Hey guys, I don’t know the answer to this question, so maybe you can help me out by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. Or, perhaps you would like to simply RANT along with me, because this post is basically a complaint.
WHY are the books of the Bible NOT in chronological order?
WHY are the stories out of order?
Ezra should come after Daniel. But they put if after 2 Chronicles.
Haggai should come after Ezra, but it’s way in the back by Malachi.
There are probably other examples, but you get my point: this is really annoying!
Were the unregenerate non-believing Jews who put together the Old Testament trying to confuse people on purpose!??
Don’t get me wrong, I adore the books of the Bible, cherish the stories, delight in getting to know Old Testament saints like David and Elijah, and rejoice in the complete redemption that is described in Romans through Revelation . . .
But I just have to say that things would be a lot clearer if the books of the Old Testament were consistently chronological.
And to quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. (Romans 12:12, NET Bible)
One of my favorite things about my relationship with the Lord is the JOY that He gives me; the joy that I feel coursing through my veins; joy that is palpable and evident and real. It is His joy and I am so thankful to Him that He shares it with me.
I appreciate it so much more when it is felt during times of difficulty, pain and suffering. At times like this, His joy makes me want to rejoice! 😄
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NASB)
I am reminded of Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, in which Corrie eloquently describes the dual-existence of joy in the midst of suffering. In this true story that is a “must-read,” you’ll learn that Corrie, her sister Betsie, and their elderly father were all arrested and sent to prison for hiding a group of Jewish people in their home during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Soon after their father’s untimely death, Corrie and Betsie spent time in the notorious women’s concentration camp, Ravensbruck.
“Life in Ravensbruck took place on two separate levels, mutually impossible. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible. The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory.” ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
Such a marvelous book! ❤️😁
The Ten Boom family could see the true light in the midst of this dark world. And as their brothers and sisters, as Jesus followers, as believers in the gospel of grace, we also know the truth!
The truth has set us free, and yet we are stuck on this earth temporarily. So, while we are here, let’s be patient; let’s hang in there; let’s not give up.
We all have pain, we all have suffering, and we all have difficulties to varying degrees. But we also have hope. Not only the hope of our future life in heaven, but the hope that is alive for us today: the kingdom of God in our very hearts. A hope with promise; that when we have persevered through tribulations, God will use the pain we have endured to reveal more of His love to us!
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 NASB)