This summer, we are going to be spending extended time in the prophets so this will be a great resource page as you travel through these minor (think shorter in length, not less relevant) and major prophets.
The prophets can be misunderstood, misapplied, and just downright confusing at times if we don’t understand the role of prophets in the Old Testament, the context into which they were speaking, and God’s heart for His people. There are a couple of theological rabbit holes that you can go down on this journey and I tried to include a few resources from different perspectives (have the gifts of prophecy ceased? do they function the same way now?). However, I would encourage you to practice your Bible interpretation skills here: it cannot mean to you what it did not mean to the original hearers! The main question the original hearers were asking was not “how do the gifts of prophecy function in 21st century life?” God was warning them about the coming judgement, making promises about a coming salvation, and calling them to walk in obedience. One of the resources below asks this great question: How does the work of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit save me from this judgment, secure these promises of God for me, and free me to walk in the obedience that honors the Lord? This summer, that’s a great question for us to ask as well.
These resources can provide you with great themes to look for as you read and help you to see each book’s connection to the overarching story of redemptive history.
This article summarizes the action and main theme of every book in one sentence. Great for review and anchoring yourself in the timeline.
As you read the OT, you have the opportunity to glimpse the good news of Jesus—every story whispers His name (thanks Jesus Storybook Bible). This article offers great thematic anchors to help you understand the gospel connections.
You can click thru this site for a great resource from Paul Tripp on each book of the Bible! I’d recommend reading it prior to starting each new book!
This video from the Bible Project is a great resource on how to read this biblical genre!
Each of these videos from the Bible Project summarizes the themes and action of the individual books and illustrates these ideas (literally).
Book-specific resources on topics related to each book. Remember that all of this is happening in the context of the covenant that God made with His people at the beginning of the story, and it is all leading to God’s promised Messiah (His faithful fulfillment of that first prophecy in Genesis 3)!
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