Category: Old Testament

Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Three months after they left Egypt, the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai. This was because God had previously told Moses to return to this holy mountain, accompanied by the people (Exodus 3:1-12). There they set up camp and prepared to meet God. After three days, Moses got them all to gather around the mountain. A dark … Continue reading Moses receives the Law (Exodus 19:1–20:21)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

The story of Cain and Abel is of a family feud that ended in tragedy. It speaks of one man’s simple faith – and another’s murderous rage. Later, Abel’s bloody death also became a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ. Genesis says that Adam and Eve’s two eldest children were Cain and his brother Abel. … Continue reading Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Wisdom of Solomon is a unique biblical book. It was one of the last books of the Old Testament to be produced and it was the only one written in Greek (about 50 BC). The author was probably a Greek-speaking Jew who lived in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish community at the … Continue reading The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

According to the Church, the death of Christ is revealed throughout the whole Bible. As Pope St John Paul II explained: “There were many messianic texts in the Old Testament which foreshadowed the sufferings of the future Anointed One of God. Among all these, particularly touching is the one which is commonly called the Fourth Song … Continue reading The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel was a prophet and the last judge to rule over Israel. His story is told in the first book of Samuel. From there we learn that he appointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. Samuel also successfully prayed for victory over Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, and led a spiritual renewal of … Continue reading Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)