In GENESIS the world was made by God’s creative hand,
In EXODUS the Hebrews marched to gain the promised land.
LEVITICUS contains the Law, holy, and just and good,
NUMBERS records the tribes enrolled, all sons of Abraham’s blood.
Moses in DEUTERONOMY records God’s mighty deeds,
Brave JOSHUA into Canaan’s land the host of Israel leads.
In JUDGES their rebellion oft provoked the Lord to smite,
But RUTH records the faith of one well pleasing in His sight.
In 1 and 2 SAMUEL of Jesse’s son we read,
Ten tribes in 1 and 2 KINGS revolted from his seed.
Next 1 and 2 CHRONICLES see Judah captive made,
But EZRA heads a remnant back by princely Cyrus aid.
The city walls of Zion NEHEMIAH builds again,
While ESTHER saves her people from plots of wicked men.
In JOB we read how faith will live beneath affliction’s rod,
And in the PSALMS are precious Songs for every son of God.
The PROVERBS like a goodly string of choicest pearls appear,
ECCLESIASTES teaches man how vain are all things here.
The mystic SONG OF SOLOMON exalts sweet Sharon’s rose,
While Messiah the Saviour and our King the rapt ISAIAH shows.
The warning JEREMIAH apostate Israel scorns,
LAMENTATIONS their awful downfall mourns.
EZEKIEL tells the wondrous words of dazzling mysteries,
The kings and empires yet to come DANIEL in vision sees.
Of judgement and of mercy HOSEA loves to tell,
JOEL describes the blessed days when God with man will dwell.
Among Tekoa’s herdsmen AMOS receives His call,
And OBADIAH prophesies of Edom’s final fall.
JONAH enshrines a wondrous type of Messiah our risen Lord,
MICAH pronounces Judah lost, lost but again restored.
NAHUM declared on Nineveh just judgement shall be poured,
A view of Chaldea’s coming doom HABAKUK’S vision gave.
Next ZEPHANIAH warns the Jews to turn, repent and live,
HAGGAI wrote to those who saw the temple built again.
ZECHARIAH prophesied of Messiah’s triumphant reign,
MALACHI was the last who touched the high prophetic cord, whose
final words sublimely show the coming of our Lord.
MATTHES, MARK, LUKE and JOHN the Holy Gospels wrote,
Describing how our Saviour died, His life and what He taught.
ACTS proves how God the apostles owned with signs in every place,
Saint Paul in ROMANS teaches how that man is saved by grace.
The apostle in 1 and 2 CORINTHIANS instructs, exhorts, reproves,
GALATIANS shows that faith in Messiah alone the Father loves.
EPHESIANS and PHILIPPIANS tells what Christians ought to be,
COLOSSIANS bids us to live to God and for Eternity.
In 1 and 2 THESSALONIANS we are taught the Lord will come again,
In 1 and 2 TIMOTHY with TITUS an elder’s rule is given.
PHILEMON marks a Christian’s love which only Christians know,
HEBREWS reveals the Gospel as prefigured by the Law.
Saint JAMES insists that without works faith is but vain and dead,
And 1 and 2 PETER points the narrow way in which the saints are led.
Saint JOHN in his 3 Epistles on love delights to dwell,
And JUDE gives awful warning of judgement, death and hell.
The book of REVELATION prophesies of that great and wondrous day,
When Christ and Christ alone shall be the trembling sinner’s stay.
Date : 30/11/-0001