Deuteronomy & Introduction to Old Testament Law
In Deuteronomy you come to the last of the Law Books, meet the second generation who are about to take the Land, and Moses, who is about to die! You discover how Deuteronomy is about renewing the covenant with the new generation. In this book you explore a working model of how to distinguish between which Old Testament laws are directly applicable to the Christian believer today, and which are not relevant today, but are still the Word of God and have contemporary significance. You also explore the relevance of the Law of Moses to the various domains of society in our Twenty First Century world.
This book that begins with the glory of God filling a magnificent gold plated temple with his glory, ends with this same temple broken and burned. How did this happen? Why did the kingdom divide? As you work your way through these books you will discover the persistence and longsuffering patience of Israel’s God. You will see how the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy are worked out in the national life. You will encounter the God who is "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty…” Ex 34:6,7. The history you will learn in this Unit is an important foundation for your future studies in the prophets, and will help these wonderful books come alive.
Proverbs & Introduction to Wisdom Literature
In this unit you will be introduced to another important Biblical genre, that of Wisdom. You will discover this book is an Old Testament gold mine of God inspired common sense and wisdom, as well as a book that addresses every area of our live. Choices have consequences! Be ready to learn how to live life well and how to make wise, life giving decisions!
Amos & Introduction to the Prophets
Before you study this book, you will be introduced to this new genre, the Old Testament Prophet. You will learn about the kind of literature it is and how to observe, interpret and then apply it well. Then you will apply what you have learned to this powerful prophet Amos. You will discover that when you understand the setting, history and the way the prophets communicated their message, the often overlooked writings of the prophets have so much contemporary significance.
Habakkuk is the prophet that asks the hard questions. These questions, you will discover, are questions asked by many in our contemporary world.
Ezra & Post Exilic History:
With Ezra, the many promises of the pre-exilic prophets began to be fulfilled. As you study this books and its historical context, and understand the issues these great leaders faced, you will be challenged and inspired, as well as thrilled with the faithfulness of God. You will discover too, how this book is important to understand the three final Minor Prophets.