Posted by: StrongStakes | February 17, 2009

39 Books in 15 Hours

We just surveyed 39 books in less than 15 hours!

My hope (and prayer) for this whirlwind tour was to sufficiently whet your appetite for more in-depth study of these Old Testament books.

Six “minor prophets” (in size, not significance) were covered Monday night.  Since most of you could not attend, here are a few notes to aid your study.

Nahum (3 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  Judgment on Nineveh
Key verses:  1:1-3

Habakkuk (3 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  Divine discipline leads to faith
Key verses:  1:1,5-6; 2:4,18-20; 3:16-19
N.T. connections:  Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; 12:4-13; Philippians 4:11-13

Zephaniah (3 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  God is sovereign and judgment is coming
Key verses:  1:1,7,14-18; 3:8-9,17,20

Haggai (2 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  Overcoming the “tyranny of the urgent”
Key verses:  1:1-4,8,14; 2:23.  “Word of the Lord” in 1:1,3; 2:1,10,20
O.T. connections:  Ezra 5:1; 6:14

Zechariah (14 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  Apocalyptic look at the glory of Messiah’s rule
Key verses:  1:1-6; 3:1-7; 4:6; 14:9
O.T. connections:  Ezra 5:1; 6:14
N.T. connections:  Matthew 23:33-36

Malachi (4 chs.)
“Big Idea”:  Challenging messages from God
Key verses:  1:1-3,14; 2:1,2,7,13-16; 3:1,7-11; 4:4-6
N.T. connections:  Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 7:27; John 1:6-7; Romans 9:10-13

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Postscript: Then came 400 years of silence!  No communication from God.

Do you remember how He broke this silence?  What were His first words?

Only one Gospel writer (the only non-eyewitness) tells us.  Check out Luke 1:1-20, especially verse 13, followed by 1:26-38, especially verse 28.

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Helpful follow-up notes on these Old Testament books, written years ago by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, can be downloaded for free from “Thru the Bible Radio.” A link to their website is included at the right, under “Bible Study Tools.”

~ tr


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