By now, if you’re still with me, you should be asking, “What does this have to do with the Bible?” Good question! The answer is that the Bible often isn’t always in chronological order, and many times there are several story lines running simultaneously. Often, the same events are recorded multiple times but from different viewpoints. The Bible also is written in many different types of genres: from historical facts, to poetry, to love letters, to prophetic writings, to letters of instruction, to…you get the point. Each of the 66 books that make up the Bible are unique and each serve a purpose while fitting hand in hand with the other 65 books. To understand the Bible, a person needs to consider that there is more to the story than just what one book tells you.
I have watched one Star Wars movie (the first one, which should really be the fourth one), so for me to say, “I understand Star Wars,” is crazy. I only know some random facts like Luke kisses his sister before he knows she’s his sister (yuck), and Darth Vader is Luke’s father. I know that Harrison Ford is cool, a light saber would come in handy sometimes, and that’s about it. The same goes for us in our understanding of the Bible. Most people have a vague understanding of God’s Word because they have only “seen the first movie” (which is really the fourth movie…). Do you get what I’m saying? To understand God’s Word and to really “get into” God’s Word, a person needs to see the whole entirety of God’s Word, not just a clip here and there. It’s my desire and prayer that once we understand how God’s Word is put together, we will be able to better navigate the pages of the Bible and have a better understanding of how God’s story line goes and how we fit into all of this.
In the past few posts, we have seen that God’s Word is amazing, that it’s broken down into two testaments, and that we now live under the Testament or Covenant of Grace. But the breakdown goes further when we consider the many events and stories of the Old and New Testament and how they fit into the big picture of Scripture.
From this point on, I will be going through the Bible and highlighting some of the major events and stories, beginning in Genesis. These posts will be labeled “Bible Basics,” while any other posts I make will not be labeled this way. I hope you find these posts helpful and encouraging in your personal walk with Christ.