“Words to Know,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 175–83
“Words to Know,” Old Testament Stories, 175–83
People pray at an altar. People burned animals on an altar.
An angel is one of God’s helpers. An angel comes from heaven.An angel talked to Adam.
To anoint means to put oil on someone’s head and bless him.
Samuel anointed Saul to be king of Israel.
An ark keeps things safe inside it. One kind of ark is a big ship. Noah took animals on the ark.
- ark of the covenant
The ark of the covenant was a box. The two stones with the Ten Commandments written on them were kept in this box.
Men in an army fight other men.
Two armies went to fight each other.
When we join the Church, we are baptized. When we are baptized, we are put under the water and brought up out of the water.
Barley is a plant like grass. It has seeds on it. Barley seeds are sometimes used to make bread.
The barrel was full of water.
Moses’ mother put him in a basket.
A battle is a big fight.
The man beat the boy with a stick. The man hit the boy with a stick.
Moses saw a man beating an Israelite.
Something nice to look at is beautiful. The girl was beautiful. The dishes were beautiful. The garden was beautiful.
To believe means to think something is true.
The people believed what Elijah said. The people thought what Elijah said was true.
God blessed Jacob. God helped Jacob and gave him good things.
Jacob gave his sons a blessing. Jacob put his hands on his sons’ heads and prayed for his sons.
- birthright blessing
Long ago people gave the birthright blessing to the oldest son. It was the best blessing. Isaac did not give Esau the birthright blessing.
Haman made the people bow to him.
Elijah put the bull on the altar.
When people die, we bury them. People in the Bible put them in caves.
David was buried in Jerusalem.
A calf is a cow’s baby.
A camel is an animal.
Candlesticks lighted the temple.
A captain is a leader. The captain of the ship did not want to throw Jonah in the sea.
The Israelites captured the city. The Israelites took the city away from the people who lived there. The Jews were captured. The Jews were taken away from their land by the people of Babylon.
Elijah hid in a cave.
God lets us choose to do good things or to do bad things. We should choose to do good things.
God chose David to be king. God picked David to be king.
David was chosen to be king.
Commandments are things God tells people to do. Good people obey God’s commandments. Good people do what God tells them to do.
To crucify means to kill someone by putting him on a cross.
Jesus was crucified on a cross.
The tabernacle had a wall of curtains.
A daughter is the girl in a family. The king’s daughter found Moses.
A den is a place where wild animals live.
To destroy means to burn or tear down.
The city of Jerusalem was destroyed.
The Red Sea was divided. The 12 tribes were divided.
People wore earrings made of gold.
An earthquake makes the earth move and break. The earthquake broke down the walls.
Elders are men who help in the Church. Elders have the priesthood.
The Israelites had enough manna to eat. The Israelites had as much manna as they needed.
To escape means to get away from someone.
The Israelites escaped from the Egyptians.
Evil is something bad. Satan is evil. Telling lies is evil. People who do very bad things are evil.
To have faith is to believe something is true. We should have faith in God. We must have faith in Jesus Christ. We must believe and obey Jesus Christ.
A famine is having no food. There was a famine in Canaan. There was no food in Canaan.
Moses fasted for 40 days. Moses did not eat or drink for 40 days.
- flesh-and-blood bodies
We have flesh-and-blood bodies now. Before we came to earth we did not have flesh-and-blood bodies. We had spirit bodies.
Noah saved the animals from the flood. The flood was water that covered the earth.
To forgive someone means to forget the bad things that he has done. Jesus Christ will forgive us for the bad things we do if we are sorry and stop doing them.
God forgave the people of Israel. God forgot the bad things the people of Israel did.
A furnace has fire in it. The king had a big furnace.
A garden has trees, flowers, and grass. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
A giant is a very tall, strong man. Goliath was a giant.
A gift is a present. It is something that is given to someone. The king gave Abraham a gift.
The gospel is what Jesus teaches us to do. We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To heal is to make a sick person well. God helped Elisha heal people.
Elisha healed the sick man.
A husband is a man who is married. Father is mother’s husband. Abraham was Sarah’s husband.
An idol is a statue. Some people prayed to an idol. They did not pray to God.
A jar holds oil or water.
A judge is a leader. The judges helped people to know what to do. A judge says what is good and what is bad. To judge is to say what is good or what is bad.
A kingdom is a land that has a king for a leader. Rehoboam was the king of the kingdom of Judah.
The words we use to talk or write to other people are called language. God changed the language of the people. They could not understand each other.
To lead means to show people what to do. God told Moses to lead the Israelites.
Moses was the leader of the Israelites.
A leper is a sick person with sores all over his body. Naaman was a leper.
Lice are very small bugs that bite. The lice bit the people of Egypt.
Lies are not true. Potiphar’s wife told lies about Joseph. Potiphar’s wife said things about Joseph that were not true.
Isaac married Rebekah. Isaac was Rebekah’s husband. Rebekah was Isaac’s wife.
A miracle is something that shows the power of God. God helps prophets to do miracles.
Moses went up on the mountain.
To obey means to do what we are told to do.
Enoch obeyed God. Enoch did what God told him to do.
Pottage is thick soup. Esau ate the pottage.
God has great power. God can do things people cannot do. God can do everything.
To pray means to talk with God. I pray to God every day.
Hannah prayed to God to give her a son.
The priesthood is the power of God. Samuel had the priesthood. Samuel had the power of God.
Priests have the priesthood. Priests are men who help in the Church. The priests helped in the temple.
A prison is a place where people are put and cannot get out. Joseph was put in prison.
To promise is to say we will do something. We promise to obey God.
God promised to bless Abraham. He gave Abraham the promised land.
God speaks to a prophet. A prophet tells us what God wants us to know. Elijah was a prophet.
We are punished when we do something bad. Sad things happen to us when we are punished.
Quails are birds.
God put a rainbow in the sky.
A ram is a sheep. Abraham saw a a ram.
If we do something bad, we should repent. If we do something bad, we should feel sorry and not do it again.
The people of Nineveh repented.
Jesus Christ was resurrected. His spirit came back to his body. He is alive. He will never die again.
To be righteous means to do what is right. Righteous people obey God’s commandments.
A rod is a stick.
The sabbath is the day we go to church. We should not work on the sabbath.
God told men to sacrifice animals.
Abraham sacrificed an animal. Abraham killed an animal. He burned it on an altar. Jesus sacrificed his life for us. He died on the cross. Jesus gave his life for us.
Jesus died to save us. Jesus died so we could live with Heavenly Father again.
A servant works for someone else.
Potiphar had many servants. Potiphar had many people who worked for him.
A shepherd takes care of sheep. David was a shepherd when he was a boy. David took care of sheep when he was a boy.
Slaves are people who are made to work for other people. The king made his slaves work hard.
A sling is used to throw stones. David used a sling to throw a stone at Goliath.
Soldiers fight in an army.
Joshua sent spies into the promised land. Joshua sent men into the promised land to see what it was like.
- spirit bodies
Spirit bodies look like flesh-and-blood bodies.
We were spirits when we lived in heaven with God. We did not have flesh-and-blood bodies then.
To store something means to keep it until it is needed.
The Egyptians stored food.
We swallow food. It goes down our throats.
A big fish swallowed Jonah.
David killed Goliath with a sword.
We suffer when our bodies hurt. We suffer when we feel very sad.
Jesus suffered for us.
A tabernacle is a place to pray to God. God told Moses to build a tabernacle. The Israelites had a tabernacle. It was like a tent.
To teach means to help someone learn. Enoch wanted to teach the people.
Enoch taught the people God’s commandments.
A temple is God’s house. We do God’s work in a temple. Solomon’s temple had stone walls.
To be tested is to show if we will do what is right. God put us on earth to be tested.
To be thirsty is to want a drink of water. The Israelites had no water. They were thirsty.
God gave us everything we have. Tithing is what we give back to him. Abraham paid tithing.
To travel means to go from one place to another.
The Israelites traveled from Egypt to the promised land.
A tribe is many people.
The families of Jacob’s twelve sons were called tribes.
Trouble is something bad that happens to us.
Job had many troubles.
Potiphar trusted Joseph. Potiphar knew that Joseph would do what he should do.
A vision is a dream from God. Enoch saw Jesus Christ in a vision.
A well is a deep hole with water in it. Rachel came to the well to get water.
Wheat is a plant with small seeds. We use wheat seeds to make bread.
Wicked means very bad. Wicked people do bad things. They do not obey God.
A wilderness is a place where there are no cities or people. Moses and the Israelites lived in the wilderness for forty years.
God made Solomon wise. God helped him know what was true. Solomon knew how to help people.
Solomon was the wisest man on earth.
To worship means to show God we love him. We worship God by obeying his commandments. We worship God by praying to him.
A yard is the land around a building. There was a yard around the tabernacle.
A child is young. My grandmother is old. David was young when he killed Goliath.
David had older brothers. David was the youngest son of Jesse.