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1) Genesis 1:1-2:3 Creation of the world
2) Genesis 3:1-24 The fall of man
3) Genesis 4:1-16 Cain and Abel
4) Genesis 6:5-7:6+8:13-22 Noah and the flood
5) Genesis 12:1-9 The call of Abram,
1. repetition

6) Genesis 18:1-33 Abraham pleads for Sodom
7) Genesis 20:1-7 + 22:1-19 Abraham tested
8) Exodus3:1-22 Moses and the burning Bush
9) Exodus12:21-42 The Passover and the Exodus
10) Exodus19:16-20:21 At Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments
2. repetition
11) John  1:19-42(51) Jesus the Lamb of God
22) Mark 4:35-5:20 The healing of a demon-possessed man
13) John  11:1-46 The death of Lazarus
14) Mark 14:12-25 The Lord?s Supper
15) Mark 15:20-46 The crucifixion
16) Luke 24:1-35 The resurrection;
3. repetition

Important note: The quotations from the letters of the New Testament are mentioned so that the leader may understand the text better. Chronological Good Book-Study always looks backward but never forward. This means it looks for connections with texts already read, but not for connections to texts not yet read or other texts from the Holy Scripture.
Only key moments are mentioned, the participants will discover many other moments for themselves.

1. Creation, Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:1-3:24)
Important Points:

  • God created everything; He created all kinds of animals and plants.
  • God created the sun, the moon and the stars to mark the seasons.
  • We are the likeness and image of God.
  • Adam was in a perfect relationship with God in the Garden. He saw God, talked with God and knew what God was like.
  • God commanded Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told him that on the day that he ate from it he would die.
  • Satan tempted Eve, and she ate of the forbidden fruit and offered it to Adam. He ate of it also. Immediately they felt shame, tried to cover their nakedness and hid from God.
  • Adam and Eve did not die physically that day. However they were cast out of the Garden and separated from God that day. In Romans 3:23, the Holy Scripture tells us that the penalty of sin is death. Death means separation from God who is our life. Physical death entered the world because of sin, but the primary penalty of sin is that it separates us from God.
  • Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover their shame was useless. But God killed an animal and covered them in animal skin.

Summary: Sin produces death. Death means separation from God who is our life.

2. Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
Important points:

  • Cain and Abel brought offerings/sacrifices before the Lord. Cain was a farmer so he brought produce from his fields. Abel was a shepherd so he brought an animal sacrifice.
  • God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice, which was a blood sacrifice. He was not pleased with Cain’s bloodless offering. God showed that He required a blood sacrifice.
  • Rather than learn from this experience regarding what kind of offering God required, Cain became jealous and killed his brother.
  • Cain’s sin and rebellion caused him to be driven even further from the presence of the Lord.

Summary: The blood sacrifice that Abel brought established the requirement of a blood sacrifice until the coming of Jesus. (See Hebrews 9:22;10:14) Sin brings death which is separation from God.

3. Noah Genesis chapters 6-8
Important points:

  • Once man was separated from the presence of God, Satan began to flood the earth with false ideas about who God is and what He requires of man. (see John 8:44)
  • 12:9) The wickedness of man became so great that God decided to destroy mankind.
  • God chose to spare Noah and his family because Noah was a just man.
  • God told Noah to build an ark (a huge box that would float) because He was going to destroy the inhabitants of the earth by a flood.
  • Noah obeyed God and built the ark.
  • When God flooded the earth, Noah and his family were lifted by the ark above God?s watery judgement against wicked and unbelieving mankind.

Summary: Sin brings judgement and death. Those who believe God and apply His appointed means of deliverance will be saved from God’s judgement upon sin.

4. Abraham Genesis chapters 12-22
Important points:

  • To counter the false ideas about God that Satan had flooded the world with, God chose to raise up a people through whom He would reveal what He is like and what He requires of man.
  • God chose Abraham as the father of His people.
  • God told Abraham that He would give him multitudes of physical descendants, and through his descendants, God would bless all the families of the earth. So Abraham believed God and followed Him to the land of Canaan.
  • Abraham and his wife Sarah had grown very old (physically too old to have a child) and they still had no child through whom God could give Abraham many descendants. But one night, God took Abraham outside and showed him the stars in the sky and told him that the number of his descendants would be like the stars. Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
  • When Abraham was 100 years old, God gave him a son named Isaac. This was the son that God had promised.
  • Later, God commanded Abraham to go and offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Abraham obeyed God, but before he could put the knife to Isaac the Angel of the Lord stopped him. God provided a ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac.

Summary: God wants us to know what He is like and what he requires of us. In Abraham we see that right standing before God requires faith. (See Romans 4:1-5) Also we see that God would not allow Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. God provided a substitute. But one day God would offer His Son Who would be the substitute for all people of faith. (See John 3:16)

5. Moses Exodus chapters 12-20
Important points:

  • God’s people were sent to Egypt. They were treated kindly there at first, but later they were made to be slaves and were treated harshly.
  • God raised up Moses to deliver His people from their bondage in Egypt.
  • At Moses’ command, nine terrible plagues came on Egypt, but Pharaoh would not let God’s people go.
  • God sent one final plague on Egypt – the first born of every creature was to die. God told his people that they were to sacrifice a lamb and splatter its blood on the doorposts of their houses. God would pass over the houses of those who believed in Him and applied the lamb’s blood to the doorposts and the firstborn there would not die, but live.
  • Through this last plague God delivered His people and caused them to pass from Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the wilderness.
  • God took His people to Mount Sinai and there He gave them His Law. The purpose of His Law was to reveal His righteousness and what He required of mankind.
  • Immediately after God gave Moses His commandments, He told Moses to build an altar so that when the people sinned they might bring a blood sacrifice as an offering for sin.
  • For the next 1500 years, until Jesus came, every day the people of Israel saw the penalty of sin – death!
  • Those who would be in right standing before God had to bring the offering that God required for their sin.

Summary: In the very fabric of the existence of His people Israel, God wove the picture of the blood sacrifice. The Passover feast that celebrated their deliverance from bondage reminded them of the lamb that died and became the substitute for them. The constant sacrifices for sin reminded them of the penalty of sin which was death and the animals which became the substitute for them. Those who would be in right standing before God and have their sins forgiven had to offer the proper sacrifice.

6. Jesus Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Important points:

  • John the Baptist came to God’s people telling them the Messiah that God had promised was coming and the Kingdom of God was at hand.
  • When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John looked at Him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. Remember that God’s people had a picture burned in their minds which is this: sin produces death, which is separation from God - God provides a substitute which is a blood sacrifice - Those who believe God and offer the proper offering are restored to right standing before God. So when John said the Lamb of God they knew he meant a sacrifice. But this one, John proclaimed could take away the sin of the whole world!
  • Jesus taught the people the truth of God. In Matthew chapter five He taught us that sin is not just our outward actions, but also the thought and intents of our hearts. Just as God told Samuel when he looked at David: “The Lord looks at the heart.”
  • Jesus lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) Therefore He did not owe the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23) that every descendant of Adam owes.
  • Jesus said that He came to pay the penalty of sin. He said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
  • When Jesus died on the cross, He was not dying to pay for His sin, but for our sin. Right before He died, He said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) In the original language of the New Testament this phrase translated “it is finished” was one word. It was written on a bill when the final payment was made. It meant literally “paid in full”. Jesus was saying that when He died our sin debt was paid in full.
  • God confirmed that Jesus had indeed paid our penalty for sin by raising Him from the dead. (See Romans 1:4 and Acts 17:31)

Summary: Jesus came to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus told us that He was going to die for our sins. Then He died for us and God confirmed that He had accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for the penalty of sin by raising Him from the dead. At this point you should be ready to confront your Muslim friend with His need to receive Jesus as Savior. Here are some verses you can use with him or her:

And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who does not believe shall be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16

As many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

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