3 Ezra Theme: God used pagan kings and godly leaders to restore His people by reinstituting temple worship and reviving the law of Moses. Scope: Ezra contains a history of approximately 75 years. To Whom Written: to the returning remnant as a record of their identity.
4 Ezra Key Chapter: 6. Dedication of the Temple. Key Verse: 1:5 Key Word: Build. Key Phrase: The Word of the Lord: 1:1. Key Thought: Return from captivity and rebuild the Temple. Spiritual Thought: Repair God’s house.
5 Nehemiah The Book Of Consolidation And Conclusion
6 Nehemiah Nehemiah = “comforted of God.” Theme: God encircled His people with protection by the walls Nehemiah rebuilt and by the law Ezra reestablished. Scope: Nehemiah contains a history of from 12 – 15 years. When and Where Written: About 435 B.C., in Jerusalem.
7 Nehemiah Key Chapter: 1. Nehemiah’s prayer concerning Israel. Key Verses: 1:8, 9 Key Words: Prayer: 1:4 and Work: 6:3. Key Phrase: Arise and build: 2:20. Key Thought: Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
8 Nehemiah: Spiritual Thoughts 1.Rebuild God’s city. 2.The people had a mind to work: 4:6.
10 Esther “Esther” is probably derived from the Persian word stara, meaning star. Theme: God worked behind the scenes to save the Jews from destruction by exalting Esther as queen of Persia and turning the tables on their enemies (4:14; 9:1). Scope: A history of approximately 12 years. When and Where Written: About 450 B.C. in Susa (Shushan), Persia.
11 Esther Key Chapter: 6. Mordecai exalted. Key Verse: 4:14 Key Word: Deliverance. Key Phrase: “For such a time as this” 4:14.
15 Psalms The Hebrew word for Psalms means “praise” or “hymns.” It has been called the “heart of the Bible.” Luther called it “The Little Bible.” Jerome called it “The Bible within the Bible.” Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 117 is the shortest, and the middle chapter in the Bible. Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse in the Bible “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” The word “Selah” occurs 71 times in the Psalms.
16 Psalms Key Chapter: 119. The Word of God. Key Verses: 29:2; 95:1. Key Phrase: Praise the Lord: 7:17 Key Thought: The life of God. Spiritual Thought: The saint on his knees: 34:6. The phrase “I cried” is found 18 times in the Psalms. In Job man is taught to know himself; in Psalms he is taught to know the Lord.
17 Psalms – Looking Unto God 5:3 a.If you want to be distressed, Look Within b.If you want to be defeated, Look Back c.If you want to be distracted, Look Around d.If you want to be dismayed, Look Ahead e.If you want to be disappointed, Look To Man f.If you want to be delivered, Look To Christ g.If you want to be delighted, Look Up
19 Proverbs The word “proverb” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to rule or to govern.” May be called “Heaven’s rules for men on earth.” Key Chapter: 8. Value of wisdom. Key Verses: 4:23; 8:13a; 9:10a.
20 Proverbs Key Word: Wisdom, mentioned 104 times. See 1 Corinthians 2:13. Key Phrase: The fear of the Lord: 9:10. Key Thought: The School of God. Spiritual Thought: The saint on his feet.
22 Ecclesiastes Key Chapter: 12. A call to remember God. Key Verses: 1:2,3 Key Word: Vanity, found 37 times. Key Thought: The vanity of earthly life: 1 John 2:15-17. Spiritual Thought: Happiness and hopefulness are impossible apart from God.
31 Isaiah Isaiah means “the salvation of Jehovah”. Key Chapter: 53. The suffering Savior. Key Verse: 53:5 Key Word: Salvation, found 28 times. Key Phrase: The Holy One of Israel: 1:4. Key Thought: Consolation and salvation. Spiritual Thought: He (Messiah) is coming.
33 Jeremiah Key Chapter: 2. Plea for Israel to return to God. Key Verse: 2:19 Key Words: 1. Backsliding, found 13 times. 2. Return, found 47 times. Key Phrase: Go and cry: 2:2 Key Thought: Denunciation and wickedness.
35 Lamentations Purpose: To teach us how to have fellowship with Him in His sufferings. Key Chapter: 3, Jeremiah sharing Israel’s affliction. Key Verse: 1:1 Key Word: Tears. Key Phrase: Mourning and lamentations: 2:5. Key Thought: Affliction, found 9 times.
37 Ezekiel Key Chapter: 37, The “Dry Bone” chapter. Key Verse: 1:1 Key Word: Vision. Key Thought: The glory of the Lord Spiritual Thought: I will restore the sanctuary. Names and Titles of God: Jehovah- shammah – Jehovah is there, ever present.
39 Daniel Daniel means “God is my judge.” He is the prophet of the “time of the Gentiles.” Daniel has been called the prophet of dreams. Key Chapter: 2, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation.
40 Daniel Key Verse: 2:44; 7:14 Key Word: Kingdom, found 57 times. Key Phrase: In the latter days: 2:28. Spiritual Thought: He will bring in the kingdom.
45 Joel The Book Of God’s Severity And Goodness
46 Joel Subject: Judgment of the day of the Lord with blessings that follow. Purpose: To teach us that judgment always precedes blessing. Key Chapter: 2 – The day of the Lord. Key Verses: 2:12-14, 32.
47 Joel Key Word: Repent. Key Phrase: The day of the Lord. Key Thought: Turn to Me: 2:12. Spiritual Thought: Sound the alarm.
49 Amos Amos = “Burdened”. He was known as the “farmer prophet”. Purpose: To teach us that the sins that separate us from God must be judged before fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:9). Key Chapter: 9, Israel’s dispersion and restoration. Key Verse: 7:8
50 Amos Key Word: Plumb line: 7:7, which is a symbol of judgment according to righteousness, to test the uprightness of God’s people. Key Phrases: 1.Can two walk together except they be agreed? 3:3. 2.For three transgressions…and for four: 1:3, 6, 9, 11, etc. This expression was used to show that their cup of iniquity was full and running over.
51 Amos Key Thought: Prepare to meet your God: 4:12 Spiritual Thought: Drop (use) the plumb line.
53 Obadiah Obadiah = “a servant”. Subject: God’s special care over the Jews, and the certainty of punishment of those who persecute them. Purpose: To assure us of final victory over our enemies in the heavenlies, and the eternal possession of our blessings in Christ.
54 Obadiah Key Verse: 1:15 Key Word: Retribution. Key Phrase: The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Key Thought: Edom’s punishment and Israel’s glory. Spiritual Thought: Possess your possessions.
57 Jonah Subject: God’s dealing with a disobedient prophet and Nineveh’s repentance. Purpose: To reveal to us typically God’s dealing with His Son as a substitute for disobedient ones; and to teach us that God’s mercy and faithfulness are extended to each of His servants. Key Chapter: 2, the prayer of Jonah.
58 Jonah Key Verse: 3:2 Key Word: Preach. Key Phrase: Arise and go: 1:2. Key Thoughts: 1.Then Jonah prayed: 2:1 2.Salvation is of the Lord: 2:9 Spiritual Thought: “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”
60 Micah Micah = “who is like Jehovah?” He is the “herald” prophet. He was also the prophet of “practical religion.” Subject: The declaration of Israel’s sin and God’s grace in sending the Savior and King. Purpose: To reveal to us God’s unfathomable love in seeking and saving us when we were dead in trespass and sins.
61 Micah Key Chapter: 7, Confession and Intercession. Key Verse: 1:2 Key Word: Hear Key Phrase: The Lord has a controversy with His people: 6:2. Key Thoughts: 1.The return of the remnant 2.The restoration of Israel 3.The reign of the Messiah
62 Micah Spiritual Thought: Look and Live. Seed Thought: The “Golden Rule” of the Old Testament: 6:8 a.Do justly b.Love mercy c.Walk humbly with your God
64 Nahum Nahum = comfort or full of comfort. He is the “World’s” prophet. Subject: The revelation of the majesty of God, and the announcement of the sure and final judgment of bloody Nineveh. Purpose: To teach us that God is longsuffering and full of mercy but He is also just and must punish sin: 1:7, 8 with Galatians 6:7.
65 Nahum Key Chapter: 3 Key Verses: 1:2, 3, 7. Key Word: Jealous: 1:2 Key Phrase: An utter end: 1:8, 9. Key Thought: Judgment follows sin. Spiritual Thought: The severity of God.
66 Habakkuk The Book Of The Mysteries Of Providence
67 Habakkuk Habakkuk = “embrace.” He was the “questioning” prophet. Subject: God’s holiness manifested through His judgments upon Judah by the hands of the Chaldeans. Purpose: To teach us that God is holy and must always act in righteousness to every man.
70 Zephaniah Zephaniah = “hidden of Jehovah.” He was the “judgment” prophet, the prophet of “punishment and promise.” He was also the prophet of “Gentile conversion.” Subject: God’s great wrath upon the world, and upon Judah in particular, in the “day of the Lord,” and His great mercy in hiding the “remnant of Israel,” who will seek Him.
71 Zephaniah Purpose: To show us that our heavenly Father, who saved us from His wrath by placing it upon His Son, will keep us safe from wrath to come. Key Chapter: 3, God’s deliverance. Key Verse: 1:12 Key Word: Search. Key Phrase: The day of the Lord: 1:14.
72 Zephaniah Key Thought: The fire of jealousy: 1:18. Spiritual Thoughts: 1.Trust in the name of the Lord: 3:12 2.Sing as you go: 3:14
74 Haggai Haggai means “my feast,” or “festival,” He was the “businessman” among the prophets. Subject: God’s message of encouragement to the weal remnant that they might build the Temple, the house of the Lord. Purpose: To encourage us in getting the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth, and thus help build the spiritual Temple, the church of the living God.
75 Haggai Key Chapter: 2, Beholding and Behaving. Key Verse: 1:8 Key Word: Build. Key Phrase: Be strong and work: 2:4. Key Thought: Consider your ways: 1:7. Spiritual Thought: Put first things first.
77 Zechariah Zechariah = “one whom Jehovah remembers.” Purpose: To encourage our hearts by assuring us of His love and purpose for us in grace, reassuring us that the promises for His heavenly people are unchangeable and must be fulfilled. Subject: God’s unchangeable purpose in grace toward Jerusalem as His dwelling place in the midst of His people Israel.
78 Zechariah Key Chapter: 14, The visible return of Christ. Key Verse: 1:3 Key Word: Turn. Key Phrase: I am jealous: 1:14. Key Thought: God’s love and care for His people.
79 Zechariah: Spiritual Thoughts 1.The Lord shall yet comfort Zion: 1:17 2.Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit: 4:6 3.The eyes of the Lord run to and fro: 4:10 4.Holiness unto the Lord: 14:20
81 Malachi Malachi = “Jehovah’s messenger.” He is sometimes called the “unknown prophet with an angel’s name.” Subject: God’s last message to Israel, revealing His love and holiness in judging their sins, and promises to the godly remnant of future blessings in the coming of Messiah. Purpose: To search and comfort our hearts with the blessed hope of Christ’s return.
82 Malachi Key Chapter: 4, The day of the Lord. Key Verse: 4:2 Key Word: Wherein. Key Phrase: Yet ye say: 2:17; 3:8. Key Thought: Will you rob God? Spiritual Thought: Lo! His messenger. Listen to him (Matthew 17:5).
83 Malachi: Tithing a.Tithing is an act of love. b.Tithing is God’s plan for financing His work. c.Tithing gives us a part in His program. d.Tithing deepens the spiritual life. e.Tithing unlocks heaven’s windows for all who will take God at His Word. f.Tithing brings real Christian happiness and blessing when we give God what rightfully belongs to Him. g.Tithing teaches us that real giving begins after we give out tithe.