Old Testament Study – Part 7. The lesson on March 19, 2006 continues in the review of the Old Testament books. Last week finished the first five books in the Bible called the Torah. This lesson begins the historical section of the Old Testament which includes the 12 books from Joshua thru Esther (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.) Joshua stands out as a servant of God for his famous quotation in Joshua 24:15b (KJV) “ but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” In this section, we find a microscope in the nation of Israel and this observation shows the rebellion, Gods retribution, their repentance, and finally their restoration. It is a pattern that occurs over and over again which serves as a picture of life in that Christians are in a battle over faith obedience. Even though the stories throughout this section are Jewish, they’re here for our learning. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 10:6 (KJV) “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” The lesson touches on Joshua, Solomon, Gideon, and Samson with stories showing good and bad behavior. For instance, Joshua, Solomon, and Gideon showed how to trust in the Lord while Samson put his trust in Delilah.