OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

Compiled by: Gary W. Summers


   

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

Many people periodically grow ambitious and determine to read the Bible all the way through; few make it. Why? Frequently, well-intentioned souls quit because they do not possess a sense of the overall purpose of the Word of God; therefore, they do not understand how the parts relate to the whole. Our goal in this study is to provide material that the student may keep and use for future reference.
THE BIBLE
The Bible is comprised of 66 individual books ranging in size from one chapter to one hundred fifty chapters. Some books are historical in nature, while others are poetic, prophetic, biographical, or predominately doctrinal. Depending on the publisher, the amount of pages in a Bible may number about 2,000. Does that seem like a great quantity of material? Of course it does. But if the Bible is the inspired Word of God (and it is), and it reveals God and every spiritual truth we need to know (and it does), should we not be more devoted to this book than anything else in our lives? If we commit some facts to memory, we can be assured that they will be useful to us for the remainder of our lives. Please start work on the time chart, which helps put the various parts of the Bible into perspective.
WHY WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN?
1. To reveal God to mankind (1 Cor. 2:11-13). 2. To reveal mankind to mankind (John 2:24-25; 4:29; Heb. 4:12; James 1:23-25). 3. To reveal redemption to mankind (Romans 6). 4. To reveal truth to mankind (John 8:31-32; Pr. 23:23; Rom. 1:18; 2 Thess. 2:10). 5. To reveal God's will for mankind (1 Cor. 14:37; 1 Thess. 2:3; 2 Thess. 2:15). 6. To reveal proper conduct for mankind (Col. 3). 7. To reveal eternal habitations to mankind (2 Thess. 1:6-10).
BRIEF BIBLE OUTLINE
1. God creates the world, including mankind (Gen. 1-2). 2. Sin disrupts the perfect fellowship between God and man (Gen. 3:1-10). 3. Sin affects and alters the perfect creation God had made (Gen. 3:11-11:32). 4. God selects a man through whom to bring a Savior into the world; the remainder of the Old Testament chronicles the history of this man's descendants (Gen. 12-Mal.). 5. Jesus redeems mankind (Matt.-John). 6. Salvation (which is in the church) is explained (Acts-Jude). 7. God's saints will ultimately be victorious (Revelation).

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