Numbers and Deuteronomy are the final two books in the grouping of the first five books of the Bible, known collectively as the Pentateuch. Known also as the Torah, or Law, these writings certainly do contain laws – that is, basic life instruction from God for His people – but they also form a foundation for the rest of the Bible. These books tell the story of how God made the world, chose a people, enacted His covenant promises, and set in motion a plan to redeem the cosmos back to Himself.
Ephesians calls us to recognize the glory of the work of Christ in drawing all men to Himself, by grace through faith, and then lead our lives to demonstrate gratitude to God as His faithful, obedient children.
Mark’s Gospel is fast-paced and to the point. It is the shortest Gospel, and con-tains relatively fewer teaching passages – compare, for instance, Matthew and Luke both contain elements of the Sermon on the Mount, while such lengthy sermons aren’t recorded in Mark. Mark, on the other hand, is the Gospel of action, moving quickly from place to place in its record of Jesus’ ministry.
The Pastoral Letters were written by Paul to Timothy and Titus. It shows what the church is supposed to be and how we are live and grow together as an authentic Christian community of believers.