Reading the Bible Yourself – Part 7

Which Scriptures Apply to Which Groups of People?

Where do the books of the Bible fit into this plan?

THE OLD TESTAMENT

Historical

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1&2 Samuel
1&2 Kings
1&2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther






The historical books of the Old Testament describe many events. Some of these include: the creation; man’s original sin, the choosing of Abram from among the scattered human race, and the history of his descendents – Israel.

Poetic

Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon


The poetic books of the Old Testament are comprised largely of speeches, songs, or sayings, and were written during the times covered by the historical books.

Prophetic

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi








Some of these, however, were written during and after Israel was taken away into exile – covered by the historical books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

THE NEW TESTAMENT

Historical

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts


The Historical books of the New Testament cover the life, death, and resurrection of Christ; with the exception of Acts which details the acts of the Apostles after this time.

Acts Period Letters

Romans
1&2 Corinthians

Galatians

1&2 Thessalonians

Hebrews

James

1&2 Peter

1,2,3 John

Jude

Revelation - prophetic

See Appendix 3




These letters were written during the period covered by the book of Acts. They were written to believers who were living during the time that Israel was still dominant in God’s plans for mankind.

Post Acts Period Letters

Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1&2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

These letters were writing after the period covered by the book of Acts. They were written to believers who were living AFTER Israel ceased to be dominant in God’s plans for mankind.

Summary of Chapter 3:

The story-line of the Bible revolves around the nation of Israel, which was intended to be God’s messenger to the world. The nation was largely unfaithful in its loyalty to the Lord and consequently ceased to maintain the prior place in God’s plans after Acts 28. The believers today are now “God’s people”, but the unfulfilled promises which concern Israel will still be carried out sometime in the future.

 

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