The Old Testament

Does God have a plan for the world?

  • Many people see the Old Testament as one of the greatest collections of books ever written.

    As well as being part of the Christian Bible, the Old Testament is also a special book for Jews and Muslims. The amazing stories of the Old Testament heroes, such as Moses, Joseph and David have even been made into films.

    The first five books of the Old Testament are known as the Pentateuch. These books are also special for Jews who know them as the Torah. Many believe that the Old Testament  shows how great God is and tells the story of the plan he has for the world.

    Find out more about what the Old Testament says about this plan and some important people who play their part in it.

     

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    In the beginning

     

    In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth and everything in it. As part of this he made man and woman - He called them Adam and Eve.

    God looked at everything He made and it was good.

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    Things go wrong

     

    At first things in the world were good. Adam and Eve were friends with God and everyone was happy. But then one day Adam and Eve decided to do something that was wrong - something God had warned them not to do. From that time on things began to go wrong.

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    The Flood

     

    As time went on people began to do more and more bad things. People began to fight and steal and hurt one another. God saw how the people behaved and He was sad. God decided things needed to start again and so He sent a flood.

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    Noah

     

    God asked Noah to build a big boat called an ark and so when the flood came the animals and Noah's family would be safe. Afterwards God put a rainbow in the sky as a promise that he would never flood the earth again.

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    Abraham and Sarah

     

    Abraham and Sarah are very important people. God promised Abraham that he would be a father of a great nation. God said that Abraham's family would be like the stars in the sky. The Old Testament tells the story of that nation - the Jews.

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    Moses

     

    God chose Moses to be the leader for His people. God gave Moses the law by which he wanted the people to live. The most famous part of the law is known as the 10 Commandments.

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    King David

     

    David was a very important Jewish king - he did many great things that you can read about in the Bible. One of the most famous things happened even before he was king. When he was just a boy David killed the giant Goliath. David also wrote many of the Psalms which are songs of worship to God.

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    Queen Esther

     

    Esther was a beautiful and wise queen. She helped to save the Jewish people when their enemies were trying to kill them.

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    Daniel

     

    Things didn't always go well for God's people. There was a time when they hadn't been following God's laws and so had got into lots of trouble. Part of this meant that a foreign king had attacked them and taken some of them off as slaves - Daniel was one of these people.

    Daniel had been made a slave and was taken to a country far away but God was still with him. One day Daniel was in a lot of trouble. A law was made that said all people should worship and pray to the king. Daniel couldn't do that because he believed that you should only worship and pray to God. This upset some very powerful people and as a punishment Daniel was thrown in the lion's den. God was there to look after Daniel and the Bible says that the lions' mouths were closed and Daniel was not hurt at all. The king was so amazed that he even changed the law and said Daniel was free to pray to God.

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    Many more stories...

     

    There are many more stories in the Old Testament but it ends with the Jewish people waiting for God to send a very special person to earth. The Jews believed:

    His royal power will grow;
    his kingdom will always be at peace.
    He will come from King David's family,
    he will always be honest and fair,
    he will rule from now until the end of time.
    The Lord Almighty will make sure that this happens.

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    Free Bible Images

    http://www.freebibleimages.org 

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