Genesis makes no attempt to hide the unsavory characteristics and flaws of this man. We learn an important lesson that God doesn’t love people for who they are … but he loves people because of who He is. Jacob becomes the father of the 12 tribes of Israel and a distant great grandfather of Jesus.
Related Passages : Geneses 25-33
Joseph was born to Jacob and Rachel. He was his father’s eleventh son. As a boy, Joseph had dreams that caused his brothers to be jealous. He later was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery. In Egypt, Joseph rose to a position of influence but was imprisoned on false charges of making advances on the wife of Potiphar, his master. After interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams which predicted drought, he was released and given responsibility for Egypt’s food stores. In this position, he was reconciled to his brothers and was able to provide for his entire family during a severe famine.
Related Passages : Genesis 37-50
John’s Gospel is the most unique of the four Gospels. It includes all the wonderful “I am” statements that describe the character and attributes of Jesus. You also sense that John deeply loves Jesus as the Savior of the world and hopes that others will do the same.
Related Passages : The Gospel of John as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John
Moses was a unique man called by God for a vital work. He was the great leader of the people of Israel who transformed them from slaves to a nation, ready to rule and defend itself. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and is responsible for our understanding of God’s requirements and early human history.
Related Passages : The book of Exodus
In this story we see a struggle between an evil man by the name of Hamman and the courage of a brave woman by the name of Esther. With the help of her cousin, Mordecai, they overcame a diabolical plot. In the end, we see God’s deliverance for those in need and that good does triumph over evil.
Related Passages : The book of Esther
Paul was originally known as Saul, the infamous persecutor of Christians. He became Paul the Apostle after having a powerful encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Most of the books of the New Testament were written by Paul who became a powerhouse leader in the early church and is responsible for much of our understanding of Christianity. Paul first bridged the gap between Jews and Gentiles by demonstrating that the way of Jesus was open to anyone, regardless of their race or nationality.
Related Passages : Acts 7:54 – 8:3; Acts 9; Acts 13-28
First Monday, Gideon : He was a judge (leader) of Israel. Like everyone else, he had his flaws; however, God chose to use him just the same. God taught Gideon, and everyone else, that we are all totally dependent upon God for deliverance and victory in life.
Related Passages : Gideon 6-8
Second Monday, Jonah : This reluctant prophet struggled with bitterness, and he had a whale of a time getting over his issues. Therefore, he failed to appreciate God’s offer of forgiveness and love for all people – including the Ninevites.
Related Passages : The book of Jonah
Third Monday, Ruth : The story of Ruth involves tragedy, loyalty, romance and a healthy dose of God’s providential care. It’s a story of redemption after brokenness.
Related Passages : The book of Ruth
Fourth Monday, Hosea : Directed by God, Hosea marries one of the most unlikely people. Even with his dysfunctional relationship with Gomer, Hosea models the ever forgiving, unconditional love of God.
Related Passages : The book of Hosea
Fifth Monday, Saul : When we think of Saul from the Old Testament, leadership gone bad comes to mind. It started from the beginning. He was chosen because he looked the part, not because of the content of his character. God’s guidance in this choice was also overlooked. As it turns out, jealousy and a need for control led Saul and the entire nation into hard times.
Related Passages: 1st & 2nd Samuel
King Solomon was known as one of the wisest and richest men ever. Even with all the things he had going for him, he still acted like a wise fool from time to time. In it all, he learned that life is empty apart from God.
Related Passages : 1 Kings 1-11
Some scholars have been critical of this letter because its lack of theological input. However, the book of James has been recognized for the down to earth instructions it offers to all who will receive. It has been called the “proverbs” of the New Testament.
Related Passages : The book of James
Daniel’s story reveals that life is not always fair. In the end Daniel prevails because his confidence was rooted in God – even while living in a pit with hungry lions.
Related Passages : The book of Daniel
Isaiah is one of the most influential prophets in the Bible. During his career, Isaiah advises several kings of Judah. He is a masterful poet, with many of his prophecies inspiring hope for eventual peace and righteousness on earth. Several of these prophecies were later understood by Christians to be predictions of Jesus. Isaiah in his messianic prophecies depicted Jesus as the Prince of Peace and the Suffering Servant.
Related Passages : The book of Isaiah with a focus on chapters 40 – 66
The whole Bible is centered around Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, Savior, the God Man, the solution to the problems caused by our own waywardness. Jesus preformed many miracles that helped underscore his teachings. He often taught in parables that brought the truth down to simple terms. He was crucified and rose again on the third day. He is the key for all to receive eternal life.
Matthew : Jewish Perspective of Jesus – the fulfillment of prophesy
Mark : Roman Perspective of Jesus – the ultimate servant
Luke : Greek Perspective of Jesus -the perfect man
John : Universal Perspective of Jesus – the Savior of us all