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Isaiah Overview

Isaiah ministered during the rule of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. His primary focus was the coming judgment on the southern kingdom of Judah due to its great wickedness. Isaiah identified the root of Judah's trouble as its idolatry and apostasy. Although he spoke of judgments on other nations as well, he urged the kings and the people to put their trust in God rather than in alliances with earthly powers. He comforted his people with the realization that God loves those who are faithful to Him and keep His commandments. He spoke of the future Messiah who would come to redeem the nation and restore the Kingdom.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:  Isaiah 1:18-19

What does Isaiah foretell about Jesus?  Why should we be obedient after our sins are forgiven?
Isaiah Outline
A. Rebuke and Promise
Chapter Reference
Rebellion confronted with judgment and grace
1:6 thru 2:10 
Punishment fro sin as preparation for glory
Judgment and exile in store for Israel
The prophet cleansed and commissioned by God
B. Impending Invasion and Future Hope
Chapter Reference
7:1 thru 7:16  
Deliverer promised
7:17 thru 8
  Assyrian invasion foretold
9:1 thru 9:7
Messiah, Israel's only hope
9:8 thru 10:4
  Chastisement rejected - God's outstretched hand
10:5 thru 10:34  
God's judgment on Assyria
11 thru 12     
David's kingdom restored
C. Judgment Upon the Nations
Chapter Reference
13:1 thru 14:27  
Fall of Babylon
14:28 thru 14:32
  Downfall of Philistia
15 thru 16
Downfall of Moab
  Downfall of Damascus and Samaria
Woe to Ethiopia
19 thru 20
Afflictions of Egypt
21:1 thru 21:10
  Babylon to be conquered and her Idols destroyed
21:11 thru 21:12
Defeat of Edom; victory for Israel
21:13 thru 21:17 
Dedan and Kedar to be routed
Fall of Jerusalem foreseen; Eliakim to replace Shebna
Downfall and enslavement of Tyre
D. First Rebuke and Promise
Chapter Reference
Universal judgment upon universal sin
God praised as deliverer and comforter of Zion
26:1 thru 26:19 
Song of joy over Judah's conversion
26:20 thru 27
  Oppressors to be punished but God's people preserved
E. Woes on Unbelievers of Israel
Chapter Reference
Judgement of Ephraimite drunkards and Jewish scoffers
Disaster ahead for hypocrites
Confidence in Egypt versus confidence in God
  God, not Egypt, to be Jerusalem's defence
Israel's final deliverance, and her spiritual renewal
Punishment of the treacherous, and triumph of Christ
F. Second Rebuke and Promise
Chapter Reference
Utter destruction of Gentiole world powers
Promise of Salvation
G. the Volume of Hezekiah
Chapter Reference
36 thru 37
Destruction of Judah averted
38 thru 39
Destruction of Judah's king averted
H. The Volume of Comfort
Chapter Reference
40 thru 48
The purpose of peace
49 thru 57
The Prince of Peace
58 thru 66
The program of peace
Jeremiah Overview
Jeremiah warns of the impending military force of Babylon that would destroy Jerusalem and enslave the Jews. He urges Jerusalem to turn from its wicked ways, but there is no response. He further warns of the false prophets who are leading the people astray with deceptive doctrines and falsehoods. He urges the Israelites to submit to the Babylonian authority as the instrument of God's judgment. They do not heed his warnings and the people are carried away to Babylon. He predicts that the captives will return after seventy years to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.

I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger forever.  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.  Jeremiah 3:12b-13

Is GOD merciful? How important is confession?  How do these verses compare to 1 John 1:9?
Jeremiah Outline
A. Inrtoduction-Chapter 1
B. Prophecies Against Jerusalem and Judah
Chapter Reference
2 thru 20
In the reign of Josiah and Jehoiakim
21 thru 39
Various Periods Until Jerusalem's Destruction
40 thru 45
After the Fall of Jerusalem
C. Prophesies Against Other Nations
Chapter Reference
Against Egypt
Against Philista
Against Moab
49:1 thru 49:6 
Against Ammon
49:7 thru 49:22
Against Edom
49:23 thru 49:27
Against Damascus
49:28 thru 49:33
Against Arabia
49:34 thru 49:39
Against Elam
50 thru 51
Against Abaylon
D. historical Appendix
Chapter Reference
52:1 thru 52:30
Judah's Fall and Captivity
52:31 thru 52:34
Jehoiachin's Liberation

Lamentations Overview

Lamentation means, "to express suffering". In this book, Jeremiah, who had witnessed the fall of Jerusalem and had himself been taken captive, but later released, expresses his sorrow regarding the fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of the nation at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar's army. The book describes and explains the afflictions brought against the city of Jerusalem as well as surrounding nations who scoff at Jerusalem's troubles. It emphasizes that this is the result of divine judgment for the sins of the people. It also underlines the lessons that Jerusalem should learn from its troubles. The book also reflects the love and sorrow of God for the very people He is chastening.
The Book of Lamentations is poetic.  Each of its five laments contains 22 verses (except the third which has 66 = 3 times 22) reflecting the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The first four laments are alphabetic acrostics (the verses of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet).

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.  The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  Lamentations 3:24-25

Why trust GOD?   Why seek the LORD"?  How do you wait on the LORD? 
Proverbs Outline
A. Superiority of the Way of Wisdom
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:11
The Wretched Condition of a Devastated Jerusalem
1:12 thru 1:22   
The Lament of the Daughter of Jerusalem
B. The Suffering, ruined Holy Place of Zion
Chapter Reference
2:1 thru 2:10
God's Judgments on the Ramparts and on His Sanctuary
2:11 thru 2:19
    Lament of the Eyewitness of this Judgment
2:20 thru 2:22 
Terrors of This Day of God's Anger
C. The Suffering Rpresentative of a Smitten Zion
Chapter Reference
3:1 thru 3:18
The sorrows God Sent His Servant
3:19 thru 3:42
The Servant's Prayer of Reassurance
3:43 thru 3:66 
  The Servant's Prayer for Vindication
D. The Suffering People of Zion
Chapter Reference
4:1 thru 4:11
Horrors of the Siege, and the Fate of Zion's Nobility
4:12 thru 4:20
Causes and Climax of Zion's Catastrophe
4:21 thru 4:22
A Prophecy Against Haughty and Gloating Edom
E. Supplications of Penitent Zion
Chapter Reference
5:1 thru 5:18
Zion's plea to God to Regard Her Affliction and Disgrace
5:19 thru 5:22
A Final Address to God
Ezekiel Outline
Ezekiel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon. This book records his activities during his exile in Babylon. His message was directed to his fellow countrymen who were still in Palestine, and later to his fellow captives in Babylon. He gave the good news to his fellow exiles that the nation, after being chastened, would be restored to their own land and God's Kingdom would rise. This yet future Kingdom will last forever, and God's people will never again be cast out.

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.  Ezekiel 16:49-50

What were the five sins of Sodom?  Are any of those sins evident in my life?  If they are, what should I do?
Ezekiel Outline
A. Prophecies Against Jerusalem and Judah
Chapter Reference
1 thru 3
Introduction: The Call of Ezekiel
4 thru 7
Overthrow of City and State Predicted
8 thru 11
The Sin and Fate of Jerusalem
12 thru 19
Moral Necessity of the Captivity
20 thru 24
Israel's Coming Downfall Inevitable and Necessary
B. Prophecies Against Foreign Nations
Chapter Reference
25:1 thru 25:7
25:8 thu 25:11
25:12 thru 25:14
25:15 thru 25:17
26:1 thru 28:19
28:20 thru 28:26
29 thru 32
C. Prophecies of the Restoration of Israel
Chapter Reference
The Prophet: His Function in Preparation for the New Age
The Corrupt Priesthood
35 thru 36
The Land: Israel to be Restored and Made Fruitful
The Dry Bones of Israel: Reunion of Judah and Israel
38 thru 39
The Lord to Defend Israsel Against Gog's Invasion
D. More Prophecies of the Restoration of Israel
Chapter Reference
40 thru 43
Description of the New Temple
44 thru 46
New Service of Worship With Ideal Ministry and Sacrificial System
47 thru 48
Israel Reorganized According to Tribal Divisions
Daniel Overview
Daniel was of the royal line of Jewish kings, and, like Ezekiel, had been taken as a young man captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. This is why he is found in the king's palace. The book of Daniel predicts the destiny of two opposing powers: The Kingdom of Men and The Kingdom of God, stressing that "The Most High rules in the kingdom of men". Daniel's prophecies generally do not deal with Israel as much as with the nations that control Israel. The book of Daniel contains prophecies that span the time from Daniel's day until the coming Kingdom Age.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  Daniel 3:17-18

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down and serve false gods ant the peril of a fiery and painful death.   Can GOD be trusted in times of great peril?   How much?  How much do I trust GOD?
Daniel Outline
A. The Universal Sovereignty of God Revealed Through Personal Experience
Chapter Reference
Introduction: Experiences of Daniel
Nebuchadnezzar,s Dream and Interpretation
Nebuchadnezzar's Pride-Experience of Danile's Three Friends
Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream and Interpretation-Pride is Shaken
Pride of Belshazzar and His Downfall
Daniel's Experience in the Den of Lions
B. The Universal Sovereignty of God-Prophetic Revelation
Chapter Reference
Vision of the Four Beasts
Vision of the Ram and He Goat
9:1 thru 9:19
Daniel's Prayer and Confession
9:20 thru 9:27
Prophecy of the Coming Messiah
Daniel's Vision of the Glory of God
Daniel Shown in Vision Events Leading up to the Return of Christ
The Vision Continues With the Resurrection and the Kingdom of God

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