Daniel

An introduction to Daniel – Detailed outline and introduction to the book of Daniel

Daniel is an account of the activities and visions of Daniel, a Jew of noble heritage who was exiled to Babylon. The message of Daniel demonstrates that just as the God of Israel saved Daniel and his friends from their enemies, so he would save all of Israel from their…
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Genesis

Joseph’s stolen cup – Judah accepts responsibility when Joseph tests his brothers one last time (Genesis 44:1 – 44:34)

After Joseph dined with his brothers, he gave instructions to his steward: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack,…
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Ezekiel

God shows Ezekiel idolatry in the temple and promises to punish without pity (Ezekiel 8:1 – 8:18)

In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day (mid-September, 592 BC), Ezekiel was sitting in his home with the elders of Judah when the hand of God came over him. Ezekiel described what he witnessed. “I saw a figure like that of a man. From what…
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Genesis

Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy grain and are rebuked unless they agree to return the youngest brother, Benjamin, to Egypt (Genesis 42:1 – 43:34)

While the region was in the grip of a great drought. Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt so he told his sons, “Why are you just standing around? There is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some so we can survive the drought.” Ten of Joseph’s brothers…
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Genesis

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams – becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:1 – 41:57)

Two years after Joseph interpreted the dreams for the cupbearer and the baker, Pharaoh had a dream. He was standing by the Nile when out of the river comes seven beautiful, healthy cows that begin grazing among the reeds. After that, seven other cows, gaunt and mangy, come up out…
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Ezekiel

God insists on recognition and obedience – For Ezekiel’s people, judgement is on hand, the end is near (Ezekiel 7:1 – 7:27)

The word of God came to Ezekiel saying: “Son of man, this is what the Lord says to the land of Israel. The end has come upon the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge…
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Genesis

Joseph interprets dreams for the cupbearer and baker but still fails to receive recognition from Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1 – 40:23)

Sometime later, the king’s cupbearer (chief butler) and baker offended the king. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials and placed them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard (where Joseph was held). The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph and he attended them.…
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Ezekiel

Mountains of Israel to be annihilated – God’s loathing of evil brings judgement on Israel (Ezekiel 6:1 – 6:14)

The word of God came to Ezekiel and said to him. "Turn your face to the mountains of Israel, prophesy against them and say, 'You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign God. This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines…
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Genesis

Joseph taken to Egypt where he is wooed by Potiphar’s wife – God rewards those who are righteous (Genesis 39:1 – 39:23)

After Joseph was sold by his brothers, the Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials ( captain of the guard). God was with Joseph, so he prospered while in captivity. Joseph lived in the home of his Egyptian master. When his…
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Genesis

Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and tricks Judah into sleeping with her – compulsive behavior leads to an unthinkable act (Genesis 38:1-30)

Judah left his brothers and went to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. It was here that Judah met the daughter of Shua, a Canaanite man. Judah married the daughter (she is unnamed in Genesis) and together they gave birth to a son named Er. She conceived again…
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