Thursday, January 8, 2009

Old Testament

Our congregation is working on reading the Old Testament this year. I love learning from the Old Testament, because I usually teach my 4 year olds from the Old Testament in Bible Class. Our memory verse for January - March is Romans 15:4: "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." On Sunday Daniel preached a lesson called "Introducing the Old Testament." I enjoyed it very much, because it outlined the major topics covered in the OT in a way I had not heard before:
Genesis - Beginnings
Exodus - Deliverance
Leviticus - Holiness
Numbers - Disobedience
Deuteronomy - Covenant
Joshua - Victory
Judges - Cycles
Ruth - Faithfulness
1 Samuel - Change
2 Samuel - Consequences (Psalms)
1 Kings - Division (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon)
2 Kings - Destruction (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbukek, Zephaniah)
1 Chronicles - Heritage (summarizes 1-2 Samuel)
2 Chronicles - Temple (summarizes 1-2 Kings) Ezekiel, Daniel
Ezra - Restoration (Haggai, Zechariah)
Nehemiah - Rebuilding
Esther - Providence
Malachi - Apathy (prepare for the Messiah)

Law: Genesis - Deuteronomy
History: Joshua - Esther
Poetry: Job - Song of Solomon
Major Prophets: Isaiah - Daniel
Minor Prophets: Hosea - Malachi

I've been able to keep up with the assigned reading so far this first week. Hopefully, I can continue to read the Old Testament and learn more about these important stories which were written for our learning and so we can understand the New Testament better.

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