb, God told Rebekah that they would become two nations, and that the nation from the older son would obey the nation from the younger son. In this way, God chose to keep his covenant with Abraham through Isaac’s younger son, Jacob.

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# 07. God Blesses Jacob
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How did Isaac and Rebekah treat their sons differently?
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Esau was no longer angry with Jacob, and did not want to kill him. Esau and Jacob both lived in Canaan, and even buried their father together (See: [07:10](07/10)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did Rebekah love Jacob more than she loved Esau?
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1. What problems happened because Isaac and Rebekah each loved a different son?
Jacob and Esau would have known that their parents did not love them equally. Perhaps this is why Jacob and Esau continually struggled with each other. They both tried to get what the other brother had.
Jacob and Esau would have known that their parents did not love them equally. Perhaps this is why Jacob and Esau continually struggled with each other. They both tried to get what the other brother had.
1. Why was Esau willing to trade what was his as the firstborn for some food?
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1. Jacob deceived Isaac to get his blessing. What does this tell us about Jacob?
It was good that Jacob wanted to have his father’s blessing. But he was wrong to deceive his father in order to receive it. Because he did that, he had to flee from his brother and spend twenty years in another country.
It was good that Jacob wanted to have his father’s blessing. But he was wrong to deceive his father in order to receive it. Because he did that, he had to flee from his brother and spend twenty years in another country.
1. Was Jacob a good person?
Jacob sometimes obeyed God, and he wanted God’s blessing. At the same time, Jacob had many faults. He often tried to trick people to get what he wanted. Nevertheless, God blessed Jacob because he had promised to Abraham that he would bless his descendants.
## Summary
## Summary
God chose to bless Jacob even before he was born, and he was faithful to do that. However, Jacob did not always act in a way that was right. He often deceived other people in order to get what he wanted. Nevertheless, God knew that Jacob wanted to worship God. Also, God promised Abraham that he would bless his descendants. Therefore, God blessed Jacob even when he fled from his brother. He brought Jacob back to Canaan again, and blessed his family. Jacob was not always right, but he believed God.

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# 08. God Saves Joseph and His Family
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How did Jacob feel about his son Joseph?
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1. Who became the 12 tribes of Israel?
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. The descendants of each of his 12 sons then became the tribes of Israel (See: [08:15](08/15)).
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. The descendants of each of his 12 sons then became the tribes of Israel (See: [08:15](08/15)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. What mistake did Jacob make in the way he treated his sons?
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1. Why did Joseph not punish his brothers?
Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave. He could have been very angry with them. But Joseph saw that God was the one who sent Joseph to Egypt through his brothers’ evil actions. God did this to save Joseph’s entire family. Therefore, Joseph forgave his brothers and took care of them.
Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave. He could have been very angry with them. But Joseph saw that God was the one who sent Joseph to Egypt through his brothers’ evil actions. God did this to save Joseph’s entire family. Therefore, Joseph forgave his brothers and took care of them.
1. Why did Jacob move his family to Egypt?
God caused the famine so that Jacob would have to move his family to Egypt. God wanted them to grow into a large nation there.
God caused the famine so that Jacob would have to move his family to Egypt. God wanted them to grow into a large nation there.
## Summary
## Summary
God sometimes allows bad things to happen and people to do evil things. But God is always in control. He is doing the things that will fulfil his plan. He allowed Joseph’s brothers to sell him as a slave so that Joseph would be in Egypt. He even allowed Joseph to be in prison. But he blessed Joseph even there. Next, God cause Pharaoh to have a dream for Joseph to interpret. This made Joseph the second most powerful man in Egypt. Finally, God sent a famine throughout the land so that Jacob and his family would have to come to Egypt for food. But God had already placed Joseph in Egypt to care for them during the famine. God was always working in Joseph’s live, and Joseph was always faithful to him.

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# 10. The Ten Plagues
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How did Pharaoh respond when Moses told him that God wanted him to let the Israelites go?
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God decided to send a final plague that would be worse than the other nine plagues. This one would cause Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt (See: [10:12](10/12)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Did God know that Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go when Moses asked him?
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1. Why did God cause some of the plagues to happen only to the Egyptians, and not to the Israelites?
Through the plagues, God was showing the Egyptians and the Israelites that the Israelites belonged to him as his people. He protected the Israelites from many of the plagues so everyone would know that he was their God.
Through the plagues, God was showing the Egyptians and the Israelites that the Israelites belonged to him as his people. He protected the Israelites from many of the plagues so everyone would know that he was their God.
1. Why did God send ten plagues instead of sending only the last plague?
God knew that the first nine plagues would not convince Pharaoh to obey him. However, those plagues showed all the people how powerful God was. When God had done that, he was ready to send the final plague to force Pharaoh to let the people go.
## Summary
## Summary
God knew that Pharaoh would be stubborn and would not easily let the Israelites leave Egypt. But God wanted to show that he was more powerful than Pharaoh or the gods of Egypt. Therefore, God sent nine plagues that punished the Egyptians for not obeying God. Each plague was more severe and caused the Egyptians to suffer more. During the plagues, God also protected the Israelites to show them that he was their God and that they were his people. Pharaoh continually refused to let the people go even as the Egyptians suffered from the plagues. However, God planned to send a final plague to force Pharaoh to obey him.

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# 11. The Passover
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Who was God going to kill in this final plague?
He would kill the firstborn males of the Egyptian people and animals (See: [11:01](11/01)).
He would kill the firstborn males of the Egyptian people and animals (See: [11:01](11/01)).
1. God had already sent nine plagues on Egypt. Did Pharaoh now believe that God would send another plague?
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1. What did Pharaoh do after this plague?
Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron to take the Israelites and to leave Egypt immediately. All the Egyptian people also asked them to go away (See: [11:08](11/08)).
Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron to take the Israelites and to leave Egypt immediately. All the Egyptian people also asked them to go away (See: [11:08](11/08)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did Pharaoh not believe that God would kill the firstborn males in Egypt?
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1. How did Pharaoh respond to this final plague?
Pharaoh was forced to finally obey God. God knew how to cause Pharaoh to let the people go. He also knew how to show Pharaoh that he was more powerful than Pharaoh and all the gods of Egypt. When the firstborn sons of Egypt died, Pharaoh let the people go exactly as God had told Moses he would do.
Pharaoh was forced to finally obey God. God knew how to cause Pharaoh to let the people go. He also knew how to show Pharaoh that he was more powerful than Pharaoh and all the gods of Egypt. When the firstborn sons of Egypt died, Pharaoh let the people go exactly as God had told Moses he would do.
## Summary
## Summary
God told Moses that he would do one final plague that would force Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. He also told him to have the Israelites kill a perfect lamb and put its blood around the door of their houses. The Israelites did exactly as God told them to do. The blood showed that they had believed and obeyed God. When God saw the blood, he spared the firstborn son of that household. The Egyptians, however, did not believe or obey God. They did not have the blood of the lamb on their doors to protect them. So God killed all of their firstborn sons. When this happened, Pharaoh and all the Egyptians knew that Yahweh was more powerful than Pharaoh and all the gods of Egypt. They finally agreed to let the Israelites go. God freed the entire nation from being slaves in Egypt, just as he had told Moses that he would do.

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# 12. The Exodus
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Who also left Egypt along with the Israelites?
Some people from other nations who believed in God also left Egypt along with the Israelites (See: [12:01](12/01)).
Some people from other nations who believed in God also left Egypt along with the Israelites (See: [12:01](12/01)).
1. How did God lead the Israelites?
God sent a tall pillar of cloud during the day. It became a pillar of fire at night. It went ahead of the Israelites to show them where to go. God was in this pillar (See: [12:02](12/02)).
God sent a tall pillar of cloud during the day. It became a pillar of fire at night. It went ahead of the Israelites to show them where to go. God was in this pillar (See: [12:02](12/02)).
1. Why did Pharaoh change his mind about letting the Israelites go?
God caused Pharaoh to change his mind so that he could show everyone that he is more powerful than Pharaoh and all the gods of Egypt (See: [12:03](12/03)).
God caused Pharaoh to change his mind so that he could show everyone that he is more powerful than Pharaoh and all the gods of Egypt (See: [12:03](12/03)).
1. Why were the Israelites afraid when they saw the Egyptian army coming?
They were trapped between the Egyptians and the Red Sea. They thought the Egyptians would kill them (See: [12:04](12/04)).
They were trapped between the Egyptians and the Red Sea. They thought the Egyptians would kill them (See: [12:04](12/04)).
1. What did God do to protect the Israelites from the Egyptians?
God moved the pillar of cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians so the Egyptians could not see the Israelites (See: [12:06](12/06)).
God moved the pillar of cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians so the Egyptians could not see the Israelites (See: [12:06](12/06)).
1. What happened when Moses raised his hand over the sea?
God caused the wind to push the water to the left and to the right so that there was a path through the sea for the Israelites. The Israelites crossed the sea on dry ground (See: [12:07](12/07), [12:08](12/08)).
God caused the wind to push the water to the left and to the right so that there was a path through the sea for the Israelites. The Israelites crossed the sea on dry ground (See: [12:07](12/07), [12:08](12/08)).
1. What happened to the Egyptians when they followed the Israelites into the sea?
God caused the Egyptians to panic and their chariots to get stuck. Then he closed the water over the Egyptians so that they all drowned (See: [12:10](12/10), [12:11](12/11)).
God caused the Egyptians to panic and their chariots to get stuck. Then he closed the water over the Egyptians so that they all drowned (See: [12:10](12/10), [12:11](12/11)).
1. What did the Israelites believe about Moses?
They believed that he was a prophet of God (See: [12:12](12/12)).
They believed that he was a prophet of God (See: [12:12](12/12)).
1. How do the Israelites remember every year that God defeated the Egyptians?
Every year, the Israelites celebrate the festival of the Passover by killing and eating a lamb with unleavened bread (See: [12:14](12/14)).
Every year, the Israelites celebrate the festival of the Passover by killing and eating a lamb with unleavened bread (See: [12:14](12/14)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why do you think some people from other nations went with the Israelites from Egypt?
They would have seen all the plagues that God did to the Egyptians. Perhaps that is why they believed that Yahweh is God. They decided to follow him instead of the gods of Egypt.
They would have seen all the plagues that God did to the Egyptians. Perhaps that is why they believed that Yahweh is God. They decided to follow him instead of the gods of Egypt.
1. God had already forced Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt. Why did he make Pharaoh chase after them again?
Perhaps other nations would not know that God forced Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. God caused Pharaoh to chase after the Israelites so that he could completely destroy the Egyptians. In this way, people in every nation would hear about it and know that God was more powerful than Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.
Perhaps other nations would not know that God forced Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. God caused Pharaoh to chase after the Israelites so that he could completely destroy the Egyptians. In this way, people in every nation would hear about it and know that God was more powerful than Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.
1. Why did God lead the Israelites to the Red Sea where they would be trapped, instead of leading them around it?
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1. Why were the Egyptians not able to immediately catch the Israelites before they finished crossing the sea?
There were so many Israelites that it would have taken a long time for them to all cross the sea. However, God placed the pillar of cloud behind them so the Egyptians could attack them as they were crossing the sea.
There were so many Israelites that it would have taken a long time for them to all cross the sea. However, God placed the pillar of cloud behind them so the Egyptians could attack them as they were crossing the sea.
1. What did the Israelites do when they realized the Egyptians were dead?
The Israelites rejoiced and worshiped God. They realized that he had save them from dying and from being slaves. They were very happy and decided to obey God. They continued to celebrate the festival of the Passover every year as God commanded them to do.
## Summary
## Summary
The Israelites left Egypt to go to the Promised Land, along with people from other nations who saw what God did to the Egyptians and believed in him. But God was not finished with the Egyptians. He caused Pharaoh to change his mind and chase after the Israelites so he could destroy Pharaoh completely. He made a way for Israel to escape through the Red Sea. But he killed all the Egyptians when they tried to follow them. In this way, he showed the Israelites and all the other nations that he was more powerful than Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt. He also showed the Israelites that he would lead and protect them as they traveled to the Promised Land.

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# 13. God’s Covenant with Israel
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What did God say the Israelites would become if they kept his covenant with them?
They would become his prized possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation (See: [13:02](13/02)).
They would become his prized possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation (See: [13:02](13/02)).
1. What were the signs of God’s presence when he came down on the mountain?
There was thunder, lightning, smoke, and sounds of loud trumpets (See: [13:03](13/03)).
There was thunder, lightning, smoke, and sounds of loud trumpets (See: [13:03](13/03)).
1. What was the first command that God gave to the people?
God told them not to worship any other god (See: [13:04](13/04)).
God told them not to worship any other god (See: [13:04](13/04)).
1. What were the Israelites supposed to do on the seventh day of the week?
They were supposed to keep the Sabbath day holy by resting and remembering God (See: [13:05](13/05)).
They were supposed to keep the Sabbath day holy by resting and remembering God (See: [13:05](13/05)).
1. What would God do to the people if they did not obey his commandments?
God would punish them if they did not obey him (See: [13:07](13/07)).
God would punish them if they did not obey him (See: [13:07](13/07)).
1. Who was allowed to enter into the room in the Tent of Meeting where God was?
Only the high priest was allowed to go into that room (See: [13:08](13/08)).
Only the high priest was allowed to go into that room (See: [13:08](13/08)).
1. What would the blood from an animal sacrifice do to the sin of the person who brought the animal?
The blood of the animal would cover that person’s sin. He would become clean in God’s sight (See: [13:09](13/09)).
The blood of the animal would cover that person’s sin. He would become clean in God’s sight (See: [13:09](13/09)).
1. Why did the people make an idol to worship?
Moses remained on the mountain for a long time, and the people grew tired of waiting for him. Therefore, they asked Aaron to make an idol for them to worship (See: [13:11](13/11)).
Moses remained on the mountain for a long time, and the people grew tired of waiting for him. Therefore, they asked Aaron to make an idol for them to worship (See: [13:11](13/11)).
1. What did Moses do when he came down the mountain and saw the people worshiping the idol?
He smashed the two stone tablets on which God had written the Ten Commandments. He then destroyed the idol and made the people drink the dust of it in water (See: [13:13](13/13), [13:14](13/14)).
He smashed the two stone tablets on which God had written the Ten Commandments. He then destroyed the idol and made the people drink the dust of it in water (See: [13:13](13/13), [13:14](13/14)).
1. Why did God forgive the people?
He forgave them because Moses prayed for them (See: [13:15](13/15)).
He forgave them because Moses prayed for them (See: [13:15](13/15)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did God bring the people to Mount Sinai?
This was the place where God had spoken to Moses from the burning bush. He promised Moses that he would bring the people out of Egypt to worship him there. God kept that promise and led them to that same place.
This was the place where God had spoken to Moses from the burning bush. He promised Moses that he would bring the people out of Egypt to worship him there. God kept that promise and led them to that same place.
1. Why did God say the Israelites would be a kingdom of priests?
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1. Why did God write the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone?
God wanted the people to always remember his commandments. Perhaps that is why he wrote them on hard stone tablets with his own hand, instead of on clay, wood, or paper.
God wanted the people to always remember his commandments. Perhaps that is why he wrote them on hard stone tablets with his own hand, instead of on clay, wood, or paper.
1. Why did God tell the Israelites to make a tent where he could meet them?
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God send a plague on them, which killed many of them. In Egypt, God sent plagues on the Egyptians. Now, God punished his own people with a plague because they sinned.
## Summary
## Summary
God brought the Israelites to Mount Sinai just as he had promised Moses. He came down on the mountain with powerful signs and gave them the Ten Commandments and other laws to obey. He told them how to sacrifice to him, and how to meet him in the Tent of Meeting. But while Moses was still on the mountain with God, the people made an idol to worship. God was very angry and wanted to destroy them. Moses was also so angry that he smashed the Ten Commandments. But Moses prayed for the people and God forgave them.
God brought the Israelites to Mount Sinai just as he had promised Moses. He came down on the mountain with powerful signs and gave them the Ten Commandments and other laws to obey. He told them how to sacrifice to him, and how to meet him in the Tent of Meeting. But while Moses was still on the mountain with God, the people made an idol to worship. God was very angry and wanted to destroy them. Moses was also so angry that he smashed the Ten Commandments. But Moses prayed for the people and God forgave them.

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# 14. Wandering in the Wilderness
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Why did God tell the people to get rid of the Canaanites completely?
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God told Moses to speak to a rock so that it would give water to the people. But Moses disobeyed God and struck a rock with a stick instead. In this way, he dishonored God before the people. Therefore, God did not allow him to enter into the land. He went up to a high mountain and saw the land, and then he died (See: [14:13](14/13), [14:15](14/15)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. What had the people of Canaan become like since Joseph and his family left?
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1. Why did Joshua give the people different advice than the other ten spies?
All 12 of the spies saw the same land and people. However, ten of the spies only thought about how hard it would be to defeat the people. But Joshua and Caleb thought about the good land and about how God would help them. They believed he would enable them to defeat the Canaanites even though they were tall and strong.
All 12 of the spies saw the same land and people. However, ten of the spies only thought about how hard it would be to defeat the people. But Joshua and Caleb thought about the good land and about how God would help them. They believed he would enable them to defeat the Canaanites even though they were tall and strong.
1. Why did the people want to go back and be slaves in Egypt?
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Moses was the leader of Israel. He spoke to them for God. Because everyone watched what Moses did, God punished him harshly so the people would be afraid to disobey God. For this reason, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land.
## Summary
## Summary
God brought the people to the Promised Land, just as he said. But they were afraid of the Canaanites and refused to enter. Therefore, God made them wander for 40 years until all of the adults died. However, he cared for the people so that their children could enter the land. He kept his promise to Abraham. Moses saw the land, but could not enter because he had disobeyed God. Joshua became the leader of Israel after Moses died.

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# 15. The Promised Land
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Why did the two spies promise to protect Rahab the prostitute and her family?
Rahab believed in God and helped the spies escape from Jericho (See: [15:01](15/01)).
Rahab believed in God and helped the spies escape from Jericho (See: [15:01](15/01)).
1. How did God enable the Israelites to cross the Jordan River?
He caused the water upstream to stop flowing so the Israelites could walk across the river on dry ground (See: [15:02](15/02)).
He caused the water upstream to stop flowing so the Israelites could walk across the river on dry ground (See: [15:02](15/02)).
1. How did God make it possible for the Israelites able to defeat the city of Jericho?
They marched around Jericho, blew their trumpets, and shouted. When they did that, God caused the walls of the city to fall down so they could attack the people (See: [15:03](15/03), [15:04](15/04)).
They marched around Jericho, blew their trumpets, and shouted. When they did that, God caused the walls of the city to fall down so they could attack the people (See: [15:03](15/03), [15:04](15/04)).
1. What happened to Rahab and her family when the Israelites destroyed Jericho?
Joshua spared Rahab and her family, and they became part of the Israelites (See: [15:05](15/05)).
Joshua spared Rahab and her family, and they became part of the Israelites (See: [15:05](15/05)).
1. What did the Gibeonites do so that the Israelites would not destroy them?
They pretended to be from a country far away so the Israelites would make a peace treaty with them (See: [15:06](15/06)).
They pretended to be from a country far away so the Israelites would make a peace treaty with them (See: [15:06](15/06)).
1. How did the Amorites respond when the Gibeonites made peace with the Israelites?
They joined their armies together to attack the Gibeonites (See: [15:07](15/07)).
They joined their armies together to attack the Gibeonites (See: [15:07](15/07)).
1. What were the two miracles that God did to help the Israelites defeat the Amorites?
God sent large hailstones to kill the Amorites, and made the sun stay in one place so the Israelites would have enough time to completely defeat them (See: [15:09](15/09), [15:10](15/10)).
God sent large hailstones to kill the Amorites, and made the sun stay in one place so the Israelites would have enough time to completely defeat them (See: [15:09](15/09), [15:10](15/10)).
1. What did God give to each tribe after they finished fighting against the Canaanites?
He gave each tribe of Israel its own section of the Promised Land (See: [15:12](15/12)).
He gave each tribe of Israel its own section of the Promised Land (See: [15:12](15/12)).
1. When Joshua called the Israelites together, what did they promise to do?
They promised to be faithful to God and to obey his laws (See: [15:13](15/13)).
They promised to be faithful to God and to obey his laws (See: [15:13](15/13)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Rahab was a prostitute. But God accepted her and her entire family as part of Israel because she believed in God. What does that tell you about who God is?
God is willing to accept any person who believes in him. It does not matter how much they have sinned. He will accept them even if other people do not think they deserve honor.
God is willing to accept any person who believes in him. It does not matter how much they have sinned. He will accept them even if other people do not think they deserve honor.
1. God made a dry path through the Jordan River for Joshua and the Israelites. What had God done for Moses that was similar?
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1. Would you expect the walls of a great city to fall down because a group of people marched around it and shouted?
This is not a normal way to attack a city with high walls. However, Joshua and all the Israelites obeyed God and did what he told them to do. As a result, God caused all the walls to fall down so they could destroy the city.
This is not a normal way to attack a city with high walls. However, Joshua and all the Israelites obeyed God and did what he told them to do. As a result, God caused all the walls to fall down so they could destroy the city.
1. Why do you think the Israelites did not ask God about the Gibeonites?
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God controlled the weather so that hailstones fell from the sky to kill the Amorites. He also caused the sun in the sky to stand still in order to make the day longer. Only Yahweh, who created all things, is able to do this.
## Summary
## Summary
God led the Israelites into the Promised Land and helped them defeat all their enemies. He did this in a way that showed how powerful he is. He stopped the waters of the Jordan River. He knocked down the walls of Jericho. He caused hail to fall that was big enough to kill the Amorites. And he made the sun stand still to help Israel. When he accepted Rahab and her family, he also showed that he will accept anyone who believes in him. And he worked powerfully through Joshua to give Canaan to Israel. This showed that he kept his covenant with Abraham.

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# 16. The Deliverers
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How did the Israelites disobey God?
They did not keep his laws, and they did not drive out the rest of the Canaanites from the land. Also, they began to worship Canaanite gods (See: [16:01](16/01)).
They did not keep his laws, and they did not drive out the rest of the Canaanites from the land. Also, they began to worship Canaanite gods (See: [16:01](16/01)).
1. What pattern did the Israelites keep repeating?
They would disobey God, so he would punish them by allowing their enemies to defeat them. When the Israelites repented, God would send a deliverer to rescue them (See: [16:02](16/02)).
They would disobey God, so he would punish them by allowing their enemies to defeat them. When the Israelites repented, God would send a deliverer to rescue them (See: [16:02](16/02)).
1. Why was Gideon threshing grain in a hidden place?
He was afraid the Midianites would find his grain and steal it (See: [16:05](16/05)).
He was afraid the Midianites would find his grain and steal it (See: [16:05](16/05)).
1. What was the first thing that God told Gideon to do?
God told him to tear down his father’s altar where his father worshiped an idol (See: [16:06](16/06)).
God told him to tear down his father’s altar where his father worshiped an idol (See: [16:06](16/06)).
1. What two signs did God give to Gideon to prove that he would defeat the Midianites?
God caused a sheepskin to be wet, but the ground around it to be dry. Then the next night, God caused the sheepskin to be dry, but the ground to be wet (See: [16:09](16/09)).
God caused a sheepskin to be wet, but the ground around it to be dry. Then the next night, God caused the sheepskin to be dry, but the ground to be wet (See: [16:09](16/09)).
1. What did God do when 32,000 men came to fight for Israel?
God had Gideon send most of them home. He kept only 300 soldiers (See: [16:10](16/10)).
God had Gideon send most of them home. He kept only 300 soldiers (See: [16:10](16/10)).
1. How did Gideon’s 300 soldiers attack the Midianites?
They put torches in clay pots. Then they blew their horns and all broke the pots at the same time, showing the torches (See: [16:12](16/12), [16:13](16/13)).
They put torches in clay pots. Then they blew their horns and all broke the pots at the same time, showing the torches (See: [16:12](16/12), [16:13](16/13)).
1. How did God help Gideon attack the Midianites?
God confused the Midianites so that they attacked and killed each other (See: [16:14](16/14)).
God confused the Midianites so that they attacked and killed each other (See: [16:14](16/14)).
1. What did the people do with the special garment that Gideon made out of gold?
The people began to worship it as an idol (See: [16:16](16/16)).
The people began to worship it as an idol (See: [16:16](16/16)).
1. Why did the people ask God to give them a king?
They wanted a king who was tall and strong, and who could lead them into battle against their enemies (See: [16:18](16/18)).
They wanted a king who was tall and strong, and who could lead them into battle against their enemies (See: [16:18](16/18)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. All of the Israelites did what they thought was right for themselves. Does this mean they obeyed God?
The Israelites did not think about God in the right way. Therefore, they thought it was right to worship idols even though God had told them to worship only him. In this way, they disobeyed God.
The Israelites did not think about God in the right way. Therefore, they thought it was right to worship idols even though God had told them to worship only him. In this way, they disobeyed God.
1. How many times did God send a deliverer to rescue the Israelites when they repented of their sin?
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1. Why did God make Gideon send home all but 300 soldiers?
God wanted everyone to know that the Israelites defeated the Midianites because God helped them. He did not want them to think their own strength saved them. For that reason, he did not want Gideon to attack with a lot of soldiers.
God wanted everyone to know that the Israelites defeated the Midianites because God helped them. He did not want them to think their own strength saved them. For that reason, he did not want Gideon to attack with a lot of soldiers.
1. Were the people thankful that God send deliverers to rescue them from their enemies?
The people were not happy that God only sent them deliverers. Instead, they wanted a king like all the other nations had.
The people were not happy that God only sent them deliverers. Instead, they wanted a king like all the other nations had.
## Summary
## Summary
God and the people did not change. The people always disobeyed God and worshiped idols. And God always punished them when they sinned and rescued them when they repented of their sin. This pattern happened to the Israelites many times. With great power, God helped Gideon to rescue them from the Midianites. But after that, they worshiped idols again. They would not obey God. They did not want God to be their king. Instead, they finally asked God to give them a king so they could be just like the other nations who worshiped idols.

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# 17. God’s Covenant with David
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What kind of a man was Saul?
Saul was tall and handsome, just like the people wanted. But he became a wicked man who did not obey God (See: [17:01](17/01)).
Saul was tall and handsome, just like the people wanted. But he became a wicked man who did not obey God (See: [17:01](17/01)).
1. Who did God choose to become king after Saul?
God chose a young shepherd from Bethlehem. He was humble and righteous, and he trusted and obeyed God (See: [17:02](17/02)).
God chose a young shepherd from Bethlehem. He was humble and righteous, and he trusted and obeyed God (See: [17:02](17/02)).
1. Who was Goliath, whom David killed?
Goliath was a giant enemy soldier who was three meters tall (See: [17:03](17/03)).
Goliath was a giant enemy soldier who was three meters tall (See: [17:03](17/03)).
1. How did David prove to Saul that he was not trying to kill Saul?
David cut off a piece of Saul’s clothing in a cave. He could have killed Saul at that time, but he did not harm him. When Saul found out about it, he knew that David was not trying to kill him (See: [17:04](17/04)).
David cut off a piece of Saul’s clothing in a cave. He could have killed Saul at that time, but he did not harm him. When Saul found out about it, he knew that David was not trying to kill him (See: [17:04](17/04)).
1. What did David want to build for God?
David wanted to build a temple where the Israelites could worship God and bring him sacrifices (See: [17:06](17/06)).
David wanted to build a temple where the Israelites could worship God and bring him sacrifices (See: [17:06](17/06)).
1. How did God respond to David’s plan to build a temple?
God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David he would not be the one to build a temple. Instead, David’s son would build it (See: [17:07](17/07)).
God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David he would not be the one to build a temple. Instead, David’s son would build it (See: [17:07](17/07)).
1. Who did God say would rule forever?
One of David’s descendants would rule forever. This person would be the Messiah. But the Messiah would not come for almost 1,000 years after David died (See: [17:08](17/08)).
One of David’s descendants would rule forever. This person would be the Messiah. But the Messiah would not come for almost 1,000 years after David died (See: [17:08](17/08)).
1. How did David sin against God?
David slept with Bathsheba. Then he murdered her husband, Uriah, who was one of David’s best soldiers (See: [17:10](17/10), [17:11](17/11), [17:12](17/12)).
David slept with Bathsheba. Then he murdered her husband, Uriah, who was one of David’s best soldiers (See: [17:10](17/10), [17:11](17/11), [17:12](17/12)).
1. How did God punish David for his sin?
God caused Bathsheba’s baby to die. He also made David’s own family fight against him (See: [17:14](17/14)).
God caused Bathsheba’s baby to die. He also made David’s own family fight against him (See: [17:14](17/14)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. In what ways was David different than Saul?
The people wanted Saul to be king because he was tall and handsome. But he was a wicked man. God chose David to be king because David was humble and trusted and obeyed God.
The people wanted Saul to be king because he was tall and handsome. But he was a wicked man. God chose David to be king because David was humble and trusted and obeyed God.
1. How might David have learned to be the king of Israel while he was a shepherd?
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1. Saul tried to kill David. Why did David not kill Saul when he found him in the cave?
David did not want to sin in order to be king. He chose to wait until the time when God would make him king. Therefore, he did not kill Saul. Instead, he trusted God to protect him from Saul.
David did not want to sin in order to be king. He chose to wait until the time when God would make him king. Therefore, he did not kill Saul. Instead, he trusted God to protect him from Saul.
1. Why did God not allow David to build a temple?
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1. What was the greatest blessing that God promised to David?
God promised David that one of his descendants would be the Messiah. He would rule over God’s people forever.
God promised David that one of his descendants would be the Messiah. He would rule over God’s people forever.
1. Why did David cause Uriah to be killed?
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God forgave David when he repented. But because David had dishonored God before the people, God had to punish him. David accepted that punishment and obeyed God.
## Summary
## Summary
God chose David to be the king of Israel. He was a humble man who obeyed God. Therefore, God promised that David’s son would build God’s Temple and that one of David’s descendants would rule forever. He would be the Messiah, who would come 1,000 years later. After David sinned terribly, he repented and continued to obey God. Although God punished him for sinning, he still did everything he promised David he would do.
God chose David to be the king of Israel. He was a humble man who obeyed God. Therefore, God promised that David’s son would build God’s Temple and that one of David’s descendants would rule forever. He would be the Messiah, who would come 1,000 years later. After David sinned terribly, he repented and continued to obey God. Although God punished him for sinning, he still did everything he promised David he would do.

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# 18. The Divided Kingdom
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What did Solomon ask God to do for him?
He asked God to make him very wise (See: [18:01](18/01)).
He asked God to make him very wise (See: [18:01](18/01)).
1. Why did the people no longer offer sacrifices at the Tent of Meeting?
Solomon build the Temple for which David had planned and prepared. People now offered sacrifices and worshiped God there instead of at the Tent of Meeting (See: [18:02](18/02)).
Solomon build the Temple for which David had planned and prepared. People now offered sacrifices and worshiped God there instead of at the Tent of Meeting (See: [18:02](18/02)).
1. Solomon married almost 1,000 women. How did that cause Solomon to sin?
Many of the women Solomon married were foreign women. They brought their gods with them, and Solomon started to worship those false gods (See: [18:03](18/03)).
Many of the women Solomon married were foreign women. They brought their gods with them, and Solomon started to worship those false gods (See: [18:03](18/03)).
1. How did God say he would punish Solomon for worshiping other gods?
God said he would punish Solomon by dividing the nation of Israel into two kingdoms after Solomon died (See: [18:04](18/04)).
God said he would punish Solomon by dividing the nation of Israel into two kingdoms after Solomon died (See: [18:04](18/04)).
1. Why did the people rebel against Rehoboam?
They asked him to make them work less than Solomon did. Instead, Rehoboam said he would make them work harder. This made them angry, so they refused to serve him (See: [18:05](18/05), [18:06](18/06)).
They asked him to make them work less than Solomon did. Instead, Rehoboam said he would make them work harder. This made them angry, so they refused to serve him (See: [18:05](18/05), [18:06](18/06)).
1. How many of the tribes of Israel remained with Rehoboam?
Only two of the 12 tribes remained with Rehoboam (See: [18:07](18/07)).
Only two of the 12 tribes remained with Rehoboam (See: [18:07](18/07)).
1. What did Jeroboam make so the people would no longer go to Jerusalem to worship?
He made two idols for the people of the kingdom of Israel to worship (See: [18:09](18/09)).
He made two idols for the people of the kingdom of Israel to worship (See: [18:09](18/09)).
1. How many of the kings of the kingdom of Israel were evil?
All of the kings of the kingdom of Israel were evil (See: [18:11](18/11)).
All of the kings of the kingdom of Israel were evil (See: [18:11](18/11)).
1. Were most of the kings of Judah good or evil?
Some of the kings of Judah were good men, but most of them were evil. They ruled badly, worshiped idols, and even sacrificed their children to false gods (See: [18:13](18/13)).
Some of the kings of Judah were good men, but most of them were evil. They ruled badly, worshiped idols, and even sacrificed their children to false gods (See: [18:13](18/13)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why did it please God when Solomon asked God to make him wise?
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1. Solomon was very wise. How was Rehoboam different than Solomon?
Unlike his father Solomon, Rehoboam, was very foolish. The people were willing to follow him if he would treat them well. But instead, he answered the people so harshly that most of the tribes of Israel refused to follow him.
Unlike his father Solomon, Rehoboam, was very foolish. The people were willing to follow him if he would treat them well. But instead, he answered the people so harshly that most of the tribes of Israel refused to follow him.
1. Why did Jeroboam build idols for his people to worship?
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Even though David obeyed God, many of his children did not. Solomon obeyed God for a time, but then began to worship the idols of his foreign wives. Many of David’s other descendants also chose not to obey God. Each person had to decide for himself whether or not he would obey God.
## Summary
## Summary
Solomon began as a good and wise king who ruled Israel well. However, he married many women who worshiped foreign gods. Eventually, Solomon also began to worship these idols. God was angry with Solomon and decided to divide Israel into two kingdoms. Ten tribes followed Jeroboam and formed the kingdom of Israel. Jeroboam made idols so the people would not go to Jerusalem to worship Yahweh at the Temple. All the kings of the kingdom of Israel were evil. Two of the tribes formed the kingdom of Judah and chose descendants of David as their kings. However, many of their kings were also evil. Even though they were descendants of David, they refused to obey God. The two kingdoms fought against each other for many years.

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# 19. The Prophets
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Why did King Ahab try to kill the prophet Elijah?
Ahab was angry with Elijah because Elijah said there would be no rain in the kingdom of Israel. Elijah said this because Ahab and the people of the kingdom of Israel worshiped an idol named Baal (See: [19:02](19/02)).
Ahab was angry with Elijah because Elijah said there would be no rain in the kingdom of Israel. Elijah said this because Ahab and the people of the kingdom of Israel worshiped an idol named Baal (See: [19:02](19/02)).
1. How did God provide for Elijah while he hid from Ahab at the stream?
God sent birds to bring Elijah bread and meat to eat while he hid from Ahab (See: [19:03](19/03)).
God sent birds to bring Elijah bread and meat to eat while he hid from Ahab (See: [19:03](19/03)).
1. How did God provide for Elijah while he lived with the widow and her son?
God caused the widow’s jar of flour and bottle of oil to never become empty. For about three years, there was always enough food for them to eat even though there was no other food in the land (See: [19:04](19/04)).
God caused the widow’s jar of flour and bottle of oil to never become empty. For about three years, there was always enough food for them to eat even though there was no other food in the land (See: [19:04](19/04)).
1. What did Elijah tell the people to decide about when they came with the prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel?
Elijah told the people that they should stop changing their mind about God. If Yahweh is God, they should worship him, but if Baal is God, they should worship him instead (See: [19:06](19/06)).
Elijah told the people that they should stop changing their mind about God. If Yahweh is God, they should worship him, but if Baal is God, they should worship him instead (See: [19:06](19/06)).
1. How did Elijah say the people could tell whether Yahweh or Baal was the true God?
Elijah and the prophets of Baal would prepare a sacrifice on an altar. The people would know that the God who responded by sending fire onto the altar was the true God (See: [19:07](19/07)).
Elijah and the prophets of Baal would prepare a sacrifice on an altar. The people would know that the God who responded by sending fire onto the altar was the true God (See: [19:07](19/07)).
1. What happened when the prophets of Baal asked Baal to send fire on the altar?
Nothing happened when they asked Baal to send fire (See: [19:08](19/08)).
Nothing happened when they asked Baal to send fire (See: [19:08](19/08)).
1. What happened when Elijah asked Yahweh to send fire on the altar?
Fire fell from the sky and burned up the altar and everything around it (See: [19:11](19/11)).
Fire fell from the sky and burned up the altar and everything around it (See: [19:11](19/11)).
1. How did God heal Naaman of his skin disease?
Elisha told Naaman to dip himself in the Jordan River seven times. At first, he refused. But then he changed his mind and did what Elisha told him to do. God healed him as soon as he obeyed (See: [19:14](19/14), [19:15](19/15)).
Elisha told Naaman to dip himself in the Jordan River seven times. At first, he refused. But then he changed his mind and did what Elisha told him to do. God healed him as soon as he obeyed (See: [19:14](19/14), [19:15](19/15)).
1. How did the people try to kill the prophet Jeremiah?
They put Jeremiah into a dry well and left him there to die. But later, the king sent his servants to pull him out (See: [19:17](19/17)).
They put Jeremiah into a dry well and left him there to die. But later, the king sent his servants to pull him out (See: [19:17](19/17)).
1. Who did the prophets remind the people that God promised to send to them?
The prophets reminded them that God would send the Messiah to them (See: [19:18](19/18)).
The prophets reminded them that God would send the Messiah to them (See: [19:18](19/18)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. How did the people usually respond to the prophets whom God sent to them?
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1. What did the prophets say the people must do so that God would not destroy them?
The prophets told the people they must repent. That is, they must change their mind about God and begin to think about him in a different way. They must understand that Yahweh is the true God and stop worshiping other gods. If they did not repent, God would destroy them because they sinned against him.
The prophets told the people they must repent. That is, they must change their mind about God and begin to think about him in a different way. They must understand that Yahweh is the true God and stop worshiping other gods. If they did not repent, God would destroy them because they sinned against him.
## Summary
## Summary
God always sent prophets to tell the Israelites to worship only him. But the people hated the prophets and refused to listen to them. They served idols instead of Yahweh. They even tried to kill the prophets whom God sent to them. But the prophets continued to speak for God, and God continued to care for his prophets. The prophets warned the people to repent or God would punish them. Even so, God still promised that he would send the Messiah to them.

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# 20. The Exile and Return
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. What nation did God send to destroy the kingdom of Israel?
God sent the Assyrians to destroy the kingdom of Israel. The Assyrians were very cruel. They killed many of the Israelites and took the rest of them to Assyria (See: [20:02](20/02), [20:03](20/03)).
God sent the Assyrians to destroy the kingdom of Israel. The Assyrians were very cruel. They killed many of the Israelites and took the rest of them to Assyria (See: [20:02](20/02), [20:03](20/03)).
1. Who did the Assyrians bring to live in the land of Israel?
The Assyrians brought foreigners to live in the land of Israel. These foreigners married the Israelites who were left in the land. Their descendants were called Samaritans (See: [20:04](20/04)).
The Assyrians brought foreigners to live in the land of Israel. These foreigners married the Israelites who were left in the land. Their descendants were called Samaritans (See: [20:04](20/04)).
1. What did the people in the kingdom of Judah do when they saw how God had punished the kingdom of Israel?
The people in the kingdom of Judah continued to worship idols, including the gods of the Canaanites. They refused to believe the prophets whom God sent to warn them (See: [20:05](20/05)).
The people in the kingdom of Judah continued to worship idols, including the gods of the Canaanites. They refused to believe the prophets whom God sent to warn them (See: [20:05](20/05)).
1. What nation did God send to attack the kingdom of Judah?
God sent the Babylonians to attack the kingdom of Judah. As a result, the king of Judah promised to pay a lot of money each year to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the Babylonians (See: [20:06](20/06)).
God sent the Babylonians to attack the kingdom of Judah. As a result, the king of Judah promised to pay a lot of money each year to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the Babylonians (See: [20:06](20/06)).
1. What did Nebuchadnezzar do to the kingdom of Judah when they rebelled against him?
Nebuchadnezzar sent his army to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. They took away all the treasures of the city. They also killed the king’s sons and made him blind. Then they led him away to Babylon (See: [20:07](20/07), [20:08](20/08)).
Nebuchadnezzar sent his army to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. They took away all the treasures of the city. They also killed the king’s sons and made him blind. Then they led him away to Babylon (See: [20:07](20/07), [20:08](20/08)).
1. Who remained in the land of Judah during the Exile?
The Exile is the time when many of the people of Judah were forced to go away to Babylon. During this time, Nebuchadnezzar left only the poorest people in the land (See: [20:09](20/09)).
The Exile is the time when many of the people of Judah were forced to go away to Babylon. During this time, Nebuchadnezzar left only the poorest people in the land (See: [20:09](20/09)).
1. Did God forget his people after he punished them by sending them into exile?
God did not forget his people as they were away from the land. He continued to send his prophets to speak to them for him. He promised that they would return to the land after 70 years in Babylon (See: [20:10](20/10)).
God did not forget his people as they were away from the land. He continued to send his prophets to speak to them for him. He promised that they would return to the land after 70 years in Babylon (See: [20:10](20/10)).
1. How did the Jews return to the land of Judah?
God caused the Persians to defeat the Babylonians. Cyrus, the Persian king, allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem. He gave them money to rebuild the Temple. Many of the Jews returned to Jerusalem. They also rebuilt the walls of the city (See: [20:12](20/12), [20:13](20/13)).
God caused the Persians to defeat the Babylonians. Cyrus, the Persian king, allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem. He gave them money to rebuild the Temple. Many of the Jews returned to Jerusalem. They also rebuilt the walls of the city (See: [20:12](20/12), [20:13](20/13)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Does it seem right that God would send the cruel, evil Assyrians to destroy his people?
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1. How were the Jews able to rebuild the Temple?
God provided everything the Jews needed to rebuild the Temple. He even caused Cyrus, the king of the Persians, to give them the money they needed to rebuild the Temple. God wanted to live with his people there again. So he made it possible for them to rebuild the Temple where he would live with them.
God provided everything the Jews needed to rebuild the Temple. He even caused Cyrus, the king of the Persians, to give them the money they needed to rebuild the Temple. God wanted to live with his people there again. So he made it possible for them to rebuild the Temple where he would live with them.
## Summary
## Summary
The people in both of the kingdoms refused to believe that God would punish them. Even after God sent the Assyrians to destroy the kingdom of Israel, the people in the kingdom of Judah refused to repent and obey God. Therefore, God sent the Babylonians to destroy them as well. They were in exile in Babylon for 70 years before God caused a new king to allow them to return to Jerusalem. God made it possible for them to rebuild the Temple and the city of Jerusalem and to worship him there again.

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# 21. God Promises the Messiah
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Who would crush the snake’s head?
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1. How would the New Covenant be different than the old covenant?
In the New Covenant, people would know God personally. They would love him and want to obey his laws. His law would be written on their hearts (See: [21:05](21/05)).
In the New Covenant, people would know God personally. They would love him and want to obey his laws. His law would be written on their hearts (See: [21:05](21/05)).
1. What perfect sacrifice would the Messiah offer to God?
The Messiah would offer himself as a perfect sacrifice to God (See: [21:07](21/07)).
The Messiah would offer himself as a perfect sacrifice to God (See: [21:07](21/07)).
1. What did the prophets say about the birth of the Messiah?
The prophets said the Messiah would be born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem (See: [21:09](21/09)).
The prophets said the Messiah would be born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem (See: [21:09](21/09)).
1. According to the prophet Isaiah, how would people receive the Messiah?
The prophet Isaiah said people would hate the Messiah and refuse to accept him. His friend would turn against him, and the people would kill him (See: [21:11](21/11)).
The prophet Isaiah said people would hate the Messiah and refuse to accept him. His friend would turn against him, and the people would kill him (See: [21:11](21/11)).
1. According to the prophets, why would the Messiah die?
The Messiah would die because God would punish him for other people’s sins. He would die so they could have peace with God (See: [21:13](21/13)).
The Messiah would die because God would punish him for other people’s sins. He would die so they could have peace with God (See: [21:13](21/13)).
1. What would God do for the Messiah after he died?
The prophets said God would raise the Messiah from the dead (See: [21:14](21/14)).
The prophets said God would raise the Messiah from the dead (See: [21:14](21/14)).
1. After the prophets finished speaking about the Messiah, how much time passed before God send him into the world?
God sent the Messiah into the world 400 years after the prophets last spoke about him (See: [21:15](21/15)).
God sent the Messiah into the world 400 years after the prophets last spoke about him (See: [21:15](21/15)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why do you think God spoke about the Messiah to Adam and Eve, even though God would not send the Messiah for a very long time?
When he first created the world, God already planned to send the Messiah to save us from our sins. Therefore, he began to tell people about the Messiah from the very beginning.
When he first created the world, God already planned to send the Messiah to save us from our sins. Therefore, he began to tell people about the Messiah from the very beginning.
1. Abraham’s descendants were the Jews, who are God’s chosen people. Why is it significant that God told Abraham that he would bless all the people groups of the world through him?
God never planned to save only the Jews. Rather, from the very beginning, his plan was to save people from every people group in the world. However, God told Abraham that God would bless all these people through a Jewish descendant of Abraham. This descendant would be the Messiah.
God never planned to save only the Jews. Rather, from the very beginning, his plan was to save people from every people group in the world. However, God told Abraham that God would bless all these people through a Jewish descendant of Abraham. This descendant would be the Messiah.
1. The New Covenant will be written on people’s hearts. Why is this important?
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1. Why should we be encouraged that the Messiah never has to make another sacrifice for sin?
The Messiah offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. God accepted his sacrifice in place of punishing us. Since his sacrifice was perfect, he never has to offer it again. That means God will never punish believers for their sins, since the sacrifice of the Messiah will always be enough to please God.
The Messiah offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. God accepted his sacrifice in place of punishing us. Since his sacrifice was perfect, he never has to offer it again. That means God will never punish believers for their sins, since the sacrifice of the Messiah will always be enough to please God.
1. The Messiah never sinned. Why did God allow people to kill him?
God wanted the Messiah to die because that was the only way God could forgive people’s sins. God is holy and cannot ignore when people sin. But God punished the Messiah in the place of other people so God would not have to punish them.
## Summary
## Summary
When God first created the world, he had already decided to send the Messiah to die for people’s sins. Throughout history, God has revealed to us what the Messiah would do. He promised Adam and Eve that the Messiah would destroy Satan. He told Abraham that the Messiah would bless all the people groups in the world. He told the prophets that the Messiah would be a perfect prophet, priest, and king. He would be born of a virgin and never sin. But people would hate him and kill him anyway. God would allow this to happen so that the Messiah could die and be punished in the place of other people.
When God first created the world, he had already decided to send the Messiah to die for people’s sins. Throughout history, God has revealed to us what the Messiah would do. He promised Adam and Eve that the Messiah would destroy Satan. He told Abraham that the Messiah would bless all the people groups in the world. He told the prophets that the Messiah would be a perfect prophet, priest, and king. He would be born of a virgin and never sin. But people would hate him and kill him anyway. God would allow this to happen so that the Messiah could die and be punished in the place of other people.

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# 22. The Birth of John
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How many years went by when God did not speak to his people through a prophet?
God did not speak to his people through a prophet for 400 years (See: [22:01](22/01)).
God did not speak to his people through a prophet for 400 years (See: [22:01](22/01)).
1. What problem did Zechariah and Elizabeth have?
They were very old, and Elizabeth had not been able to have children (See: [22:01](22/01)).
They were very old, and Elizabeth had not been able to have children (See: [22:01](22/01)).
1. What would John get the people ready to do?
John would get the people ready to accept the Messiah (See: [22:02](22/02)).
John would get the people ready to accept the Messiah (See: [22:02](22/02)).
1. Why did Zechariah become unable to speak?
Zechariah became unable to speak because he did not believe the angel when the angel said Zechariah would have a son (See: [22:03](22/03)).
Zechariah became unable to speak because he did not believe the angel when the angel said Zechariah would have a son (See: [22:03](22/03)).
1. To whom was Mary engaged to be married?
Mary was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph (See: [22:04](22/04)).
Mary was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph (See: [22:04](22/04)).
1. Who did the angel tell Mary that her son would be?
The angel said she should name her son Jesus, and he would be the Son of the Most High God who would rule forever (See: [22:04](22/04)).
The angel said she should name her son Jesus, and he would be the Son of the Most High God who would rule forever (See: [22:04](22/04)).
1. Why was Mary confused about how she could have a son?
Mary was a virgin. Therefore, she did not understand how she could have a son (See: [22:05](22/05)).
Mary was a virgin. Therefore, she did not understand how she could have a son (See: [22:05](22/05)).
1. How did Mary respond when the angel told her that God and the Holy Spirit would come to her so that she would be pregnant?
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1. What did Elizabeth’s baby do when Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth?
Elizabeth’s baby jumped inside her when Mary arrived to visit (See: [22:06](22/06)).
Elizabeth’s baby jumped inside her when Mary arrived to visit (See: [22:06](22/06)).
1. Why did Zechariah and Elizabeth name their baby John?
The angel has commanded them to name their baby John.
The angel has commanded them to name their baby John.
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why were Zechariah and Elizabeth unable to have children before this time?
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1. Mary was a virgin. Therefore, her son did not have a human father. Why do you think this was important?
Every descendant of Adam and Eve is born with a desire to sin. Mary’s son, however, is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. For that reason, he is holy and has never sinned. He is the only person who has ever been born who does not have this desire to sin. God did not need to punish him for his sins. Instead, he could be punished in the place of other people who sinned.
Every descendant of Adam and Eve is born with a desire to sin. Mary’s son, however, is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. For that reason, he is holy and has never sinned. He is the only person who has ever been born who does not have this desire to sin. God did not need to punish him for his sins. Instead, he could be punished in the place of other people who sinned.
1. How was baby John able to know when Mary came to Elizabeth, and to jump in Elizabeth’s womb?
John was already a person who could think and act even while he was in Elizabeth’s womb. He was already able to worship God by jumping inside Elizabeth when Mary came near with the baby Son of God inside her.
John was already a person who could think and act even while he was in Elizabeth’s womb. He was already able to worship God by jumping inside Elizabeth when Mary came near with the baby Son of God inside her.
1. Why did God send John ahead of the Messiah?
The Messiah is the most important person who ever came to earth. When important people traveled somewhere in that time, someone went ahead of them to make preparations for their arrival and to tell people that they were coming. This is what John did for the Messiah. He told them that the Messiah was coming, and prepared people to accept him.
## Summary
## Summary
God did not send the Messiah in the way that people usually arrive in the world. God did a miracle so that John could be born to elderly parents and prepare the way for the Messiah. Then God caused the Messiah to be born of a virgin so he would be without sin. The Messiah did not have a human father—he was the Son of God! There has never been anyone like him in the world.

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# 24. John Baptizes Jesus
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Where did John live?
He lived in the wilderness, apart from other people (See: [24:01](24/01)).
He lived in the wilderness, apart from other people (See: [24:01](24/01)).
1. What was the message that John preached to the people?
John told the people to repent, for the kingdom of God is near (See: [24:02](24/02)).
John told the people to repent, for the kingdom of God is near (See: [24:02](24/02)).
1. How did people respond when they heard John’s message?
Some of the people repented from their sins and John baptized them. However, many of the religious leaders who came to John did not repent (See: [24:03](24/03)).
Some of the people repented from their sins and John baptized them. However, many of the religious leaders who came to John did not repent (See: [24:03](24/03)).
1. To what did John compare the religious leaders who did not repent?
He compared them to poisonous snakes (See: [24:04](24/04)).
He compared them to poisonous snakes (See: [24:04](24/04)).
1. How did John respond when the religious leaders asked him if he was the Messiah?
John told them that he was not the Messiah, but that the Messiah was coming after him (See: [24:05](24/05)).
John told them that he was not the Messiah, but that the Messiah was coming after him (See: [24:05](24/05)).
1. What was the title that John called Jesus when Jesus came to John?
John called Jesus the Lamb of God who will take away the sin of the world (See: [24:06](24/06)).
John called Jesus the Lamb of God who will take away the sin of the world (See: [24:06](24/06)).
1. Why did John not want to baptize Jesus?
John said he was not worthy to baptize Jesus, but that Jesus should baptize John instead (See: [24:07](24/07)).
John said he was not worthy to baptize Jesus, but that Jesus should baptize John instead (See: [24:07](24/07)).
1. What came down and landed on Jesus after John baptized him?
After John baptized Jesus, the Spirit of God came down in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus (See: [24:08](24/08)).
After John baptized Jesus, the Spirit of God came down in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus (See: [24:08](24/08)).
1. What did God say about Jesus when he spoke from heaven?
God said that Jesus was his Son, and that he was very pleased with Jesus (See: [24:08](24/08)).
God said that Jesus was his Son, and that he was very pleased with Jesus (See: [24:08](24/08)).
1. What had God told John about the person on whom the Holy Spirit would stay?
God told John that the person on whom the Holy Spirit would stay would be the Son of God (See: [24:09](24/09)).
God told John that the person on whom the Holy Spirit would stay would be the Son of God (See: [24:09](24/09)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why do you think John preached in the wilderness instead of in a city?
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1. John told people to repent, for the kingdom of God was near. Why was his message so simple?
John’s message was indeed very simple. However, he told the people everything they needed to know at that time. That is, the Messiah was coming soon to establish his kingdom. People had to repent of their sins if they wanted to participate in that kingdom.
John’s message was indeed very simple. However, he told the people everything they needed to know at that time. That is, the Messiah was coming soon to establish his kingdom. People had to repent of their sins if they wanted to participate in that kingdom.
1. Why do you think the religious rulers came to John?
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1. How can Jesus be both the Messiah and the Lamb of God?
The Messiah is the only person who did not sin. Therefore, he was the only one who could be a perfect sacrifice to God. In that way, he was punished for the sins of everyone in the world who believes in him.
The Messiah is the only person who did not sin. Therefore, he was the only one who could be a perfect sacrifice to God. In that way, he was punished for the sins of everyone in the world who believes in him.
1. Why did the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit appear together when Jesus was baptized?
By appearing together, they demonstrated that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all working together to save people from their sins, and to enable them to enter into the kingdom of God. When Jesus was baptized, he was doing what God the Father wanted him to do. The Holy Spirit guided Jesus to prepare him to do the work of the Messiah and to become the Lamb of God.
By appearing together, they demonstrated that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all working together to save people from their sins, and to enable them to enter into the kingdom of God. When Jesus was baptized, he was doing what God the Father wanted him to do. The Holy Spirit guided Jesus to prepare him to do the work of the Messiah and to become the Lamb of God.
## Summary
## Summary
John told people to repent and prepare for the kingdom of God. Many people came to him and repented that they had sinned. Jesus also came so John could baptize him, even though Jesus never sinned. God the Father spoke from heaven to say that Jesus, his Son, pleased him. And the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove to show that he was with Jesus.

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# 25. Satan Tempts Jesus
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Why did Jesus go out into the wilderness?
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No, Jesus refused to do any of the things that Satan told him to do (See: [25:08](25/08)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why do you think Satan tempted Jesus to turn a stone into bread?
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1. Why do you think the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to fast for 40 days?
God wanted to prove that Jesus would not sin. To show this, he caused Jesus to be weak and hungry. Yet, even though Jesus was weak, he did not sin. He did not do what Satan told him to do.
God wanted to prove that Jesus would not sin. To show this, he caused Jesus to be weak and hungry. Yet, even though Jesus was weak, he did not sin. He did not do what Satan told him to do.
1. Why did Satan quote from the scripture when he told Jesus to jump off the top of the Temple?
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1. Did Satan really have the authority to offer all the kingdoms of the world to Jesus?
Jesus did not contradict Satan when. There is no reason to believe that Satan cannot give people wealth and power in this world.
Jesus did not contradict Satan when. There is no reason to believe that Satan cannot give people wealth and power in this world.
1. How was Satan trying to deceive Jesus by offering him all the kingdoms of the world?
The things in this world will end. However, only God can give wealth and power that lasts forever in heaven. Jesus correctly chose to wait until God gave him all the kingdoms of the world so that he could rule forever in heaven.
The things in this world will end. However, only God can give wealth and power that lasts forever in heaven. Jesus correctly chose to wait until God gave him all the kingdoms of the world so that he could rule forever in heaven.
1. Why was it impossible for Jesus to worship Satan even for a short time in order to receive the kingdoms of this world from Satan?
God demands that people serve him alone. It is never right to serve Satan or anyone else—not even for a short time. We are to worship God only. We sin if we worship anyone or anything other than God.
## Summary
## Summary
Jesus could not die for the sins of other people if he himself were a sinner. Therefore, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness so that Satan could tempt him. God wanted to prove to Satan and everyone else that Jesus never sinned, even though Satan personally tried to make him sin. Jesus was weak, tired, and hungry. Even so, he never sinned. He refused to do what Satan told him to do. He understood when Satan used scripture to try to trick him into testing God. And Jesus chose not to accept all the wealth and power in the world from Satan. Instead, he faithfully waited until God would make him ruler over the world. This would not happen until after he had suffered for our sins.

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# 26. Jesus Starts His Ministry
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. How did Jesus receive power to do the things that he did?
The Holy Spirit was giving him power (See: [26:01](26/01)).
The Holy Spirit was giving him power (See: [26:01](26/01)).
1. Why did the people of Nazareth know Jesus well?
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Jesus called these 12 men his apostles (See: [26:10](26/10)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Jesus grew up in Nazareth. Did that influence how the people responded to him when he claimed to be the Messiah?
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1. Why did Jesus choose 12 men to be his apostles?
Jesus knew that he would die for our sins. After he would die, someone would have to be able to tell everyone what Jesus had done for us. Therefore, Jesus chose 12 men to prepare them to teach about him. They traveled with him and he taught them so they would be ready to be witnesses for him when he went back to heaven.
Jesus knew that he would die for our sins. After he would die, someone would have to be able to tell everyone what Jesus had done for us. Therefore, Jesus chose 12 men to prepare them to teach about him. They traveled with him and he taught them so they would be ready to be witnesses for him when he went back to heaven.
## Summary
## Summary
Jesus went to the city of Nazareth in Galilee, the place where he grew up. The people there came together every week to worship God. However, they were not ready to believe that Jesus came from God. When he showed them in the scriptures that he was doing the work of the Messiah, they did not want to believe him. And when Jesus told them that God would accept people from other nations who believed in him, they were so angry that they tried to kill Jesus. Therefore, he left them and went away to preach to other people in Galilee. Many saw the works he did and believed in him. From those who believed, Jesus then chose 12 men to be with him as his apostles. They traveled with him, and he began to teach them so they could tell people about him.

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# 27. The Story of the Good Samaritan
## What the Story Says
## What the Story Says
1. Did the expert in the Jewish law really want to know how to have eternal life?
No, he only wanted to show that Jesus was teaching wrongly (See: [27:01](27/01)).
No, he only wanted to show that Jesus was teaching wrongly (See: [27:01](27/01)).
1. Where did Jesus tell the man to find the answer to his question?
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Jesus told the expert in the Jewish law to be merciful to people in need, just as the Samaritan in the story did to the injured Jewish man (See: [27:11](27/11)).
## What the Story Means to Us
## What the Story Means to Us
1. Why was it surprising that Jesus asked the expert in the Jewish law about what was written in God’s law?
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1. Why might Jesus have chosen to talk to this man about a priest and a Levite?
The Jews considered the priests and Levites to be the most spiritual people in Israel. They also considered the experts in the law to be very much like the priests and the Levites. Because the experts studied and taught God’s law, people assumed they knew more about God than other people did.
The Jews considered the priests and Levites to be the most spiritual people in Israel. They also considered the experts in the law to be very much like the priests and the Levites. Because the experts studied and taught God’s law, people assumed they knew more about God than other people did.
1. Why might the expert in the Jewish law have been offended when Jesus compared the actions of the priest and the Levite to the actions of the Samaritan?
The expert in the Jewish law considered the priests and the Levites to be good people, but he hated the Samaritan. He thought all Samaritans were sinners. However, in the story that Jesus told him, the Samaritan was the only person who acted kindly to the injured Jewish man.
The expert in the Jewish law considered the priests and the Levites to be good people, but he hated the Samaritan. He thought all Samaritans were sinners. However, in the story that Jesus told him, the Samaritan was the only person who acted kindly to the injured Jewish man.
1. How much did the Samaritan show mercy to the injured man?
The Samaritan did not merely help the injured man a little bit. Instead, he did more for the injured man than anyone would expect him to do. He bandaged him, took him to the inn, and paid all of the expenses for the man.
The Samaritan did not merely help the injured man a little bit. Instead, he did more for the injured man than anyone would expect him to do. He bandaged him, took him to the inn, and paid all of the expenses for the man.
1. What does the story tell us about loving our neighbor?
The Samaritan saw another person who had a serious need. Although the man was a stranger from a people that the Samaritans hated, he felt compassion for him. He took care of the man, doing more than was necessary or expected to help him. He treated the injured man as he would like to be treated himself if he was in need. This is what it means to be a neighbor to someone.
## Summary
## Summary