What It’s All About…
Welcome to an interactive journey through the books of the Old Testament referred to as the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. (By the way, the terms Major Prophets and Minor Prophets are simply a way to divide the Old Testament prophetic books. The Major Prophets are described as “major” because their books are longer and the content has broad, even global implications. The Minor Prophets are described as “minor” because their books are shorter – although Hosea and Zechariah are almost as long as Daniel – and the content is more narrowly focused. It does not mean that one group of books is more inspired or more important than the other.)
This Spirit Life Module will guide you in letting God reveal Himself through these prophetic books. The Bible is your main text, and you will be reading every word of the assigned books in this course. If you continue on through the entire series, you will read through the entire Bible. According to I Timothy 1:5, “the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” This module is designed to give you a framework to meditate on God’s Word, receiving revelation from every single book, that you might grow in love, pureness of heart, obedience that results in a good conscience, and faith in your Lord.
Dr. Andrew Hardy introduces each lesson with a short teaching, giving you historical, cultural and biblical background to the passage of Scripture you will be reading. You will then read the assigned chapters of the Bible, meditating upon them and expecting the Holy Spirit to illumine them to your heart and mind. When the disciples on the road to Emmaus heard what Jesus had to say, they exclaimed, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was … explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). That is our goal for this course: that the Lord Himself will open up the Word to you, speaking to you in every lesson. As you read, you will create your own summary of the Bible by writing a title for each chapter in your own words.
Each book is summarized in a one-page overview in your Through the Bible textbook. Here you will learn the approximate date the book was written, any key words or expressions that are used frequently in the book, and the key events and characters. The graphs in the text will help you see how each chapter fits into the overall flow of the book, and how each book fits into the overall flow of the Scriptures.
Then, to help you go deeper into the Bible, you will answer questions about the passage you read. These questions may ask you to trace a specific theme through the book or through the whole Bible. They may want you to explore specific passages or develop your personal theology about various subjects based on the Scriptures you have read and related passages. You will do character studies and explore Old Testament types and shadows. And always, you will be encouraged to ask the Lord what He wants to say to you through His Word and how He wants to apply it to your life. These questions are open-ended, allowing the brand new student of the Word to answer them as well as he is able but also offering a challenge to the lifelong student of the Bible to dig deeper.
You are also encouraged to memorize one verse from the passage read in each lesson. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to hide God’s Word in your heart. When the Lord brings a particular verse to your attention, write it down. Meditate upon it. Journal about it. Read it and your journaling morning and evening for a week. Allow the revelation to sink down into your spirit, where the Holy Spirit can use it to shape you into His image.
Come Join the Group!
While you are taking this course, you may have questions about what you are learning, or you might want to get someone else’s input on what you believe you are hearing from the Lord. You might just want to talk with others who are on the same spiritual journey. We have created a special private forumjust for this purpose. You are invited to join this group. Stop by and make some new friends. Share what the Lord is speaking to you. Receive confirmation, adjustment and encouragement. Be an inspiration to others on the journey. Learning together is much more fun that doing it alone!
Here Are Your Electronic Course Materials:
(Once you have enrolled in the course, the links to the electronic materials will be visible to you. Simply click on the links and follow the directions to download your materials.)
How to Receive Revelation Knowledge MP3:
Through the Bible workbook
Through the Bible 5 – Major Prophets MP3s:
Through the Bible 5 – Major Prophets Video Download
Through the Bible 5 – Major Prophets Handbook of Answers
You will also need a good translation of the Bible with marginal references. While they may have their place, you should not use a paraphrase of the Bible for this module.