Our enemies will be humbled and punished while we will be delivered and rewarded. A knowledge of and a reminder of these great truths give us patience in the midst of our present sufferings and tribulations. Does God wink at the sins of his people? How can a righteous God use wicked people to chasten a less wicked people? God answers these two questions of Habakkuk.
His answer to the first question is this: God does not overlook the sins of His people. He is even then preparing to judge their sin at the hands of the Chaldeans. Zephaniah, a contemporary of Habakkuk, also sees the soon-coming downfall of Judah. He becomes a preacher of woe, warning the nation concerning their sins and calling them to repentance. Knowing that they will not positively respond, he warns of the coming captivity but does not leave them without hope for he prophesies to them a glorious future for the remnant of Judah.
Roy Gingrich, the author of this outline commentary, has done a very commendable piece of work in analyzing and outlining the books of Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Bible students will find Mr. They will be profitably exercised in the reading of this book.
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The post-captivity books of Haggai and Zechariah are relatively unknown, little read and seldom taught, yet these books are rich in their content and are filled with detailed revelations concerning the future and with encouragements in regard to the present. The Christian who has never read and studied these wholesome books has missed much in the way of encouragement and edification.
The people are rebuked for their illegal divorces, mixed marriages, robbery of God and for their rank skepticism. Malachi warns both the leaders and the people that the Messiah is coming not to bestow blessings upon all Israelites but to visit judgments upon those who are wicked and disobedient and to bestow blessings upon the faithful and obedient. By way of application, the book of Malachi warns us today that the Messiah is coming again and will again visit judgment upon those of His professed people who are wicked and disobedient and bestow blessings upon the faithful and obedient.
The book of Matthew is to the New Testament what the book of Genesis is to the Old Testament, the key that unlocks the door. One can have a thorough knowledge of the New Testament only if he masters this vital, yet difficult book. Roy Gingrich has given us in this expanded outline a satisfying, conservative, premillennial interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew.
Like other books from the pen of Mr. Gingrich, this one begins with a full, general introduction to the book, treating such topics as authorship, readers, occasion, purpose, theme, and values. What follows is a commentary in outline form. It is not a verse by verse critical exegesis or detailed exposition. Gingrich writes for the busy layman, the rushed preacher, the independent Bible student who wants to get quickly to the heart of a passage without wading through pages of discussion.
This book is to be studied as well as read, and studied with an open Bible. The chastening power of our Lord is wonderfully revealed in the life of John Mark, the author of the shortest of the four gospels, The Gospel of Mark. Just a few years before he wrote his gospel, Mark failed the Lord when he deserted Paul and Barnabas at Perga and returned to Jerusalem but the Lord restored him and used him to be a faithful minister and the writer of an inspired gospel. And I know you will appreciate his knowledge of this Gospel and his God-given gift of explaining it.
The Gospel of Luke is my favorite gospel. It greatly helped me in my beginning walk with Christ. It is the most complete and thorough of the four gospels. It is full of incredible accounts of the times and the life of Jesus. In this gospel, Jesus heals the sick, casts out demons saves sinners, cleanses the temple, and does many other wondrous things. The teaching of Luke that changed my life the most is the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke It showed me how I am to care for others. The gospel written by Luke offers salvation to sinners and fullness of blessing to saints.
In this commentary on Luke, it is evident that Brother Gingrich has spent many hours of labor in prayer, study, and meditation. His commentary is clear in its thoughts, convincing in its explanations, and helpful in its applications. It is written in a style that makes it easy to read. Probably no other portion of Scripture has been studied more diligently, or with greater blessing, than has The Gospel of John. The gospel itself is then presented as it was written, chronologically. Many helpful observations, remarks, and practical lessons are given as the outline is developed. Gingrich, however, defends this gospel as being that very Word of God.
Using the literal, historical, and grammatical method of interpretation, he carefully exegetes every paragraph of the text. His approach is free of sectarian bias. Without hesitation, this outline is recommended to any person who desires to make a study of The Gospel of John. It links the ministry of Christ in the Gospels with the teachings of the Apostles in the Epistles and it gives us the background for the Pauline Epistles. The book reveals to us Spirit-inspired missionary methods and practices which our present-day churches could study and follow with profit.
Our Christian knowledge would be greatly impaired if we did not have The Book of Acts. This commentary, like all other commentaries from the pen of Mr. Gingrich, greatly helps the reader to better understand the Word of God. Gingrich begins this commentary on The Book of Acts with a concise but complete introduction to the book. He follows the natural divisions of the book, using the unique titles: This commentary, though concise in form, is complete and thorough in its coverage. This unique ability of the author to be brief yet thorough has made his books to be in demand in ever-widening circles.
His commentaries, in outline form, are especially helpful to students who have small libraries, to pastors who have a busy schedule and to Sunday School teachers and laymen who are pressed in finding time for Bible study. The book of Romans itself has been called the Constitution of Christianity. Indeed, I have often said that if I had to be shipwrecked on an island with only one book, it, of course, would be the Bible; and if I could choose only one of the sixty-six various books that make up the Bible, that one book would be without doubt the book of Romans.
Gingrich is a scholar, but he is not an armchair theologian. He puts warm and sympathetic hands on deep and doctrinal truth. God has given to him the ability to understand the Word of God and to outline it and apply it in a way that others can quickly assimilate and effectively use.
Almost from its very beginning, the church at Corinth had been plagued by intellectual and moral problems, problems that had caused Paul to have much heaviness of heart and a great concern for the well-being of the saints at Corinth. Paul had, through a short visit to the Corinthians and through a now-lost letter to the Corinthians, tried to solve the problems in the Corinthians church, but they had grown to be worse. In writing First Corinthians, Paul made a further effort to correct the errors and the wrongs which were hindering the growth and development of the Corinthian saints.
After a short introduction to First Corinthians, Paul, in 1: Finally, he, in chapter 15, gives the Corinthians needed instruction concerning the physical resurrection of the body of a believer. Almost all church pastors, at some time in their church ministers, find themselves turning to the New Testament book of Second Corinthians for consolation and encouragement in times of affliction and discouragement, and for renewed zeal in continuing on in the work that God has committed to their trust.
Paul, the author of the book of Second Corinthians and a model Christian leader, inspires us to give our all and our best to Christ, and to affect the world for God and for good in a small measure as he did in a large measure. This commentary on Second Corinthians, like all other of Mr. I do recommend this book as a valuable tool for Bible study. I gladly recommend this commentary and pray that many Christians will read it and be blessed by it.
This commentary, in outline form, is an excellent study guide. It is not a book to be read hurriedly but a book to be studied carefully, Bible in hand. Used in this manner, this book will greatly assist the reader is understanding the great and blessed truths hidden in The Book of Ephesians, truths concerning the intimate relationship between Christ and his church. He is a light both in his life and his words, to all who know him. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, shows his deep concern for those under his leadership, a concern for their spiritual growth and prosperity.
Paul expressed this concern in words of warm commendation, in words of stern warning, and in words of earnest exhortation. The epistle of Paul to the Philippians is truly a spiritual love letter from a spiritual father to his spiritual children. In this present work, Mr.
Anyone who has determined to seriously study the book of Colossians knows how difficult it is to find a good commentary on the book. It is a book difficult to exegete and many scholars really have never attempted to explore its depths. Since there is such a dearth of good commentaries on the book of Colossians, this book by Brother Roy Gingrich meets a great need. His depth of knowledge, his spiritual insight, his practical wisdom, his unique writing ability, and his tireless and unselfish labor are all revealed in his unique outline commentaries.
The skillful arrangement of the material in these commentaries makes them suitable to be used in the classroom, in the pulpit, on in the home. If churches today operated in accordance with the guidelines taught in the Pastoral Epistles, they would present a far more effective witness for Christ. Gingrich has spent many hours in the research, meditation, and prayer necessary for the writing and the publication of this book, First Timothy.
Anyone who reads this commentary and appropriates its message will enrich his life and be a Christian well pleasing to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Gingrich has spent many hours in the research, meditation, and prayer necessary for the writing and the publication of this book, Second Timothy. Brother Roy Gingrich, the author of this commentary, is a very busy servant of God, busy as a local-church pastor, as a Bible-college professor, as a Bible-conference leader, and as a guest speaker, yet he finds time for the doing of another work to which God has called him: Few Christians read the book of Hebrews, few pastors preach from the book, and even fewer pastors teach through the book, yet the book of Hebrews has a vital message to the church today.
Just as the addressees of the book were tempted in their trials and testings to turn from Christ and the teachings of the New Covenant, even so are Christian today tempted in their trials and testings to turn from Christ and His final revelation to man. Brother Gingrich has once again given to us a tremendous commentary in outline form. The introduction to the book is comprehensive though concise and it fully prepares the reader for a thorough grasp of the book.
In a masterful way, the author skillfully and Biblically harmonizes the bona fide warnings of the book with the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. The author is to be highly commended for his stand on the inerrancy of Scripture and his honest exegesis of the text. This commentary will be a tremendous encouragement to pastors today who spend much of their time in warning their people against apostasy and in encouraging them to go on to Christian maturity. It will also be a tremendous help to all those who study the Bible for personal edification.
I predict a large circulation for this book and I highly recommend is and all the other commentaries of this great man of God. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. This truth is, in brief, the emphasis of the Epistle of James. This study commentary on the Epistle of James, written by Brother Roy Gingrich, will lead the diligent student into a solid grasp of this Epistle. Three salient qualities characterize this commentary by Mr. First, it is the product of a careful exegesis of the original text.
Though taking into account the views of other commentators, this commentary, in the last analysis, is based on original study. Second, this commentary carefully pursues the movement of thought in the Epistle, and this is extremely important in the study of any book of the Bible. Gingrich has drawn out and applied to the conscience the practical lessons of this Epistle.
True Bible interruption inevitably leads to application, and Mr. Gingrich has not failed to apply the truth of this Epistle to the heart and conscience. My own life and ministry have been favorably affected by the life and teachings of this God-ordained minister. I have found Mr. The four studies which are found in this book will command the attention of a wide circle of readers and indeed will repay this attention. We grasp it more readily when it is presented by a number of teachers, each possessing a different personality, so God gave us New Testament truth through a plurality of human authors.
A part of the writings of two of these authors, John and Jude, are studied in this book. John is the apostle of love and personal experience; Jude is the apostle of vigilance and warning. Neither writer neglects nor minimizes doctrine but each stresses practical conduct which should issue from correct doctrine. It is… a pleasure and an honor to recommend these study outlines to all students of the Word as an effective aid to the understanding of these four New Testament epistles.
The Book of Revelation, a book that has puzzled many devout Christians, is at the same time a proper subject of serious study on the part of a believer. There are some men who would discourage the study of The Book of Revelation because they say this book has suffered from so much misinterpretation. Indeed, as Christians, we are obligated to study The Book of Revelation: Indeed, on eight different occasions, Rev. This analytical study of Revelation by Mr. Gingrich deserves careful study. It will enable the earnest student, along with the Bible, to secure a solid grasp of The Book of Revelation.
If we correctly interpret the history found in the Old Testament, we will learn that God chastens disobedience and that He rewards obedience. In this book, Professor Gingrich takes his readers step by step, period by period, through the Old Testament. After carefully reading and studying this book, the reader will be able to think his way through the Old Testament from the creation of Adam to the days of Malachi. Many Bible scholars believe the period-by-period way to be the better and the most effective way for it enables the teacher to present the content of the Bible more logically and systematically and it enables the leaner to better understand and remember the matter taught.
The author of this book has wisely chosen the period-by-period method of teaching New Testament Survey. This survey is presented in outline form and it divides the New Testament era into 6 periods concerning the Church, for the New Testament deals with the church in contrast to the Old Testament; which deals with Israel. The preparation for the church, the founder of the church and the growth of the church are dealt with logically and chronologically. The Old Testament prepares us for the advent of Christ; the life of Christ prepares us for His majestic death; and that death satisfied the justice of God, which means that men need no longer die.
The geographic preparation for the study is one of the key features of this work. Gingrich is well prepared for this task with a lifetime of study on his subject. He has been a tour guide for many, many trips to Palestine, his latest tour being in This work puts so much scholarly information in the hands of lay people that it should be in the library of every Sunday School teacher. In the different periods of the church, various doctrines have occupied the minds of theologians and Bible expositors. In the third and fourth centuries of our Christian era, the Person and Work of Christ were warmly debated.
In the Reformation period, it was justification by faith alone. Today, one of the prime issues is the origin, the nature, and the mission of the church. Because of this awakened interest in the church on the part of Christians in general and of Christian youth in particular, Mr.
This handy compendium of the history of the church is somewhat unique. It offers a new approach to this vital subject. After a brief general introduction, the author divides church history into nine periods. Excepting the first one, each of these periods is treated succinctly yet thoroughly under five headings: Gingrich in this outline has described the ebb and the flow, the men and the issues, of church history in such a way that everyone can enjoy them and profit from them.
Read this outline with anticipation. Certainly, Christians need to study what the Bible has to say on these subjects and to do so with an unbiased mind, for in many cases Christian beliefs concerning these doctrines come not from personal Bible study but from early childhood training and from church tradition. I do recommend this study to anyone who is searching for light on the doctrines discussed in this book.
This book will do you good. The apostle Paul was careful to pass on the Timothy a wealth of spiritual wisdom and was careful to exhort Timothy to pass it on to his young converts. Roy Gingrich has placed us in his debt by passing on to us the wisdom and understanding God has given to him during his many years of Christian ministry.
I can heartily recommend this book to all Christians. All Christian ministers of the gospel, especially those who are just entering the Christian ministry, need the counsel and encouragement of their fellow ministers. Older ministers, who have gained a wealth of knowledge through many years of painful and costly experience, are eminently qualified and are duty-bound to share their God-given, experience-acquired, knowledge with their needy brethren. Brother Roy Gingrich, a long-time minister of the gospel, feels this obligation resting upon him and to fulfill this obligation, he gives us this book, passing on to us some things that he has learned through many years of prayer, study, and experience.
This book is simple and uncomplicated, but it contains in condensed form a wealth of knowledge that every Christian minister should know. Or, are they only figments of human imagination? This unbelief is most advantageous to Satan in his present undertaking. For a solid, reliable answer to the above question we must turn to the Scriptures. Roy Gingrich, the author of this timely book, has done just that, in an expanded outline form, carefully researched, he has traced what the Bible says about Satan from his perfect creation to his assigned condemnation in the Lake of Fire.
A great asset possessed by the author is his premillennial concept of world government, the coming reign of the Antichrist, the ultimate banishment of Satan and the universal triumph of Christ and his kingdom. This study would be seriously impaired without this Biblical perspective. In this little volume, Mr. Gingrich has obviously spent much time and labor in preparation for the writing of this book.
It gives its readers an overall view of its subject without losing them in page after page of details. Although prophecy has always been of great interest to most Christians, many Christians have been turned away from the study of prophecy because of the fanciful misinterpretations of prophecy being given by many Bible expositors in these last days of the church age.
But we should turn back to the study of prophecy with renewed interest for prophecy occupies a major part of the Scriptures, no part of which are we to reject, and because prophecy enables us to prepare for the future, of which we will be a part. Although this outline study of last-day events is a valuable work in and of itself, it is also an excellent prerequisite to any more lengthy study of Eschatology. It is a valuable tool for the professional Bible scholar or for the lay teacher. I recommend this book without reservation to any pastor, teacher, or preacher as well as to any layman interested in a careful study of the Word of God.
The resurrection of the dead has been a subject that has deeply concerned the mind of man since ancient times. Roy Gingrich, in his usual lucid and succinct fashion, has in this book outlined and elucidated in chronological order the seven resurrections spoken of in the Bible. We Christians, along with these heirs of the Kingdom, are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world and we, as well as they, are to be not anxious about the things of tomorrow.
What blessings do we receive when we open our ears and hearts to this message from God! I am thankful that Brother Roy Gingrich is adding another book to the large number of books that he has written. This outline commentary on The Seven Parables of the Kingdom adds another volume to the library of books that he has written over the years. The reader of this book will find its contents to be both interesting and helpful. Brother Gingrich, in dealing with the seven parables found in Matthew thirteen, has given us the background to these parables, an explanatory outline of these parables, and the lessons to us from these parables.
He helps us to understand the program and the work of God during the period between the two advents of Christ, and he, from the teachings of these parables, gives us reasons for faithfully preserving in our labors for God in spite of the sometimes disappointing results of our ministry and our chronic tendency to throw up our hands in despair. We need to know the events that are prophesied to occur that we might prepare ourselves for the fulfillment of these events. As is sometimes said: The Nine Judgments of the New Testament include judgments of individuals and nations.
At all of these judgments, Christ is the Judge, for since the cross of Christ all judgment has been committed to the Son, John 5: This commentary gives us a view of the overall plan of God, the plan of the ages, and it helps us to find our place in this plan. The doctrine of eternal security is one of the cardinal doctrines of the Calvinistic system of belief.
It is controversial doctrine, a doctrine that is hotly debated by its adherents and its opponents. Every Christian should closely and carefully test the truthfulness of the doctrine by comparing it with the teachings of the Bible. If by this examination he comes to accept the doctrine as I have done , he will have an assurance of final salvation that will be of great comfort to him as he goes through the many vicissitudes of this life. This book is written with clarity.
Gingrich has clearly presented the arguments for and against the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints and has convincingly presented his arguments for belief of the doctrine. Roy Gingrich has given us, in a most readable book, a solid introduction to and overview of the Ten Commandments.
The opening pages the author devotes to introductory matters such as the recipients of the commandments, the date of the commandments, the names given to the commandments, the nature of the commandments, and the importance of the commandments. In the remainder of the book, Mr. Gingrich elaborates on each of the commandments, focusing on the subject of the commandment, the statement of the commandment, the meaning of the commandment, and the various ways the commandment is transgressed.
In a most enlightening section at the end of the book, the author deals with the present-day validity of the Ten Commandments; a discussion many will find most helpful. The Times of the Gentiles joins the host of other books from the pen of Mr. Roy Gingrich to be a great help in the understanding of this prophecy.
Brother Gingrich gives us a good, simple, and clear understanding of this prophecy as a whole. The subject of this book, the Millennium, is a subject of great importance to me because of the cross currents of eschatological theology that vie for our attention and approval today. I look upon Amillennial eschatology as a no-hope eschatology, upon Postmillennial eschatology as an unrealistic-hope eschatology, and upon Premillennial eschatology as a real-hope eschatology.
It is my wish and prayer that God will use this book, The Millennium , by Roy Gingrich, to enlighten those Christians who do not know the great truths concerning the Millennium and to refresh and bless those Christians who are already acquainted with these truths. In the sermon, Christ claims that the eating of His flesh and the drinking of His blood are the real spiritual nourishment so desperately needed by every one of us.
The multitude that heard the sermon did not understand, but rejected Christ that day, because they wanted physical food and not nourishment for the soul. To eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ is to hear His words and to appropriate receive them by faith. These are wonderful truths! Receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, and then walking with Him everyday involves such intimate identification with the person and words of Christ that He compares it to consuming His body and drinking His blood.
The student, teacher, or minister will find this book a valuable guide for study and meditation. I am glad that my pastor, Brother Roy Gingrich, has written this book on The Last Hours of Christ for I believe that these hours were a very important part of the earthly ministry of Christ. During these hours, the whole life and ministry of Christ came to a climax and all the saving purposes of God were fully revealed. I hope that, and believe that, this book, The Last Hours of Christ , will be a blessing to all who read it.
Christianity has roots that are deeply entwined with the nation of Israel. Paul meets this need in Romans, chapters nine through eleven, by focusing four questions: In this outstanding work, Mr. It will be an asset to the scholar and the layman alike. In this study, Mr. Gingrich focuses on His treatment of these duties is so clear that even the most difficult passages are easily understood.
Profound doctrinal truths as well as practical teachings are found in the book of Romans, causing it to be a challenging and productive study for both the lay reader and the greatest Bible scholar. In this epistle of instruction and exhortation, Paul expounds the major theological foundational truths, especially the great doctrines of grace, which must be known if one is to have a full knowledge of the work of Christ.
Without hesitation, this outline study is recommended to any Christian who desires a better understanding of the duties of a Christian.
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Consequently, they are not living and enjoying the abundant life that Jesus promised to Christians. No subject in the last twenty years has sparked more controversy among Christians than has the subject of the gifts of the Spirit. Some churches have split while others have grown tremendously because of the exercise of these gifts. Christians differ over which gifts are available today, when and how one receives the gifts, and how one discovers his gifts for ministry. It is evident with all that is being said and written about the gifts that Christians need further enlightenment on the subject, and that is what Mr.
Gingrich offers in this book. This brief outline of First Corinthians, chapters , contains more valuable information on the gifts of the Spirit than is contained in most large volumes on the subject. I have never read a better exposition of this passage than the one Mr. It will serve as an excellent study guide. The Christian life is a battlefield, with the most crucial battles taking place within us.
Our greatest need is for help in managing our own nature. Christians may seek several ways to fight their inner battles. They may try to repress their minds and desires, as if they could shut thoughts and feelings up in a secret closet and pretend they are not there. Others may try in their own strength to fight against the enemy that lurks within, but as Paul said in Romans 7: Who will set one free from the body of this death?
Gingrich has written about in this book. This book gives an outlined commentary on the nine fruits of the Spirit, as stated by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5: The very concise treatment of the subject will be very helpful to the Body of Christ. In this volume, Mr. Gingrich traces the Bible from its author, the triune God, through its human authors, men of God, to our modern-day English translations.
If finite man can know and obey an infinite God, the infinite must reveal Himself to the finite; this God has done in the Bible. This revelation must be authoritative, inerrant, and infallible; and, while there are many infallible proofs, the Bible must still be received by faith. This is one of the greatest tests of the modern church. Brother Gingrich deals with this very important issue in a simple, very frank way.
This present book surveys the whole Old Testament. Of special interest in light of the modern controversy over the inspiration of the text of Scripture is the emphasis the writer places on the trustworthiness, inspiration, and canonicity of the books of the Old Testament. It is essential for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in our day to begin to study this tragically neglected portion of the Bible. They found life in its pages as that ancient Word revealed Christ and the meaning of His life and death. It is, additionally, the foundation of much of the thought of the New Testament so that it is really impossible for Christians today to understand the beloved books of the New without a thorough understanding of the Old.
One of the most essential areas of study for Christian men and women is an overview of the entire Bible. This book, one in a series of three, is intended to acquaint Christians with the author, the readers, the occasion, the purpose, the theme and the values of each New Testament book. This information is needed before beginning as in-depth study of the New Testament books.
Any student of the Word will find the following pages interesting and informative. Years of study have aided Brother Gingrich in compiling and organizing information from Scripture and history that provides an excellent source of facts rarely found in such complete and concise form.
Christ is seen in several ways in Job. Job acknowledges a Redeemer The Book of Psalms is not only the largest book of the Bible, but it perhaps the most widely used book in Scripture because of the way it speaks to the human heart in all of our experiences in life. Again and again sighing is turned into singing through prayer and praise. For the most part, though the texts of the psalms do not designate their authors, the titles do often indicate the author of the various psalms. The following chart designates the authors of these psalms as they are found in the titles: Authorship of the Psalms.
The Psalms are really five books in one. Each of the following book division concludes with a doxology while Psalm occupies the place of the doxology and forms an appropriate conclusion to the entire collection. This correspondence to the Pentateuch may be seen in the following outline: Psalms about praise and the Word of God —corresponds to Deuteronomy. As to their types, the following illustrates a generally agreed upon set of categories:. Lament or Petition , either individual Ps.
Thanksgiving or Praise , either individual Ps. Enthronement hymns of Yahweh: The psalms may also be classified according to special themes as: With their very broad chronological range, the wide thematic arrangement, and the many different audiences living under a variety of conditions, the psalms reflect a multitude of moods and experiences that make them extremely relevant to the reader regardless of the day in which he lives.
Regarding the date of the various psalms, Archer writes:. Of these, the earliest would naturally be Ps. The Davidic psalms would have originated between and b. It is hard to date the descendants of Korah and the two Ezrahites who are mentioned; presumably they were pre-exilic. Of the psalms not carrying titles, some were undoubtedly Davidic e. No convincing evidence, however, has been offered for the dating of any of the psalms later than approximately b. A shortened form is Tillim. Only one psalm is designated Tehillah praise , but praise is the heart of the psalms.
The psalms provide us with a message of hope and comfort through the common theme of worship. They are, in essence, an antidote to fear and complaining. They are an expression of the worship, faith, and spiritual life of Israel. As a collection of a psalms they naturally cover a great variety of feelings, circumstances and themes. This means it is difficult to make any generalizations about a theme or purpose, but it is safe to say that all the psalms embody a personal response on the part of the believer toward the goodness and grace of God.
But whether the psalmist is occupied with a mournful or a joyous theme, he is always expressing himself as in the presence of the living God. There are a few psalms, of course, which mostly contain the thoughts and revelations of God Himself, such as Ps. Many of the psalms survey the Word of God, His attributes, and are Messianic in their scope in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
In thought, worship , is certainly a key word as expressed in the theme above. In this regard, praise , which occurs some times and some form of the word bless, blessing, bless , occurs over a times in the NASB. How do you list key verses in a book like psalms where nearly everyone is bound to have his or her own special verses that have been dear to their heart, but the following is a suggestion:. By keeping it according to Your word. As with the verses, so we also face difficulty in selecting key chapters, but the following are suggested.
Psalm 1, 22, 23, 24; 37; 78; ; ; , and Psalm beautifully unites to central themes of praise and worship. Though the titles to the psalms do sometimes point to the subject or author of the psalm, like David or Korah, the text of the psalms does not. Rather, the focus seems to be more on the people of God in their worship and walk with Lord.
Many of the psalms are Messianic and speak of the person and work of Christ. They fall into falling categories:. These psalms are less obviously messianic. The psalmist in some way is a type of Christ cf. Perhaps, in this case Jesus and the apostles were applying familiar psalmic expressions to their experiences e. According to 1 Kings 4: And while he wrote most of proverbs in this book, later chapters indicate that he was not the only author of the book. Three sections of the proverbs are ascribed to Solomon; chapters 1: However, the proverbs in the latter section Chapter 30 is specifically attributed to Agur, son of Jakeh, and As a book of wisdom, Proverbs is not an historical book but rather the product of the school of wisdom in Israel.
Proverbs obviously gets it name from its contents—short sayings or maxims that convey truth in a pointed and pithy way. As a pithy saying, a proverb centers in a comparison or an antithesis. The title comes from the fact this writing is a compendium of moral and spiritual instruction designed to enable one to live wisely. As suggested by the title and the meaning of the term proverb , the theme and purpose of the book is wisdom for living through special instruction on every conceivable issue of life: No book is more practical in terms of wisdom for daily living than Proverbs.
The absence of a fear of God leads to an unbridled and foolish life. To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of His holy character and power. At the same time, Proverbs shows that true wisdom leads to the fear of the Lord 2: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. There are obviously many sections of proverbs that might be considered as key such as chapter 1: The last chapter of Proverbs is unique in ancient literature, as it reveals a very high and noble view of women. The woman in these verses is: Her conduct, concern, speech, and life stand in sharp contrast to the woman pictured in chapter 7. In chapter 8, wisdom is personified and seen in its perfection.
It is divine 8: There are two lines of evidence external and internal that point to Solomon as the author of Ecclesiastes. For the external evidence, the Jewish tradition attributes the book to Solomon. Internally, a number of lines of evidence show that Solomon was surely the author.
There is simply no other descendant of David who measured up to these descriptions. The name Ecclesiastes stems from the title given in the Greek translation, the Septuagint.
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The basic theme is the futility of life apart from God. In the development of this theme, four key purposes emerge. He sought to show that their quest for happiness cannot be fulfilled by man himself in the pursuits of this life. Second, Solomon affirms the fact that much in life cannot be fully understood, which means we must live by faith, not by sight.
Life is full of unexplained enigmas, unresolved anomalies, and uncorrected injustices. There is much in life that man cannot comprehend nor control, but by faith, we can rest in the sovereign wisdom and work of God. Much like the Book of Job, Ecclesiastes not only affirms that man is finite, but that he must learn to live with mystery.
In view of this, man must have more than a horizontal outlook; he must have the upward look to God, fearing and trusting Him. Enigmas and injustices must be left in His hands to resolve.
Third, Ecclesiastes presents a realistic view of life that counterbalances the optimism of Proverbs. It shows there are exceptions to the laws and promises of proverbs, at least from the standpoint of this life. No, because Proverbs is noting the general laws of God without noting the exceptions that occur because we live in a fallen, sin-ridden world.
Fourth, Solomon showed that man, left to his own strategies will always find life empty, frustrating, and mysterious. The book, however, does not mean that life has no answers, that life is totally useless or meaningless. Meaning and significance can be found, he explained, in fearing God. Frustrations can thus be replaced with contentment through fellowship with God. This also I have seen, that it is from the hand of God. The preacher carefully documents the latter view with a long list of his own personal pursuits I life.
Every earthly prescription for happiness has left the same bitter aftertaste. Though some critics reject King Solomon as the author and take 1: The contents of the book agree with all that we know about the abilities and wisdom of Solomon, and there is no compelling reason not to regard him as the author. Verse 1 asserts that Solomon wrote this song as one of many in fact the best of the many songs which he wrote 1 Kings 4: At this point, Solomon had sixty queens and eighty concubines 6: This book has been titled several ways: The book which is presented as a drama with several scenes, has three major player: The purpose of the book will depend on the viewpoint taken as to the way the book should be interpreted.
The following will illustrate this in the discussion of the three views presented here. In summary, there have been three basic views on the interpretation of this Song of Solomon. Regarding this view, Archer writes:. The allegorical interpretation prevailed from ancient times until the rise of modern scholarship. It must be admitted that these passages establish at least a typical relationship between human love and marriage and the covenant relationship between God and His people.
Others regard the Song as simply a secular love song not intended to convey a spiritual lesson and expressing human love in a highly romantic way drawn from an historical event in the life of Solomon. Others rightly understand the book to be an historical record of the romance of Solomon with a Shulamite woman.
The rightful place of physical love, within marriage only, is clearly established and honored. Within the historical framework, some also see illustrations of the love of God and Christ for His people. Obviously Solomon does not furnish the best example of marital devotion, for he had many wives and concubines at this time, 6: The experiences recorded in this book may reflect the only or virtually the only pure romance he had. This combined perspective is seen in Archers explanation of the theme of Canticles:.
The theme of Canticles is the love of Solomon for his Shulamite bride and her deep affection for him. This love affair is understood to typify the warm, personal relationship which God desires with His spiritual bride, composed of all redeemed believers who have given their hearts to Him. From the Christian perspective, this points to the mutual commitment between Christ and His church and the fullness of fellowship which ought to subsist between them. The book has three major player: So also Merrill F. Feinberg pointed out this quote was very ancient. The Midrash is a Rabinical Commentary.
Jan-March, , pp. Book Review -- Love as a Way of Life. Book Review -- Sacred Marriage. Book Review -- Love and Respect. Book Review -- The Love Dare. Introduction The previous survey of the first seventeen books Law and History , Genesis through Nehemiah, covered the whole history of the Old Testament.
The Book of Job— Blessing through Suffering. The Psalms— Praise through Prayer. The Proverbs— Prudence through Precept. Ecclesiastes— Verity through Vanity. The Patriarchal period—Job c. The Davidic period—Psalms c. The Solomonic period A. Regarding this element Geisler writes: The following list will serve as an overall guide to the Christ-centered aspirations of the poetical books: Job—aspiration for mediation by Christ. Psalms—aspiration for communion with Christ. Proverbs—aspiration for wisdom in Christ. Ecclesiastes—aspiration for ultimate satisfaction.
Some of these are as follows: Regarding the date, Ryrie writes; The date of the events in the book and the date of the writing of the book are two different matters. As such, The book wrestles with the age-old question: Christ as seen in Job: His Circumstances and Character 1: His Calamities and their Source—Satan 1: First cycle of debate 3: Second cycle of debate Third cycle of debate The Words of Elihu Divisions of the Psalter The Psalms are really five books in one.
Psalms about man and creation —corresponds to Genesis. Psalms about Israel and redemption —corresponds to Exodus. Psalms about worship and the Temple —corresponds to Leviticus. Psalms about our sojourn on the earth —corresponds to Numbers. Another way of looking at the book divisions: Trust in God Ps. Didactic and Wisdom psalms Pss. Regarding the date of the various psalms, Archer writes: How do you list key verses in a book like psalms where nearly everyone is bound to have his or her own special verses that have been dear to their heart, but the following is a suggestion: Christ as seen in Psalms: They fall into falling categories: Specific Prophetic fulfillments applied to Christ: Prophecy Psalm New Testament Passage 1.
Crucifixion events 22 Matt. Resurrection 2 and 16 Acts 2: Psalms Psalm 1: The Two Ways of Life Contrasted: Protection in Danger Psalm 4: A Prayer for Refuge Psalm 8: A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked Psalm The Lord as a Refuge and Defense Psalm A Prayer for Help in Trouble Psalm A description of the Godly Man Psalm The Lord as the Refuge of the Saints Psalm A Prayer of Praise for Deliverance Psalm Prayer for Victory Over Enemies Psalm The Lord as the Strength of the King Psalm A Portrait of the Cross: A Portrait of the Divine Shepherd: A Psalm of the King of Glory Psalm The Plea of Integrity and for Redemption Psalm Prayer for Help and Praise for its Answer: The Powerful Voice of God Psalm Praise to the Lord as the Creator and Deliverer Psalm Praise to the Lord as the Provider and Deliverer Psalm A Plea for Resting in the Lord Psalm Psalms Psalms National Lament and Prayer for Redemption Psalm God is Our Refuge and Strength Psalm The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving Psalm
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