Exodus to Malachi; brief overview

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BOOK CONTENT   AT LEAST READ
  SCRIPTURE SUBJECT
 

THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL

 

Exodus Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

Receiving God’s Laws

The Tabernacle

  3:1-12

7:14-12:33

14:15-28

20:1-17

32:1-35

The Burning Bush

The Ten Plagues

Journey through the Red Sea

The Ten Commandments

The Golden Calf

Leviticus More Laws of God

The Priests

  8

10:1-7

Consecration of the priests

Nadab and Abihu

Numbers Wanderings of Israel

They forfeit the land of Canaan

  14

21:4-8

Israel’s possession of Canaan is postponed by 40 years

The Bronze Snake

Deuteronomy Obedience   6:4-9 Love service to God
Joshua Possession of Canaan   6:1-8-29

10:13

Conquering of Jericho

The sun stands still

Judges Disobedience and deliverance   7:1-7 Gideon and his 300 men
Ruth A young woman’s faith in God   1-4

1:16, 17

Read all four chapters

Ruth’s Faith

1 Samuel The Prophet Samuel

Kings Saul and David

  1-2

15:22

17

28:7-19

Hannah prays and receives a son

Obedience is better than sacrifice

David defeats the giant Goliath

Saul consults a sorceress (witch)

2 Samuel Life and reign of King David   11 David’s sin with Bathsheba
1 Kings King Solomon

The temple

The prophet Elijah

Empire divided: Judah and Israel

  3:16-28

5-8

18

Solomon’s wise court ruling

The temple

Elijah and the Baal Prophets

2 Kings The Two Kingdoms

Both Kingdoms go into exile

  4:1-7

5:1-14

Elisha multiplies the oil

Elisha heals Naaman’s leprosy

1 Chronicles Repetition of Israel’s history      
2 Chronicles Repetition of Israel’s history      
Ezra Return of Israel from exile

Rebuilding the temple

  3:8-13 Initiation of rebuilding of the temple
Nehemiah Rebuilding walls of Jerusalem   2:20

8:11c

We will build and God will give us the victory.

The joy in (of) the Lord

Esther God safeguards Israel in capti-vity   4:13-16 Esther sacrifices/risks her life
 

THE POETIC BOOKS

 

Job Job’s incomprehensible suffer-ing, his grumbling, repentance, and subsequent blessings   1

30:26-31

42

Job trusts in God

He complains

His repentance and God’s blessing

Psalms The believer’s spiritual experien-ces

Majority written by David

  22

23

34

51

73

103

Jesus’ sufferings on the cross

The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord, my protector

David’s Repentance

Asaph’s doubts

Praise the Lord, O my soul

Proverbs Practical wisdom, concise and pithyly rendered   2:6; 18:15

3:5-8;

16:32

5:15-20

22:13; 26:13

16:23,24

17:17; 18:24

3:9; 11:28

30:7

20:15; 22:6

Wisdom

Trust in God

Self-control

Sexual purity

Thrift and laziness

Words

Friends

Money

Food

Child rearing

Ecclesiastes Without God, everything is in vain   12:13 The main thing: fear God
Song of Songs The B/bridegroom and the B/bride   8:6,7 Power of Love
 

THE MAJOR PROPHETS

 

Isaiah Judgment and deliverance of Israel and humanity   7:14

38

43:1,2

50:4-11

53

Jesus’ birth foretold

Hezekiah’s illness and recovery

God is with you

(Jesus) The servant of the Lord

(Jesus) The suffering Savior

Jeremiah Judgment on Israel and other nations and promises of resto-ration   23:5,6

25:11,12

31 (v31)

Coming of the Messiah promised

Exile of 70 yrs., predicted

The New Covenant

Lamentations Lamentation  over Israel’s harde-ning of heart   3:21-23 The Lord’s lovingkindness is new every morning
Ezekiel The Glory of God

In time, his glory will oversha-dow everything

  3:23

11:22-25

33:1-9

36:26,27

37:1-14

Vision of God’s glory

God leaves the temple

The watchman and his message

Promise of a new heart

Dry bones come to life

Daniel The omnipotence of God.

He rules the pagan nations through his just a few of His servants.

He controls the distant future of humanity

  5:21

1

3

5

6

7

9

God rules over all

Young men choose to serve God

In the fiery furnace

The writing on the wall

In the lion’s den

Vision of the four animals

Prophecy about the 70 weeks

 

THE LESSER PROPHETS

 

Hosea Israel’s unfaithfulness compared with God’s faithfulness   2:23 Undeserved grace
Joel The Day of the Lord   2:13 God’s grace for whoever returns to him
Amos Punishment of Israel   3:3

4:12

5:18

Appointment to walk with God

Get ready to meet God

The Day of the Lord

Obadiah Judgment of the Edomites   1:18 As you have done will be done to you.
Jonah Jonah’s Mission to Nineveh and God’s universal grace for all   1-4

4:2

Read the whole book

God is gracious

Micah Judgment on Israel and promises of the Messiah   6:6-8 God expects you to do right; especially in humility and love
Nahum The fall of Nineveh   2:1

2:8

An avenger is the Lord

Nineveh is like a dam suddenly emptying

Habakkuk Trusting in God’s governance of a godless world   2:4

3:17

The righteous will live by faith.

Though my hand be empty, yet will I trust the Lord

Zephaniah The judgment of God on Judah and the nations announced   2:3 Seek the Lord all that are meek
Haggai Call for rebuilding of the temple   1:2-4 You build your houses, but let God’s house lie decayed.
Zechariah God’s deliverance of his people Israel and of mankind in the end-times   2:6

9:9

11:4-13

14:4

Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord

Jesus’ entry on a donkey foretold

Prediction of Jesus’ betrayal for 30 pieces of silver

Prediction of Jesus’ return to the Mount of Olives

Malachi Rebuking of coldhearted service to God   3:10 Give God all that is due to him, then enjoy his full blessing
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