As I was growing up my dad was fond of quoting 1 Thes. 5:5 to me, usually as I struggled to get out of bed in the morning. Rise and shine. We are children of the light and of the day. We are not children of the night or of darkness. As was typically for youths, I wanted to stay up late at night, and then sleep in in the morning for as long as I could. However, my dad did not make that easy for me. And to this day I am thankful that 1 Thes. 5:5 is embedded in my heart...
Latest NewsletterThe New Testament
We are ready this week in our excursion through the Bible to step over the bridge from the Old Testament to the New Testament. And as we do so, I want to emphasize the continuity between the two Testaments.
Last week we briefly discussed the five Books assigned to the section known as the Major Prophets. This week we will consider the final section of Old Testament known as the Minor Prophets. These twelve Books are: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
In our whirlwind tour of the First Testament, we have briefly visited the five Books of the Law, the twelve Books of History, and last week the five Books of Poetry and Wisdom. This leaves two final divisions: the five Books of the Major Prophets, and the twelve Books of the Minor Prophets.
Having considered the five Books of the Law, then the twelve Books of History, this week we continue our tour of the Old Testament with a brief consideration of the five Books of Poetry and Wisdom. The five are: Job (pronounced “Jobe”), Proverbs, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and finally, the Song of Solomon.
As we work our way through the Old Testament, I have written briefly about the five books attributed to Moses, that is, the Torah or the Law. Last week the five principal parts of the Old Testament were enumerated, and then a brief overall description of the twelve Books of History was given.