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The Message of the Old Testament:
Promises Made

Mark Dever (Crossway Books, 2006)

Blurb Review


The Old Testament is the story of God's promises to his people. Below its somewhat obscure surface is hidden magnificent truth about the love and power of God. Throughout its pages the reader can find promise after promise from God, all of which are fulfilled in the New Testament-in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Author Mark Dever introduces readers to the Old Testament as a glorious whole so that they are able to see the big picture of the majesty of God and the wonder of his promises. Thomas R. Schreiner says about it: "For many Christians the Old Testament is daunting and confusing. The books are long and speak about a culture dramatically different from ours. Mark Dever's sermons do not substitute for reading the Old Testament, but they do provide a wonderful help in understanding it. Dever unpacks the major themes of each book with remarkable clarity, and the book also shines in conveying the message of the Old Testament for today. Here is a survey to the Old Testament that is accessible and spiritually edifying."


Foreword by Graeme Goldsworthy 
Introduction: Fly First, Walk Later 
The Whole Bible: What Does God Want of Us? 
The Old Testament: Promises Made 

The Great Story 
1. The Message of Genesis: "...Which in Their Seeds and Weak Beginning Lie Intreasured" 
2. The Message of Exodus: "All the World's a Stage" 
3. The Message of Leviticus: "The World Is Not Thy Friend Nor the World's Law" 
4. The Message of Numbers: "Past and to Come Seem Best, Things Present, Worst" 
5. The Message of Deuteronomy: "What's Past Is Prologue" 

The Other Millennium 
6. The Message of Joshua: Conquest 
7. The Message of Judges: Stalemate 
8. The Message of Ruth: Surprise 
9. The Message of 1 Samuel: Faith in Faithless Times 
10. The Message of 2 Samuel: Repentance 
11. The Message of 1 Kings: Decline 
12. The Message of 2 Kings: Fall 
13. The Message of 1 Chronicles: Heights 
14. The Message of 2 Chronicles: Depths 
15. The Message of Ezra: Renewal 
16. The Message of Nehemiah: Rebuilding 
17. The Message of Esther: Surprise 

Ancient Wisdom 
18. The Message of Job: Wisdom for Losers 
19. The Message of Psalms: Wisdom for Spiritual People 
20. The Message of Proverbs: Wisdom for the Ambitious 
21. The Message of Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for the Successful 
22. The Message of Song of Songs: Wisdom for the Married 

Big Hopes 
23. The Message of Isaiah: Messiah 
24. The Message of Jeremiah: Justice 
25. The Message of Lamentations: Justice Up Close 
26. The Message of Ezekiel: Paradise 
27. The Message of Daniel: Survival 

Eternal Questions 
28. The Message of Hosea: What Is Love? 
29. The Message of Joel: Whom Will God Save? 
30. The Message of Amos: Does God Care? 
31. The Message of Obadiah: Does God Have Enemies? 
32. The Message of Jonah: Can You Run from God? 
33. The Message of Micah: What Does God Want? 
34. The Message of Nahum: Who's In Charge? 
35. The Message of Habakkuk: How Can I Be Happy? 
36. The Message of Zephaniah: What's There to Be Thankful For? 
37. The Message of Haggai: Are Your Investments Sound? 
38. The Message of Zechariah: Does God Give Second Chances? 
39. The Message of Malachi: Does It Matter How I Worship God?

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