An ancient African proverb imparts wisdom about tackling huge projects: “How does one person eat a whole elephant? One bite at a time.” The Genesis & Job Series is the first bite of Eyewitness Bible Series in tackling the Old Testament.
The most casual reader soon recognizes the majority of the writings of the Old Testament have to do with the history of the Israelites (also known as Hebrews or Jews). Embedded in the Old Testament is a wealth of knowledge about God and his character, books of poetry and proverbs, and a host of prophecies.
In Bibles used by most Protestant Christians, the Old Testament consists of 39 writings, called books. The Eyewitness Bible Series groups these books into three different series:
Abraham gets very old and has no grandchildren. His son, Isaac, through whom his descendants will be numbered, is single. They live in Canaan, surrounded by people who do not believe in God. So, Abraham sends his trusted servant, whose name is unknown, back to Abraham’s home country to find a bride for Isaac, specifying that the bride must be from his own clan and his father’s family.
Through prayer, the faithful servant is led to Rebecca, the granddaughter of Isaac’s aunt. Through the giving of gifts and negotiation with Rebecca’s brother and mother, the servant receives permission to take Rebecca back to Isaac. Rebecca’s brother, Laban, will come back in the story many decades later.
Lucky Isaac! He receives Rebecca and comes to love her. Through virtually no effort of his own, at the age of forty he ends up with an awesome wife!
The Bible reveals that Abraham marries Keturah after Sarah dies. Through her, Abraham has many other children. While alive, he gave these children gifts, but then sent them away. At his death, Abraham leaves everything to Isaac…nothing to the others or to Ishmael. Isaac was his sole heir!
The Bible has a lot to tell about Isaac’s father and Isaac’s children, but little about Isaac. Genesis 26 seems to be almost a summary of his life. There is a famine in Canaan, but Isaac stays because of God’s command; just like his father, Isaac worries about getting killed by men who want his beautiful wife, so he lies about her, gets caught, and ends up being rich, moving around the countryside getting older and richer.
Paul – Brian Shoop
Japheth – Bryan Chatlien
Satan – Christian Heep
Job’s Wife – Leticia Magaña
Job – Bob Reed
Lot – Patrick Arnez
Isaac – Tod Upchurch
Esau – David Burkhart
Rachel – Magdalen Vaughn
Reuben – John Ruegsegger
Joseph – Blake McNamara
Benjamin – Jackson Kelly