Planted 2014: Old Testament Bible Stories
Abraham Obeys God
When God talked to Abraham, Abraham listened and obeyed God. One day God said to Abraham, “Take your son, Isaac, to the mountains and give him to me there as an offering.” The next day Abraham did as God had asked. He and Isaac got on a donkey and headed for the mountains. After several days of walking, they reached the mountain God had told Abraham about. Abraham said, “We will go over there to worship.” He then began to stack the wood for an altar.
Isaac said, “Father, we have the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”
Abraham answered, “God will provide the lamb.”
After the wood was ready, Abraham took his son Isaac and placed him up on the altar. Just as Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, the Angel of the Lord called from heaven and said, “Abraham, do not harm the boy. I know you respect and love God. I will bless you and you will have many children.”
Abraham stopped and saw a ram caught in the bushes by his horns. There the Lord had provided the lamb for the sacrifice. The Angel of the Lord said, “I will bless you because of what you have done. You will have many children.”
Abraham was blessed for the way he had obeyed God. So Abraham named that place on the mountain The Lord Will Provide!
Based on Genesis 22:1-19
Jacob Meets God
One night Jacob sent his family and all of his belongings across the river. He stayed on the other side of the river all alone. During the night a strange man came to Jacob and began to wrestle with him. As they wrestled Jacob’s hip became twisted. They wrestled all night. Finally, as the sun was coming up, the man said to Jacob, “Let me go. It is morning.”
Jacob replied and said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
The man asked, “What is your name?”
“My name is Jacob,” he answered.
The man blessed Jacob and said, “You will be called Israel because you have struggled with God and with man.”
Jacob named that place Peniel, which means, The face of God.
Based on Genesis 32:22-32
Joseph is Put in Charge
Pharaoh, who was the most powerful man in Egypt, declared that Joseph would be put in charge of the whole land of Egypt. To show that Joseph was important, Pharaoh placed his special ring on his finger, dressed him in fine robes and hung gold chains around his neck. He also had him ride in a beautiful chariot around the city so everyone would know that Joseph was in charge of the land.
For seven years there was plenty of food in the land of Egypt. There was so much grain that Joseph had the extra grain kept in large store houses. Joseph was a smart man and knew that there would be a day when the grain would be needed later.
The time came when the land did not produce enough grain and the people did not have enough food. When the people became hungry they cried out to Pharaoh for food. But Pharaoh told them to go to Joseph. There wasn’t any food anywhere in the country. When they went to Joseph he opened the storehouses that had the extra grain. He sold the grain to them and helped take care of the people.
Based on Genesis 41:41-57
Moses is Called by God
Moses was taking care of the flock when he saw that a bush was on fire. But the bush was not burning up. When Moses went to look closer, God spoke from inside the bush. God said, “Moses! Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals. The place you are standing is holy ground.” When Moses heard God he turned his face away.
God said, “I have seen my people suffer in Egypt. I have heard their cry. Now I have come down to save them and bring them out of that land. I will bring them to a good land with lots of room and plenty of mild and honey. Now, Moses, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh. I want you to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. They are my people”
But Moses spoke to God and said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? What do I say if they ask me your name?”
God said, “I will be with you. You tell them, ‘I am’ has sent you.”
Moses spoke again and said, “But Lord, I have never been a good speaker. I don’t talk very well.”
The Lord said to Moses, “Who makes a man able to talk, or able to hear, or able to see? It is I, the Lord. Now go! I will tell you what to say. I will be with you.”
Bases on Exodus 3-4:17
Joshua is Strong and Brave
Joshua was Moses’ helper. After Moses had died, The Lord said to Joshua, “Get ready to go across the Jordan River. I want you and all of these people to go into the land I promised to give to Moses.”
The Lord said, “Be strong and brave, Joshua. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will never leave you. Be strong and brave as you lead these people. Make sure you obey the whole law Moses gave you. Do not turn away from it so that you will have success. You must never stop reading the scroll and make sure you do everything that is written in it. I am commanding you to be strong and brave. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”
So Joshua gave orders to the officers. He ordered them to get their supplies ready because they would be crossing the Jordan River in three days.
The tribes and people followed his commands and obeyed him completely.
The Lord God said again, “Be strong and brave. I will be with you. I am the Lord your God.”
Based on Joshua 1
Ruth is Faithful
Ruth was a very kind woman. Boaz was a very good man who owned barley fields. Ruth had been picking up barley from his fields so that she and her mother-in-law, Naomi, could have food. One night Ruth went to Boaz and said, “Please take care of me by making me your wife.”
Boaz responded to her, “May the Lord bless you. I will do what you have asked but I must take talk to the men in town first.” Boaz knew that he needed to buy Naomi’s land from her before he could take Ruth as his wife. This would show that he would take good care of Ruth.
So the next day Boaz went to the town gate and met with the leaders of the town. He needed to see if another man wanted to buy the land first.
Boaz said to the man, “Naomi has returned to Bethlehem and is selling the land that belonged to her husband. If you want to buy it you may but you will also need to marry Ruth.”
The man said, “I can’t buy it. Why don’t you buy it?” Boaz responded and said, “Today, you are my witnesses as I buy Naomi’s land and take Ruth to be my wife.”
The Lord blessed them as they made their home in Bethlehem and had a family.
Based on Ruth 4:1-12
Daniel was a good and trusted leader for King Darius. The other leaders were jealous of him and wanted to get Daniel in trouble. They went to King Darius and suggested that all of the people in the country pray only to the king because he was so great. They said, “If any one prays to any other god for the next 30 days, he should be thrown in the den of lions.” So King Darius wrote it down as the law.
Daniel always obeyed God and prayed to him. Daniel continued to pray three times a day, even though the King had made a law that you couldn’t pray to anyone except the King.
One day some of the royal officials saw Daniel praying to his God and asking him for help. They went to the King and said, “Daniel has not obeyed your order. He is praying to his God three times every day. Daniel must be thrown into the lions’ den.”
King Darius was very upset. As Daniel was put in the den, the king said, “May your God save you!”
As soon as the sun was up the next day the king hurried to the lions’ den and yelled, “Daniel! You serve the living God. Has He saved you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “My King, God sent the angels to close the lions mouths. I have done nothing wrong.”
The king was full of joy as they pulled Daniel out of the den. King Darius declared, “God is the living God. He will live forever.”
Based on Daniel 6