The Bible is the Word of God (II Tim 3:16-17)
The Bible has two parts – Old Testament and New Testament
There are 39 books that make up the Old Testament – Genesis through Malachi.
The Old Testament has five divisions (think in terms of the five fingers on your hand).
Thumb – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (these books are called the Law, and were complied by Moses).
Pointer – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, I&II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Actually the Old Testament ends here. That is everything else that follows fits within these twelve books).
Tall Man – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (These books are called poetry books, an are the wisdom collection of the Old Testament. Job deals with suffering, Psalms with worship, Ecclesiastes with man’s ultimate purpose, and Song of Solomon, married love. The Bible is never boring reading – never!).
Ring Finger – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel (Isaiah has been called the Bible in miniature in that it too has 66 chapters. Jeremiah is the weeping prophet, Ezekiel sees the great vision of the household of Israel coming together – the valley of dry bones. Really awesome (check out this video). Daniel is a fast paced read, and man O man is it exciting. These five books are called the Major Prophets, only because of the number of chapters in them. All of their messages are from God).
Pinky – Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Naham, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (These last twelve books are referred to as the Minor Prophets. Minor only in the since that they are shorter than the Major Prophets. These Prophets all spoke to Israel either before, during, or after their captivity. Presently I am preaching through the Minor Prophets. You might want to catch a message or two by subscribing to the Cutting It Straight Podcast through iTunes. See link. When Malachi penned his work it brought the Old Testament to a close. No additional word was heard from God for 400 years. These are called the silent years).
The New Testament has four divisions. Think of the webbing beween your fingers. There are 27 books in the New Testament – a must read for everyone. Are you aware that the Bible is still the best selling bok of all times?
First web between Thumb and Pointer – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (These books are called the Gospels. Gospel means: Good News. After you read these first four books you will have a view of the life of Jesus Christ from four perspectives. Matthew presentes Jesus as King of the Jews. Mark presents Jesus as the servant. Luke presents Jesus in all of His humanity. John presents Jesus as the Son of God. These four Gospels break the silence between the Old and the New Testaments. Here we discover that God sent His Son into the world to save all who will turn from their sin, and turn to Him for salvation. This was why He died on the cross for our sins, mine and yours).
Second web between the Pointer and Tall man – Acts (This is the historical book of the New Testament. It has 28 chapters and is a must read. In this book we read about the promise of the Holy Spirit, the command to evangelize the world (1:8), and about the birth of the CHURCH (That’s us!). See Acts 2 for all that occurred. Peter preached a powerful sermon and some 3,000 people responded and gave their lives to Jesus Christ. God added to the CHURCH daily those that were being saved. The great missions adventures of Paul and his companions are found in chapters 13-28. Again, this is a must read if you want to know how CHURCHES began).
Third web between Tall man and Ring Finger – Romans, I&II Chronicles, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I&II Thessalonians, I&II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I&II Peter, I&II&III John, Jude (These are letters to churches and pastors, to individuals, and to a collective body of called out ones. It is believed that the Apostle Paul wrote 13 of them. James, the half-brother of Jesus wrote one. Peter wrote three that bear his name. John, the disciples whom Jesus loved wrote three of the epistles. These books are usually divided into sections. I like to see them in the following way: The fist half is usually doctrine. The second half is usually practice. How to put the doctrine into practice. It is true that what we believe determines how we live.
The fourth web between Ring finer and Pinky – Revelation (This is the Prophecy book of the New Testament. It has 22 chapters. Chapter 1 is an introduction. It tells us that it is all about UNVEILING the person of Jesus Christ. Make sure that you highlight verses 1,3, and 19. Chapters 2-3 are letter written to seven churches that existed in Asia Minor. I also believe that they represent seven types of churches in existence today. Chapter 4-5 we get a glimpse into the Throne room of Almighty God. God is on the Throne, and Jesus Christ, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world is given the title deed to the world. Chapters 6-19 is about the literal seven-years Tribulation Period that shall come upon the earth. It’s purpose is to turn the heart of the Jewish people to their messiah. In chapter 19, we have the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In Chapter 20, we read about the literal 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ upon the earth. In chapters 21-22, we read about the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. The book ends with the words, “Even so come Lord Jesus”. Amen!
So there we have our first post to this new blog site. My intention is to continue to pass along easy to understand facts and insights about the Word of God. I may even attach full sermons, and other videos, and pictures that will help all of us to gain a better grasp of the precious word of God.