The Books of the Torah
The first five books of the Old Testament are called the Books of the law or the Pentateuch, a Greek term meaning “five volumes.” The Hebrew work for this collection is Torah, meaning, instruction, teaching, or doctrine.
The Books of the Torah (Law) consisted of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; they are the first five books of the Old Testament and contained 400,495 letters. The Masoretes counted everything in the text; they also, knew the Torah’s middle word was the Hebrew word translated “searched” in Leviticus 10:16. The Masoretes knew the Torah’s middle letter was in the Hebrew work translated “belly” in Leviticus 11:42. This ...view middle of the document...
The next was Flood, sin was so bad that God was compelled to destroy humanity except Noah and his family. The final event was Nations, Genesis teaches us the unity of the human race, and we are all children of God.
Exodus talks about the deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt all about redemption. We have to be able to offer redemption to others because of our relationship with God. The crossing of the Red Sea showed God’s love for Israel and showed people had been delivered from their enemies by the powerful Redeemer God. That’s something that we need to learn to practice more as Christians and as humans. We need to learn how to offer redemption to others.
The Book of Leviticus is about being holy of God. It teaches about atonement, sacrifice and holiness. We are to be obedient to God and we are to be holy.
The Book of Numbers talks about the failure of Israel to believe in the promise of God. It’s about God’s wrath on His own disobedient people. God never gave up on His people. He would punish them and still bring them blessings. We have to understand that God can bring his wrath upon us and give us blessings at the same time. We have to learn not to disobey Him.
The Book of Deuteronomy was the second giving of the law by Moses before the people occupied the Promised Land. The Book of Deuteronomy is about covenant. It teaches that God’s laws are given for our own good and to help us stay close to him with our attitudes and behavior.
The Books of History – Joshua through Esther
The books of history consist of twelve different books beginning with Joshua and ending with Esther. This set of books covers the “human experience” that deals with land possessions and the importance of being faithful and obedient to God’s call (Arnold, 1999). Historically it covers about 899 years of human experience and how those living during this era the people are also being prepared for the coming of our Christ.
Joshua teaches us the how to take possession of the land and the real importance of obedience and how disobedience can only lead to trouble if we are not following God’s will and command for our lives. In the book of Joshua I read “Be strong and of good courage” this is a good lesson in human experience; but also one of obedience. We must learn to keep our eyes on the focus of Christ – and obey His word. In was in Joshua when God spoke and made the request that all males be circumcised. Many things were requested in detail all throughout Joshua enabling the people a “land flowing with milk and honey” (Joshua 5:4).
Other human experiences that occurred throughout Joshua; The fall of Jericho occurred in Joshua as well; the people were not doing as they were told – it is all in obedience. As Joshua aged – people are reminded to serve the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and truth – once again obedience is the key factor. Joshua taught the people that it was about ownership, defeat, triumph, and the dividing of...