Old Testament Walk Through: Malachi

Malachi means “my messenger.”
Perhaps it was his name or perhaps it was a way of describing himself. He was the last of the Old Testament prophets. A period of silence followed—a long period of 400 years; after which came the prophetic voice of John the Baptist about whose arrival Malachi had foretold.

The book … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Zechariah

Zechariah was both prophet and priest. His prophecies began two months after Haggai’s first message around 520 B.C. His message full of visions was given to a people who were discouraged and going about slowly in the task of rebuilding the temple of God. Zechariah made the people lift up their eyes from their present … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Haggai

Introduction

“Eighteen years had passed since Cyrus’s decree in 538 B.C. had allowed the Jews to return from exile to Jerusalem. Because they were busy building their own homes, the people still had not finished building God’s temple.

Haggai’s message was that the time had come to build the house of the Lord. Under the … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Zephaniah

Zephaniah means “The Lord hides” or “hidden of Yahweh.”
He was of royal blood, descended from Hezekiah. He began his ministry in the early days of the reign of the good king Josiah (641–­610 B.C.) Zephaniah foresaw that Judah would experience the judgement of the Lord which he expressed repeatedly through the phrase “The Day … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Habakkuk

This Book is written as a dialogue between the prophet and God. The great question in this book is why God was allowing the wicked to have their way? And God’s answer to this question.

Comment: “Habakkuk, in all his difficulties, went to God in prayer and waited patiently for His answer (2:1). He went … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Nahum

Nahum is a book of prophecy against Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. The prophet describes the cruelty of the Assyrians as they conquered nation after nation. He predicts the siege and destruction of Nineveh and the end of the kingdom of Assryia”–Taken from Introduction to Nahum, NIV Bible.

Comment: “At the height of Nineveh’s … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Micah

Micah :The man, his message, and the secret of his power
Micah came from the countryside who found the city life in conflict with God’s values. His message was one of judgement on the national sins of Judah—corruption, idol worship, injustice and prophets and priests who cared for money more than for God.

He was … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Jonah

Highlights
1. Jonah’s Disobedience
2. Jonah’s Prayers
3. Jonah’s Message
4. Jonah’s Anger

Chapter 1
I God’s Command
The Book of Jonah opens with God’s command to Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach against it. From this it is seen that when God speaks, He gives clear directions which leave no room for doubt. … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Obadiah

The name Obadiah means “servant of Jehovah.”
Nothing more is known about this prophet than this short book containing his prophecy.

Obadiah is a book of prophecy against the nation of Edom. This country had invaded and plundered Jerusalem at least four times, so Obadiah announced God’s judgement against them and prophesied that their kingdom … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Amos

“Amos” means “burden-­bearer.” He was a shepherd who also took care of sycamore ­fig trees (7:14). He was neither a priest nor a prophet. But he was layman whom God called to fearlessly proclaim the message of God’s judgement. This he faithfully did in spite of opposition (7:10, 12).

He was from a small town … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Joel

Joel means “Yahweh is God.” He prophesied only to the southern kingdom of Judah. But his message is for all the world. This book ends with the certain future: “The LORD dwells in Zion” (3:21b).

I The Invasion of Locusts
Joel opens with a graphic description of an invasion of locusts in the land. Locusts … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Hosea

Introduction
Hosea means salvation or deliverance. The Book of Hosea is a record of God’s complaint against His people Israel. He primarily uses the symbolism of a wife going astray from her husband into an adulterous relationship to tell the people that they had sinned greatly against their God (their Husband) (Hosea 2:2). At the … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Ezekiel

The Context
Ezekiel means God is strong or God will strengthen. A favourite phrase used by God to address Ezekiel is “son of man,” used over 90 times in this book (later this title was used by Jesus for Himself).

Ezekiel was God’s prophet to the exiles in Babylon. He ministered to God’s people while … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Lamentations

Lamentations means “funeral songs.” Possibly authored by Jeremiah, it talks about the total destruction that happened to Jerusalem and the temple. The cause of this destruction is identified as the sin of the people and the destruction itself acknowledged as God’s judgement. But in the midst of it the author sounds notes of hope of … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Isaiah 49–66

The Servant of the Lord

Isaiah 49:1—7, 50:4—9, 52:13—53:12

Jesus Christ, the Messiah is described here as The Servant of the Lord. Jesus clearly exhibited servanthood during his life. John 13:1—7, Mark 10:42—45, and Philippians 2:6—8 make His servant attitude very clear.

Isaiah 49 opens with reference to God’s eternal plan of bringing Jesus to … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Isaiah 40–48

God—the Holy One of Israel.

In this portion of Isaiah we find God—the Holy One of Israel. His attributes are presented here forcefully. We will try to see these one after another.

I God the Comforter
II God Who Sends Messengers
III The Incomparable God

IV God the Creator
V God’s Salvation
VI God’s Forgiveness… Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Song of Songs

Symbolic vs Literal Interpretation
Some scholars have presented Song of Songs as symbolic of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church. Each image in the poem according to this line of thought were given meaning to suit this interpretation.

But the more accepted view is that Song of Songs is a collection of love poems … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Ezra

Two Psalms Tell the Story
Let us begin by looking at two Psalms:
The first one, Psalm 137 talks about the captivity of God’s people in Babylon: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion” (Psalm 137:1 NIV). The people remembered Zion, and made a resolve in their hearts not … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Ruth

Focus: Jesus, our Kinsman­-Redeemer!

I Introduction: The Book of Ruth can be understood on two levels:

● One, simply as a story of the life of a woman. If you read it like that, there is tragedy, a journey, romance, wedding, the birth of a child and finally a settled home in her life.… Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Genesis 1–11

Genesis means, “beginnings.” Without this book we cannot know how God made us.

1. Some Important Actions of God

God created. Genesis 1:1 tells us that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” He did not create the earth to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18) [That … Read the rest

What Does the Bible Say About Itself?

The Word of God has a unique place in God’s dealing with man. The Bible describes itself in certain ways that help us understand this unique relationship. Some of these descriptions are in word pictures. They help us to understand the special place the Bible has in the estimate of God.

For example, the Psalmist … Read the rest

What Does the Bible Mean to You?

Who Wrote the Bible?
God used chosen people to write down what he wanted them to communicate. The Spirit of God enabled these people to do so (2 Peter 1:20, 21). Even when the literary characteristics   like the style of writing, choice of words, and personality of the author is distinguishable in these writings, the … Read the rest