is still the deceiver. However, God is still
blessing him and is certainly teaching him.
Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3 - The Week of Creation-
ďIn the beginning
God created the heaven and the earthĒ is the basis of all we are and all
we believe. We
came from God. In order to have eternal life and a reason for living,
we must return to God.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:4-25 -
Creation of Adam and Eve - Study
carefully the creation of Adam and Eve. Notice Godís original plan for
man. See what you can learn about manís original design.
Genesis 3:1-24 -
The Fall of Adam and Eve -
Manís first chance at paradise was lost because he
listened to the lies of the devil and did the one
thing that God had kept from him.
Genesis 4:1-26 - Cain
and Abel -
Abel and Cain give the original contrast between good and evil. Abel
obeyed God and was accepted of Him. Cain came up with a better idea and
displeased God. This lesson teaches obedience and importance of
doing things Godís way.
Genesis 6:1-22 -
Building of Noahís Ark-
The days of Noah are especially important to us because Christ told us
that the day of His coming would be like them (Matt.24:37-39). This
story warns us against falling into the corruption of the world in which
- 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-29 -
The Great Flood -
Even in the midst of
destruction, God provides a way for the salvation of those who will
trust in Him. The emphasis of this lesson is not one of judgment but of
Godís mercy for His own.
Genesis 11:1-9 - The
Tower of Babel-
The tower of Babel is the sight of manís first and (to date) only
one-world government. Bible prophecy tells of a time when man will have
his one-world government and will use it to fight God and Godís people,
the Jews. This is the time of the tribulation.
12:1-20; 13:1-18 -
Call of Abraham-The
early history of Abraham (here, Abram) is a striking picture of what
it means to leave the world and follow after God.
Genesis 14:1-24 -
The Rescue of Lot-
Though Lot is
a righteous man in his personal life he runs with the wrong crowd
. Abram rescues his nephew but he keeps a good distance from the king
and goods of Sodom. We should do the same.
Genesis 15:1-21; 16:1-16; 17:1-27 - Abrahamís Covenant- Godís covenant with Abraham shows us how God establishes a relationship
with man. As with the Jewish
people, God will always keep His promises with man. This is why we are
eternally secure in our salvation.
- Abraham's Meeting with God: This
section of the Bible gives a great lesson on hospitality. But, more
than that, it deals with fellowship with God. How well do you know
Genesis 19:1-30 -
will be given two entirely different outlines. The first deals with what
really destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The second outline shows where Lot
failed in his service to God.
Genesis 20:1-18; 21:1-34 -
to Gerar- Abraham is maturing in his life. His life is bearing the fruit he has
plantedófor good or bad. An alternative title to this lesson
could be ďWrapping Up Loose Ends.Ē
Genesis 22:1-19 -
of Isaac- Several approaches are possible with this lesson. Yet,
all of these approaches emphasize surrender and sacrifice. You might do
well to consider what it means to be truly surrendered to the Lord.
Genesis 24:1-67 -
A Wife For Isaac-
Practically speaking, this chapter is a wonderful
illustration in how to fulfill Godís will in our
Genesis 25:19-34 - The Birth
of Jacob and Esau- This lesson gives several examples, both negative
and positive, of waiting on God.
Genesis 26:1-33 -
Abimelech- As a person, Isaac was the type of man that hated to deal
with conflict. This chapter shows him dealing a lot with what he liked
Genesis 27:1-46 -
Esauís Blessing- This is a story in which no one is operating from pure motives. We need
to make sure of our motives and follow the Lord in all things.
Jacob Leaves to Find His Future- Jacob has had it easy up to
now. But now, his life of trickery begins to catch up with him. In this
lesson, Jacob takes a major step toward spiritual maturity.
Jacob Gets Married -
30:25-43; 31:1-55 - Jacob Flees From Laban -
Jacobís vow (Genesis 28:20) asked of God both
provision and protection. In this lesson God gives
provision and protection to Jacob.
32:1-32 - Wrestling With the Angel -
Jacob reaches great heights of spiritual maturity in
this lesson. He wrestles with the angel of God and
37:1-36 - Joseph Sold Into Slavery -
Josephís story takes up the remainder of the book of
Genesis and, as such, is one of the more detailed
lives in the Bible.
Genesis 39:1-23 -
Temptation- So often in the Bible and in daily life, we see the
results of those who do not endure the temptation to sin. Over and over
again, we are warned of the dangers of temptation.
Genesis 40:1-23-The Butler
and the Baker- Joseph is 28 years of age at the time of this
chapter. It has been 11 years since his brothers sold him into slavery. This chapter gives the breakthrough he had been looking for. But, as we
will see, it is also part of a long drawn out plan.
Genesis 41:1-57 -
Exaltation of Joseph- The time that Joseph had sought for so long
finally came. He is exalted in this chapter as second ruler of Egypt.
43:1-34; 44:1-34-Josephís Brothers Come to Egypt- Joseph has been
exalted to the second place in the entire land of Egypt. Now all
that needs to take place in order for the dreams of
his youth to be fulfilled is for his brothers to
come and bow down to him.
Genesis 45:1-28; 46:1-27;
47:1-12 - The Move to Egypt- The brotherís act of hatred in
selling their brother into slavery becomes the way by which God
preserves His people in famine. Joseph
was exalted in the last lesson. But now his trials take on an
even deeper meaning.
47:27-31; 48:1-22 - The Blessing of Ephraim & Manasseh- God is
still fulfilling His blessings on Joseph and rewarding him for his
We can be sure that our God will make all things work out to the
good of those who love Him.
50:1-26 - The Deaths of Jacob & Joseph-
The story is
ending. The last of the founding patriarchs are dying.
The book of Genesis ends ďin a coffin in
EgyptĒ, but those very bones are held in hope of a return to the
Bondage in Egypt- From Genesis to Revelation, Satan has
attempted to destroy the people of God and the godly seed. This chapter
records one of many such attempts.
Exodus 2:1-10 -
The Birth of Moses- This lesson describes the protective hand of God over the one who was to
be the deliverer of the children of Israel from Egypt. Godís hand of
providence is seen throughout this story.
Exodus 2:11-25 -
of Moses- This lesson deals with the importance of doing all things
within Godís perfect timing and the pain of getting out of His timing. It also shows how strife works against us and how God can use it for our
Exodus 3:1-22; 4:1-17 - The Call of
Moses- In this lesson, God emphasizes His power as opposed to the
ability of man. The bush burned supernaturally. But the power was not
in the bush, it was in the God who caused the bush to burn. When God
puts His touch on something, any old bush will do.
6:1-8; 7:1-25 -
The Deliverance of Israel Begins- When we are in
need, we prefer to think of a deliverance that works like the cavalry
coming at the last minute while giving complete and immediate relief. God does not always work this way.
Introduction to the Plagues- The plagues themselves have an
obvious pattern to them. The first nine plagues can be divided into
three groups of three plagues each. The last plague is a category unto
itself. Please consider these three groups.
Leviticus 1:1-17 - The
Burnt Offering: The burnt offering required a complete
sacrifice. We should be willing to give ourselves as Christ gave
Himself. This lesson also deals with the five major sacrifices.
Leviticus 2:1-16 - The Meat
Offering: What is the meat offering? Why is that the best
name for it? How does it apply to Christ and believers?
Leviticus 10:1-11 - Offering
Strange Fire: What was the sin of Nadab and Abihu that caused
God to kill them? What does this lesson teach us?
Leviticus 13:1-46; 14:1-32 -
Leprosy: A type of sin. This lesson discusses the
character of leprosy and the condition and cleansing of the leper.
Leviticus 16:1-34 - Day
of Atonement: This outline includes the two goats: the
sacrificial goat and the scapegoat.
Leviticus 23:1-44 - The
Jewish Feasts: God established
seven original annual feasts for the children of Israel. Not only
did they commemorate what God had done for Israel, they were prophetic of
Numbers 11:1-35 -
Grumblings Against God: This lesson deals with the children of
Israel when they demanded flesh to eat. It also serves as an
introduction to the book of Numbers.
Numbers 12:1-16 -
Speaking Against Moses: Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses and
must answer to God. Has outline at end of lesson which makes
application to the pastor and church.
13:1-33 - Spies to Search the Land: Ten spies give an evil
report. Only Caleb and Joshua believe they can conquer the land.
14:1-45 - Forty Years in the Wilderness:
Outline describing the
punishment for Israel's rebellion. SPECIAL NOTES on the number ten.
Numbers 16:1-50 - The
Rebellion of Korah: Jealousy led to rebellion; rebellion led to
disaster. God did a new thing.
17:1-13 - Aaron's Rod That Budded: God exalts His chosen man and
give a wonderful type of Jesus. Can be taught or preached.
Numbers 20:1-29 -
Striking the Rock: Why was it such a great sin for Moses to
strike the rock? What type was Moses attacking?
Numbers 21:1-9 - The
Fiery Serpents: Outline on one of the greatest types of
salvation in the Old Testament. Last section is an outline on
victory over discouragement.
Numbers 22:1-41 - Balaam's Call to
Curse Israel: Balaam shows us the motivation of those who "do
ministry" for the reward they get from it.
Numbers 23:1-30; 24:1-25 -
The Prophecies of Balaam: God overrules the corrupt prophet,
Balaam, and uses him to give some amazing prophecies.
Numbers 25:1-18 - The Zeal of
Phinehas: Sin broke out in the camp and
so did the plague. Phinehas, Aaron's grandson, saves the day and brings honor on himself.
Numbers 27:1-23 - The Right
of Inheritance: When one generation passes away, what is the
responsibility of the next generation? What is their spiritual
Numbers 35:1-34 - The Cities of
Refuge: Notes on a Sabbath day's journey and the
cities of refuge as a type of Christ. What do you think the
slayer is a type of?
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 - Death of Moses: Moses died one of the strangest deaths ever recorded. This lesson
also has a general introduction to Deuteronomy.
Joshua 1:1-18 - Joshua Takes
Command: A simple outline of the chapter.
Joshua 2:1-24 - Joshua Sends
Men to Spy Jericho: Special notes on
roofs in the Bible and
tokens in scripture.
Outline on Rahab - From Harlotry to the Fall of Faith can be
taught or preached.
Joshua 3:1-17; 4:1-24 - Crossing
the Jordan: Possibly a picture of death but a better picture of
the victorious Christian life. This life has battles and even
occasional defeats but it begins to possess the possessions God has for
Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-27 - The Fall
of Jericho: Jesus appears as the captain of the host of the Lord
and gives the plan for taking Jericho. The walls fall flat and
Joshua 9:1-27 - Joshua
Tricked by the Gibeonites: Those who desire to serve the Lord
often fail by presuming upon Him. We get a plan and expect God to
back us up. But should we not get the plan from God in the first
Joshua 10:1-43 - Joshua Stays the
Sun: Five kings meet their doom. The sun and moon stop for
Joshua. The Lord fights for Israel.
Joshua 14:1-15 - Caleb Gets
His Mountain: What a lesson in determination! Are you
fighting to conquer the mountain God has for you?
Judges 1:1-36 - Joshua is Dead: Adonibezek loses his thumbs and great toes; Othniel gets a wife, Achsah;
Achsah gets a field and two springs.
Judges 2:1-23; 3:1-8 -
Introduction to Judges: This lesson deals with the cycle of
disobedience, destruction and deliverance that characterizes this book.
Judges 3:5-31 -
The First Judges:
continue to spiral downward away from their God but He will continue to
hear their pleas for help and send them deliverers.
Judges 6:1-32 -
Gideon's Call to Deliver Israel:
Israelites are in trouble again. This time, God sends help through an
unlikely leaderóso that God will get the glory.
Judges 6:33-40; 7:1-25 -
Gideon Defeats the Midianites: The story of Gideon
shows how God can give the victory if we will trust entirely in Him.
Judges 10:6-18; 11:1-40 - Jephthah
and his Vow: Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? In what ways
are things getting worse for Israel? Why?
Judges 13:1-25 - Samson's Birth &
Nazarite Vow: What was miraculous about the birth of Samson? Who
else in scripture may have had a lifelong Nazarite vow?
Judges 14:1-20 - Samson's Riddle: Samson gambles with unscrupulous characters using a riddle. The
result is violence and animosity that will follow Samson his entire
Judges 15:1-20 - The Fruit of
Revenge: God shows us through Samson's fleshly nature that revenge
solves nothing, and can create a vicious cycle of vengeance.
Judges 17:1-13; 18:1-31 - The
False Religion of Dan: If truth and error are mixed the result is a
false religion. This is the story of the birth of the false religion
Ruth 1:1-22 - Ruth Goes to
Bethlehem When things go wrong do you think God has turned
against you? See God's grace through Ruth's experience in uncertain
Ruth 2:1-23 - Gleans in the
Field The first chapter of Ruth demonstrates the wonderful grace
of God toward both Naomi and Ruth in their time of great need.
Ruth 3:1-18, 4:1-22 - Ruth Marries
Boaz: As the story of Ruth comes to a close, we see the great
blessings of the Lord on both her and on Naomi.
1Samuel - Introduction: An overview of 1Samuel including statistics of the book and background
1Samuel 1:1-28 - Birth of Samuel: God brings a man into the world who will begin to bring Israel back to
God. That man is Samuel.
1Samuel 4:1-22 - The Capture of
the Ark: God has started speaking again and He has placed His hand on
the youth Samuel.
1Samuel 5:1-12; 6:1-21 - The
Return of the Ark: In these two chapters, Godís holiness is
1Samuel 7:1-17; 8:1-22 -
Samuel as Judge of Israel: Samuelís rule as judge was not without its
problems. His sons fell short of Samuelís example and the people demanded
1Samuel 12:1-25 - Samuel's
Word to Israel: The Israelites were determined to have a king
like all the nations and God had granted their request.
- God's First Rejection of Saul: Both the sin of Saul in
sacrificing and the absence of smiths (blacksmiths) in Israel point to the
danger of fighting Godís battles according to the ways of man and the
- Partial Victory Over the Philistines - In this lesson, we learn from
Jonathanís faith in God and his bravery in battle. We also learn from
Saulís fearfulness and his foolishness in making an unreasonable oath.
1Samuel 15:1-35 - God's
Final Rejection of Saul - In this chapter, Saul illustrates the sin of
willful rebellion and Godís reaction to this sin. Saulís rebellion leads
to Godís rejection of him as king of Israel.
1Samuel 16:1-23 -
David's Anointed to be King - What a difference we see between Saul
and David. One impressed men by his exterior appearance; the other
impressed God by the condition of his heart.
1Samuel 17:1-58 - David Kills
the Giant - What giantís do you face in your life? By studying Davidís
victory over Goliath, you can learn how to face your giants.
1Samuel 18:1-30; 19:1-24 -
Saul Turns Against David - David has already been anointed to be the
next king, but the road to the throne will be a slow and painful one.
However, Godís will prevails and David will be king in the end.
1Samuel 20:1-42 -
Jonathan's Covenant With David - Christians ought to be the best
friends someone can have. This lesson shows the value of true friendship.
1Samuel 21:1-15; 22:1-23 -
David Goes Into Exile - God delights in bringing greatness out of
small beginnings; for in this way, God (and not man) receives the glory.
1Samuel 23:1-29 -
The Wilderness Wanderings of David - This is a most difficult time for
David. He is constantly in fear for his life. Yet, he survives by
continually seeking Godís will.
1Samuel 24:1-22 -
David Respects the Lord's Anointed - This lesson greatly illustrates
a choice made by each person. Will they live their life by conviction or
1Samuel 25:1-44 - Nabal the Fool
- The name Nabal means
fool (see 1Samuel 25:25). In scripture, a fool is much more than a
degrading name you throw at someone you dislike.
1Samuel 26:1-25; 27:1-12 -
David as a Fugitive - David continues to be protected by the Lord. In
some cases (as in the sparing of Saul), he acts in a most honorable way.
2Samuel 2:1-32 - David
David Made King Over Judah - God begins to fulfill His prophecy
concerning David. But even now, Davidís right to the entire kingdom is
2Samuel 3:1-39 - The Death of Abner
- Abner had killed Joabís brother, Asahel,
in battle. Joab cannot wait for the Lord but must exact his own vengeance.
2Samuel 4:1-12; 5:1-25 - David
Rules All Israel - David is established as ruler over all of Israel..
2Samuel 4:1-12; 5:1-25 - David
Rules All Israel - David is established as ruler over all of Israel.
2Samuel 7:1-29; 1Chronicles 17:1-27 - God Makes a Covenant With David
- As David
contemplates the dwelling place of the ark of God, he determines to build
a house for the Lord. God, however, puts a halt to Davidís plans.
2Samuel 8:1-18; 9:1-13
- David at the Height of His Reign - David is at the height of
his reign with multiple victories on the field, and a great spiritual
victory when he lifts the grandson of his enemy to a place of blessing and
2Samuel 10:1-19; 1Chronicles 19:1-19 - David Battles with Ammon and Syria
- There are several practical lessons here including doing good to those
who have done good to you, avoiding shaming people publicly, and fighting
the battle of this life with courage and complete trust in the work that
the Lord will do for us.
2Samuel 11:1-27 - David's
Sin with Bathsheba - In this chapter, one of the great men of
God in the Bible falls deeply into sin. How could David do such a thing?
2Samuel 12:1-31; Psalm
51:1-19 - David is Caught in His Sins - In this chapter, we
learn three great lessons: 1) your sin will surely catch up with you and
find you out; 2) the judgment of sin is more than you can ever imagine;
3) God shows great mercy to those who truly repent and turn to Him.
2Samuel 13:1-39 - The
Sin and Death of Amnon - This chapter is a living illustration
of James 1:14-15. Amnon is tempted with his own lust. He falls
into sin and it leads to his death. This lesson is a warning to us all.
2Samuel 13:1-39 - The
Sin and Death of Amnon - This chapter is a living illustration
of James 1:14-15. Amnon is tempted with his own lust. He falls
into sin and it leads to his death. This lesson is a warning to us all.
2Samuel 13:1-39 - The
Sin and Death of Amnon - This chapter is a living illustration
of James 1:14-15. Amnon is tempted with his own lust. He falls into
sin and it leads to his death. This lesson is a warning to us all.
2Samuel 14:1-33 -
Absalom Returned to Jerusalem - This lesson teaches a lot about
personal influence. The woman of Tekoah and Absalom demonstrate two
methods for getting your way with others, both of which have an ungodly
side to them. How does the Lord want us to influence others?
16:1-23 - David's Flight from Absalom's Rebellion - David is
still reaping what he had sown. One of the judgments given by Nathan is
fulfilled by David's son Absalom. Galatians 6:7 is fulfilled in this
- God Destroys Ahithophel's Counsel - Although things look bad
for David at the beginning of this chapter, they begin to change. We
must learn to trust in the same Lord. If God be for us, who can be
- The Defeat and Death of Absalom - 2Samuel 17:14 stated that
the Lord intended to bring evil upon Absalom and it comes to pass in
this chapter. The proud one is caught by his head in an oak tree and is
killed by Joabís young armor bearers.
2Samuel 19:1-43 - David
Returns to Jerusalem - David is in charge. As such, it is a
day of forgiveness and mercy (Shimei and Mephibosheth). It is a day of
grace and blessing (Barzillai and Chimham).
2Samuel 20:1-26; 21:1-22
- Further Troubles in Israel -
tend to begat more messes. That is why it seems to take so long to get
things right after they have really been messed up. However, that is
the case in Davidís reign and that is often the case in our own lives. The best thing is to simply pay the price and do whatever is necessary
to put things right.
2Samuel 22:1-51 -
David's Song of Deliverance - 2Samuel 22 is
practically identical to Psalm 18. However, its placement in 2Samuel
helps us to see one of the psalms in its exact position in history. David and others usually wrote the psalms in response to events that
were occurring. This one is a declaration of praise for Godís
deliverance out of trouble. We have been studying the many troubles of
David. We can understand his joy at this point.
2Samuel 23:1-39 -
David's Last Words and Mighty Men- A man's last words are often his
most important. In this chapter you read the last words of the
sweet psalmist of Israel. Also see the list of David's mighty men. Did you know that Uriah the Hittite was one?
2Samuel 24:1-25 -
David's Sin in Numbering the People- Who led David to number the
people? One place you read that it was God and yet in another
place it was Satan. Is this a contradiction in the word of God?
Solomon Anointed As King Over Israel- Adonijah
desires to usurp the throne of David, but the throne
was to be Solomon's. Adonijah received news that
Solomon had been anointed and he ran for his life.
29:1-30-Davidís Final Instructions-
David turns the kingdom over to Solomon and completes his long and
successful reign over the people of God.
Solomon Established as King-Davidís
final charge to Solomon consists
to the commandments, judgments, and testimonies of the Lord
1Kings 3:1-28; 4:20-34 - The
Wisdom of Solomon- Solomon had the opportunity that many would
love to have. He could ask anything that he wanted of God. Solomon's request tells us much of him.
Proverbs 1:1-33 -
Solomon's Instruction in Wisdom- An introduction to the Book of
Proverbs. An invitation to hear wisdom is given herein.
Proverbs 3:1-35 -
Solomon's Instructions to His Son- Solomon gives his son
instructions dealing with three areas in his life; the Lord, wisdom and
Proverbs 8:1-36 - Wisdom
Personified- Wisdom cries out to the simple. She speaks
righteousness and she is better than rubies. Sinning against her
is sinning against your own soul.
Proverbs 26:1-28 -
Warnings Against Rejecting Wisdom- Answer a fool according to his
folly, and answer not a fool according to his folly. Is this a
contradiction in the Bible?
Proverbs 30:1-33 -
in Wisdom -
This chapter has many lists of thing that make us think.
Many of these lists have practical or spiritual applications. Keep your
spiritual eyes open for these applications.
Proverbs 31:1-31 -
Wisdom From King Lemuelís
Whereas most of
Proverbs deals with a father speaking to his son, this chapter contains
a motherís wisdom that she gives to her son.
6:1-39 - The Building of Solomonís Temple- The passage lists the various aspects of the temple as part of this
pattern that God had given him. Therefore, the pattern for Solomonís
temple comes from God and must have special spiritual significance.
Completion of Solomonís Buildings- In this lesson you will learn and see the accuracy that Solomon in his
wisdom built the temple of the Lord. Critics have often made light of
the mathematical inaccuracy of this description. Remember, Godís word is
1Kings 8:1-66 - The
Dedication of the Temple-
The ark of the covenant was brought from the city of David. Solomonís
Temple was on Mount Moriah and was located to the north of the city of
David which is Zion Ė Zion was later used to refer to the entire city of
Jerusalem and also to the heavenly abode of God.
1Kings 9:1-28 -
The Continuing Reign of
This chapter and the next mark the height of Solomonís reign. But there
is a warning here too.
see later how his wealth and his wives draw him away from the Lord.
1Kings 10:1-29 - The
wealth and fame of Solomon-
Solomon received great wealth not by war but by his
wise and understanding heart giving to him by God.
This wisdom led queen of Sheba ( located in Saudi
Arabia ) and others to give Solomon much riches.
1Kings 11:1-43 - The
Final Years of Solomon-Solomon
had been blessed by God above all others on the earth. Yet, he allowed
his love for the things of the world draw him away from God. We need to listen to the lesson of and learn from it.
1Kings 12:1-33 - The
Division of the Twelve Tribes- The
price for serving other gods will not be furnished by God. Taxation of
the people must be accomplished. This lesson shows the folly of a
compromising nation who has turned from serving The Lord God Jehovah.
1Kings 13:1-34 -
Godís Man Proclaiming Godís Word-
ďthe word of the LORDĒ occurs ten times in this chapter. This chapter is
about the power and the importance of the word of God.
1Kings 14:1-31 - The
Reigns of Rehoboam and Jeroboam-Since
the first man Adam fail man has been trying to hide their evil actions
from God. The lesson teaches us that this is not only impossible but a
1Kings 15:1-34 - After
Rehoboam and Jeroboam-From
now on out, all the kings of Israel do evil in the sight of the Lord and
only some of the kings of Judah do good. Asa is especially interesting
1Kings 16:1-34 - Kings of
Israel During Asaís Reign-Asa,
king of Judah, had a long reign of forty-one years. During this time,
the northern kingdom of Israel had several kings. This chapter tells the
story of those kings.
17:1-24 - The Work of Elijah in the Time of Drought- Elijah was a prophet of God during the reign of Ahab; he is mentioned 99
times in the bible. Nine is the number of fruit in the Bible and Elijah
certainly had a fruitful ministry.
1Kings 18:1-46 - Elijah on
the time of drought one would do well to find a Man of God that can
bring the rain. Follow Obadiah on his journey to find Elijah.
1Kings 19:1-21 - Elijah on Mount
had just enjoyed one of the greatest victories in the Bible record. He
follows it up with a great defeat.
1Kings 20:1-43 - Ahabís
Victory Over Syria- Ahab wins two major battles over Benhadad of Syria. But he does not
learn to finish the job.
1Kings 21:1-29 - Ahab
Takes Nabothís Vineyard- This chapter shows us what happens when the
covetous heart runs free. The righteous Naboth paid the initial price of Ahabís covetousness.
We should beware the evil results of a
22:1-53 - The Death of Ahab- In this chapter, God fulfills His
judgment on Ahab. He does so partly by having Ahabís prophets tell him
what he wants to hear. But the
word he speaks comes true and he is justified in the end.
2Kings 1:1-18 - Ahaziah and
His Sickness- Ahaziah gives us a powerful type of the sinful
condition of manís wrong ways to seek deliverance from the sickness unto
death. There is a good salvation message in this lesson.
2Kings 4:1-44 - The
God Who Provides:
has four examples of God using His prophet Elisha to provide for the needs
of His people. They are illustrations for us to show us the wonderful supply
that God gives to those who are His own.
2Kings 5:1-27 - The Healing of
Naaman- This is a story of deliverance from leprosy and is a picture
of salvation. It is also a story of how God uses many people to get one
2Kings 6:1-33 - Conflict
With the Syrians- This lesson shows the Lord to be in charge even
against unthinkable odds and in the most difficult of circumstance.
Whether it be an army surrounding you or a horrible famine, Godís grace
2Kings 7:1-20 - The Famine
and the Lepers- A great picture of salvation and telling others the
2Kings 8:1-29 - The Reigns of Hazael and Jehoram:
We enter into a time of confusion in the kingdoms of
Israel and Judah. Because of their sins, God had
judged them with defeat at the hand of the Syrians
and famine in the land. Yet, they did not return to
the Lord. However, in the restoration of land
to the woman whose son was restored to life, we see
that God continues to watch over those who are
faithful to Him. May the Lord help us to be found
faithful in these last days.
2Kings 9:1-37 - The Conspiracy of
Jehu: This chapter records the vengeance of the Lord against the
house of Ahab. Ahab has already died according to the word of the Lord,
but God has business to finish with the house of Ahab and with Jezebel.
All His prophecies are carried out to the letter. This lesson reminds us
that vengeance belongs to the Lord and that He will fulfill His part
(Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19; see also Ecclesiastes 8:11).
2Kings 10:1-36 - The
Establishment of Jehu: In 2Kings 9, Jehu killed Jehoram king of
Israel, Ahaziah king of Judah, and Jezebel. But he is not through. In
this chapter we see the destruction of the children of Ahab, the
brethren of Ahaziah, and the worshippers of Baal. In the end, Jehu is
not a godly king. However, he portrays one aspect of the divine
character Ė that of complete and total justice in the end. As Jehu
brought all those guilty to justice, so will God do in the end. This
story stands as a solemn warning to those who take the judgment of God
3:1-10 - Godís Correction of Jonah- The amazing story of Jonah and
whale has been a favorite of children and a target of Bible-deniers. But
we have no problem believing that God prepared a great fish that could
swallow a man and spit him up still alive three days later.
Jonah 4:1-11 - Jonah Displeased- In this chapter, God gives Jonah a lesson in mercy. Jonah knew the evil
Nineveh had done and probably knew of the evil Nineveh would do to
Israel. As such, he wished that the city be destroyed and was angry when
God had pity on the city.
Psalm 37:1-40 - Trusting in the
Lord- This psalm certainly points to the final deliverance of Israel
in the time of the future kingdom age. However, much help is given to
the believers of any age.
Psalm 51:1-19 - Davidís Prayer- The title of this psalm identifies it as ďA Psalm of David, when Nathan
the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.Ē Even in
the confession of such heinous sins, we can see why God looked to David
as ďa man after his own heartĒ.
Psalm 90:1-17 - Time and Eternity-One
of our most precious commodities is time. We struggle with the proper
use of time. This psalm begins with the eternity of God, powerfully expresses the
brevity of manís years, and closes with help on how to number our days.
Psalm 107:1-43 - The Grace of God-
This psalm describes the ups and downs of life. Some of our downs are
judgment for sin, but some of them are simply part of our lot in life in
a fallen world. . In this psalm, the Lord consistently comes to the aid
of those who cry unto Him.
Psalm 119:1-18, 89-105, 129-140 - The
Word of God- Psalm 119 is the longest psalm and the longest chapter
in the Bible. It contains 176 verses. The central theme of this psalm is
the word of God. At least 173 of the 176 verses mention the Bible by
some title or another.
Psalm 139:1-24 - The Ways of God-
This is a psalm of David. David determines to build God a houseóthe
temple. God does not allow David to build the house but passes this
honor to Davidís son. However, God promises a houseóa dynastic reigning
Isaiah 6:1-13 - The Vision of
Isaiah- Through the cleansing of the Lord, Isaiah is made ready to
accept the call to go tell the people of Israel the message of God. As
you study this lesson, carefully consider what the Lord has to teach
Isaiah 53:1-12 - The
Sufferings of Christ- This chapter is one of the greatest chapters
on Christ in the Bible Of this chapter, the Baptist preacher J. Frank
Norris said: ďThe greatest chapter, the highest mountain peak of the
whole Bible. This chapter should be memorized by all.Ē
Jeremiah 1:1-19 - The Call of Jeremiah-
In this chapter, we see the call of Jeremiah. He complains that he is
just a child and therefore too young to do such a great work. Jeremiah
served as a prophet for the Lord to Judah for over 40 years. He wrote
the 52 chapters of Jeremiah and the five chapters of Lamentations.
Jeremiah 32:1-44 - Jeremiah's Prison Ministry: Jeremiah is in
prison in Jerusalem. The city is besieged by the
Babylonians. According to Jeremiahís own prophecy, Jerusalem
will soon be destroyed and the people of Israel will be
taken into captivity. In the midst of this turmoil, the Lord
commands Jeremiah to buy a field from his uncle in his
hometown of Anathoth. Jeremiah is unlikely to get any
benefit from the field, but he is to buy it anyway.
36:1-32 - Rejecting God's Word: God commands
Jeremiah to get His words written in a book and read to the
leaders of Judah. The roll declares the judgment of God on
Judah because of her disobedience. The purpose of the words
is to turn the people back to God. What will the people do
with the words of God?
38:1-28 - Jeremiah in the Dungeon: God protected His prophet
even though so many were against him. It is true that Jeremiah went through
many trials. We do not know the trials that we will have to face for the
sake of the Lord. But we can be sure that God will be with us in those
Jeremiah 42:1-22; 43:1-13 - Jeremiah Carried to Egypt: We
consider the Jews foolish because they did not obey
the commands of the Lord. They knew that His words
were always true, but they still rejected them when
they did not agree with their opinions. How often do
we foolishly disobey Godís word as well?
1:1-21 - Daniel Maintains his Purity: The book of Daniel contains a
wonderful set of prophecies that have thrilled and challenged Bible
students for hundreds of years. But the book also tells some great
stories. In this series of outlines, we will look at the first six
chapters of the book where we will find a couple of the easier
prophecies and several interesting stories.
3:1-30 - God's Power in the Fiery Furnace: The main points of this
outline (though not in the same order) are taken from verse 28: ďThen
Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that
trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their
bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own
God.Ē What an example these three young Hebrew men are to all of us!
4:1-37 - The Testimony of Nebuchadnezzar: This chapter deals with
the dangerous consequences of pride and the need for humility concerning
self and praise and admiration toward the greatness of God.
Nebuchadnezzar tells the story as a personal testimony. He tells how the
most powerful man in the world (himself) was brought low in a moment by
God, and how he was restored to his former positionóthough as a wiser
man than before.
Daniel 5:1-31 -
Writing on the Wall:
The story in
this chapter shows us that God will judge sin and He will defend His honor.
We know that God often delays to judge man for sin (Ecclesiastes 8:11).
However, this should never be taken as weakness or lack of conviction. God
delays punishment in order to give men a longer time in which to repent. The
goodness of His forbearance should lead to repentance (Romans 2:4).
Daniel 6 -
Daniel in the Den of Lions: God wants us to be faithful as was Daniel.
We need to learn to be faithful in the spiritual practices of love and
obedience to the Lord and especially in our time of prayer with the Lord.
2Chronicles 36:1-23 - Captivity of the Jewish People:
The story follows Israel as
a nation. However, the nation can be used as a type of an individual. As in
the case with Israel, an individual can receive the word of God, become a
child of God, and then rebel against His commandments. An individual can
reject the Godís judgment against their sin and make things even worse.
Hebrews 12:5-11 can help you make this comparison. Follow the story of the
rebellion and punishment of the nation of Israel as if they represented one
1:1-4 - Return From Babylonian Captivity: The Jews had been taken
captive because of their disobedience. Here, they return to the Promised
Land and begin to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. They begin with the
Templeóthe place of worship. Later, Ezra restores spiritual purity to their
obedience. Finally, Nehemiah rebuilds the walls for protection.
Ezra 1:11; 2:1-70 - The Return
The first return is a trip
into the fog. They do not know exactly what will greet them. They do not
fully know the condition of the land. The journey of hundreds of miles
will take them weeks to complete. Yet they go because they have a higher
purpose in mind. They go to rebuild Godís holy temple and to reestablish
the true worship of God in Godís chosen city of Jerusalem. They go also
to replant the land given to their father Abraham.
Ezra 3-4 - The Beginning of
The Jews have left the only
stability they have known and have made the long and hard trip to
Israel. But their work has only begun. Now they must rebuild. They begin
in the right place restoring the ancient altar and begin work on the
foundation of the temple. But opposition comes quickly. First, in the
form of compromisers who want to join them for the purpose of defeating
their purpose and zeal. Second, in the form of hired counselors who work
to ďfrustrate their purpose.Ē For now, the adversaries win and the Jews
cease work on the temple. The opposition has been too much for them. The
temple lies abandoned.
Haggai 1:1-15 - The Call
to Renew Construction:
The work on the temple has
stopped because of opposition. However, even when the opposition has
died down, the people do not get back to Godís house. They are concerned
about building their own houses, working their own fields, taking care
of their own stomachs. But things are not going well. It seems that no
one can get ahead. Now comes two prophets of God: Haggai and Zechariah.
They point out the real problem: they left the work of the Lord to feed
themselves. Therefore, God has not blessed them. The answer is to return
to the original work to which they were called: the rebuilding of the
temple. The people hear the words of the prophets and they respond. The
work on the temple resumes.
Ezra 5-6 - The Completion
of the Temple: The people return to the building of the temple and
continue with determination in the face of renewed opposition. However,
because of their obedience, God turned the opposition into assistance.
Esther 4:1-17 - Esther Must
Die to Self: Esther had kept the identity of her people a secret
from the king. Now, by Hamanís influence, the king has issued a decree
to destroy the entire Jewish race. If she appears before the king
without being recognized, she will be put to death. If she reveals her
people and the decree stands, she will be put to death. The only
solution is for her to die to herself before she acts. This she does
with integrity and honor.
Esther 9-10 - The Victory of the
Haman has been destroyed
and the Jews have been delivered. That which was the cause for great
sorrow has become an occasion of great gladness. This working of God in
things that are thought of as chance must be celebrated. We must
remember what kind of a God we have.
Ezra 7:1-28; 8:1-36 - The Return
Under Ezra: The temple was indeed completed by Zerubbabel. But that
was almost sixty years ago and the people have again come to a place of
spiritual deadness. They need a revival and God has prepared a special
man. Ezra had dedicated his life to learning, doing, and teaching the
law of the Lord (Ezra 7:10). God gives him favor with the king of Persia
and he organizes a successful return to the land of promise.
Nehemiah 1-2 - The Return of
Nehemiah: A need broke the heart of Nehemiah. Others saw the
problem, but he sought a solution from God with all his heart. Because
of his broken heart and because of his willingness to be a part of the
solution, the Lord sent him to bring about the solution. We have much to
learn from this lesson.
Nehemiah 3-4 - The Work of
Building: The people had agreed to build the wall, but now the work
had to be done. Nehemiah organizes his workers around the wall of the
city and they begin to work. However, they had not gotten far before
opposition came. Sanballat and Tobiah mocked them and when that did not
work, they planned a surprise attack on the workers. When Nehemiah heard
of their plans, he organized the people to fight. But the work did not
stop for long. Soon, the people went back to work with weapons ready in
case they needed to fight. The wall would be finished.
Malachi 3-4 - The Day of the
Lord's Coming: These chapters look prophetically to the day of the
Lord. This will be a day when God will come in wrath and will judge the
wicked. However, all is not lost. Those who fear the Lord will be
remembered and will be spared. To them, the Sun of righteousness will
rise will healing and will care for them as calves that are brought up
in the stall. In closing, they are told to look backward to the law of
Moses and forward to the coming of Elijah as the herald of the day of
the Lord and the Messianic Kingdom to follow.
Romans - Introduction: Notes on the Book of Romans. Contains a skeleton outline of the
Romans 1:1-17 - Paul's Opening Remarks: A verse by verse outline on Romans 1:1-17. He deals with the
gospel of God and the commission of God.
Romans 1:17-32 - Gentiles Under Sin: A verse by verse outline on Romans 1:17-32. Deals with the
revelation from God and the condemnation of man.
Romans 2:1-29 - Jews Under
Sin: A verse by verse outline on Romans 2:1-29.
Romans 2 declares that not only were the Gentiles
under sin but the judgment extended to the Jews
Romans 3:1-31 - All Under
Sin: A verse by verse outline on Romans 3:1-31. Romans 3
sums up what the first two chapters have declared. Chapter one
said the gentiles were sinners, then chapter two adds the Jews to the
list of sinners. Chapter three then declares that "All have
Romans 4:1-25 -
Justification by Faith: A verse by verse outline of Romans
4:1-25. The first three chapters declared all under sin. This presents the need for justification. Romans chapter four
declares that justification is obtained by faith.
Romans 5:1-11 -
Justification Through Jesus Christ: A verse by verse outline of Romans
5:1-11. The first three chapters declared all under sin. Chapter 4 presented the fact that justification is by faith so along
comes chapter 5 that tells you the person that brings justification.
Romans 5:12-21 -
God's Provision of Justification: A verse by verse outline of Romans
5:12-21. God declares why man is in need of justification and that
if the fall occurred because of one man then justification must also be
by one man.
Romans 6:1-6 - Buried
with Him in Baptism: There are two stages of baptism for the
present day believer: the spiritual (Spirit baptism) and the physical
(water baptism). What are some characteristics that would
distinguish the two in scripture?
Romans 6:7-23 - Our
Death to Sin: Our death to sin is twofold. We are to be
dead to sin but alive unto God. This lesson gives God's way to
live a victorious life in the power of God.