The people of Israel were feeling hopeless over the tragedy of Gilboa and the resulting incursions by the victorious Philistines. The commanders of Israel and its young men lay dead. In this environment, the young man, the “anointed of Jehovah,” David the son of Jesse, came completely onto the national picture. (2 Sam. 19:21) Thus begins the book of Second Samuel, which could very well be called a book of David and his God, Jehovah. Its account of that history is packed with action in every moment. We are taken from the depths of defeat to the summit of victory, from the troubles of a quarreling nation to the successful, victorious, prosperous united kingdom, from the power, strength, and intensity of youth to the wisdom of old age. Here is the personal story of David’s life as he attempted to follow Jehovah with all his heart.
"The book of Kings are so named because their chief subject is the kings of Israel and Judah. These books are a history of the kingdom from the time of Solomon to the time of the Babylonian exile and were written from a prophetic point of view." Geisler
"The two books of Kings were written originally as one book. Even though they describe events long ago and far away, they bring a message that is surprisingly current and relevant." - Max Anders
The Book of Chronicles is a Hebrew prose work constituting part of Jewish and Christian scripture. It contains a genealogy starting from Adam and a narrative of the history of ancient Judah and Israel until the proclamation of King Cyrus the Great (c. 537 BC). The time frame covered in 1 Chronicles mirrors parts of 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. The chronicler, Ezra, focused on David's reign in 1 Chronicles
The Book of Chronicles is a Hebrew prose work, constituting part of Jewish and Christian scripture. These books were designed to sustain the hopes and prayers of God's people as they wait for God to fulfill his ancient promises. "Chronicles was a book of hope for its time. We will call the message of 1 and 2 Chronicles the 'gospel according to Ezra.'" - Winfried Corduan; Max Anders.
"We are taken from ground level, with its distortions and limited vision, and given a view from above. At this clarifying distance, we see that life on earth is not directed by the whim of rulers or the might of armies, but by the determination of God. Viewpoint makes all the difference in the world. God's all-encompassing sovereignty and humanity's capacity for choice exist together. God—absolute and unrivalled in his actions and authority; man—free and responsible." - Max Anders, Knute Larson, Kathy Dahlen.
"Nehemiah is a great example of someone whose desire was to please God and glorify him. His intentions and aspirations were God-focused rather than self-focused. God defined his dominant purpose. When he heard that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and God's people were living in distress, that driving purpose kicked in. Nehemiah prayed a profound prayer of praise, adoration, submission, and request." - Max Anders; Knute Larson; Kathy Dahlen
The Book of Esther is one of the Megillot, five scrolls read on stated Jewish religious holidays. ... Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire.
The Book of Proverbs (Hebrew: מִשְלֵי, Míshlê (Shlomoh), "Proverbs (of Solomon)") is a book in the third section (called Ketuvim) of the Hebrew Bible and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Proverbs raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life, and righteous conduct.
"There is no doubt that the book contains a good deal of sobering truths about life, but they are mentioned to contrast with other truths that demonstrate what life can be like when God intervenes. This is not a life devoid of pain, suffering, and confusion over what God is doing (Wright, “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” 334). Indeed, Ecclesiastes is quite clear in stating that we can't fully know the mind of God (Whybray, Ecclesiastes, 29-30). Statements about the limitations of human understanding are common (see Eccl. 1:18; 3:11). The writer is prodding us to realize that no matter how exciting our life may be, it is ultimately meaningless apart from God." - David Moore; Dr. Daniel L. Akin