In a previous post we looked at the six genres Explore the Bible Kids identifies in Scripture. As we begin to walk kids systematically through God’s Word our intent is to help kids identify these six distinct genres and ways that type of writing can help boys and girls better understand God’s Word. Here is what kids can learn as they study each of the individual genres of the Bible.
Studies in Books of Law will help kids to see the commands God passed down to His people to help them grow in their relationship with God and with people. The first five books of the Bible highlight God’s people’s struggle to be obedient to His commands and will help kids to see how God honored the people when they were obedient. Obedience to God’s laws will help people grow closer to God.
Studies in Books of History will take kids on a discovery of both the Old and New Testaments. These books of History help identify how God’s people implemented the laws and commands God gave them. Giving further evidence of God’s peoples struggle to be obedient, the books of History identify consequences and reveal again the blessing that comes through obedience.
Studies in Books of Poetry and Wisdom introduce boys and girls to the quiet poetic nature of these writings that show God for who He is—creator, solid rock, strong deliverer, and Savior. Some of these books were written over centuries and by many authors helping kids to see the importance Israel placed on God’s Word through history, and helping identify ways Scripture can be a light for their path.
Studies in Books of Prophecy reveal how God used people in both Old Testament and New Testament times to reveal God’s plan for the future. Old Testament prophecy looked forward to the day when Christ would come and be the sacrifice the people needed to solidify their relationship with God almighty. New Testament prophecy looks forward to the return of Christ and the glorious culmination of God’s plan for people to live with Him forever.
Studies in the Books of Gospels show Jesus Christ to be the promised Savior for people. As God promised through the Old Testament prophets, Jesus was born, lived a perfect sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, and rose again to show victory over sin. Boys and girls will learn through these studies what a relationship with God looks like and how they can be a part of the kingdom of God.
Studies in the Books of Letters identify the way early churches passed the Word from one place to another. These books expound on God’s commands as they applied to New Testament believers. Kids will learn through these studies how God wants them to live today to bring honor and glory to His name.
God inspired men to write the words of Scripture so His commands and desires for people’s lives would be revealed. Through various forms of literature God’s Word can be studied in various ways, each leading to a fulfilled relationship with Him when His commands are followed.