Lesson One

Introduction to The Bible File

Lesson Two

Dressing the Stage

Lesson Three(A)

Creation

Lesson Three (B)

Abraham & Joseph

Lesson Three (C)

Moses & Joshua

Lesson Three (D)

Three Societies

Lesson Three (E)

Silence

Lesson Three (F)

Jesus

Lesson Four

The Bible Story in Quick Time

Lesson Five (A)

Biblical Bedrock Part 1

Lesson Five (B)

Biblical Bedrock Part 2

Lesson Six

The Opened Bible

Lesson Seven

Setting Up The Books: Lining Up The Old Testament

Lesson Eight

Setting Up The Books: The New Testament Comes Together

Lesson Nine

Conclusion

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Life Applications from: The 3 Societies

ANARCHY

Samson was one of the many judges God used during Israel’s history when, for some 350 years, the people lived just as they wished – and got into great trouble, falling headlong into sin and apostasy. Then after each fall, they called out to God to save them. God gave them a series of judges to bring them out of their trouble and return them to worshipping God and the ways of The Law as given to Moses centuries earlier. This circumstance was repeated time after time.


Application #1

As one of those judges, Samson had amazing gifts, but he mostly served himself. He wasted his abilities for a lifetime; he took on the culture of his idolatrous surroundings. He submitted to a lifestyle far from the precepts and traditions of his Israelite roots. But in the end of life he represented God and saved his people. A better choice is to serve God from our youth, but in any case, be available for God’s service, no matter the call, no matter the destination or position in life.


FOR THE GROUP:

Have students discuss the challenges of putting aside desires and accomplishments of the material lifestyle, deciding instead to follow directions of the Holy Spirit. How do we receive those directions? What are some potential outcomes when one decides to serve God and not self?


Application #2

The time of the judges has been described often as a time of national highs followed by national lows; times of blessings followed by times when few blessings were evident. The great test of life is how we live between the highs and the lows. Does our spiritual life continue without change? Does our faith propel us forward even though life, for the moment, looks bleak? Through it all, God is still at work, faithful to provide our needs and apply relief to our wounds.

FOR THE GROUP:

Have students describe times in their experience -- among friends and family or in national stress -- where people have continued on through tough times, emerging on the other side stronger and more confident in their actions and decisions. Are there recent Christian examples where staying true to one's faith provided rescue through a difficult situation?


ROYALTY

Saul was handsome, a tall, striking man, a born leader who was anointed the first King of a united Israel. In the beginning, he was a good king, but as time passed he began to live his life by his own decisions instead of by God’s direction. Such arrogance and jealousy eventually made him mentally unstable. God set him aside. After Saul, David was made the next King of Israel. He loved God and waited on Him, finally to become Israel’s greatest king. However, he, too, committed a dreadful sin – but he always returned to God in confession and by asking forgiveness.

Application #1

Personal prestige and power often cause many people to resist or ignore God and to think that they are in control of their own lives. When David got out of God’s will, he asked forgiveness and returned to divine control. By asking God’s forgiveness for our own failings, repenting of those negative actions and moving on with living, there is great personal power available toward accomplishing one’s own life goals.

FOR THE GROUP:

Are we carrying unnecessary guilt, a weight on our conscience that keeps up from accomplishing the great tasks that the Lord has set in front of us? Have students recount instances where friends or acquaintances have ignored God's standards of morality only to encounter greater difficulties in managing their lives or accomplishing their personal goals.

Application #2

It's called arrogance of power. That was Solomon's problem. In his youth and middle age the great and wise king had it all. But toward the latter years, thanks go Joshua's not completing his task to cleanse the land of its idolatrous populations, Solomon fell himself into idolatry.

FOR THE GROUP:

Have students describe idols that we ourselves serve in modern times -- materialism, appetites, and personal position and power. Emphasize how, in our own lives, such idols stand tall in our path, not the carved stone statues of ancient times, but those we bow down to in terms of contemporary living.

CAPTIVITY

What do we do in times of danger? Do we panic? Do we run away or hide? Esther took counsel from her uncle, taking one step at a time – with patience – to let God work through her situation so that His plans could move forward. Result: Esther saved her people providing the line of descent that eventually saw Jesus Christ born through Mary, the mother of our Lord! In our time, women should be challenged into roles of Christian service, whatever it might be.

FOR THE GROUP:

Have students discuss the idea that we must learn personal patience that allows God to work out His own timetable of events. How can such patience provide future blessings of great value to us and possibly to every person on earth? As Christians do we each have a specific role to fulfill during our lifetimes? Does my life matter? Did Esther's life matter in the long line of history?

Application #2

Through childhood and on into maturity as adults we all have acquired certain ideas, morals and teachings that have proven of enormous value over long periods of time. The Jews in Babylon held on to such training and ideas throughout their captivity.

FOR THE GROUP:

What would have been the result in the following centuries had the Jews forsaken their already ancient traditions and instructions from God through Moses and the Torah? What do we learn from this for living and planning our own lives?