Joseph forgives his brothers. His brothers are afraid. God uses trials for good.
Melchizedek pictures Christ as High Priest. Physical circumcision pictures spiritual circumcision.
Jesus is born. John the Baptist prepares the way for the Lord. The heavens open and God acknowledges Jesus as His Son when Jesus is baptized. Jesus faces temptation in the wilderness before beginning His public ministry.
Nehemiah leads the Jews in building the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Malachi foretells the arrival of a messenger to prepare the way for the Lord. John the Baptist is born. Mary conceives through the Holy Spirit. The Word was made flesh.
God uses Elisha to work miracles. Elisha pictures Jesus feeding the 5,000 and healing the lepers.
The kings of Israel listen to bad advice, worship idols, ignore God's warnings, and fail to seek God's help.
God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous. Joshua demonstrates his faith crossing the Jordan and at the battle of Jericho.
God judges those who rebel against Moses and Aaron. God establishes tithing. Moses fails to follow God’s instructions about the rock. The bronze serpent pictures Christ.
O: Israel returns from exile to rebuild the Temple. Ezra rebuilds the Law.
WN: Jesus teaches about thankfulness and points out the errors in the thinking of the Pharisees.