Creation: God reveals His goodness through creation and His mercy in response to sin. Patriarchs: God reveals His response to the faithfulness of men (Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph). Exodus: God liberates Israel, and leads them to the Pro- mised Land and shapes them into a nation holy to Himself. Conquest: Joshua, relying on God’s presence and power, leads Israel to possess and settle the Promised Land. Judges: Every man does what is right in his own eyes, and Israel falls into the sin cycle.
Kingdom: Israel asks for a king and God raises up a suc- cession of kings from Saul to Solomon who rule over a united Israel. Divided: Israel divides into the northern and southern king- doms and each descends into rebellion and idolatry, inciting God’s judgment. Captivity: A succession of wicked kings brings God’s judg-ment of captivity on first Israel, then Judah. God moves to preserve a remnant of Judah for seventy years in Babylon. Return: After the seventy years, God moves in the hearts of pagan kings to authorize the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s temple and allow His people to return to their own land. Silent: After the Jews return, God is silent for 400 years. Israel builds religious schools that evolve to teach religious interpretations of God’s Law rather than the Law itself.
What was the name of the woman who followed Jesus from whom He had cast out seven demons? “The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:1-2) After Jesus had healed the paralytic by the pool of Bethesda, what did the Jews harass the man about? “So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, ‘It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.’” (John 5:8-10) What was the only item that Jesus allowed the disciples to carry with them when He sent them out in pairs? “…and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff.” (Mark 6:8)
How many pigs became the host for the demons that Jesus cast out of the Gerasene demoniac? “The demons implored Him, saying, ‘Send us into the swine so that we may enter them…’the unclean spirits entered the swine…about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea..” (Mark 5:12-13) John the Baptist condemned Herod for marrying his brother Philip’s wife. What did Herod do in response, and what was his wife’s name? “For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.” (Mark 6:17)