The Bible at a Glance
A one-sentence overview of biblical books.
Genesis – outlines the beginning of creation, man and Israel; specifically chronicling the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph.
Exodus – describes the “going out” of Israel from Egypt and their struggles to obey a holy God who wanted to “tabernacle: or dwell with them.
Leviticus – God’s guidebook; offers the newly-redeemed Israel the way to worship, serve and gain access to God.
Numbers – transitions God’s people from their wilderness wanderings to their place in a new land by illustrating divine consequences for rebellion.
Deuteronomy – The second law, records Moses’ swan song, stressing the importance of loving God and obeying Him with all your heart.
Joshua – Chronicles the military campaign to reclaim Israel’s land; however, they learn that victory is found through faith in God alone.
Judges – Contrasts Israel’s past obedience to the necessary consequences when everyone did what was right in their own eyes.
Ruth – Tells the beautiful love story between King David’s great-grandparents and affirms that God will provide for and protect His children.
1 & 2 Samuel – tell of the adventures and reigns of Israel’s first two kings: Saul and David, the man after God’s own heart.
1 & 2 Kings – trace the political line of Israel, beginning with King Solomon, whose heart was divided; and end with a Nation whose people were divided.
1 & 2 Chronicles – Mirror the history of 1 & 2 Kings yet concentrate on the spiritual lives of Judah’s Kings who modelled their hearts after David.
Ezra – follows the exiled people’s return back to the land as God promised and describes a new beginning for Israel.
Nehemiah – Outlines the administrative genius nd faith of a man who would rally God’s people to rebuild the protective walls of Jerusalem in 52 days.
Esther – Set between the time of Ezra 6 – 7; tells the true Cinderella story of how God delivered His people from a holocaust-like plot.
Job – Records the drama of a godly man who, after losing his health, wealth, family & status, chose to trust that God was at work behind the scenes.
Psalms – The hymnbook of the Bible: exalts God as worthy of all praise through songs that continue to be sung to this day.
Proverbs – Teaches wisdom for living; in short, pithy statements about everyday aspects of life & relationships.
Ecclesiastes – Outlines Solomon’s intense search for the meaning of life, ultimately finding it in knowing & loving God.
Song of Songs – Details the intimacies of marital love and metaphorically pictures the love of God for His people.
Isaiah – Condemns Judah for their sin and predicts God’s judgement, but also offers comfort in God’s faithful future blessing.
Jeremiah – Describes Judah at the depth of spiritual decay and announces the heart-breaking news of God’s judgement in light of His holiness.
Lamentations – Calls the people of Israel to mourn in this funeral liturgy for Jerusalem; forty years later Jeremiah’s prophecy came true.
Ezekiel – Administers hope to exiles in Babylon that God’s Name would be honoured and that His Glory would not be forgotten.
Daniel – Assures Israel and the world that God is sovereign and will work in the lives of individuals as well as in history, according to His own Will.
Hosea – Symbolizes God’s faithfulness and the spiritual adultery of Israel by marrying and loving a prostitute.
Joel – Joel’s “Day of the Lord” describes Israel’s present disaster and future tribulation; but also promises hope for those who believe.
Amos – Foretells judgement coming to Israel in spite of the prosperity they now enjoy and urges them to turn back to the Lord.
Obadiah – Re-tells the ancient rivalry between Esau and Jacob in the new context of Edom warring – and losing – against Israel.
Jonah – Emphasises God’s Grace in giving wicked people an opportunity to respond to the word and will of God; the prophet Jonah learns several lessons too.
Micah’s message of judgement echoes in a sin-saturated society where justice is absent, but a Divine Deliverer will be coming soon.
Nahum – Meaning “comfort” offers encouragement to Israel that the Assyrians would not go unpunished for their wickedness.
Habakkuk tells of the personal struggle the prophet felt with God’s plan to judge Israel using a more wicked nation; waiting and trusting God is Habakkuk’s resolution.
Zephaniah speaks of both the wrath and mercy of God for Israel and Gentile nations – for the present and the future.
Haggai rouses enthusiasm for the rebuilding of the Temple and calls people to renewed courage, holiness and faith in God.
Zechariah challenges people to look ahead in God’s plan and see the benefit of their work in rebuilding the temple.
Malachi urges Israel to be faithful in spite of their questions regarding God’s love and protection of His people.
Matthew presents Jesus as the Christ, Israel’s Messianic King, and the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy.
Mark pictures Jesus as the suffering Servant, the Saviour who came to give His life as a ransom for mankind.
Luke describes Jesus as the Son of Man, whose mission was to “seek and to save that which was lost”. (19:10)
John presents Jesus as the eternal Son of God who offered eternal life to all who would believe on Him.
Acts – paints the only historical portrait of the newly-born Church; it also records the temporary setting aside of the Nation of Israel and Paul’s missionary journeys.
Romans – explains the significance of Jesus’ death; clarifies what it takes to be accepted by God; and illustrates how to live a godly life.
1 Corinthians – addresses a variety of problems that the early Church faced: moral and ethical, doctrinal and practical, corporate and private.
2 Corinthians – rejoices that the Church in Corinth experienced a change in heart and was now accepting Paul and each other in their God-given roles.
Galatians – urges believers to not give up their freedom in Christ in exchange for either loose living or legalism.
Ephesians – reminds believers of the great spiritual wealth that is theirs because of their inheritance in Christ.
Philippians – urges believers to focus their lives on the joy and encouragement found in Christ, regardless of their circumstances.
Colossians – affirms the supremacy of the Person of Jesus Christ and the completeness of the salvation that He provides.
1 Thessalonians – calls believers to excel in their faith and love for one another; and to always be thankful.
2 Thessalonians – comforts believers who are suffering and urges them to continue trusting God in light of future events.
1 Timothy – Encourages leaders in how to conduct themselves, guard against false doctrine & develop mature leadership in the Church.
2 Timothy – Paul’s final letter pictures a very personal portrait of what it means to finish well & remain faithful to the very end.
* Currently updated on a weekly basis