In the Book of Esther we learn how God used a young woman to save her people from destruction. In this way God preserved His people so that they could return to the Promised Land and await the birth of the Savior of the world. This book records how the Feast of Purim, a feast which is still celebrated by Jews today, came to be observed. More importantly for Christians today, it also serves to remind us of the providence of the LORD as He watches over and controls History for the welfare of His people and in the interest of the salvation of souls.
Job was a patient man but his hidden sin was being self-righteous. Jehovah (God) revealing himself to Job and speak and restore him, Job was speechless and there was no argument with God when he came into the presences of God. He repents to God in dust and ashes. God made job understand that, He allows human to suffer in order for them to know themselves. Job then realize that this is the way to learn God‘s lesson by shut the mouth. Job found God in his trouble and Finally Job enjoyed the double portion of prosperity from God.
Psalm is the best – loved book in the Old Testament. It’s the Book of Psalms is the longest book of the Bible as it has the longest chapter (119). Book of psalm contain 150 poems and it is written by multiple authors. They are, David wrote 73, Moses wrote 1, Soloman wrote 2, 51 of the Psalms are anonymous and some are wrote by Asaph, Korah and Jeduthun. served as the hymnbook It is prayer and praise book of the bible. All the psalms are designed to teach us to do one thing that is to worship. Psalms reflecting every human emotion of their life on experience joy, sorrow, victory and failure. It’s a direct expression of the soul’s consciousness of God. The entire psalms are written in the presence of God.
Proverbs is a book from the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is an example of a type of literature known as ‘Wisdom.’ The book of Proverbs is a collection of essays, poems, and sayings expressing the wisdom of ancient Israel.
Book of Ecclesiastes is written by King Solomon based on his life experience. The motto of this book is everything under the sun is vanity apart from God. This book has special relevance today in our materialistic world, for it helps us to see the vanity of many earthly pursuits. It contains lessons for all, but especially for the young people so that they don’t wrong choices early in life. This book clearly proved to us that everything in this world is Vanity accepts God’s love. The word vanity here means “emptiness” We can only live this life successfully and find the greatest happiness when we are able to hold the big picture of what it is all about and where it will end. Like King Solomon says “all is vanity” as he begins to write (Ecclesiastes 1:2) he is simply telling us that to build a life based on the things of this world is a vain thing for a short time and has no lasting value. When we die we lose it all. King Solomon tried in so many ways to find a way for his happiness and satisfaction apart from God but nothing is fulfilling his way. King Solomon tries diligently to find something that is meaningful. According to the scripture we see that he tries the following things to see if he can find true meaning in them: Wisdom, Pleasure, Wine, work, wealth, woman and various Personal Achievements. Even after trying all of the above things, King Solomon says that they all are really meaningless.
Song of Solomon:
Book of Song of Solomon shows us the joys and blessings of love between a husband and wife God uses the love of the husband and wife to illustrate the love that Christ has for His church. Lord inviting the believers into His garden (Songs 2:3). This is because the Lord wants us to feel safe under His power of love.
The Book of Isaiah presents our Savior to us in undeniable detail. He is the only way to heaven, the only means of obtaining the grace of God, the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.
Isaiah was God’s spokesman to Judah and Jerusalem at time when the nation was immersed in sin. He spoke God’s indictment against their sins, urging them to repent. He then foretold destruction upon them if they did not return to God.
The author of this book is Jeremiah, a prophet. The Book of Jeremiah records the final prophecies to Judah, warning of oncoming destruction if the nation does not repent. Jeremiah calls out for the nation to turn back to God. At the same time, Jeremiah recognizes the inevitability of Judah’s destruction due to its unrepentant idolatry and immorality.
This last chapter is crying with prayer, faith and hope. Remember what has happened to us and see our loss. The people begged to God to have compassion on them. The people asked God to restore them as he had in the past, but behind their request appeared a frightening question that had God abandoned them forever?
Ezekiel was living as an exile when God advised him that he would be speaking to the Israelites on behalf of Him. God made Ezekiel “watchman for the house of Israel.” (3:17)Ezekiel warned Israel that they will be held responsible for their sins. His warning included the siege of Jerusalem and destruction of idols and altars. The end of Israel will have come. Ezekiel prophesied God’s judgment on Israel’s leaders and the promise of Israel returning to their land.
God gave Daniel knowledge and understanding so that he could understand all kinds of dreams and visions. After praising God, Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s, king of Judah, dream. This interpretation saves Daniel and his three friends’ lives. The king makes a gold idol to worship. When he heard of three Jews who would not worship the idol, he had them thrown into a hot fire. They were unharmed and King Nebuchadnezzar praised God. While King Belshazzar was having a banquet and praising gods of gold and silver, writing on the wall appeared from fingers of a human hand. Only Daniel was able to read it. Daniel has an apocalyptic dream in which God interprets for him. Daniel prays for all of Israel. Daniel is given a message of the end days.
The story of Hosea and his unworthy wife Gomer has been told and retold. It is one of the most outstanding stories of salvation and abundant love in all of literature. Hosea’s strange love story started this way God’s purpose for Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was to confront Israel with their sin of unfaithfulness. . Through the symbolic presentation of the marriage of Hosea and Gomer, God’s love for the idolatrous nation of Israel is displayed in a rich metaphor in the themes of sin, judgment, and forgiving love. The prophet Hosea was commanded to marry an unfaithful wife, and this set up a model of Israel’s broken relationship with God. Israel had been chosen and loved by God yet had been unfaithful to Him by way of idolatry. Just as Hosea redeemed his alienated wife and sought to continue his relationship with her, God promised to redeem Israel and restore their relationship with Him. The story of Hosea and Gomer is a remarkable picture of God’s strong, endless love for His promise people.
Joel was a prophet and he is author of this book .Joel gives warning of an invasion of locusts. The warning includes a cry to repent before the mighty army comes. God warns about returning back to Him. If the people of Judah return to God, He will bless them by sending “grain, new wine and oil.”(2:19) the day will come when the Lord will pass His judgment. He will restore Judah and Jerusalem and prepare them for war.
Amos was a shepherd from Tekoa. God passes judgment on the nations surrounding Israel. God then judges and punishes Israel for its sins. The day of the Lord is regarding God’s judgment. Self-satisfaction is not an excuse and will not be tolerated by God. God declares that He loathes the pride of Israel. Amos is showed by God judgments against Jacob. Amos pleaded for Him to forgive and stop. God stopped the first two judgments. Israel is to be destroyed because of their sin. The book ends with a declaration of restoration for Israel.
The shortest book of the Old Testament is that of Obadiah, as it has only 21 verses. Obadiah gives us the classic prophetic vision of judgment and hope. Obadiah’s vision is of Edom. God tells Obadiah that the nation of Edom will be despised. Friends of Edom will deceive and overpower them. God declares that all will be slaughtered. God declares that the people of Edom will have their deeds repaid to them. There will be no survivors. The people of Mount Zion and Israel will take over and it will be God’s kingdom again.
The book of Jonah tells about how the prophet Jonah refused to follow the Lord. Jonah’s fear and pride cause him to run from God. He does not wish to go to Nineveh to preach repentance to the people, as God has commanded, because he feels they are his enemies, and he is convinced that God will not carry out his threat to destroy the city. Instead he boards a ship for Tarshish, which is in the opposite direction. Soon a raging storm causes the crew to cast lots and determine that Jonah is the problem. They throw him overboard, and he is swallowed by a great fish. In its belly for 3 days and 3 nights, Jonah repents of his sin to God, and the fish vomits him up on dry land Jonah then makes the 500-mile trip to Nineveh and leads the city in a great revival. But the prophet is displeased (actually pouts) instead of being thankful when Nineveh repents. Jonah learns his lesson, however, when God uses a wind, a gourd and a worm to teach him that He is merciful.
The Book of Micah is a prophecy genre. Micah’s vision concerns Samaria and Jerusalem. The book alternates between judgment and deliverance. Samaria and Jerusalem will be destroyed. A lament is given about the weeping and mourning. God’s plan of disaster includes a promise of deliverance. God reprimands leaders and prophets. In the last days, God will judge the people. God has a plan to redeem the people. A prophecy is given for a ruler of Israel to come from Bethlehem. This ruler will be Israel’s peace. Micah tells the people God’s accusations against them. God will destroy Israel as punishment for their sins. Israel then prays and praises God.
Nahum’s name means “consolation.” His name has significance because the consolation of Nahum is one which will be shared by all Israelites once Nineveh (the capital city of the ancient Gentile nation of Assyria) is conquered. Nahum’s vision concerns Nineveh. God is angry and will take vengeance against His enemies. God is good and will take care of those who trust in Him. God will destroy Nineveh. The book ends with a lament of the destruction.
Habakkuk complains to God about injustice, destruction and violence. God replies that the Babylonians will rise up and exterminate the injustice. Habakkuk complains again. His second complaint is how God can allow the Babylonians to be the ones to pass judgment. God replies that the Babylonians will be judged for their actions. Habakkuk prays. In this prayer, Habakkuk expresses that he may not understand why God does what He does, but he rejoices in God as his savior.
God gives Zephaniah a warning of destruction that is to come. The coming day of the Lord will bring judgment on the wicked, both Jews and gentiles, and restoration for a righteous remnant which will include both Jews and Gentiles.
The book of Haggai is only two chapters long but it gives depth and insight into the temple of God and his plans for all nations. The overall message of the book of Haggai is that God’s dwelling place needs to be our highest priority and that through Zerubbabel God will bless Israel and all nations.
Zechariah opens his book with an exhortation for Israel to repent quickly so that they could be in the position to receive God’s blessing. God confirmed that He was very angry with the forefathers of Israel who did not hearken to the words of the prophets, who were sent to call them to repentance. However, even though God used Gentile nations to come up against Israel in judgment, He was even angrier with them because they went too far. At this point, Zechariah received eight prophetic visions for Israel.
Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. The purpose of this book is that Malachi wrote to ensure that the hearts of the Jews was right and that they were keeping God first in their lives. The prophet Malachi was the last of his kind. While he spoke the message of the Lord to the nation of Israel as a whole, there was no prophetic voice after him for nearly 400 years, until the arrival of John the Baptist. During Malachi’s brief ministry, he clearly stated the sins of the people, and warned them that judgment was certain if they did not change.