Outline of 1 and 2 Kings

The books of Kings present to us the dark days of Israel as a kingdom. The books of Kings originally formed one book only in the Hebrew Bible. The author’s name is not mentioned, but according to Jewish tradition in the Talmud, the author is Jeremiah. However, it is interesting that his name is not mentioned in the descriptions of the lives of the last kings to reign in Judah.

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Outline of 1 and 2 Samuel

The books of Samuel are quite interesting and provide insights in relation to the people of Israel settling into the land of Canaan. This was after the incidents in the book of Judges and the end of Judges portraying the moral decline of the nation of Israel. The books of Samuel present more moral decline, and can be likened to the beginning of the dark days of the nation of Israel. 1 Samuel 3:1-3 can signify that the word of God was rare and the light had not yet completely gone out. There was a great plan for Samuel, who was the last judge of Israel.

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Outline of the book of Ruth

Two books in the Bible bear the names of women. The first is the book of Ruth, and the second is the book of Esther. Ruth was a Moabitess, a gentile woman who had no place with the people of God. In fact, Moab was the enemy of God’s people Israel. Esther, on the other hand, was a Jew who grew up in Babylon after the captivity period of the tribe of Judah, and she hid her identity as a Jew because she was the Queen, the wife of a gentile king, Ahasuerus. These two women are completely different in their nationality, religion, knowledge of God, and so on, but God in His grace and mercy worked deliverance and blessing for the two women and those around them.

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Outline of Ezra

The book of Ezra is known as a post-captivity book in the Historical Books section of the Bible. After the events in the books of Samuel, Kings and the records of the Chronicles, God decided to send judgement to the people of Israel for continuing to disobey Him and His Word. The nation was at the lowest point, even rejecting and attempting to kill the prophets that God sent to the nation.

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Outline of Judges

This is an attempt to provide a summary of the book of Judges. This book is about Israel reaching the land and resting from their enemies, so it picks up from the book of Joshua. However, this book describes Israel’s failures, the judges that God sends, and the restoration of the nation when they repent.

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Outline of Joshua

The book of Joshua is the first book in the Historical Books section of the Bible. After Deuteronomy, the children of Israel were prepared to cross over the other side of the river Jordan and enter into the promised land. Joshua himself is a type of the risen Christ leading the people to victory after battling in warfare.

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Precious Stones

There are a few references in the Bible that mention precious stones. This short article will look at the references, the differences and the context in which these precious stones are mentioned. It is interesting that in each of these references the stones are mentioned by name. Two references mention twelve stones, and one mentions ten stones. Perhaps these may represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

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In the Beginning

The very first verse in the Word of God commences with the words, “in the beginning”. What happened? God (Elohim, because there was God the Father and God the Son) created the heavens and the earth, the world in which we live. There are about four beginnings in the Bible that I would like to make brief notes of, in time sequence.

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The Rich Young Ruler

The story of the rich young ruler is a well-known story in the Bible, and no wonder, it is found in the gospels of Matthew (chapter 19), Mark (chapter 10) and Luke (chapter 18). Each of the gospels tell this scene with a small difference, but we see a complete picture of the discourse between this young man and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Preaching to the spirits in prison

Many Christians get confused with the verse in 1 Peter 3:19, which at first glance suggests that the Lord Jesus Christ went to hades to preach to those there. In fact, this has become some kind of doctrine among many, that when the Lord died and was buried, He went to preach to the people who were already in hades. This is one example of taking a verse completely out of context and interpreting by our own minds, which is not a good thing to do with the Word of God.

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