History was always one of my favorite subjects in school. So many stories, so many time periods, so many real characters who have lived through so many unique situations, and some who even grew through their experiences. The things we can learn through a great history book are amazing. And, just as amazing – the fact that through it ALL – there has been ONE God of this universe. In every event everywhere and at every time – He has been there – and will be there.
And yet, there has been one special place, one special people that God has taken a very special interest in – and that is the land and people of Israel. It is this history that was preserved for us and makes up the second division of the Old Testament – the 12 books of History – the history of God’s chosen people as a nation.
So much can still be learned today about God and mankind by reading these historical accounts. Go ahead – pick a book and get a glimpse into His Story.
12 BOOKS OF OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY
JOSHUA – The Lord Gives Victory in Canaan
Joshua leads Israel into the Promised Land – Rahab is saved, walls of Jericho, sun stands still
JUDGES – Israel Led by Judges
Cycles of sin and rebellion – enemies surround – Israel calls out to God – God sends a judge to save – people repent and serve God, until….cycle repeats. Some of the judges were Samson, Gideon, Deborah, and Ehud.
RUTH – Faithful Daughter-in-Law – and Faithful God
Ruth, a Moabite, is loyal to Naomi her Jewish mother-in-law and God takes care of them
I & II SAMUEL – Samuel Anoints Israel’s 1st & 2nd King
Hannah’s son Samuel raised by the priest Eli – He anoints Saul, then David as kings – we also meet Goliath, Jonathan, Bathsheba and Nathan
I & II KINGS – Israel Splits and is Captured
King Solomon, kingdom divides (Northern Israel, Southern Judah), many bad kings (like Ahab), some good kings (like Josiah), and God’s prophets (like Elijah)
I & II CHRONICLES – Judah’s Kings – Repeated
Retelling of Judah’s history – Adam to King David to Jerusalem’s destruction to King Cyrus permitting Jews to return to rebuild Jerusalem
EZRA – Exiles Rebuild Temple
Returning Jews rebuild Jerusalem’s temple and Ezra teaches them how to seek God
NEHEMIAH – Rebuilding City Walls
Nehemiah leads the Jews as they rebuild the walls of Jerusalem through much opposition
ESTHER – Jewish Girl Becomes Queen and Saves Jews
Brave, beautiful Esther, Cousin Mordecai, King Xerxes, evil Haman, 3 days of prayer and fasting, Jews are saved, new national holiday
Read some HIS-STORY today – the best is in God’s Word!