"I can’t understand it. It’s boring. It isn’t relevant to my life today." Maybe you’ve heard these phrases before in conversations about certain books of the Bible. Or maybe, like me, you’ve even been guilty of thinking them yourself.
Because let’s face it. Some books are more fun to read than others. Take the Psalms for instance. Who could weave praises together with Holy Spirit inspiration better than King David? Or Paul’s missionary journey in Acts. Who doesn’t love reading such hope-filled, encouraging messages?
However, there are some books we’d rather skip over altogether. We shouldn’t though, because every Word of Scripture is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). In fact, here are 10 books of the Bible you probably never read, but should. Let’s allow these less popular books to speak into our hearts today like never before.
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1. Joel - Judgement is real, but so is the beauty of repentance.
The book of Joel shares a prophetic word that came to Joel from the Lord. Joel creates a picture of the locust plague to share the often-overlooked message of judgement. However, he also shares this truth. We have hope, and it’s not too late to turn to God. “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel 2:13).
The entire message of the gospel can be summed up in this one sentence, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32). The imagery and description found in Joel brings this message to life for readers.
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