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Download Hastings, James - Children's Great Texts of the Bible (6 vols)

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Childrens Ministries Devotional
Hastings, James

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9.x - 10.x

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Hastings Children

This material seems appropriate for children ages 8-12. Like the Great Texts for adults, this 6 volume set examines the Great Texts of the Bible, but from a child's perspective. (I found the text fascinating from an adult's perspective as well in what practical lessons Hastings decided to draw from the text).

Each section begins with a scripture, and Hastings uses illustrations to relate the meaning of the passage for a child's life. Hastings focuses on practical lessons and the moral of the story that children might apply to their lives.

Unlike most of the other modules on this website, this is not intended to be an exact reproduction of Hastings material. I did make a number of changes to the theology, wording, illustrations, and meaning of some passages. This was necessary to make the material understandable and appropriate for a modern child.

Because Hastings studied the classics as an undergraduate, many sections include classic poems and classic literature quotes.

e-Sword Edition
The 6 volumes translates into about 4 megabytes of text. The download page shows a self installing version (exe file) and a manual install version (zip file).

Each download file includes two e-Sword versions: 1) Commentary and 2) Reference Library. The content is identical. The only difference is the presentation (one is a commentary and the other is a Reference Library module).

In my view, this work is a great commentary module. The drawback is e-Sword lacks the ability to easily or quickly see all comments in a commentary. Thus, you can click the Book View of the commentary version to see an index of all comments for that Book of the Bible.

The Reference Library version is organized by Bible book and indented for easy reference.

In The Beginning (Genesis 1:1)
The Perfect Pattern (Genesis 1:27)
Mist (Genesis 2:6)
Four Gardens (Genesis 2:8)
The Garden Of The Soul (Genesis 2:8)
The Onyx Stone (Genesis 2:12)
How We Hide (Genesis 3:8)
My Brother’s Keeper (Genesis 4:9)
The Man Who Walked With God (Genesis 5:24)
Little Comforts (Genesis 5:29)
One Of Our Best Friends (Genesis 7:12)
The Hand (Genesis 9:5)
The Rainbow (Genesis 9:16)
Making A Name (Genesis 11:4)
The Voice Of God (Genesis 12:1)
Lot’s Choice (Gen 13:12)
An Ancient Battle (Gen 14:14)
The Trial Of Abraham (Genesis 22:2)
Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:2)
Digging Wells (Genesis 26:19)
A Study In Meekness (Genesis 26:22)
Camouflage (Genesis 27:16)
A Shining Staircase (Genesis 28:12-13)
Mizpah (Genesis 31:48-49)
The Making Of A Great Man (Gen 37:24)
A Man Who Forgot (Genesis 40:23)
What A Ring May Mean (Genesis 41:42)
The Climbers (Genesis 41:51)
A Storehouse Of Pictures (Genesis 42:9)
Heather Honey (Genesis 43:11)
A Father’s Heart (Genesis 44:30)
Getting The Perspective (Genesis 45:6-7)
Your Occupation (Genesis 47:3)
Second Fiddle (Genesis 48:19)
Stability (Genesis 49:4)

A Story Of God’s Care (Exo 2:4)
A Knight Of Old (Exodus 2:17)
A Famous Training Ground (Exodus 3:1)
A Man Who Was Afraid (Exodus 3:11)
Locusts (Exodus 10:4)
Children Of The West Wind (Exodus 10:19)
The Beginning Of Months (Exodus 12:2)
Playing The Game (Exodus 14:13-15)
Children Of The East Wind (Exodus 14:21)
A Wonderful Tree (Exodus 15:23-25)
A Royal Banner (Exodus 17:15)
The Children’s “Little Bit” (Exodus 18:22)
A Peculiar Treasure (Exodus 19:5)
Bored Ears (Exodus 21:5)
The Right Kind Of Memory (Exodus 23:9)
A Broidered Goat (Exodus 28:4)
Known By Name (Exodus 33:17)
A Shining Face (Exodus 34:29)
“Good Inside” (Exo 37:1-2)
The Priest’s Crown (Exodus 39:30)

When Silence Is Golden (Lev 19:16)

The Baby’s Anthem (Numbers 6:24-26)
Lend Your Eyes (Numbers 10:31).
How To Be A Hero (Numbers 13:33; 14:9)
Dumb Yet Speaking (Numbers 22:25)
Found Out (Numbers 32:23)
August Holidays (Numbers 33:9)

What’s In A Knot? (Deuteronomy 4:9)
Little By Little (Deuteronomy 7:22)
In The Heart And On The Hand (Deuteronomy 11:18)
Cities Of Refuge (Deuteronomy 19:5)
Bird-Nesting (Deuteronomy 22:6-7)
Battlements (Deuteronomy 22:8)
Just Weights (Deuteronomy 25:13)
The Word In The Heart (Deuteronomy 30:14)

The Happiest Happiness (Joshua 1:14-15)
A Bit Of Red Cord (Joshua 2:21)
The Meaning Of A Monument (Joshua 4:6)
The Legend Of St. Christopher (Joshua 24:15)

God’s Suns (Judges 5:31)
Gideon The Brave (Judges 6:12)
The Fowler’s Snare (Judges 8:27)
A Swarm Of Bees (Judges 14:8)
Samson (Judges 16:28)
Taken By Surprise (Judges 18:7)

Gleaners (Ruth 2:7)
Somebody’s Noticing (Ruth 2:2)

1 Samuel
A Little Coat (1 Samuel 2:19)
The Child-Prophet (1 Samuel 2:26)
The Right Kind Of Ears (1 Samuel 3:10)
Inquire Within (1 Samuel 16:7)
Only A Shepherd Boy (1 Samuel 16:11)
Five Smooth Stones (1 Samuel 17:40)
The Friend Of David (1 Samuel 18:1)
Walls (1 Samuel 25:16)
God’s Jewel-Case (1 Samuel 25:29)
A Fool’s Cap (1 Samuel 26:21; 1 Corinthians 4:10)

2 Samuel
Paying Your Debts (2 Samuel 2:4)
God’s Dwelling-Place (2 Samuel 6:11)
A Promise And How It Was Kept (1 Samuel 20:15; 2 Samuel 9:7)
Playing The Man (2 Samuel 10:12)
Absalom (2 Samuel 14:25)
Acting Ferry-Boat (2 Samuel 19:18)
The Greatness Of Gentleness (2 Samuel 22:36)
Jewels In The Mud (2 Samuel 22:43)
A Morning Without Clouds (2 Samuel 23:4)
A Precious Gift (2 Samuel 23:16)

1 Kings
A Throne For The King’s Mother (1 Kings 2:19)
Day-Dreams (1 Kings 3:15)
The Tree Of The Lord (1 Kings 4:33)
Narrow Lights (1 Kings 6:4)
Rehoboam The Unwise (1 Kings 12:8)
Pretending (1 Kings 14:6)
Trust And Get The Blessing (1 Kings 17:15)
Lame Minds (1 Kings 18:21)
Little Things (1 Kings 18:44)
The Letter “I” (1 Kings 19:10)
Boasting (1 Kings 20:11)
Busyness And Business (1 Kings 20:40)
Cheating God (1 Kings 22:30; 22:34)

2 Kings
The Little Word “But” (2 Kings 5:1)
Some Great Thing (2 Kings 5:13)
Seeing The Unseen (2 Kings 6:17)
The King’s Crown (2 Kings 11:12)
Money-Boxes (2 Kings 12:9)
A “Reliable” Story (2 Kings 12:15)

1 Chronicles
God’s Gifts And Ours (1 Chronicles 29:14)

2 Chronicles
The Man Whom Nobody Missed (2 Chronicles 21:20)
The Secret Of Strength (2 Chronicles 27:6)
O. H. M. S. (2 Chronicles 30:6)
Two Saints Of God (2 Chronicles 34:1, 3)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Ezra 3:4)
Absolutely It (Ezra 7:23)
The Color Of Virtue (Ezra 9:6; Jeremiah 6:15)

How They Built The Walls (Nehemiah 4:9, 17)

A Good Day (Esther 9:19, 22)

A Spider’s Web (Job 8:14)
A Laughing-Stock (Job 12:4)
A Driven Leaf (Job 13:25)
A Prisoner In The Stocks (Job 13:27)
A Moth-Eaten Garment (Job 13:28)
Removing Rocks (Job 18:4)
The Topaz (Job 28:19)
Seals (Job 38:14)
The Treasures Of The Snow (Job 38:22)
Who Sends The Rain? (Job 38:28)
Pointers (Job 38:32)
Seeing The King (Job 13:5)

A Broken Trust (Psalm 8:6)
The Apple Of The Eye (Psalm 17:8)
What Color Is Your Lamp? (Psalm 18:28)
What Is Your Wish? (Psalm 20:4)
The Banner Of Victory (Psalm 20:5)
A Song Of Love And Faith (Psalm 23:1)
The Right Kind Of Hands (Psalm 24:4)
The Right Kind Of Heart (Psalm 24:4)
Mules Or Men? (Psalm 32:9)
The Right Kind Of Tongue (Psalm 34:13)
Ears And No Ears (Psalm 58:4)
An Unbecoming Necklace (Psalm 73:6)
Slippery Places (Psalm 73:18)
Such Is Fame (Psalm 74:5)
What Are They? (Psalm 90:8)
Counting Our Days (Psalm 90:12)
Shadows (Psalm 91:1)
The Palm Tree (Psalm 92:12)
Daisies (Psalm 103:15)
One-Roomed Houses (Psalm 104:17)
The Great, Wide Sea (Psalm 104:25)
Wishes That Sting (Psalm 106:15)
The Way To Run (Psalm 119:32)
Climbing The Hills (Psalm 121:1)
God Everywhere (Psalm 139:7)
Darkness And Light (Psalm 139:12)
Searching The Cellars (Psalm 139:23-24)
The Door Of Our Lips (Psalm 141:3)
Corner Stones (Psalm 144:12)
One Of God’s Workmen (Psalm 147:16)

The Ruby (Proverbs 3:15)
The Guarded Heart (Proverbs 4:23)
Eyes Front (Proverbs 4:25)
The Right Kind Of Feet (Proverbs 6:13; Job 29:15)
An Old-Time Party (Proverbs 13:7)
At The Cross-Roads (Proverbs 14:12)
Pleasant Words (Proverbs 16:24)
Ruling Our Spirits (Proverbs 16:32)
Friendship (Proverbs 17:17)
A Good Medicine (Proverbs 17:22)
The Eyes Of A Fool (Proverbs 17:24)
Don’t Hurry (Proverbs 19:2)
Who Told Tales? (Proverbs 20:11)
Take Care Of Your Name (Proverbs 22:1)
Lazybones (Proverbs 24:30-31)
Nettles (Proverbs 24:31)
Gems Amid Stones (Proverbs 26:8)
Sham Lions And Real Lions (Proverbs 26:13)
Perfume (Proverbs 27:9)

Straightening It Out (Ecclesiastes 1:15; Isaiah 40:4)
The Month Of Color (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Three’s Best (Ecclesiasstes 4:8, 9, 12)
The End That Counts (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
Counting One By Οne (Ecclesiastes 7:27)
Try A Grindstone (Ecclesiastes 10:10)
The Little Bird That Tells (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

Song of Solomon
The Key Of The Summer (Song of Solomon 2:12)
Get Up Early (Song of Solomon 7:12)

A Garden Without Water (Isaiah 1:30)
Paper Boats (Isaiah 18:2)
A Nail In A Sure Place (Isaiah 22:23)
A Short Bed And Narrow Blankets (Isaiah 28:20)
Keeping A Diary (Isaiah 39:8)
A Protected Life (Isaiah 31:5)
Christ Our Hiding-Place (Isaiah 32:2)
The Highway To God (Isaiah 35:8; John 14:6)
How God Hides (Isaiah 45:15)
A Lady For Ever (Isaiah 47:7)
An Iron Neck (Isaiah 48:4)
Polished Arrows (Isaiah 49:2)
The Language Of The Leaves (Isaiah 55:12)
An Everlasting Name (Isaiah 56:5)
Mending The Holes (Isaiah 58:12)

The Speech Of A Child (Jeremiah 1:6)
The Almond Tree (Jeremiah 1:11)
A Pair Of Bellows (Jeremiah 6:29)
Refuse Silver (Jeremiah 6:30)
Why Sit Still? (Jeremiah 8:14)
An Olive Tree (Jeremiah 11:16)
The Diamond (Jeremiah 17:1)
The Marred Vessel (Jeremiah 18:4)
A Magic Hammer (Jeremiah 23:29)
Copybooks (Jeremiah 36:18)
A Bundle Of Rags (Jeremiah 38:11)

A Black Face (Lamentations 4:8)

Children Of The North Wind (Ezekiel 1:4)
The Sapphire (Ezekiel 1:26)
Watchmen (Ezekiel 3:17; Psalm 127:1)
A Flame, A Fox, And An Envious Person (Ezekiel 18:2)
Coral (Ezekiel 27:16)
The Agate (Ezekiel 27:16)
Old Iron (Ezekiel 27:19; Matthew 6:19)
The Emerald (Ezekiel 28:13)

A Story Of Courage (Daniel 3:18)
Wish-Bones Or Back-Bones? (Daniel 6:3)

A Cake Not Turned (Hosea 7:3)
Smoke (Hosea 13:3)

How To Be Sorry (Joel 2:13)

Hold Your Tongue! (Amos 6:10)
A Basket Of Summer Fruit (Amos 8:1)
A Sieve (Amos 9:9)

Who’s To Blame? (Obadiah 1:11)

Paying The Fare (Jonah 1:3)

False Weights (Micah 6:11)
Grow Your Thorns In A Hedge (Micah 7:4)
Even A Worm Will Turn (The Earth) (Micah 7:17)

Happy Feet (Habakkuk 3:19)
The Right Kind Of Bank (Habakkuk 1:6)

Measuring Lines (Zechariah 2:1)
The Small Things That Count (Zechariah 4:10)

The Right Kind Of Nose (Malachi 1:13)

Follow The Gleam (Matthew 2:2)
The First Christmas Gift (Matthew 2:11)
Nazareth (Matthew 2:23)
Fighting The Dragon (Matthew 4:1)
The Merciful (Matthew 5:7)
The Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
A Pinch Of Salt (Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50)
How To Be A Lamp (Matthew 5:15)
The Second Mile (Matthew 5:41)
Heavenly Treasure (Matthew 6:20)
Two Masters (Matthew 6:24)
Our Sisters The Birds (Matthew 6:26)
The Strait Gate (Matthew 7:13)
Let Him Who Loves Me Follow Me (Matthew 9:9)
Matthew The Publican (Matthew 10:3)
Serpents And Doves (Matthew 10:16)
Secrets (Matthew 10:26)
Dearer Than A Sparrow (Matthew 10:31)
An Easy Yoke (Matthew 11:29-30)
Treasure Trove (Matthew 13:44)
The Pearl (Matthew 13:45)
The Heart Of A Child (Matthew 18:2; Mark 9:36)
Guardian Angels (Matthew 18:10)
The Ungrateful Laborers (Matthew 20:11)
The Donkey That Could Not Be Spared (Matthew 21:2)
Our Neighbors (Matthew 22:39)
What Is Your Talent? (Matthew 25:24)
Inasmuch (Matthew 25:40)
Exchanges (Matthew 26:15)
The Language Of The Kingdom (Matthew 26:73)
The Story Of A Roman Lady (Matthew 27:19)
‘‘Let Be.” (Matthew 27:49)

The King’s Highway (Mark 1:3)
Angel Ministers (Mark 1:13)
Straightway (Mark 1:18)
The Little Big Things (Mark 5:43)
No Time To Waste (Mark 6:31)
Washing Dishes (Mark 7:4)
Eyes That See (Mark 8:18)
Quarrels (Mark 9:34)
The King’s Messengers (Mark 12:1)
The Widow’s Mites [Coins] (Mark 12:42)
An Old Valentine (Mark 13:31)
Love’s Gift (Mark 14:8)
Bearing Christ’s Cross (Mark 15:21)

When No One Is Looking (Luke 1:6)
What Will You Be? (Luke 1:66)
Bethlehem (Luke 2:4)
No Room In The Inn (Luke 2:7)
A Great Awakening (Luke 2:49)
Synagogues (Luke 4:15)
The Skillful Angler (Luke 5:10; Jeremiah 5:26)
The Golden Rule (Luke 6:31)
The Right Kind Of Eyes (Luke 6:41)
A Bramble Bush (Luke 6:44)
“Say Grace” (Luke 9:16)
Passing On And Passing It On (Luke 10:31)
A Drop Of Oil (Luke 10:34)
The One Thing Needful (Luke 10:42)
Lilies (Luke 12:27)
“Be Prepared” (Luke 12:40)
Three Great Trees (Luke 13:19)
The Lowest Room (Luke 14:10)
How To Get Up Higher (Luke 14:11)
The Lost Lamb (Luke 15:4)
The Lost Coin (Luke 15:8)
Making A Fresh Start (New Year) (Luke 15:32)
Mammon, The Money-God (Luke 16:13)
The Men Who Forgot To Say “Thank You” (Luke 17:17)
The Man Who Thought Himself Somebody (Luke 18:11)
The Man Who Climbed A Tree (Luke 19:4)
Just A Penny (Luke 20:24)
Master Cold-Rice (Luke 22:26)
The Man Who Lost A Little And Gained Much (Luke 22:51)
How To Follow (Luke 22:54)

The World That Jesus Made (John 1:3)
A True Hero (John 1:6)
The Greatest Discovery (John 1:38)
Two Invitations (John 1:39, 46)
Rock People (John 1:42)
Without Guile (John 1:47)
The Gift Of God (John 4:10)
The Book Of Books (John 5:39)
The Enchantment Of Sin (John 5:40)
Believe The Best (John 7:5)
Look Beneath The Surface (John 7:24)
The Light Of The World (John 8:12)
A Wonderful Door (John 10:7)
The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
How The Children Helped Jesus (John 12:13)
Seeing Jesus (John 12:21)
Magnets (John 12:32)
Our Great Example (John 13:15)
Loving And Giving (John 13:34)
The Secret Of Obedience (John 14:15)
The Man Who Died For Prince Charlie (John 15:13)
The Crown Of Thorns (John 19:2)
Supposing (John 20:15)
His Lambs (John 21:15)
The Beloved Disciple (John 21:20)
Curiosity-Boxes (John 21:21)
The Biggest Biography (John 21:25)

Luke (Acts 1:1)
Trying To See Into Heaven (Acts 1:11)
Better Than Gold (Acts 3:6)
Like To Like (Acts 4:23)
Stubborn Peter (Acts 5:29)
The Angel Face (Acts 6:15)
Straight Street (Acts 9:11)
A Chosen Vessel (Acts 9:15)
Seaside Lodgings (Acts 10:6)
“People, Be Good” (Acts 10:38)
John Mark (Acts 12:25)
Stand On Your Own Feet (Acts 14:10)
Upside Down And Right Side Up (Acts 17:6)
Something New (Acts 17:21)
Bonfires (Acts 19:19)
Sleepy-Head (Acts 20:9)
The Land Of By-And-By (Acts 24:25)
Children Of The South Wind (Acts 27:13)
A Bundle Of Sticks (Acts 28:3)
The Twin Brothers (Acts 28:11)
Chains (Acts 28:20)

A Contradiction (Romans 7:19)
More Than Conquerors (Romans 8:37)
Wise Or Otherwise (Romans 12:16)
What Is The Time? (Romans 13:11)

1 Corinthians
The Victor’s Crown (1 Corinthians 9:25)
The Biggest Lesson (1 Corinthians 13:2)
Taming The Wild Beasts (1 Corinthians 15:32)

2 Corinthians
A False And A True Measure (2 Corinthians 10:12)

Enemy Or Friend? (Galatians 4:16)
Young Farmers (Galatians 6:7)
Robin Redbreast (Galatians 6:17)

Weathervanes (Ephesians 4:14)
The Song Of The Heart (Ephesians 5:19)

Making The Best Of Things (Philippians 2:14)
On The Trail (Philippians 3:12)
The New Leaf (Philippians 3:13)
What Is My Thought Like? (Philippians 4:8)

Where Are Your Affections? (Colossians 3:2)
“Thank You” (Colossians 3:15)

1 Thessalonians
Children Of Light (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

2 Thessalonians
Stand Fast (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

1 Timothy
Disagreeable Busy B’s (1 Timothy 5:13)

2 Timothy
Timothy (2 Timothy 1:2)
Put Your Heart Into It (2 Timothy 2:15)
A Vessel Unto Honor (2 Timothy 2:21)

Left Undone (Titus 1:5)

A Beautiful Letter (Philemon 1:10)

Go On (Hebrews 6:1)

Mirrors (James 1:23)
Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say (James 5:12)

1 Peter
The Hidden Man Of The Heart (1 Peter 3:4)
The Right Kind Of Ornament (1 Peter 3:4)
The Cake Of Courtesy (1 Peter 3:8)
The Right Kind Of Clothes (1 Peter 5:5)

1 John
Lip Love And True Love (1 John 3:18)

2 John
Written In Ink (2 John 1:12)

3 John
The Man Who Liked To Be First (3 John 1:9)

Hidden Rocks (Jude 1:12)
Wandering Stars (Jude 1:13)
The Great Keeper (Jude 1:24)

Walking In White (Revelation 3:4)
An Open Door (Revelation 3:8)
God’s Pillars (Revelation 3:12)
Neither Counted They Their Lives Dear (Revelation 12:11)
No More Sea (Revelation 21:1)
The Jasper (Revelation 21:19)
The Chrysoprase (Revelation 21:20)
The Amethyst (Revelation 21:20)
A May-Day Sermon (Revelation 22:4)
Amen (Revelation 22:21)

I must ask: in what way did you change the theology, as well as what Hastings had said the "meaning" of the passages were? 

I tried to remove anything I wouldn't want my children to read. Examples that I can recall off the top of my head...


I wouldn't want them to read about the gap theory in Genesis and how it took millions and millions of years to produce oil and coal. We now know that both can form much faster than previously thought, especially in conjunction with plate tectonics and the flood. Kids will have plenty of opportunities to hear the millions and billions of years argument with the other theory. And while the gap theory may be a good backup theory, I just don't believe it's true--it seems to be the product of western minds trying to read Hebrew poetry and fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of Hebrew poetry. There were a few other things I nitpicked like that.


I also wouldn't want my kids to read about casual tobacco use. I changed hundreds of different words like n*gger, queeer, ass, tram / tram car, monkey-boy, mite, halfpence, all sorts of British slang, and lots of words which are apparently still words but archaic now.  There was some condescending talk about other races in a playful way and that's gone now.


I found the text interesting. It's amazing how great even the poorest American children have it now, compared to children in England in the early 1900s. 


He spoke of the Great War often (what we refer to as World War I), and little did he know, the carnage in the 1900s had just begun. He had no idea what was coming with World War II and the wars that followed and are even being fought today. That war really bothered Hastings, where as we've become so accustomed to wars today, it's lost its meaning. It's easy to forget that there haven't always been wars and rumors of wars on the massive scale as today. WWI was the first. I enjoyed taking a step back in time and reading how a man of his day viewed the world and its meaning, what his concerns were, etc.

Thanks.  Makes sense to me. 

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