The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made (Dever)

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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.


Table of Contents:

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?



Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.



"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." - Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This is a good book, written by a pastor/scholar for people in the pew. Clear, concise, thoroughly readable. Buy two and give one to a friend." - Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

"I have long desired a book that would unlock the richness of the Old Testament-assisting both the pastor in the pulpit and Christians in their devotions. This is that book." - C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky