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The Beautiful Book – Old Testament Part 2

Proverbs

Proverbs

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Proverbs

Proverbs is a compendium of instructions, advice and exhortations on how to live a godly life on Earth. By our godly fear and obedience, we will discover knowledge and wisdom.

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes

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Ecclesiastes

Also known as “The Preacher”, this book recognizes the frailties of life and acknowledges the sovereignty of God in the world. We attempt to find meaning in life, but there is no other source than our trust in God.

Song of Solomon

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Song of Solomon

Song of Songs, attributed to Solomon, is the greatest ever love song. It is regarded as highly sacred, encapsulating the correct Biblical view that physical and spiritual are one. Marriage and physical union originates from God, as is His love for His bride, the Church.

Isaiah

Isaiah

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Isaiah

Isaiah clearly reveals the Gospel in the Old Testament, going so far as to prophesy the life of Jesus Christ Himself. Salvation lies in God and God alone; the message of Isaiah shows that obeying the law is our desire to please God who saved us. It is the result of our salvation and not the other way round.

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah records God’s repetitive warnings and prophecies given to the prophet over 40 years. His prophecies allow us to appreciate the work of God and the foresight of a new covenant that God will bring to restore His people through the work of Jesus Christ.

Lamentations

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Lamentations

Lamentations goes through the confusion and sorrow of a man who has seen the consequences of sin on the world. It drives home the importance of repenting for our sins and asking God for forgiveness. In any hopeless situation, we should find hope in the Lord.

Ezekiel

Ezekiel

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Ezekiel

Ezekiel touches on God’s judgement on Israel and His promise of eventual restoration. We learn about the incomprehensible glory of God, Man’s sin and idolatry, and that He is a holy God who judges sin.

Daniel

Daniel

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Daniel

Daniel is one of the more prolific prophets of the Old Testament. From surviving the furnace with his 3 friends to facing the lions in the den, Daniel’s experiences underline his steadfast faith and belief in God. We also see that good and bad kingdoms will come and go, but God’s eternal kingdom will come eventually and we will live there forever.

Hosea

Hosea

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Hosea

Hosea was the first of the minor (lesser-known) prophets, but the last prophet warning Israel to repent. However, he also focused on God’s mercy and loving-kindness.

Joel

Joel

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Joel

Joel laments the just judgement of God against His rebellious people. However, he reveals the heart of the Father that desires genuine repentance, bestowing restoration and great blessings on His people.

Amos

Amos

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Amos

The book of Amos reminds us that God is just and righteous. It also reminds us that He hates hypocrisy and therefore His children have no leniency when it comes to His judgement against Sin. Amos’s warnings did not just proclaim disasters and judgment, but they also point people to repentance. Christians today must remember to heed God’s warnings and respond accordingly too.

Obadiah

Obadiah

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Obadiah

Obadiah pronounces judgment on the foreign nation of Edom. The book also teaches us the consequences of sin and the importance of placing ourselves under God’s authority, lest we invite judgment on ourselves.

Jonah

Jonah

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Jonah

Jonah is the story of a prophet who was angered by God’s mercy towards the wicked city of Nineveh when they demonstrated repentance. Jonah’s time in the fish even foreshadows Christ’s death and resurrection long before it came to pass.

Micah

Micah

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Micah

Micah shows what happens as a result of sin. He provides one of the most important prophecies about Jesus Christ’s birth and His reign in the future.

Nahum

Nahum

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Nahum

Nahum prophesies God’s final judgment and anger against Assyria, 150 years after Jonah preached against Nineveh, which initially brought about their initial repentance. The main gist of this book is that God’s justice is always correct at the end of the day.

Habakkuk

Habakkuk

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Habakkuk

God tells Habakkuk that He will use the evil Babylonians to punish Israel. The prophet protests and appeals to God’s righteous and holy nature ran counter to Israel’s punishment. This reminds us that God’s plans surpass human understanding, known only to Him alone. 

Zephaniah

Zephaniah

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Zephaniah

We learn of God’s love for His people. Although God brings judgement because of the immeasurable amount of sin, He also shows His faithfulness by bringing restoration to His children who humble themselves and seeks His divine mercy.

Haggai

Haggai

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Haggai

Haggai shows us that God expects His people to put him first. He is concerned for the holiness of their lives. At the same time, God promises to exalt Zerubbabel – the last survivor of David’s royal line – as His chosen one, through whom would be fulfilled the kingdom promise of his descendant, Jesus Christ.

Zechariah

Zechariah

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Zachariah

Zechariah offers a prophecy for the Jews returning from exile, on their future to come. Even though they will still be judged for their sins, they will also be restored and cleansed through the work of the Messiah.

Malachi

Malachi

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Malachi

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