A NEGLECTED BOOK OF THE BIBLE
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
We all have our favorite Bible verse or verses, even a favorite Bible Book, but are there any Bible books we don’t read or appreciate as much?
Since I volunteered to teach adult Sunday school last summer, I looked for a neglected book of the Bible I had not explored before. First Chronicles was my choice for the following reasons:
- I had never heard a series of sermons, Bible studies, or Sunday school lessons on this topic.
- Often people writing commentaries on individual books of the Bible combine the books of Samuel and Chronicles with an emphasis on Samuel.
In the course of my preparation I learned:
- An abundance of teaching material on 1 Chronicles exists: For example, the Precept-Austin website preceptaustin.org contains extended summaries from over sixty sources. Individuals from many centuries and backgrounds contributed to this compendium. I could also draw from many other commentaries, Bible dictionaries, atlases, and concordances as well.
- Men of my local church provided insights in individual lessons on the Ark of the Covenant, Bible Geography, and Music in the Bible.
- As I prepared lessons I recalled examples of how God worked in my life and shared them with the class.
I have now finished this Sunday school course and I am preparing devotionals in this book from what I have learned. One teaching I will never forget is the one Paul used in the book of 2 Timothy to remind his young student that: “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16, KJV).
Each book of the Bible has its place.
Through study we see the Master’s grace.
First Chronicles is important too.
Each book has a lesson meant for you.
Treasure can be mined from neglected books of the Bible.
What neglected book of the Bible would you like to study and why?