The Old Testament Historical Books (Joshua-Esther)Charlotte Glaze
This course on The Old Testament Historical Books is the second course in the Journey through the Bible series and includes the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
With the conclusion of the book of Deuteronomy, a new era began under Moses’ successor, young Joshua, who led the people of Israel across the Jordan into the land of Canaan to possess the land and divide the 12 tribes into their places as prophesied by Jacob in Genesis 49. After Joshua, there were anointed leaders known as Judges who arose to serve as both military and spiritual leaders for the people. The story of Ruth includes a focus on her faith that preserved the righteous bloodline through the centuries to Jesus Himself. In the two books of Samuel we first see that under God the prophet ranks above the king, for it is he who is inspired to choose, anoint, and crown Saul and David as the first two kings of Israel—and also to guide them with both approval, when they were right, and reproof (or judgment), when they are wrong.
In the books of Kings and Chronicles key highlights concerning the reigns of King David and Solomon are reviewed with a continued emphasis on the ministry of the prophets of God who retained continuous contact with God and therefore remained more powerful in their message which guides mankind in obedience to God. Lastly, in the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther there is restoration for the people of God both spiritually and physically through these Godly leaders. Richard and Lindsay’s video sessions on these books of the Bible point out the thread again of the “Seed of the woman,” Who comes forth as the Redeemer, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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