Lessons You Can Learn From the Bible
This publication will take you on a journey through time, from the Bible account of creation, to the birth and ministry of Jesus, and on to the Kingdom to come.
A Letter From the Governing Body
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God Made Heaven and Earth
The Bible says that God created heaven and earth. Why did he create one angel before he made everyone and everything else?
God Made the First Man and Woman
God created the first man and woman and put them in the garden of Eden. He wanted them to start a family and make all the earth a paradise.
Adam and Eve Disobeyed God
What was special about one particular tree in the garden of Eden? Why did Eve eat the fruit from it?
From Anger to Murder
God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. When Cain found out, he was very angry and did a terrible thing.
When bad angels married women on earth, they had sons who were giant bullies. Violence was everywhere. But Noah was different—he loved and obeyed God.
Eight Survive Into a New World
The Flood brought 40 days and 40 nights of rain. Altogether, Noah and his family were in the ark for more than a year. Finally, they were able to go out.
The Tower of Babel
Some people decided to build a city and a tower with its top in the heavens. Why did God suddenly make them speak different languages?
Abraham and Sarah Obeyed God
Why Did Abraham and Sarah trade their life in the city for one as wanderers in the land of Canaan?
A Son At Last!
How would God fulfill his promise to Abraham? Which of Abraham’s sons would be involved—Isaac or Ishmael?
Remember the Wife of Lot
God made it rain fire and sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah. Why were those cities destroyed? Why should we remember the wife of Lot?
A Test of Faith
God told Abraham: ‘Please, take your only son and offer him as a sacrifice on a mountain in Moriah.’ How would Abraham face this test of faith?
Jacob Got the Inheritance
Isaac and Rebekah had twin boys named Esau and Jacob. Because Esau was born first, he was in line for a special inheritance. Why did he give it away for a bowl of stew?
Jacob and Esau Make Peace
How did Jacob receive a blessing from an angel? And how did he make peace with Esau?
A Slave Who Obeyed God
Joseph did what was right, but still suffered terribly. Why?
Jehovah Never Forgot Joseph
Even though Joseph was far from his family, God proved that he was with him.
Who Was Job?
He obeyed Jehovah even when it was hard.
Moses Chose to Worship Jehovah
As a baby, Moses was saved by his mother’s ingenious plan.
The Burning Bush
Why did the fire not burn up the bush?
The First Three Plagues
Pharaoh brought disaster on his people because he was too proud to take one simple action.
The Next Six Plagues
How did these plagues differ from the first three?
The Tenth Plague
This plague was so devastating that even proud Pharaoh finally gave in.
The Miracle at the Red Sea
Pharaoh came through the ten plagues, but did he survive this miracle of God?
A Promise to Jehovah
The Israelites made a special promise to God when they were camped at Mount Sinai.
They Broke Their Promise
While Moses was getting the Ten Commandments, the people committed a terrible sin.
A Tabernacle for Worship
This special tent contained the ark of the covenant.
The Twelve Spies
Joshua and Caleb were different from the other ten men who spied out the land of Canaan.
They Rebelled Against Jehovah
Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and 250 other men failed to realize an important fact about Jehovah.
Balaam’s Donkey Speaks
The donkey saw someone who was invisible to Balaam.
Jehovah Chose Joshua
God gave Joshua instructions that can help us today, as well.
Rahab Hid the Spies
The walls of Jericho came crashing down. But Rahab’s house remained standing, even though it was built in the wall.
Joshua and the Gibeonites
Joshua prayed to God: “Sun, stand still!” Did God answer?
A New Leader and Two Brave Women
After Joshua died, the Israelites began to worship idols. Life got hard, but help came from Judge Barak, from the prophetess Deborah, and from Jael with her tent peg!
Ruth and Naomi
Two women whose husbands had both died returned to Israel. One of the women, Ruth, went to work in the fields, where she was noticed by Boaz.
Gideon Conquered the Midianites
After the Midianites made life miserable for them, the Israelites begged Jehovah for help. How did Gideon’s small army then conquer 135,000 enemy soldiers?
Hannah Prays for a Son
Elkanah took Hannah and Peninnah and the family to worship at the tabernacle in Shiloh. There, Hannah prayed for a son. A year later, she gave birth to Samuel!
What promise did Jephthah make, and why? How did Jephthah’s daughter react to her father’s promise?
Jehovah Speaks to Samuel
High Priest Eli’s two sons served as priests at the tabernacle, but they did not obey God’s laws. Young Samuel was different, and Jehovah spoke to him.
Jehovah Made Samson Strong
God made Samson strong to fight the Philistines, but when Samson made a bad decision, the Philistines captured him.
Israel’s First King
God had given the Israelites judges to lead them, but they wanted a king. Samuel anointed Saul as the first king, but later Jehovah rejected Saul. Why?
David and Goliath
Jehovah picks David to be the next king of Israel, and David shows why he is a good choice.
David and Saul
Why does one of these men hate the other, and how does the hated one behave?
Brave and Loyal Jonathan
The king’s son becomes a good friend to David.
The Sin of King David
A bad decision leads to a lot of trouble.
A Temple for Jehovah
God approves of King Solomon’s request and gives him great privileges.
A Kingdom Divided
Many Israelites stop serving Jehovah.
A Test on Mount Carmel
Who is the true God? Jehovah or Baal?
Jehovah Strengthened Elijah
Do you think that he can strengthen you too?
A Widow’s Son Came Back to Life
Two miracles in the same house!
A Wicked Queen Is Punished
Jezebel plots to kill Naboth in order to steal his vineyard! Her wickedness does not go unnoticed by Jehovah.
Jehovah Defends Jehoshaphat
Good King Jehoshaphat turns to God in prayer when Judah is threatened by enemy nations.
The Warrior and the Little Girl
A young Israelitess tells her mistress about Jehovah’s great power—with miraculous results.
Jehovah’s Fiery Army
How Elisha’s servant comes to see that ‘there are more with us than with them.’
The Courage of Jehoiada
A faithful priest stands up to a wicked queen.
Jehovah Was Patient With Jonah
How did one of God’s prophets come to be swallowed by a huge fish? How did he get out? And what lesson did Jehovah teach him?
Jehovah’s Angel Protected Hezekiah
Judah’s enemies say that Jehovah will not protect his people, but they are wrong!
Josiah Loved God’s Law
Josiah becomes king when he is eight years old, and he helps his people to worship Jehovah.
Jehovah Sends Jeremiah to Preach
What this young prophet said made the elders of Judah very angry.
Jerusalem Is Destroyed
The people of Judah continue to worship false gods, so Jehovah abandons them.
Four Boys Who Obeyed Jehovah
Young Judeans are determined to remain faithful to Jehovah, even in the royal court of Babylon.
A Kingdom That Will Last Forever
Daniel explains the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s strange dream.
They Did Not Bow Down
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship the king of Babylon’s golden image.
A Kingdom Like a Big Tree
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream foretells his own future.
The Writing on the Wall
When does this mysterious writing appear, and what does it mean?
Daniel in the Lions’ Pit
Pray to Jehovah every day, just as Daniel did!
Esther Saves Her People
Even though she was a foreigner, she went from orphan to queen.
Ezra Taught God’s Law
After the Israelites listened to Ezra, they made a special promise to God.
The Walls of Jerusalem
Nehemiah learned that his enemies planned to attack. Why wasn’t he afraid?
Elizabeth Has a Baby
Why was Elizabeth’s husband told that he would not be able to speak until the baby was born?
Gabriel Visits Mary
He gave her a message that changed her life.
Angels Announce the Birth of Jesus
The shepherds who heard the announcement reacted quickly.
Jehovah Protected Jesus
A wicked king wanted Jesus dead.
How did he amaze the teachers in the temple?
John Prepares the Way
John grows up to be a prophet. He teaches that the Messiah is coming. How do people react to his message?
Jesus Becomes the Messiah
What does John mean by saying that Jesus is the Lamb of God?
The Devil Tests Jesus
Three times the Devil tests Jesus. What are his three temptations? How does Jesus respond?
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Why does Jesus drive animals out of the temple and overturn money changers’ tables?
The Woman at the Well
A Samaritan woman is surprised that Jesus speaks to her. Why? What does Jesus tell her that he has not shared with anyone else?
Jesus Preaches the Kingdom Message
Jesus invites some of his disciples to become “fishers of men.” Later, he trains 70 of his followers to preach a message of good news.
Jesus Performs Many Miracles
Wherever he goes, sick people come to him for help, and he cures them. He even brings a little girl back from the dead.
Jesus Chooses Twelve Apostles
What does he choose them for? Do you remember their names?
The Sermon on the Mountain
Jesus teaches valuable lessons to a crowd that has gathered.
Jesus Teaches His Disciples How to Pray
What kind of things does he tell his disciples to keep on asking for?
Jesus Feeds Thousands
What does this miracle show us about Jesus and Jehovah?
Jesus Walks on Water
Can you imagine how the apostles feel when they see this miracle?
Jesus Cures on the Sabbath
Why isn’t everyone happy about what he is doing?
Jesus Resurrects Lazarus
When Jesus sees Mary crying, he also starts to cry. But their tears soon turn into joy.
Jesus’ Last Supper
Jesus gives important instructions to his apostles during their last meal together.
Jesus Is Arrested
Judas Iscariot leads a large mob armed with swords and clubs so that they can arrest Jesus.
Peter Denies Jesus
What happens in the courtyard of the house of Caiaphas? And what happens to Jesus inside the house?
Jesus Dies at Golgotha
Why does Pilate order that Jesus be killed?
Jesus Is Resurrected
What amazing things happen in the days after Jesus is killed?
Jesus Appears to the Fishermen
What does he do to get their attention?
Jesus Returns to Heaven
Before doing so, however, he gives his disciples some very important instructions.
The Disciples Receive Holy Spirit
What miraculous power does holy spirit give to them?
Nothing Could Stop Them
The religious leaders who had Jesus killed now try to silence his disciples. But they cannot.
Jesus Chooses Saul
Saul is a violent enemy of the Christians, but that is about to change.
Cornelius Receives Holy Spirit
Why does God send Peter to the house of this man, who is not a Jew?
Christianity Spreads to Many Nations
The apostle Paul and his missionary companions begin the preaching work in distant lands.
A Jailer Learns the Truth
How are a demon, an earthquake, and a sword all involved in this story?
Paul and Timothy
The two men work together as friends and fellow servants for many years.
Paul Is Sent to Rome
The journey is full of dangers, but no difficulty can slow down this apostle.
The Revelation to John
Jesus gives him a series of visions about the future.
“Let Your Kingdom Come”
The Revelation to John shows how God’s Kingdom will change life on earth.