His starving brothers came to Egypt to buy grain; Joseph forgave them and took them in.Four hundred years after Joseph’s death, Exodus took place. God chose Moses to lead the slave Israelites out of Egypt by producing miracles, plagues, parting the Red Sea, and sending manna from heaven. These miracles enable the Israelites to escape Egypt. Then God gave his 10 commandments in Mt. In Leviticus, God gave detailed instruction on worship, nutrition, offerings and sacrifices, and other general guidelines for righteous living. In Numbers, the Israelites distrusted God regarding the Promised Land so God punished them with poisonous snakes, among others. In Deuteronomy, Moses reminded his people of the blessings of the Commandments and the corresponding punishments for disobedience.After 40 years, Joshua lead the Israelites to the Promised Land but first drove out the original inhabitants of the place with the help of God. The book of Judges reveals that the Israelites were led by judges who acted as God’s representatives. When threatened with hostility, God sends the Judges to help them. God sends hostile forces to enforce the Israelites’ faith in him. And God saw Ruth, even if she is not an Israelite. Samuel was the last judge and people asked for a king. God chose David and King David wrote Psalms. Solomon, David’s son was the next King and he was very wise. He wrote the Song of Songs, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Solomon made temples to worship God as well as the Gods for his foreign wives. Because of this, God made a separate kingdom from the North. The prophet Elijah proved to the Baals that there was one God by praying to God to send firestones from heaven. In the book of Jonah, he was sent by God to send a message to the Assyrians to prepare for death if they do not repent their sins. They repented and God forgave them.God instructed prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos and Micah to warn the Northern tribes as well, but they refused to follow the prophets. God sent the Assyrians to annihilate the Northern tribes. Like in Nahum’s prophecy, Nineveh was destroyed. In the South, God instructed prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk and Zephaniah to warn the people against worshipping idols. They refused so God sent the Babylonians to conquer them. The people cried through the book of Lamentations.In Babylon, God used Ezekiel to assure people that He was still in control. He used Daniel as a
Holy Bible: The New King James Version: Containing the Old and New Testaments. Ed Arthur Farstad. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.
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