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.


Noah’s Ark

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!


Jephthah’s Promise

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.


Young Jesus

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.