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Reading the Bible One Story at a Time: The Old Testament*

The Bible is a book. The best way to read a book is to start at the beginning and read to the end. But there are many other ways to read a book as well.

The Bible is one book. But it also a group of books. Each book tells good stories. They speak of interesting people. They talk about important thoughts.

 

Read One Story Every Day


One way to read the Bible is by reading the stories that are found there. There are many of them. You may want to read one story each day. After you read each story, you may want to think about what kind of things you can learn from such a story. Then you may want to see if you can remember the story so you can tell it to someone else.

 

Let us help you get started


Here are 40 stories from the Old Testament section of the Bible. Pick the stories that sound interesting to you. Read a different one each day for 30 days. You will be surprised at how much you can learn about God just by reading stories.

Do not be surprised or sad if you do not understand every thing in every story you read. The stories took place a long time ago. The customs of the people you will read about were very different from ours today. But in some ways, people are still the same today as they were then.

 

40 OLD TESTAMENT STORIES


1. The World Gets Its Start
    
Genesis 1:1-2:3

2. God Makes a Man and a Woman
   
Genesis 2:2-25

3. Our First Parents Do Not Obey God
   
Genesis 3

4. Noah Builds a Big Boat
    
Genesis 6:9-9:17

5. People Make a Building Plan
    
Genesis 11:1-9

6. God Speaks to Abraham
    
Genesis 12:1-9;17:1-8

7. God Destroys Two Cities
    Genesis 19:1-29

8. God Gives Abraham a Son
    Genesis 21:1-7

9. God Tests Abraham
    Genesis 22:1-19

10. Isaac Finds a Wife
    Genesis 24

11. Jacob Gets a Blessing
    Genesis 27:1-40

12. Jacob Has a Dream
    Genesis 28:10-22

13. Joseph Goes to Egypt
    Genesis 37:12-36

14. A King in Egypt Has Two Dreams
    Genesis 41

15. Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
    Genesis 42-45

16. Moses Is Born
    Exodus 1:8-2:10

17. God Speaks to Moses
    Exodus 3:1-15

18. God Punishes Egypt
    Exodus 7:14-11:10

19. Israel Celebrates the Passover
    Exodus 12

20. Israel Crosses the Sea
    Exodus 13:17-14:31

21. God Gives Israel Water
    Exodus 15:22-27; 17:1-7

22. God Gives Israel Food
    Exodus 16

23. God Gives His Laws To Moses
    Exodus 19:1-20:21

24. The People Worship an Idol
    Exodus 32

25. Moses Sends the Spies
    Numbers 13:1-14:12

26. A Donkey Talks
    Numbers 22:1-15

27. The Walls of Jericho Fall Down
    Joshua 5:13-6:27

28. God Made the Sun Stand Still
    Joshua 10:1-15

29. Gideon Wins the War
    Judges 7

30. A Woman Tricks Samson
    Judges 16

31. God Blesses Ruth
    Ruth 1-4

32. David Fights a Giant
    1 Samuel 17

33. Solomon Becomes a Wise Ruler
    1 Kings 3:16-28

34. The Birds Feed a Prophet
    1 Kings 17:1-6

35. God Heals Namaan
    2 Kings 5

36. Esther Saves Her People
    Esther 2:5-18; 3:12-5:8; 7:1-10

37. Ezekiel Has a Strange Dream
    Ezekiel 1

38. God Protects Three Men in a Fire
    Daniel 3

39. God Rescues Daniel from The Lions
    Daniel 6

40. A Fish Swallows Jonah
    Jonah 1-4

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