"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is made up of sixty-six amazing books. Some have deemed scripture a complete library because of the literary types of books contained within it. Each of these books, each of the literary types within this library have one theme: they are a love letter to humanity.

Many Christians do not know of the literary types of writing withing scripture, so let us look at them today:

1) Narratives -- Narrative describe the accounts of events. They are the stories of the Bible and the historical accounts. The books of Genesis, Ruth and Jonah, are just a few books containing narratives.

2) Parables -- Parables are simple stories that illustrate a much deeper truth. They can be called pericopes and come in varying sizes, short and much longer. They are not just found in the New Testament, but there are a few parables in the Old Testament as well. (2 Samuel 12:1-4; Isaiah 5:1-7; Ezekiel 19:2-9, etc.)

3) Poetry -- Poetry utilizes symbols and figures of speech to paint vivid pictures of the attributes of God and our responses to God. The book of Psalms and Song of Solomon are two places to find biblical poetry.

4) Prophecy -- Prophecy uses figures of speech, images and numbers to tell God's people about God's plan for the future. Prophetic writings can be found in Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Gospels and Revelation, just to name a few.

5) Proverbs -- Proverbs offer us some very practical principles for our everyday life. They can be found primarily in the book of Proverbs.

6) Epistles are letters written to churches or individuals that present truth, address issues, and provide practical instruction. The Apostles Paul and Peter are two epistle writers.

My favorite literary style is the Psalms. Do you have a favorite?

The most challenging of literary styles is prophecy/. How about for you?

Lord, help me to see the different literary styles in Your Word. Help me to learn from each one as I listen for your direction. Amen.
Jun 15 2018