The Bible on One Page

Chronologically, the Old Testament ends with the book of Nehemiah.  Every book coming after it can be placed somewhere in the framework of events covered from Genesis through Nehemiah.

  1. Creation and Early Civilization (Genesis 1-5)
  2. Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6-11)
  3. Lives of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (Genesis 12-50). (The Book of Job belongs here.)
  4. Israelites in Egypt and the Wilderness (Exodus-Deuteronomy).
  5. Israelites Enter the Land of Canaan (Joshua).  
  6. Israelites Ruled by Judges (Judges; 1 Samuel 1-8; Ruth).
  7. Israelites Form a United Kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon (1 Samuel 9-2 Samuel 24; 1 Kings 1-11; 1 Chronicles 1-2 Chronicles 9). (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon belong here.)
  8. Israelites Divide into Southern/Northern Kingdoms (1 Kings 12-2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 10-36). (Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations belong here.)
  9. Israelites in Captivity (Ezekiel; Daniel).
  10. Judah Returns from Babylon to Canaan (Ezra; Nehemiah; Esther). (Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi belong here.) 
  11. The 430 Years between the Old and New Testaments.
  12. The Earthly Life and Ministry of Christ (Matthew; Mark, Luke, John).
  13. Beginning and Growth of the Church (Acts).
  14. Christianity Applied: Individually and Congregationally (Romans-Jude).
  15. The Ultimate Victory of the Church (Revelation)
     
    Hugh Fulford – House to House Vol 21 #2


PRAYER MEDITATION

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished,  one of His disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1). 

At first, this disciple’s request might surprise us.  Jewish people had a great tradition of prayer, practiced since childhood.  John the Baptizer, the greatest of prophets, had taught some of these very men.  Jesus Himself had shown them how to pray (Matt 6).  He had sent them on missions, and seventy had just returned with enthusiastic reports (Luke 10:1-20).  So they might easily see themselves as experienced workers with God. 

Yet, in Luke 11, immediately after these events, a disciple makes the most basic request:  “Lord, teach us to pray.”  This sounds like a child’s request.  If he says, “teach us more about prayer,” there might be room for adult pride, suggesting, “We already know something about praying; we just need to improve.”  Instead he says something simpler: “Lord, teach us to pray.”  He includes his fellow disciples: “Teach us.”   They too need to learn prayer.  A little earlier Jesus asked His followers to pray for more harvest workers (Luke 10:2).  The disciples want to do that very thing, to join Jesus in the vitality and effectiveness of His prayers.  But this honest man realizes that they are mere children in the school of prayer.  So, he goes right back to the beginning, with the most basic request, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

Do we realize that, compared with Jesus, we are babies in spiritual matters?  Are we like infants in being open to learning, to changing, to growing?  A child-like attitude is essential for us to have a place in the Kingdom (Luke 10:21; 18:16-17).

 

John Reese – June 2017

                         



Is God Calling You Out of Your Comfort Zone?

Mark Roberts, who writes a series of daily devotionals for people in leadership positions, recently offered a provocative piece of scripture – one in which God ordered one of his prophets to walk around naked in public! It’s in the book of Isaiah:

…The LORD said to (Isaiah), “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot. Isaiah 20:2

Isaiah did this not just for a day, a week or a month-but for three years! Even for a devout prophet like Isaiah, that had to be clearly outside his comfort zone.

There was a reason why God commanded it, of course. It was a visual warning to Israel’s neighbors – confident of their own resources and oblivious to earlier warnings to turn to God – of their fate when God sent the Assyrians to conquer them. In that day, it was common for conquering armies to parade their captives naked as a way of shaming them.

“We would be horrified if we had to walk around naked for three years,” Roberts writes. (Amen!) He continues that, while God likely won’t require that of us, “Sometimes the Lord asks us to do hard things, things we find awkward, even embarrassing” in carrying out His will.

As we continue our period of transition here at Highland Village, God may be challenging you to step out of your comfort zone into a new role. Is He calling you to teach a class? That new role may strike you as challenging, intimidating – even awkward and embarrassing. But before you say no, remember that God will provide you with the abilities you need to succeed (Phil.2:13). And also remember that it can’t be any worse than what Isaiah had to do!

John Williams – June 2017



Turn On The Lights!

When a storm comes and the lights go out often our first reaction is to run to the breaker box to see if a switch has tripped that we can reset.  When that doesn’t work we wonder how long it will take for them to “get the lights back on.”  Has a transformer gone down, has the power source been disconnected?  Then we begin to worry.  It’s about the little things at first like missing something on TV, as more time passes it may become about critical things like keeping the house cool enough for infants or the elderly on a blazing hot summer night.  We may try to fix the problem ourselves but when all we try has failed and we are not in control we must depend on someone else.
 
 Have spiritual storms come into your life?  Has your spiritual light gone out?  Who have you depended on?  Have you tried to fix the problems yourself? Proverbs 14:12 warns that the end of the way that seems right to man is the way of death.  In Luke 15 the parable of the prodigal son describes in physical terms how our spiritual lives can spiral ever downward into increasing darkness if we leave the Father.
 
 The God of heaven calls on you to turn to Him for light.  Just as Genesis 1:3 records that He created physical light for the earth, the gospel of John 1:9 records that a true light came into the world to enlighten every man.  What is this light?  It is the word of God!  Who is this light?  It is Jesus Christ?
 Are you walking in spiritual darkness?  Have you strayed from God?  His word will light your path, (Psalm 119:105), and He implores His people to walk in His light (Isaiah 2:5).  Turn to God’s word and it will light up your life, turn to Jesus for He is the Light of Life and you will be a light in the world.  Reconnect to the power source and turn on the lights!
 
 Keith Williamson 
2017