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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Outline of Isaiah

Perhaps most Christians are thinking, or asking the question, why should I read the book of Isaiah? This book is just a prophecy about Israel and judgement for their disobedience, so it has nothing to do with me as a Christian. Dear reader, if you treat this book as part of the divine word of God, you can see the Lord Jesus Christ in the wonderful book of Isaiah. There are several prophecies about Him in the book that was written about 700 years before Christ became Man here on the earth.

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Outline of the Song of Solomon

This amazing and interesting book states at the very beginning that it is the ‘song of songs, which is Solomon’s’. This is one of the most difficult books in the Bible, and there are no quotations directly from this book in the New Testament. The book is written in Hebrew poetry and is known as a love poem or story between a bridegroom and his bride. It also shows us the restoration of a believer and his or her communion with Christ after repentance. The book of Ecclesiastes was also written by Solomon in a language of repentance after drifting away from God.

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Outline of Ecclesiastes

The book of Ecclesiastes is a very interesting and unique book in the Bible found in the poetical books section, so it is written in Hebrew poetry. If you are reading this book for the first time, you might ask several questions, for instance, why is this even in the Bible? What do we get out of it, and for what purpose was it written? This short outline will attempt to answer some of the several questions that Christians have when reading the book of Ecclesiastes.

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Taking things out of Context

Many readers of the Word of God stumble across passages and parts of the Bible that seem to speak about strange things, like a believer can lose his/her salvation, or that Jesus was a created being and not God Himself, or that believers will go through the great tribulation, or that the Lord Jesus went to hades/hell when He was buried to preach to the spirits in prison, just to name a few common examples of how things can be taken out of the context of passages and be applied in the wrong way.

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