"For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
(Romans 4:3 KJV)
When we talk about the Old Testament, we refer to the 39 canonical books of the Hebrew Scriptures written before Jesus Christ was born. (Some theologians like to divide the Bible into the Old and the New Covenants). In this time period, we find many writers of these books and after the last book (Malachi) there were about 400 years of Biblical silence with no inspired prophet or Israelite Leader.
We can divide the Old Testament into 1) Pentateuch, 2) History books, 3) Poetic books and 4) the Prophets. This arrangement puts the Wisdom books with the Poetic books. This is not a chronological order but the order in which they are found in the Holy Bible, King James Version. They are easier to remember this way, as is the type of information they give.
Let's look at what are the general subjects and which Books are in which category. The Pentateuch was written by Moses after the Exodus and it tells how Our Awesome God chose who would be His chosen people. Its revelation of God by means of the history and regulations of early Israel forms a foundation for the rest of the Bible. They are Genesis - Exodus - Leviticus - Numbers - Deuteronomy.
The History books tell the history of the Israelites from their conquest of Canaan to their defeat and exile in Babylon. They chronicle the goodness and long-suffering of Our Awesome God to Israel amidst Israel's repeated and worsening disobedience. They are Joshua - Judges - Ruth - 1 Samuel - 2 Samuel - 1 Kings - 2 Kings - 1 Chronicles - 2 Chronicles - Ezra - Nehemiah - Esther.
The Poetic books describe wisdom and worship of Our Awesome God in the days of Israel. The books of Poetry are either composed entirely of poetry or contain immense sections of poetry. Although other books include some poetry written in their original language, these are the poetry books: Job - Psalms - Proverbs - Ecclesiastes - Song of Solomon.
The Books of the Prophets applied the Pentateuch to the daily lives of the people, in particular revealing how blessing or destruction would come to God's people resulting from their respective obedience or disobedience. They are: Isaiah - Jeremiah - Lamentations – Ezekiel - Daniel - Hosea - Joel - Amos - Obadiah - Jonah - Micah - Nahum - Habakkuk - Zephaniah - Haggai - Zechariah - Malachi.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service is at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs.
Flo & Bill