Bible Study Plans: How to Study the Old Testament

One big hindrance to studying the Bible is the Old Testament. And this is one big hindrance considering there are 929 chapters in the Old Testament in 39 books. Below, we’ll examine how to study the Old Testament when you begin to study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!

HOW TO STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT

As with most large tasks, breaking it down into easy-to-manage parts makes the whole process doable and not overwhelming. Unlike the New Testament where we follow Jesus’s life from beginning to end and then the life of his apostles, the Old Testament is not in chronological order. Below is my recommendation for organizing the Old Testament for study.

  • Read Genesis. This is where it all began, so you have to start there. Some of the best stories of the Bible are in Genesis, including the fall of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, and Noah. Powerful stories with equally powerful lessons to teach.
  • Exodus through Deuteronomy. These books teach the Law, otherwise known as the Old Covenant, which is how God’s people where to live their lives before Jesus’s crucifixion.
  • Joshua through Esther. These books are known as the historical books of the Old Testament. It is here that we learn how God’s people survived after they inherited the Promised Land. You’ll learn the history of the period of the judges, the history of the kings, and the prophets Ezra, Nehemiah.
  • Next, read the books of wisdom and poetry.
    • Job. Job is the epitome of faith when all is seemingly lost in life. Said to be the oldest recorded book, Job follows his story of how he was tested by God, how he endured, what he learned, and what God expects of us.
    • The Psalms are writings by the various kings of Israel (including David and Solomon). These are full of life lessons of how to live a life following God.
    • The Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, was written by King Solomon in his youth before he fell into sin. This is one of the greatest love poems ever written.
    • Proverbs. Proverbs was written again by King Solomon, but written by him when he was on the throne of Israel. They show hard lessons of life to live by.
    • Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is the opposite of Proverbs per se. This book teaches you how not to live your life. It was written by King Solomon when he was an old man as he looked back on his sinful life
  • Next, are the five major prophets of Old Testament times:  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, & Daniel.
  • Finish up the Old Testament with the 12 minor prophets.

Reading three chapters per day of the Old Testament will take you 10 months to finish. Remember, everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus. Yes, there are exceedingly dense sections of the Old Testament that you’re just going to have to slug through. But remember, every word in the Old Testament is not there by accident. God is speaking; you just have to listen.

If you get bored, skip that section, save for later, and find an exciting story such as Esther or Joseph. The Old Testament is just as valuable as the New Testament and has many truths to teach us. Contact me if you have questions!

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New Year’s Resolution: Read the Bible

I found this nugget on Fox News this morning and had to share.  Its argument for reading the Bible is the best I’ve ever read.  So consider this a challenge to read the entire Bible in 2015.  No other resolution will change your life as much.

God bless!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/12/26/resolved-read-bible-in-2015/?intcmp=features

Day of Rest From BSF

I finished my study questions for BSF and today is my day off but I’d almost rather have questions than not.  It grounds me and gets me motivated in the mornings.

So, as I await tomorrow’s class and discussion group, I will continue reading my Bible (currently just began Matthew) and praying.  Plus, I got so much else going on to keep my busy.  This morning, I placed Scholastic book orders for my daughter’s class and it was an absolute nightmare.  I’m leading a campaign to order online (mainly for selfish purposes but it will help all in the end).

With kids in school and all their extracirriculars, it’s not hard.

Enjoy the Journey

I was listening to K-Love the other day (my IPod had died) and heard a conversation from the hosts about enjoying the journey.

I’m trying to keep this in the forefront of my mind, especially when the kids are screaming and pouring orange juice all over my floor.  My kids are growing–fast–and as my 2 year old rapidly approaches 3, I soon won’t have a baby any more–or ever again.

It’s about enjoying every moment of every day (as much as possible and yes, I’m trying, Eckhart) before those moments vanish and become only memories.

Beginning BSF and getting back to reading the Bible daily and grounding myself has helped.  I’m calmer and less stressed.  The house has helped as well.  Now, I’m trying to live in the moment as much as possible and begin living and enjoying again.