This week's chapter is 17, The Kingdoms' Fall
I have a companion book called "Exploring the Story" by Adam T. Barr. There is a section in this chapter that is a good review I thought I'd share with you.
In the beginning God created a perfect home for humans, a garden named Eden. He asked them to trust and obey him by not eating the fruit of a certain tree. When they disobeyed and ate the fruit they were expelled from their garden home. Sin spread throughout the world and infected the descendants of Adam and Eve so thoroughly that the only answer was annihilation, yet God saved one family. Setting them down in a world scraped clean, he asked them to spread out and once again fill the earth. Yet again they disobeyed, and the Lord struck confusion in their midst, confounding their communication and multiplying their languages. By the time of Abraham, no one was serving the Creator God any longer.
But in calling Abraham, the Lord made a covenant with a chosen people. He made promises to Abraham and his children forever. In 1 Kings 4:20 we read that the people of Abraham grew "as numerous as the sand on the seashore." God's promises to Abraham were fulfilled as his descendants grew and inherited the Promised Land.
Unfortunately, after receiving the promises of God, the pattern of sin repeated once again. Just as it happened in the garden, and after the days of the flood, it was happening again. God had made a good place for his people, but his people did not trust his guidelines or accept his direction. Once again, God would have to clean out his house and start again.
And so it goes, on and on. Praise God that if we trust Him, we will once again be in a beautiful garden sharing 'face time' with Him.
Have a blessed week.