Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
One of the things I learned as a little girl was how to sing the books of the Bible. When my children were small they also followed in the same pattern. Now my little granddaughter can sing them through herself. Learning the same truths that my own mother was taught at her mother’s knee.
In GENESIS the world was made by God’s creative hand.
In EXODUS the Hebrews marched to gain the Promised Land.
LEVITICUS contains the Law, Holy and Just and Good;
NUMBERS records the Israel tribes – all sons of Abraham’s blood.
Moses in DEUTERONOMY records God’s mighty deeds.
Brave JOSHUA into Canaan’s land the hosts of Israel leads.
In JUDGES their rebellion oft provoked the Lord to smite,
But RUTH records the faith of one well-pleasing in His sight.
In First and Second SAMUEL of Jesse’s sons we read;
Ten Tribes in First and Second KINGS rebelled against his seed.
The First and Second CHRONICLES see Judah, captive made;
But EZRA leads the remnant back by princely Cyrus’ aid.
The city wall of Zion, NEHEMIAH built again;
Whilst ESTHER saves her people from the plots of wicked men.
In JOB we read how Faith can live beneath afflictions rod;
And David’s PSALMS are precious to every Child of God.
The PROVERBS like a lovely string of goodly pearls appear;
ECCLESIASTES teaches man how vain are all things here.
The mystic SONG of SOLOMON extols sweet Sharon’s Rose,
Whilst Christ the Saviour and the King, the rapt ISAIAH shows.
The warning JEREMIAH gives – apostate Israel scorns;
His plaintive LAMENTATIONS their awful downfall mourns.
EZEKIEL tells the wondrous words of dazzling mysteries;
Whilst Kings and Empires yet to come, DANIEL in vision sees.
Of judgment and of mercy HOSEA loves to tell;
JOEL describes the blessed days when God with man shall dwell.
Among Tekoa’s herdsman AMOS received his call;
While OBADIAH prophecies of Edom’s final fall.
JONAH enshrines a wondrous type of Christ, our Risen Lord;
MICAH pronounces Judea lost – lost but again restored.
NAHUM declares on Nineveh just judgment shall be poured.
A view of Chaldea’s coming down HABAKKUK’S vision gives;
Next, ZEPHANIAH warns the Jews to turn, repent and live.
HAGGAI wrote to those who saw the Temple built again;
And ZECHARIAH prophecies of Christ’s triumphant reign.
MALACHI was the last who touched the high prophetic chord;
Its final notes sublimely show the Coming of the Lord.
MATTHEW, MARK and LUKE and JOHN the Holy Gospels wrote,
Describing how the Saviour lived, His Life, and all He taught.
ACTS proves how God- -the apostles ‘owned’ with signs in every place;
And Paul in ROMANS teaches us how man is saved by Grace.
The apostle in CORINTHIANS instructs; exhorts; reproves;
GALATIANS show that Faith in Christ alone – the Father’s Loves.
EPHESIANS and PHILIPPIANS tell what Christians ought to be;
COLOSSIANS bids us live for God for all eternity.
In THESSALONIANS we’re taught the Lord will come from heaven;
In TIMOTHY and TITUS, a bishop’s rule is given.
PHILEMON marks a Christians’ love, which only Christians know;
HEBREWS reveals the Gospel, prefigured by the Law,
JAMES teaches without holiness faith is but vain and dead.
While PETER points the narrow way in which the saints are led’
JOHN in his three epistles on love delights to dwell.
And JUDE gives awful warning – of judgment, wrath, and hell;
The REVELATION prophecies of that tremendous day;
When CHRIST and CHRIST alone shall be the trembling sinners stay.
These are the books of the word of God.
Let us study to be approved nor stand ashamed before our God – AMEN
They all point to the Lord CHRIST
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