The Old Testament – Reader’s Digest Version

There’s a lot of great stuff in the Old Testament but there’s also begets and censuses and enormously detailed rules and laws and sacrifices.  So I thought I would give you a 30,000 foot flyover.  The Cliff Notes version.  The essence.  So here goes.

God created mankind, Adam and Eve, in His image and Adam and Eve knew God fully.  But Adam and Eve disobeyed and as a result mankind was separated from God.  Mankind did not know who God was as Adam and Eve had known Him in the beginning.  So people started making up their own gods based on who they thought God was.  They worshipped rocks and mountains and the sun and the moon and weather, anything they didn’t understand or couldn’t control.  They even went so far as to sacrifice their own children on the alter of their made up gods, something God detested more than anything else.

Over the centuries God tried to reach them, to show them who He really was.

He tried a completely new start with Noah and his family.  But mankind again slipped away because they didn’t know Him.

He called out one couple, Abraham and Sarah, to be sort of a new iteration of Adam and Eve.  But they failed again and again because they didn’t know Him fully.

He separated for Himself one nation that would be His representation in the world, to show the rest of mankind who He really was.  But they drifted away because the gods of this world were more real to them than the one true God.

He kept trying.  He sent heros like Samson and Gideon when His people got themselves in trouble.  He sent judges to lead them.  He even let them have kings but the kings and the people kept drifting away.  He sent prophets to warn, to preach, to prophesy but the people wouldn’t listen.

None of these worked because they did not know God fully.

So finally God fell silent.  For four hundred years there was no hero, no judge, no king, no prophet.

No visitation, no message, no prophesy, no word form God.

Four hundred years of silence.

And then…

Something happened.

About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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3 Responses to The Old Testament – Reader’s Digest Version

  1. The Good Wife says:

    Are you going to leave us hangin’?

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