Today’s question: Can you name the two world empires God used during the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments to prepare for Jesus’ entrance into the world? The answer is found in Part 3 of the Bible Overview Mini-Course. That answer is Greece and Rome.
First was Greece, led by Alexander the Great, conquering Persia in 333 BC. This resulted in a dominance of Greek culture and language throughout the Middle East. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that the “good news” of the New Testament was written in Greek, allowing it to be read by the widest possible range of people.
Second was Rome conquering the Jewish homeland in 63 BC. This resulted in:
- Pax Romana – a long period of peace and political stability
- Improved transportation on Roman roads
- Benefits of Roman citizenship
The Apostle Paul was called by God to take the “good news” of Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection to the Gentiles. He prepared for this assignment for 13 years. Then he completed four amazing missionary journeys over a 14 year period of time – AD 48-62. All of the results of Rome’s domination of the Mediterranean world mentioned above, were beneficial to Paul in his travels. You may remember that even though he was a Jew, he was also a Roman citizen. This fact helped him several times during his missionary journeys!
In a previous edition of “Biblelink,” I mentioned that we had developed a short Bible Quiz to help people decide how much they might benefit by completing the Bible Overview Mini-Course. I invited you to take a look at it and tell us if you think it should be added to the website. I don’t know how many of you looked at it, but, I didn’t get any feedback one way or the other. So, I’ll make a new “deal” with you. If you try it and send me an e-mail, I will send you a copy of the answers so you can see how many you have correct.
Here’s your next question: After the death of Solomon, Israel divided into two nations or kingdoms. The northern kingdom was referred to as Israel while the southern kingdom was known as Judah. Can you name the four prophets God sent to Israel (northern kingdom)? You guessed it, the answer is found in Part 3 of the Bible Overview Mini-Course. Here’s a link for those of you who may not have a Bible at your finger tips: www.BibleGateway.com. Praying that you will allow the transforming power of His Word into your heart!!!!!
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