G-d is Almighty!
G-d created the world
G-d created humans in His image. Thus we are all special. G-d also granted us rule over all other creatures
We must not add to G-d’s words nor subtract from them. Eve added to G-d’s words, making it easy for the serpent to convince her to eat the forbidden fruit.
Men will work hard to get fruit from the earth and women will endure painful childbearing (Adam & Eve)
Before the flood, the human lifespan was nearly 1000 years, shortly after the flood it dropped to 200 years and later to 100 years
G-d scattered people upon the face of the entire earth and confused their language because they commenced to build a sinful tower of Babel.
G-d said that he would never again smite all living things (as He has done with the flood)
Noah is the 10th generation descendant of Adam & Eve
Noah cursed his son Canaan to be a slave to his brothers.
Abraham is the 10th generation descendant of Noah. He was born in the year 1948 (Hebrew Calendar) Israel was reborn in the year 1948 (our usual calendar)
Ishmael is to be in conflict with everyone. "And he will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be upon all, and everyone's hand upon him, and before all his brothers he will dwell."
G-d set an everlasting covenant with Abraham.
G-d passed the covenant only to Isaac, not to Ishmael. G-d gave a separate blessing for Ishmael, making him into a great nation.
G-d tested Abraham by asking him to bring his only son Isaac for a burnt offering. Abraham did not withhold his son and G-d rewarded him with another great blessing.
G-d destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by raining brimstone and fire on them from the heavens.
The Patriarchs are buried in the Cave of Machpelah (Tomb of the Patriarchs), it was purchased by Abraham from the sons of Heth and is located in Hebron. The Cave of Machpelah is the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Abraham had a second wife, named Keturah. She bore him 6 children whom Abraham sent to the land of the East.
Ishmael had 12 children, princes to their nations, as G-d has spoken.
Being firstborn has special privileges but being righteous is most important! Seth, Abel, Cain (firstborn); Shem, Ham, Japheth (firstborn); Jacob & Esau (firstborn); Isaac & Ishmael (firstborn); Joseph & Judah (firstborn); Ephraim & Manasseh (firstborn); Moses & Aaron (firstborn);
Isaac gave Jacob the blessing: “And may the Lord give you of the dew of the heavens and [of] the fatness of the earth and an abundance of corn and wine. Nations shall serve you and kingdoms shall bow down to you; you shall be a master over your brothers, and your mother's sons shall bow down to you. Those who curse you shall be cursed, and those who bless you shall be blessed."
Isaac gave Esau the remaining blessing: "Behold, your dwelling place shall be the fat places of the earth and of the dew of the heaven from above. And you shall live by your sword, and you shall serve your brother, and it will be, when you grieve, that you will break his yoke off your neck."
Jacob saw a miraculous dream in which G-d told him of the covenant that is passed to him.
Jacob had 12 sons – the 12 nations of Israel. Levi was named by G-d. Joseph was the firstborn of the two sons from Rachel
Jacob saw a second miraculous dream in which G-d told him to return to his birthplace
Jacob asked G-d to save him from Laban
Jacob wrestled with an angel, prevailed and the angel blessed him and renamed him Israel.
G-d gave Joseph prophetic dreams and helped him interpret the dreams of others
G-d tested Joseph. Joseph has made tough but right choices and passed the tests
Joseph’s is the greatest story of rags to riches
G-d performed a multitude of miracles for the children of Israel when rescuing them from Egypt
603550 children of Israel age 20 and above left Egypt.
G-d went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, and at night in a pillar of fire, thus they could travel during the day and at night.
Children of Israel carried much gold & silver out of Egypt, as evidenced by the amount of gold & silver that was used to build the Mishkan
G-d spoke with Moses directly and even passed before Moses, so that he could see G-d’s glory
G-d gave Moses two tablets of the law that were inscribed on both sides.
G-d offered Moses to create a new nation from him and destroy the others (for the golden calf incident), but Moses did not accept and convinced G-d to forgive the people.
G-d told Moses the boundaries of Israel
G-d told Moses His real name (which is not to be pronounced to avoid disrespect).
"for I, the Lord, heal you"
G-d made a new covenant with the children of Israel
G-d gave Moses specific detailed instructions for building the Mishkan and gave children of Israel the skills to build it
G-d gave Moses a detailed list of laws and told him what will happen when the children of Israel follow these laws and what will happen when they don’t
G-d told Moses what will happen at the end of days