Outline of Jonah

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the great fish’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt 12:40). There are some remarkable incidents in this wonderful and amazing book. Even though it is part of the prophetical books, Jonah’s prophecy was against Nineveh and consisted of only one sentence – “yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” (Jonah 3:4). It is even more remarkable that the whole city of Nineveh, who were the enemies of Israel, repented at these very simple, yet firm words. What is more interesting, or sad, is that Jonah got angry at God because God did not punish Nineveh. In our day, Christians who are true believers in Christ are joyful that others come to know Him as their Saviour, that is why we share the gospel, the good news of salvation.

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Outline of Obadiah

The prophecy of Obadiah is the shortest of the Old Testament prophets, consisting of only 1 chapter with 21 verses. The interesting fact is that this prophecy is against Edom. In the following section, we will see who Edom is, and why is the prophecy against Edom.

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Outline of Amos

“Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). These words are very serious and is applied today for someone who is not saved and does not know the Lord as Saviour. However, these words were intended for Israel to come back to God and be prepared to meet Him as their gracious God and not as the Judge of the nation. The name Amos means “to burden.”

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Saul and Saul

This is a very interesting title to read about. There are two main people who were called Saul in the Bible. One in the Old Testament who was the first king of Israel, and the other in the New Testament, who perhaps was the last apostle called by the risen Lord.

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The Poetical Books

Having seen the order of the Historical Books, we now come to the poetical books,  forming a third division of the Bible. This consists of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, and these books are written in Hebrew poetry in which God intends to teach some lessons.

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The Historical Books

Having seen the order of the first five books of the Bible, we now begin with the historical books – a second division in the Bible. First, we had a background about the beginning of the earth (Genesis). Then there was the redemption of the children of Israel (Exodus). Then followed God’s holiness and His sanctuary for worship and drawing near to Him (Leviticus). After that, the wilderness journey of the people and their rebellion (Numbers), and finally a review of God’s dealings with Israel and the Law, preparing them to enter into the Promised Land and God giving them responsibilities (Deuteronomy).

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Outline of Joel

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25. This is a verse that we often quote as Christians when we get astray from the Lord and backslide, we do not experience any blessing. In fact, when this happens, trouble comes into our lives, even sometimes when we make wrong vital decisions, this may have a lasting impact, even though God forgives all sins and wrongdoing when we confess, we may still face discipline. This verse is a comfort that the Lord will restore to us all the lost years of backsliding. However, literally this applies to the nation of Israel when the Lord comes to reign in peace and righteousness and will restore to them the things they had lost.

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Outline of Hosea

“Out of Egypt have I called my son” – Matthew 2:15. This amazing well-known verse at the start of the gospels in the New Testament, is in fact, in the book of Hosea (chapter 11:1). Here God is speaking about the nation of Israel as He brought them out of bondage in Egypt and espoused them as an earthly spouse to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ identifies Himself with the people in that He went to Egypt and then was called from Egypt after Herod’s death.

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Outline of Ezekiel

The book of Ezekiel is a very interesting book among the prophetical books section in our Bible. Ezekiel was from a priestly family, so he was, in fact, a priest (chapter 1:3). Both Ezekiel and Jeremiah had similar ministries and both books present some prophetical types and point to Israel’s future restoration.

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Outline of Jeremiah

Having set before us the book of Isaiah as the beginning of the prophetical books, we come to this interesting book. There are different opinions as to the authorship of Jeremiah, some say that it was Jeremiah himself, and others are of the view that Baruch wrote the book of Jeremiah. The book begins with “the words of Jeremiah”. Regardless of who wrote this book, the message is to a people who had openly rejected God and refused to have anything to do with Him. Jeremiah faced total hatred and rejection, and was even imprisoned.

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