NUMBERS: This book is the progression of Israel’s journey from the land of Egypt to take possession of the land God promised their fathers. The book begins at Mount Sinai where the Israelites have received their laws and covenants from God. However, the continuous murmuring of Israel in time of hardships leads to their downfall and death in the wilderness. The book ends with the new generation of Israelites ready for the crossing of the River Jordan.
NAHUM: Prophet Nahum, the author of this book, shows God to be slow to anger. However, he will punish those who are guilty, but will protect those who trust in him. Nahum preaches during the time of King Manasseh of Judah, one of the most evil kings in the history of Judah. Israel completely turned its back on God and was filled with idolatry. Thus, God sending Prophet Nahum to the land shows his mercy and hope that the Israelites will eventually turn back to God.
GALATIANS: A topic that arises in this book, is the controversy that developed among the churches in Galatia, regarding whether or not the Gentile Christians had to obey the Mosaic Law. We read that a person is justified through faith in Christ’s death, not by works of the Law.