Introducing DVD 4!

The waiting is over!  If you’ve been following the WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE? series, you’ll be thrilled to know that DVD #4, Battle for the Promised Land!, has been released!!

I admit it. I have a pretty cool job!  I got to preview the new DVD this week in order to write about it.  What fun!!  But what started out as me sitting alone at my laptop with my ear buds; turned into the three of us, sitting on my bed, watching the entire episode, and cracking up the whole time– OH, and learning a bunch!!  Take my word for it; it’s good–really good.

When we last left Phil and our lovable Jelly Telly cast of characters, they had taken us on a fun, and factual journey through the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch.

We were taught that man, through his own choice, allowed sin to enter into the world, which brought with it death and a separation between God and his most beloved creation.  But we also learned that God loved man so much that He had a RESCUE PLAN to redeem His people!  This rescue plan began with Abraham, and you will see it continue to unfold throughout the next DVD!

DVD #4 begins our next journey into the next 12 Books of the Bible, also known as the Historical Books.  These books give us an actual historical look at the Nation of Israel, covering almost 1000 years.  This DVD covers Joshua, Judges and Ruth.

We start in the Book of Joshua, where the second part of God’s rescue plan begins to unfold. That is, His promise that His people, the descendants of Abraham, will have a land of their own.  But this doesn’t happen without some “tricky bits” occurring along the way.  Namely, bloodshed and the actual taking of the land, which God promised them, from the people who were already living there!  Tricky, indeed!! To a child, perhaps even unfair.  How can that be?

Have you ever encountered a person who loves to point out that a God of love and forgiveness would never initiate war and ultimately death to numerous people?? I have!  It’s a tough question! Phil and the gang answer it beautifully, and in a way that kids will come away with a better understanding and a new respect of how big our God truly is!

The second half of DVD #4 starts with the Book of Judges. It covers a period of time when Israel seemed to continuously abandon their beliefs in God, as well as His Law.  During this time, God chose several “leaders” (or Judges) who would help Israel through numerous times of tribulation–that is until the people abandoned their faith in God, again– and again– and again.  Kind of a reoccurring theme in this Book!

Here is a glimpse at the section on Judges:

The last section of DVD #4 takes us through the Book of Ruth.  Many of us know this book as a sweet love story; even a story of great loyalty displayed by Ruth towards her mother-in-law Naomi.  But the lesson goes much deeper in explaining WHY the Book of Ruth is important, historically! How it sets the stage for the coming of our own Redeemer, because not only is Ruth a story of personal redemption and hope, it also lays the foundation– quite genetically–about (David) the coming King of Israel’s lineage.  It also just happens to be the same lineage to which the King of Kings can be traced back!  Important stuff!!

The kids will now begin to appreciate that our Bible is more than a book of metaphors, poems and virtues.  It is, in fact, a historical document. One that can be verified and validated against other historical documents!  In it we learn about people who really lived, and who really impacted not just ONE small Nation– but ultimately the entire world!  We continue to learn of God’s great love for man, and His desire to bless their lives even though they continue to fall short of what He desires; to be put FIRST in their lives.  All of this is possible, because through His love, He has that flawless rescue plan!

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Stephanie
Stephanie

IT FINALLY CAME!!! Now I just have to wait for my day job to end (public school teacher so I can't exactly show it in class, *pout*). But it looks like it's movie night at my house tonight!! My kids (who are in my class) are FREAKING OUT!!! My kids would also like to know when the Fabulous Bentley Brothers are going to release their own album or go on tour!

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Hmmmm... I think I need to write more blogs that come with some fun clips! What do you guys think? I'll work on that for next week. Stephanie- when you get it, you'll really love it! My favorite, so far! Anne- Phil's shooting for 13 DVD's. If you look back a few blog posts, he gives us a run down, himself.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Oh my gosh, you people are KILLING ME!! DVD 4 hasn't made it up to Alaska yet and it's driving me crazy!!! Sorry, just had to vent my WITB envy!

anne
anne

any idea how many dvds there will be total when you're done? I want to plan ahead.

Amy
Amy

I'm watching #4 right now and have I got breaking news! Chuck Wagon now appears in the theme song! He has his own spaceship and everything! thought you would like to know. :-)

Ori Pomerantz
Ori Pomerantz

I just watched WitB #4 for the first time. I enjoyed it, especially the balloon singer. Of course, I disagree about the standard's height, but that's to be expected. Y'all do a great job! I look forward to seeing episodes 5-9. One comment, though. Judges 17-21 is indeed pro-monarchy and shows how terrible things can get "when the teacher is out of the class". However, other parts of the Old Testament imply the reverse. In Judges 8:22-23 Gideon opposes having a king, and Judges 9 seems to imply that kings are a bad idea. Samuel was very reluctant to appoint a king, and with good reasons. For every David who knew how to lead the kingdom, there was a Rehoboam who didn't. For every Josiah who followed God, there was a Manasseh who didn't. The Israelites, in general, seemed to have had kings with very limited authority. It's interesting that King Ahab couldn't just take Naboth's vineyard. Apparently, we had a limited government even back then.

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Ori- Thanks for posting the info. You really know your facts! Fascinating stuff! Charlotte- Great idea for you guys over in the UK! The downloaded versions are just as awesome!-- I know, I have them. :)

Cindy Navarro
Cindy Navarro

This looks like so much fun!! The Fabulous Bentley Brothers have been 2 of my favorites for quite a while!! I definitely need to start getting all of these dvds for myself!! :)

Stephanie
Stephanie

Eeeek! I ordered it and can't wait for it to arrive!! I can empathize with the folks in Great Britain, being in Alaska, but for once, I don't have to wait quite so long!! And does that mean the Judges song by the Fabulous Bentley Brothers will be downloadable soon? My kids have been wanting it from JellyTelly for a while now...

Macy
Macy

I have the first three DVDs, and I can't wait to get this one! I am very exited to see it! My siblings and I have learned a lot from this series!

Charlotte Gompertz
Charlotte Gompertz

I'm in the Uk too - I just can't wait until February and get the downloadable version instead!!

Ori Pomerantz
Ori Pomerantz

I ordered it today, and I look forward to seeing it with my kids. May I add a couple of things? The first Biblical character of whom we have independent verification is Omri in the book of Kings. The Assyrians called Israel "the house of Omri", probably because prior to that dynasty they had no contact with Israel. The first Biblical event for which we have independent verification (that cannot be easily interpreted as something else) is the Shishak, in the generation immediately after Solomon. This does not in any way invalidate the earlier books. Until King David's time, Israel wasn't interesting to the major powers in the region. For the next two generations, while it may have been interesting, the news from Israel wasn't anything the rulers had an interest in publishing. BTW, if anybody's interested, I tried to explain Judges to older kids (http://oripomerantz.com/relig_pdf/TheFightingJudges.pdf). Lisa, I hope this bit of self-promotion is OK with you, I apologize if it isn't.

Kara @ Home With Purpose
Kara @ Home With Purpose

Ordered mine...can't wait to get it! We love the first three...I just recently wrote about them on my blog's family discipleship series. I'm a huge believer in teaching kids the big picture of the Bible & not just random, unrelated stories, & I'm super appreciative of any resources that take that approach!

Mandi Grimshaw
Mandi Grimshaw

Being in the U.K. we have to wait even longer!! I've found a site that I can pre order it from but it's not released until FEBRUARY!!! My daughter is disgusted!! We can't wait that long!! We love the first 3 and are learning so much. We got no. 3 last week and have been singing the Pentateuch song ever since!