Bible Stories - Summaries
Creation: Adam and Eve - Creation (Genesis 1-3)
McKenzie & LeeAnna Genesis 1-3
God created the world in seven days. In this time He created all of nature, the plants, and the animals. He also created man on the sixth day. This first man was named Adam. God also created Adam’s wife named Eve. Adam and Eve were accustomed to a close relationship with God. God would visit them regularly. But God had also given them one simple rule to obey. That was that they could not eat from a tree called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they ate from that tree their punishment would be death. Eve was tempted by Satan to eat the fruit from that tree. She thought it tasted very good and she was surprised that she did not die immediately. She convinced Adam that he too should try the fruit. As soon as he did, they both knew they had done wrong and that God would punish them. Their physical death was not an immediate one, but their relationship with God was forever changed. They slowly died after enduring years of punishment for their sin. The Bible says that because of their sin death has passed upon all mankind; which is why we are in need of a Savior.
Noah and the Ark - Noah’s Arc (Genesis 6-8)
Hannah & Matthew Genesis 6-8
Because of the wickedness of men, God chose to destroy the world through a flood. God sought for a man who feared Him and would obey even though he did not understand all that would take place. That is called faith. Through a period of more than 100 years Noah and his sons built a boat large enough to house a few of many of the animals on the planet. Noah also prepared the boat large enough that if anyone wanted to join them and be saved from the flood they were welcome to enter the boat. Sadly, only Noah’s family and the animals were on the boat when the rain started. God brought the animals to Noah and then the rains came. It rained 40 days and nights. It was a global flood that destroyed all the animals and people that were not on the boat. After the flood was over God gave Noah the sign of the rainbow as a promise that He would never destroy the earth again with a flood of water.
Abraham, Sarah & Hagar – Diego & Rebecca
Sarah was the wife of Abraham. Hagar was the servant of Sarah. God had promised Abraham many descendants, but, ten years after the promise, Sarah was still unable to have children, and they were both on the verge of becoming too old to have children at all. Sarah chose to give her servant Hagar to Abraham, in accordance with the custom of day, so that Sarah could have a child through her (Genesis 16:2). Hagar conceived, and Sarah despised her. Sarah began to deal harshly with her, and Hagar fled to the desert to escape the resentment of her mistress. The angel of the Lord met Hagar in the wilderness, commanding her to return to Abraham and Sarah. The angel relayed a promise from God: “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude” (Genesis 16:10). The angel also predicted Ishmael’s name and character (Genesis 16:11-12). Later, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham and Sarah. Sarah gave birth to a son named Isaac (Genesis 21). Ishmael would have been about 14 years old at the time of Isaac’s birth. Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away after Isaac was weaned (around age 2-3, making Ishmael approximately 16), according to God’s command. At that time, God repeated His promise that Ishmael would father a great nation. Hagar was in the desert and near death when the angel of God called to her, saying, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation” (Genesis 21:17-18). Ishmael and his mother lived in the wilderness of Paran, where he became an expert with a bow and later took an Egyptian wife (Genesis 21:20-21). He is seen once again in Scripture when he returned to help bury his father Abraham (Genesis 25:7-10). Ishmael, the son of a bondservant, became the father of 12 sons who were called princes. He lived to 137 years of age. Sarah died at the age of 127 in Hebron, where she was buried (Genesis 23:1-2).
Many observations can be made regarding the story of Sarah and Hagar. First, God can and often does work through ways that appear unlikely from a human perspective. Abraham miraculously became a father at age 86 and again at age 99. Isaac’s mother, Sarah, was barren. God’s promise to Abraham did not depend on human strength, and with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). God used a seemingly impossible situation to make Abraham the father of the Jewish people, just as He had predicted. It is clear from this story that God works despite misguided human effort. Sarah had no business offering her servant to Abraham, and Abraham had no business sleeping with Hagar. And Sarah was wrong to mistreat her servant as she did. Yet God worked through these situations. Hagar was blessed, and Abraham and Sarah were still the recipients of the promise. God’s mercy is great, and His sovereign will is accomplished regardless of human frailty. This unlikely family story is one readers would expect to end badly. Yet God kept His promise; Isaac became the son of promise through whom the tribes of Israel would arise. Hagar’s son, Ishmael, also became a great leader. Regardless of how a situation looks from a human perspective, God continues to work both to accomplish His will and to fulfill His promises. In Galatians 4, Paul uses the story of Sarah and Hagar to illustrate the results of two different covenants: the New Covenant, based on grace; and the Old Covenant, based on the Law. In Paul’s analogy, believers in Christ are like the child born of Sarah—free, the result of God’s promise. Those who try to earn their salvation by their own works are like the child born of Hagar—a slave, the result of human effort.
The First Passover – Katherine, Mattia, Aisha
The Passover Story in a Nutshell After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G d’s command. G d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops. At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G d spared the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G d’s chosen people.
Exodus from Egypt – Jamie & Tyler
The book of Exodus consists mainly of two genres, Narrative History and Laws. It was written by Moses about 1450-1410 B.C. The key personalities include Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, Pharaoh’s daughter, Aaron, and Joshua. It was written to record the events of Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. It describes the events to the reader in chronological order and also lists the Laws that God has given to the Israelites, in order to guide them in their relationship with Him. • Chapters 1-7 of Exodus, introduce Moses and the Israelites in bondage in Egypt. This setting is approximately 400 years after Joseph and his families were living in Goshen at the end of Genesis. God protects baby Moses and spares his life, as Moses is adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and is raised as an Egyptian. God calls Moses with a special revelation, through a burning bush to release His people from slavery in Egypt. Moses obeys and with his brother Aaron, confronts Pharaoh to let God’s people go free, but Pharaoh ignores the warning.
• In Chapters 7-13, Moses through the power of God releases 10 plagues of different sorts on the land of Egypt which included, turning all the water to blood, plagues of insects, boils, and hail. Finally, the death of every first-born son, this included the death of Pharaoh’s eldest who would someday inherit the kingdom of Egypt. However, the Israelites obeyed God and followed the ordinance of the Passover and God spared them.
•Chapters 14-18 describe the Exodus or “Exit” from Egypt. Pharaoh can no longer endure the plagues that God poured on Egypt and himself and allows them to leave. Moses and the Israelites escape making it to the Red Sea. Shortly after, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues them, but God destroys his army with the sea.
• Chapters 19-24, Moses presents all of the Laws to all the people at Mt. Sinai as God has commanded.
• From chapters 25-40, Moses gives the Israelites the tabernacle, priest and worship instructions.
Joshua and the Battle of Jericho - (Joshua 5-6) Carson & Jacob
After the great leader Moses died, Israel was lead by the young man Joshua. His first order of business was to take the nation into their new home—the Promised Land. Their first challenge was to take over the city of Jericho. This was a walled city that was heavily fortified. God told Joshua that they would be able to destroy the city, but they had to do it in God’s way. God’s plan was certainly different than any of the Israelites had heard before. They were to take the city not by ramming the walls to the ground, but by walking around the city and trusting God. They walked around Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they walked around the city seven times. After doing this, they blew trumpets, shouted and watched the city walls come crashing down.
The Call of Samuel (Samuel 3:1-14) Paolina & Yuna
• One night, while Samuel gently slumbers, he hears a voice calling his name. Rising from his bed, Samuel goes to see Eli asking if he was called. • Eli, doing no such thing, sends him back to bed. • Later that night, Samuel hears his name again and returns to Eli. • Again, Eli sends him packing off to bed. • As Samuel dozes again, he hears his name being called. • Eli, now invested, tells Samuel to answer back because it's God calling his name (1-9). • God relays the misery that will plague Eli's house. • In the morning, Samuel hesitates to tell Eli the news because seriously, who wants to be the messenger of "your whole family is going to die!"? • After some prompting, Samuel spills the beans, but Eli simply says God's will is not for anyone to change. Eli has nerves of steel (before steel was invented). • After this, Samuel is decreed a true prophet of God (10-21).
David and Goliath - David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17) Michael & Eddie
Probably the most recognized story in the Bible. David, a young boy of around 12 to 17 years of age, fought and killed the Philistine champion Goliath. The nation of Israel was at war with the Philistines. They were at a critical time in their fight. Neither army was advancing. However, the Philistines had a giant on their side that was intimidating the Hebrew army. David, through orders from his father, went to the battlefield to carry supplies to his brothers and the army. While he was there he heard the giant denying the God of the Israelites. David boldly volunteered to fight the giant. Through God’s help, a sling and faith in his Master, David slew Goliath and Israel won the victory.
Elijah And The Prophets of Baal - God vs. Baal (1 Kings 18: 25) Richard & Claudio
The photograph to the left is of a statue near Mount Carmel in Israel, commemorating the victory of the great prophet Elijah over the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). After a drought of three years, Elijah presented himself to Ahab, the king of Israel, with the promise that the Lord would provide rain. Elijah then challenged 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to a contest on Mount Carmel. "Elijah came to all the people, and said, 'How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' But the people answered him not a word.'" (1 Kings 18:21). Each side made sacrifices to their God without building a fire. The lighting of the fire was to be performed by the strongest god, and would thus reveal Jehovah as the true God. Baal was silent. Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal and said, "Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened" (1 Kings 18:27). Elijah poured a large amount of water over his sacrifice and asked Jehovah to reveal Himself by consuming the sacrifice. "Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench" (1 Kings 18:38). When the people saw the clear victory of Jehovah, they fell on their faces and said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!" Elijah then commanded the people to seize the prophets of Baal and to not let one of them escape. The prophets of Baal were then seized and "Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there" (1 Kings 18:40). God then sent the rain he had promised and the drought ended (1 Kings 18:41-46).
Fiery Furnace - (Daniel 3) Ricky, Nathan & Reka
Three young men named Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego were taken from their homes in Israel when they were children. They, along with Daniel, became important men in Babylon. The king of Babylon had created a huge statue as an idol. This was to be used for people to worship the king. He had made a law that said that all who did not bow down and worship the idol would be thrown into a furnace of fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had become governors in the kingdom. But they did not allow their position to keep them from obeying God. They refused to bow down to the idol. As a result they were put into the fiery furnace. However, they did not burn up and die. In fact, the Bible says they were walking around in the furnace. And, there was a fourth person in the fire with them. The king said that it appeared to be the Son of God! They were brought out of the furnace and the king repented of his pride and worshiped God. At least, for a short time.
Daniel in the Lion’s Den - (Daniel 6) Jordyn, Noor, Paryse
Daniel was taken from his home country of Israel when he was a young boy (along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego). He grew up in Babylon and lived through the rise and fall of several kings. Daniel maintained a powerful position through the different kingdoms. When he was an old man a group of other powerful men wanted to get him out of their way so that they could have his position. They convinced the king, who happened to like Daniel greatly, to pass a law that said those who were caught worshiping anyone or anything other than the king would be thrown into a den of lions. These men knew that Daniel prayed publicly several times a day. The king was flattered that the wicked men thought highly enough of him to make him an object of worship. He signed the law not thinking about his friend Daniel and his habit of daily prayer. Daniel was caught praying. The law said he must be thrown in with the lions. Daniel trusted God and God protected him. The next day, to the king’s relief, Daniel was still alive. The king subsequently had the men who thought up the law also thrown into the lion’s den. The Bible says they were eaten by the lions before they could even hit the ground of the pit.
Jonah and the Whale - (Jonah 1-4) Jackie & Joy Brandon Jonah 1-4
The sailors threw Jonah overboard after he convinced them that this was the only way to appease God. Jonah was a prophet of God who was told to go to the city of Nineveh and preach God’s message. Jonah did not like the people in Nineveh and decided to ignore the call of God to go there. Jonah got on a boat and sailed the opposite direction. After a great storm came up, the sailors determined that someone on the boat had angered a god. Jonah admitted that it was his fault that they were caught in the storm. The sailors threw Jonah overboard after he convinced them that this was the only way to appease God. When Jonah landed in the water he was surprised to be swallowed by a great fish. He spent three days and nights in the belly of the whale. He prayed and told God that he would finally obey and go to Nineveh to preach. The whale spit Jonah up onto the beach and Jonah ran to the city to deliver God’s message. To his surprise, the people repented of their sins and accepted the message of God. Unfortunately, this made Jonah sad and the story ends with Jonah angry with God because God did not destroy the people of the city.