The "Be" Series is the culmination of Warren Wiersbe's life work and is respected by many as an easy-to-read, stimulating approach to Bible study. This collection features all the Old Testament commentaries from the "Be" Series. Breaking down each book into topical chapters, Wiersbe writes an approachable commentary series that allows any reader to understand the biblical text in new ways.
Want the rest of the “Be” series? Check out The Bible Exposition Commentary: An Exposition of the New Testament Containing the Entire “BE” Series (23 vols.).
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When things start to fall apart, get back to the basics! The Book of Genesis is the "book of beginnings" in the Bible, and the first eleven chapters present the "basic." These chapters are to live what a foundation is to a house or what the Constitutions is to the low of the land. If you want to build a life that succeeds, to face and solve life's problems, to serve effectively, you start with the basics. In Be Basic, you'll become reacquainted with the accounts of Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel, and in the process you'll learn the basic truths about God and people; discover the basics about the world you live in; understand the basics about sin and temptation; marvel at the basic truths that make life work.
In a world filled with insecurity and uncertainty, we must learn to walk by faith, or our lives will fall apart. This applies to all of God's children, regardless of how old we are or how long we have walked with the Lord.
Living by faith means obeying God's Word in spite of feelings, circumstances or consequences. It means holding on to God's truth no matter how heavy the burden or how dark the day, knowing that He is working out His perfect plan. Be Obedient examines how Abraham and Sarah grew in faith through obedience to God.
God made you an original, so be authentic! Anybody can travel with the herd. It takes faith to be yourself and resist the forces that want to make you conform to the thoughtless crowd around us. In this study of Genesis 25-50, you will meet three unique men and some unusual women who dared to be authentic, including: Isaac, whose quiet life made a difference in history. Jacob, who had his ups and downs but ended up a prince. Joseph, who suffered unjustly but was given a throne.
These familiar Bible characters and their stories take on new meaning as you see God making them into authentic people who accomplish Hs will in this world. They will teach you how to live with people who make your life miserable; why families fall apart; how to make new beginnings when you've failed; what to do when your dreams become nightmares; how to enrich the next generation with your faith.
Whether it means freeing a nation from political bondage or delivering an individual from independence or codependence, liberation is a popular theme these days. But many people who want to be free don't really know what freedom is or how to use it if they have it. Fools use freedom as a toy to play with; wise people use freedom as a tool to build with.
The nation of Israel is a case in point. The book of Exodus explains what true freedom is, what freedom costs, and how it must be used. God tells us how to enjoy mature freedom in His will, a quality that is desperately needed in our churches and oru world today. Be Delivered searches through Exodus for greater insight on the concepts of freedom, bondage and deliverance.
Whatever else the professing Christian church may be known for today–great crowds, expensive buildings, big budgets, political clout–it is not distinguished for its holiness. Eight times in Scripture, God said to his people, "Be Holy, for I am holy!" The book of Leviticus teaches us how to avoid sin and how to grow in holiness. When this change occurs, the church and its people can become more like Christ and have a greater impact on the present world.
Be Holy first defines the concept of "Holiness" and then moves through the book of Leviticus with commentary. This resource brings new light to the often overlooked lists of Mosaic Law, which are still very applicable to the church today.
To Be Counted means to be the kind of Christian God can depend on the get the job done right. The Book of Numbers opens with a count of all the fighting men in the camp. These men were counted but could not be counted on, because all but two of them died during Israel's march through the wilderness. However, the next generation could be counted on because they trusted God's Word. It was because of this that they entered the Promised Land and claimed it for their inheritance.
This resource will provide ways that those in the church can improve their accountability to God. Wiersbe states, "Studying the Book of Numbers can help us better understand how God directs His people, why being faithful to Him is important, and how we can grow spiritually in the difficulties of life."
The truths that Moses shared in Deuteronomy are just what we need today as we face the unknown future how to recognize and use the lessons of the past; the importance of God's law; the preeminence of love in the life of liberty; how God deals with failure; what it means to share in God's covenant.
As Israel's new generation prepared to enter the Promised Land, Moses taught them the basic truths they needed to know in order to defeat the enemy and claim their inheritance. These spiritual principles still work today! The future is your friend when Jesus Christ is your Lord and the Bible is your guide! Learn from Moses, one of history's greatest teachers, what it means to be an overcomer, able to fulfill the purpose God has for you.
Whether we like it or not, God's people are expected to be soldiers. The Book of Joshua tells us how to be victorious soldiers and how to claim our rich spiritual inheritance in Jesus Christ. It tells us how to be strong and courageous as we face our enemies and march forward to claim new territory for the Lord.
The author of Be Strong believes the church needs the message of the Book of Joshua more than ever. Christians today often look more like prisoners of war rather than the mighty and triumphant army God intended us to be. This resource provides insight on Joshua's methodology in leading God's people into war and ultimately into the Promised Land.
The Old Testament is filled with stories of real people who learned lessons that are still applicable today. The Book of Judges is no exception. Warren Wiersbe asserts that we are living in a period that is very similar to that of the Israelite Judges
Here and there, God is raising up men and women who believe Him, confront the enemy, and win the victory. The challenge of the Book of Judges is to be available to the possibilities of what God can do through you. This resource is a guide for any person who wants God to work through them in a world that desperately needs guidance.
Esther and Ruth provide encouragement to believers and spur them on to be faithful in their service to the Lord. At an hour in history when it's easy to compromise and even to quit, these two heroines of the faith tell us to be committed to the Lord and to do the will of God, come what may.
Be Committed will enlighten the reader by detailing the incredible lives and work of two of the Old Testament's most famous women: Esther and Ruth. Although they faced very different circumstances, both women were committed to God's work and they were both blessed abundantly for their faith.
"The secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God." So replied Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. to a young reporter's question on the occasion of the renowned Supreme Court Justice's ninetieth birthday (1931). His quip evokes more theological truth than even he might have intended; for true success in this world is rooted first in the premise that God is in control . . . and I am not. Wiersbe's study of 1 Samuel examines what truly made David a great success - being a follower "after [God's] own heart." (1 Sam. 13:14).
The amazing narrative of 1 Samuel powerfully presents to us the contrast between King Saul's tragic fall and David's life of victory. You will see how true success is defined by character, forged--even in the fires of failure--by a sincere, obedient, and abiding faith in the One True God. And as you follow this story of one man's rise to greatness, you will find yourself grappling with the same tough question: "How do I define greatness?"
Restore to me the joy of your salvation. (Ps. 51:12a) This prayer of David’s captures the mood of 2 Kings and 1 Chronicles. Repeatedly, David learns the hard way that sin has consequences. It affects his relationship with the people of Israel, with the members of his family, and with God. But the main message of these books is not human failure, but divine faithfulness. As David experienced time and time again, with God there is the possibility of restoration. As you follow David’s life in this book, you will discover that what was true for David is true for you, too. No matter what has happened between you and God in the past, restoration is possible. So prayerfully ponder the truths in this book, and Be Restored.
"A bad workman always blames his tools.” The ancient proverb rings just as true today, and it is with this challenge for personal responsibility that Dr. Warren Wiersbe begins this installment of his comprehensive study through the Bible. Responsibility is not a popular concept for modern sensibilities that prefer to emphasize victimization and blame-seeking. Unfortunately, finding even leaders who will take it can be difficult.
As you follow along with Dr. Wiersbe in this study of 1 Kings, you will see over and over again the importance of moral character in leaders, as well as the tragedy of leaving God out of national affairs. Clearly the call to Be Responsible is as much a need today as it was in the age of Judah’s kings.
This is the tale of two kingdoms that committed spiritual and national suicide by imitating their neighbors and failing to "be distinct." This resource brings light to parallels for today's Church that are both obvious and vital. When society around us in is moral and spiritual darkness, God's people need to be lights and when society is decaying because of sin, we need to be salt. In order to do this we must be distinctive!
The same God who enabled Nehemiah to finish building the walls of Jerusalem will enable us to finish our course with joy and accomplish the work He has called us to do. Be Determined tells us that there is no reason to quit or even despair! Throughout his study, Dr. Warren Wiersbe learned that "when it comes to leadership, Nehemiah stands with Old Testament heroes like Moses, Joshua and David."
This resource guides the reader through Nehemiah with an easy-to-follow outline of the book and a helpful map showing the Israelite's rebuilding of the walls of the Holy city.
Many people have heard of the patience of Job; but not many people understand what those trials were all about and what God was trying to accomplish. Nor do they realize that Job suffered as he did so that God's people today might learn from his experiences how to be patient in suffering and endure to the end.
Be Patient was written to teach the reader two things: be patient in your trials and help others in theirs. In order to empathize with others, you must endure hardship yourself. This resource will delve into the life of Job and, in doing so, help you understand that the trials you face may be God's way of preparing you to help others.
Do you want to know God more and understand his relationship to his creation, the nations of the world, Israel, and today's believers? Now you can by walking with Warren Wiersbe through Psalms 1-89 in Be Worshipful. Filled with poetry and laments to the Lord, the book's authors were people who knew dire circumstances as well as great joy. Messianic psalms point to the Lord Jesus Christ while others are psalms of praise and thanksgiving, affirmation and trust, not to mention psalms that call down God's wrath.
Be Worshipful provides extensive commentary on every Psalm in the first three Books of Psalms. In this resource, each Psalm has an introduction and approximately three or four subsections where the author digs deep into the key verses for that Psalm.
Do you want to know God more and understand his relationship to his creation, the nations of the world, Israel, and today's believers? Of course you do, and now you can by walking with Warren Wiersbe through Psalms 90-150. Like David and Moses and others who contributed to the Book of Psalms, you can come to know God as the tenderhearted Father, a God who keeps his promises and who lovingly cares for his people. See yourself in those who follow him, their faith and doubts, their victories and failures, and their hopes for the glorious future God has promised. You will meet all kinds of people who are faced with a variety of circumstances, crying out to God, praising him, confessing their sins and seeking to worship him in a deeper, more meaningful way.
This resource picks up where Psalms Vol. 2 left off, providing commentary on Books 4 and 5 of Psalms.
We live in the "Information Age", but we certainly aren't living in the "Age of Wisdom." The Book of Proverbs is about godly wisdom, how to get it and how to use it. The book is about priorities and principles, not get-rich-quick schemes or success formulas. Be Skillful creatively sums up the Book of Proverbs in the introduction: Don't just make a living–make a life!
This resource is best used in electronic form because of the author's emphasis on the Biblical text, which can be viewed with one click of a button rather than searching for each passage in a paper edition. Helpful endnotes are also only one click away!
In one of the key verses of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote "There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw that it was from the hand of God" (Ecc. 2:24). Be Satisfied summarizes the often misunderstood book of Ecclesiastes in its final chapter entitled "What Life is All About". This is an invaluable resource for anyone witnessing to a world full of people who believe they know what is important in life, only to find out time and time again that earthly pleasures are both temporary and vain.
At a time when empires were rising and falling and his nation was in peril, it was Isaiah who wrote, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength" (Is. 30:15, NKJV). This major book in the Old Testament provides God's people with comfort, but not in the sense that we often view comfort today. When Isaiah says "Be comforted!" his words are not intended for pity but for power and strength.
Be Comforted details the lives of Isaiah and many powerful rulers of his day. This powerful resource guides the reader through the turbulent years of Isaiah's life and shows that while he trusted God and lived out his faith, the prophet pointed to another who would be the ultimate embodiment of service: Jesus Christ.
No nation can despise God's law and defy His rule without suffering for it. The prophecy of Jeremiah teaches that very clearly. Be Decisive tells of Jeremiah's acceptance of his leadership role and of his decisiveness in guiding Israel. This resource provides the tragic details of how Judah fled from Jeremiah's guidance and consequently paid the price for their iniquity. Wiersbe effectively illustrates that leadership is not easy but being decisive and firm in God's Word is the only way to lead well.
A sense of wonder and reverence is basic to life and to faith. God revealed incredible things to the Prophet Ezekiel. He saw God's throne on wheels, moving quickly from place to place! He saw an army of skeletons reassemble and come to life! He saw the glory of God leave the old temple and then return to the new temple! What the church needs today is a return to reverence–reverence for God's name and for God's glory. In Be Reverent Wiersbe uses the neglected Book of Ezekiel to teach:
Like all other commentaries in his series, this easy-to-understand resource offers solid biblical insight and interpretation that inspires personal growth and development. In this resource Dr. Warren Wiersbe leads the reader through Daniel. The Book of Daniel's application for today is easily visible in Be Resolute because today's society is a good deal like the one Daniel lived in centuries ago. The world still wants God's people to conform to its standards and follow its practices. This resource follows Daniel's life in an attempt to show believers how to live in the light of biblical prophecy - just as Daniel himself did so well.
It is certainly true today that the "Do Nothings" outnumber "The Company of the Concerned," which in part explains why society is so confused and frightened. It's time for God's people to be concerned! Meet some concerned believers who made a difference in their time and who show you how to make a difference in your time:
The world is filled with many "quiet heroes” who bear burdens, fight battles, and help to build God's work in this world. Others may not know, but God sees what they do and He honors them. In times of crisis, when everything seems to have fallen apart, God raises up His heroes and uses them. So it was with the Jewish remnant after the captivity in Babylon. They returned to the Holy Land, rebuilt the temple, and restored their civic life. Their story is told in the Book of Ezra, describing the record of the sacrifice and service of a godly priest and 50,000 Jewish exiles who trusted God and accomplished wonders. Also, in the Book of Haggai where devoted prophet was an encourager of God's people in a difficult day. And finally in the Book of Zechariah, where a young prophet had insight into the times and what God was doing for His people.
By studying these three exciting books and applying what they teach to your life, you can develop heroic faith and learn to trust God in tough times and not give up, claim promises that will give you victory, and become an encourager of others.
We live in a world filled with artificial marvels, and too many of us have forgotten how to be amazed at what God is saying and doing by His mighty power.
The group of writers called "The Minor Prophets" calls us back to a life of amazement and achievement as they remind us of:
The messages of these six Minor Prophets point the way to an attitude of wonder and worship that can transform your life.
Warren Wiersbe is a distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He studied at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Roosevelt University, and graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending the seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. Wiersbe has authored over 100 books.