Friday, May 1, 2015
“I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me” (Psalm 119:30 KJV).
We have chosen the Holy Bible, God’s judgments have we laid before us. But, can we name those Bible books in order?
Dear friends, as a Bible teacher, I speak on behalf of all church leaders who must wait for their students to waste minutes looking for certain Bible books. I remember one person who had attended church for years, sat next to me repeatedly flipping through a Bible from cover to cover, never finding the Bible book being used. I helped him find it, and the next references too, but he eventually gave up, and refused to look at all.
People who have been Christians for years (perhaps decades) and yet they still cannot locate specific books in the Bible. What a tragedy! Christians of bygone centuries quoted whole Bible passages as they were tied to the stake and burned alive; most Christians today could not successfully list the Bible books in order to save their lives! Muslims quote the entire Qur’an from memory (114 chapters!) but the average Christian has not yet memorized 66 Bible book names!
Dear saints, precious people, please memorize the Bible books in order. Yes, the Old Testament can be tricky, but you just keep reciting those book names until you know their order by heart. You will save pastors and teachers much time if you know where the books are. More time can be spent on reading the Bible books instead of searching for them.
The 39 “Old Testament” books—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The 27 “New Testament” books—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 & 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
And those are the 66 books of the Bible!
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