Old Testament Narrative
Genre

Old Testament Narratives are units of thought that fit within the larger framework of an Old Testament Book.

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Preaching Pointers from Malachi

I have to be honest and say that within my lifetime, I haven’t heard too many sermons from the book of Malachi. Typically, the primary verse found in every stewardship sermon, or the moment in worship where scripture is read before tithes and offering, or th... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zechariah

Keep it epic. That’s my humble advice when reading or preaching prophetic literature. Keep it epic because it is. These prophetic books are largely narrative. They should be interpreted and preached mostly as narrative. Yes, keeping in mind the nature of and... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Haggai

Unfortunately a great deal of preaching from the Old Testament is relegated solely to well known texts and longer books. The Minor Prophets in general receive little notice outside of the ever quotable lines in Amos, fundraising, and divorce prevention in Mala... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Zephaniah

Introduction If history teaches us anything, it is that people often do not take the warnings they are given seriously. We see this as parents warning our children, we see it when the meteorologists warn about approaching storms, and we see it when people are ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Habakkuk

People who have not yet celebrated their 18th birthday are often referred to as minor because they are underage. We might refer to the minor prophets as minor because they are under-preached. For several years my only exposure to the book of Habakkuk came from... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Nahum

How does one preach Nahum? The background context is distant, specific to the Assyrians, and difficult to contextualize. The what of the passage is not difficult to identify: Nahum prophesies the destruction of Ninevah and the Assyrian empire as God’s retrib... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Micah

Preaching from the Minor Prophets is a daunting task. With a limited text before them, the preacher needs to be able to identify the historical setting of the author and book, as well as its place in redemptive history. Added to these tasks is the difficulty o... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Jonah

Exegetical Notes on Jonah Outline of the book of Jonah – one popular outline of Jonah, which could be used in a sermon series, is: Running from God (chapter 1) Running to God (chapter 2) Running with God (chapter 3) Running ahead of God (chapter 4) About Jon... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Obadiah

“Turn to the table of contents,” are likely to be the first words you utter in a sermon dealing with Obadiah. This minor prophet, the shortest in the entire Old Testament, is often relegated to obscurity in the hearts and minds of many preachers. Yet, the ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Joel

Growing up in eastern Kentucky, tornadoes are all but unheard of. Older generations would profess, “Tornadoes can’t get down in on our mountains… but if they ever did, watch out!” I remember the carnage wrought by the first tornado I ever witnessed “... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Hosea

Hosea is a powerful story of love. It’s not a romantic story—there’s no romance in it (which is important to the story). Hosea tells of God’s kesed love for his unlovable people, paralleled by Hosea’s kesed love for his unlovable wife. Both “wives... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Song of Solomon

Author: Solomon Audience: The Jewish Nation Date of Writing: ca. 935 B.C. The Song of Solomon is an unusual but beautiful Old Testament work filled with typology. No book in the Bible presents symbolism more liberally or effectively than The Song of Solomon. T... Read More »