This 23rd book of the Bible leads us into the next major collection of books, the prophetic books. The prophetic books are divided into two major sections: Major Prophets (Isaiah-Daniel) and Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi). Their designation as major and minor does not have to do with their importance, but rather their size.
The 20th book of the Bible is by far one of the most practical and applicable pieces of Scripture in the entire Word of God. Containing 31 chapters, it is a book that many people read on a daily basis (July 1 – Proverbs 1, July 2 – Proverbs 2, July 3 – Proverbs 3, and so on). The reason this book is so applicable and is read so frequently, is because it is a book of wisdom.
The book of Esther is an interesting book, and an encouraging book. It is interesting because if focuses in on the life of one Israeli girl and her impact on saving the people of God. It is encouraging because it shows God’s love for His people.
Nehemiah, the book about building. Where Ezra dealt with the rebuilding of the temple and spirituality of the people, Nehemiah deals with the rebuilding of the city (mainly the walls) and the nationality of the people. Nehemiah is a wonderful example of a leader, and many have used his practical style of leadership as training points.
Ezra and Nehemiah are post captivity historical books. They tell the story of Israel after returning from bondage. Where Nehemiah deals with the rebuilding of the wall and the nation, Ezra deals with the rebuilding of the temple and the people of God.
Just as 1 Chronicles was a historical record chronologically arranged… so too 2 Chronicles continues where 1 Chronicles left off. This book is not only the sequel to 1 Chronicles but also is a companion to 1 & 2 Kings (deals with the same events and time period).
1 Samuel is the ninth book of the Bible, and continues from where the book of Judges left off. The book actually is named after the final judge, the prophet Samuel. Serving as a bridge between the time of the judges and the kings, Samuel is a key figure and his book(s) key books.
Ruth is the eighth book of the Bible, and follows the events of a single family during the time of the Judges. Ruth has been called a book of disloyalty, loyalty, and royalty. The key character of this book of course is Ruth.
Judges, a book about those who ruled and delivered Israel from oppressors. A judge served as a precursor to the kings of Israel, as they acted as rulers who led the people.
Judges picks up where Joshua left off, and it doesn’t take long for things to get nasty, real nasty. By Judges 2:10 we get this sad commentary, “…there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” What a sad testimony to the current and former generation. One failed to teach, and the other failed to listen. It simple was not enough that they adapted to the lifestyle of their parents… they needed to accept their God as well. They knew about God, but they did not know God.
Joshua, the book of conquest and colonizing. This book leaves off where Deuteronomy ends. Moses has passed away, along with the Wilderness Wondering generation. The new generation, under the leadership of Joshua will enter the Promised Land, conquer it and settle in the Land.