Posts with the category “books-of-the-bible”
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
August 17th, 2022
Jonah may be the best known of the minor prophets. His four chapters are presented as a short story and easily read that way—a leading character, plot, twist, turn and resolution. His story...
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
August 16th, 2022
Obadiah is probably not a place in the Bible where you have routinely, or even recently, read and studied. It is only one chapter or twenty-one verses long. We know virtually nothing abo...
Monday, August 15, 2022
August 15th, 2022
Amos was another minor prophet in the Old Testament. His name means “burden” or “burden-bearer.” Perhaps you have felt like that was your name too. Some people bear the burden of long-ter...
Thursday, August 11, 2022
August 11th, 2022
Joel was a minor prophet who delivered a message from God to the southern kingdom also known as Judah. His message was one of great earnestness—judgment was imminent upon the nation becau...
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
August 10th, 2022
Hosea was an Old Testament prophet who preached and prophesied about the same time as two other biblical prophets—Isaiah and Micah. He spoke primarily to the northern kingdom also known as...
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
August 9th, 2022
Daniel is the fourth and final major prophet of the Old Testament. He prophesied as a captive in Babylon during the Babylonian Exile suffered and endured by Judah. Some of his prophecy is...
Monday, August 8, 2022
August 8th, 2022
Ezekiel is the third major prophet found in the Old Testament. His name means “God strengthens” which is a good name for a prophet to have. One of this prophet’s key phrases is “I am the...
Thursday, August 4, 2022
August 4th, 2022
In addition to his prophecy, Jeremiah is also credited with writing Lamentations. One reason he is often called “the weeping prophet” is his writing of Lamentations. As the name would s...
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
August 3rd, 2022
Jeremiah was the second of the major prophets in the Old Testament. He was called the “weeping prophet.” He spoke God’s Word during some dark days in Judah—the final days of Judah’s exis...
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
August 2nd, 2022
Isaiah is the first of the Bible’s major prophets. It is a long book that spans sixty-six chapters. He was generally regarded as the greatest among the Old Testament prophets. He gave a ...
Monday, August 1, 2022
August 1st, 2022
The Song of Solomon is often called The Song of Songs as well. Both names work for the same book. It is part of the literature section of the Old Testament (along with Psalms, Proverbs a...
Thursday, July 28, 2022
July 28th, 2022
Ecclesiastes is often attributed to Solomon. The opening verse simply says that what follows are “the words of the Teacher, son of David, king Jerusalem.” While Solomon is not specifical...
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
July 27th, 2022
Proverbs is known as a book of wisdom. It was written by Solomon—a man blessed by God with wisdom and understanding. And, incidentally, Solomon gained his wisdom simply by asking God for...
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
July 26th, 2022
Psalms is the longest book in the Bible as it spans one hundred fifty chapters. In these chapters, you find a host of themes, emotions, reactions, convictions and worship. Some of the mor...
Monday, July 25, 2022
July 25th, 2022
Job is a fascinating book to read. It tells the story of a man who had almost anything, lost practically everything and then regained even more after his time of testing came to an end. A...
Thursday, July 21, 2022
July 21st, 2022
Esther has a rather surprising claim to fame as a book of the Bible. It never mentions the name of God. Not even once. It is the only book in the Bible that contains no mention or refer...
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
July 20th, 2022
Nehemiah was a builder—or more properly, a rebuilder. He was commissioned by God to rebuild the tattered and broken walls of Jerusalem. He gave up a position of prestige and comfort in t...
Thursday, July 14, 2022
July 14th, 2022
Ezra offered leadership to Judah near the end of the Babylonian exile and in the days that followed. The book that carries his name is ten chapters long and details the rebuilding of the ...
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
July 13th, 2022
II Chronicles is a continuation of Old Testament history. Most of Judah’s kings were idolatrous and wicked and led the nation on a course of spiritual ruin and depravity. One exception ...
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
July 12th, 2022
I Chronicles is another history book in the Old Testament. It is considered by many to be a historical supplement to I and II Samuel and I and II Kings. I and II Chronicles tend to focus...
Monday, July 11, 2022
July 11th, 2022
II Kings continues with the history of ancient Israel and Judah. It continues to record the events of the various kings all the way up to Judah’s exile in Babylon. In II Kings 5, we fin...
Thursday, July 7, 2022
July 7th, 2022
I Kings is a book of history in the Old Testament. At the beginning, David is nearing his death and preparing to hand off the throne to Solomon. One of Solomon’s crowning achievements (a...
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
July 6th, 2022
II Samuel is a continuation of the early years of Israel’s monarchy. We learn of Saul’s death and David’s ascent to the throne as Saul’s successor—chosen and anointed by God to assume thi...
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
July 5th, 2022
Samuel is an interesting and large figure in the life of Israel. He was sort of a transitional figure away from the judges to the monarchy where Saul and later David assumed the throne ove...
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
June 29th, 2022
Judges is a fascinating book to read. We come across a variety of interesting people that God chooses or anoints to provide help and deliverance when Israel is in trouble. As we read Jud...
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
June 28th, 2022
Joshua succeeded Moses as Israel’s leader. After Moses died, God chose Joshua to lead the people in their conquest of Canaan. In some Bibles, the heading for Joshua 1 is “The LORD comman...
Monday, June 27, 2022
June 27th, 2022
Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible and the last of the five books that are traditionally ascribed to the collection called “the books of Moses.” The name Deuteronomy means “secon...
Thursday, June 23, 2022
June 23rd, 2022
Numbers is the fourth book of the Old Testament. In Hebrew, the name for Numbers means “in the wilderness” or “in the desert.” This book is the fulfillment of the story of Israel's exo...
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
June 22nd, 2022
In Leviticus 16, we read God’s instructions to Moses concerning atonement for the sins of the people of Israel. In these instructions, we find reference to “the scapegoat.” This express...
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
June 21st, 2022
The second book of the Bible is Exodus. And part of this book chronicles the deliverance of Israel from captivity and slavery in Egypt. We learn how God moved in a mighty way to set His pe...
Monday, June 20, 2022
June 20th, 2022
Genesis 12 features the call of Abram to go to a new land. God’s call came this way, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gene...
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