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An Overview of the Bible

Overview of The Bible

Divided into 4 Main Sections

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Section 1:

The Bible Tells One Unified Story From Beginning to End

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7 Main Points Testify to It’s Unity

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1) From the Book of Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. Wherever he speaks or acts he is consistent with himself, and with the total revelation of who He is.

2) The Bible forms one continuous story — the story of how humanity relates to God.

3) The Bible makes the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and, when the centuries have brought round the appointed time, records their fulfillment.

4) The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Nothing is told all at once. The law is, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn.” Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete.

5) From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption.

6) From beginning to end the Bible has one great theme — the person and work of the Christ.

7) And, finally, these writers, some forty in number, writing through fifteen centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is, to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the divine inspiration of the Bible.

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Section 2:

The Bible is Many Books Compiled Into One Book

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There are 5 Great Divisions with Christ at the Center

 

Speaking broadly there are five great divisions in the Scriptures, Christ being the one great theme (Luke 24:25-27).

In other words, the Old Testament is the preparation for Christ. 

In the Gospels he is manifested to the world. 

In the Acts he is preached. 

In the Epistles his Gospel is explained. 

In the Book of Revelation all the purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.

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The Old Testament Sub Groups


 

These Major Groups Also Fall into Sub-groups 

This is especially true of the Old Testament, where there are four well defined groups:

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REDEMPTION

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

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ORGANIZATION

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

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POETRY

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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SERMONS

Lamentations, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

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Redemption – Genesis is the book of beginnings, and explains the origin of Israel. 

Exodus tells the story of the deliverance of Israel.

Leviticus of the worship of Israel as delivered people.

Numbers the wanderings and failures of the delivered people.

Deuteronomy warns and instructs that people in view of their approaching entrance upon their inheritance.

 

Organization – The Books of Organization tell of Israel’s development from 12 nomadic Tribes into an established Nation with a fully functioning governmental system of Laws and a cohesive societal structure.

A true force among the Gentile Nations with a God to be feared who protected and defended them in times of crises.

 

Poetry – The Poetical books record the spiritual experiences of the redeemed people in the varied scenes and events through which the providence of God led them.

 

Sermons – The prophets were inspired preachers, and the prophetical books consist of sermons with brief connecting and explanatory passages. Two prophetical books, Ezekiel and Daniel, have a different character and are apocalyptic, largely.

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Section 3:

The Bible Tells the Story of the Human Family

 

Beginning with the creation of the earth and man, the story of the first human pair continues through the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

With the twelfth chapter begins the history of Abraham and of the nation of which Abraham was the ancestor. It is that nation, Israel, with which the Bible narrative is mainly concerned with from the eleventh chapter of Genesis to the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

The Gentiles are mentioned, but only in connection with Israel. But it is made increasingly clear that Israel fills the scene only because they are entrusted with the accomplishment of great world-wide purposes (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). 

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Israel’s Appointed Mission

1) To be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:5 ; Isaiah 43:10

2) To illustrate to the nations the greater blessedness of serving the one true living God

(Deuteronomy 33:26-29 ; 1st Chronicles 17:20-21 ; Psalms 102:15

3) To receive and preserve the Divine revelation (Romans 3:1-2)

4) To produce the Messiah, earth’s Savior and Lord (Romans 9:4). The prophets foretell a glorious future for Israel under the reign of Christ.

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Section 4:

The Central Theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ

 

It is Jesus Christ — “God manifest in the flesh” (1st Timothy 3:16) — his sacrificial death, and his resurrection, which make up the Gospel. 

All earlier Scripture points forward to Him – All later Scriptures point back at Him.

The Gospel is preached in the book of Acts and explained in the Epistles. 

Christ, the Son of God, Son of man, Son of Abraham and Son of David, thus binds the many books into One Book.

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The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

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As the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) he is the ultimate destroyer of Satan and his works.

As Abraham’s Seed he is the Blesser of the world.

As the Seed of David he is Israel’s King. The “Desire of all Nations.”

He is exalted to the right hand of God and is head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

Meanwhile the Church looks for the fulfillment of his special promise: “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (John 14:1-3)

Thus we have an overview of the Bible the divinely inspired word of God!

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Do Christians and Jews Worship the Same God?

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Is Jehovah the God of Jews and Christians?

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Jews worship the same God that Christians do but ignorantly so.

Unfortunately for my Jewish brethren they still worship Jehovah according to an outdated covenant and not according to the revealed truth of the new covenant which came by His last ordained Prophet sent to earth, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah.

The Jewish people have a mixed history of being God’s chosen nation destined to inherit the blessing of their father, Abraham who was called a friend of God; and at the same time being a rebellious, stiff-necked people who keep missing God’s best for them. 

Here’s their history in a nutshell:

After Adam rebelled against God, God started looking for a man with whom He could enter into a covenant relationship and through whom He could bring the promised Messiah to be the Savior of all mankind.

Jehovah found such a man in Abraham and entered into covenant with him declaring that not only Abraham but the entire nation that would come from his loins would be blessed.

After God delivered Israel (Abraham’s descendants) from slavery in Egypt He established another covenant with them that basically said: I am the only true, living God, all other gods are idols and you must worship me according to the covenant I have made with you.

I have given you the prophet Moses as a mediator who will approach me on your behalf and through whom I will speak to you when needed; obey him and we’ll get along just fine.

In return for your obedience and faithfulness I will protect you from your enemies, provide sustenance for you and guide and direct you in all matters. (Paraphrased from Exodus 19:3-6)

No sooner did God make the covenant with Israel, than they broke the covenant and started worshiping a golden idol and having a drunken orgy. (Exodus 32:1-9)

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From that time Israel started experiencing a yo-yo type relationship with God.

They would rebel against God’s leadership and go worshiping idols, get themselves in trouble with their enemies, then repent and beg God’s forgiveness.

God would always be faithful to forgive and rescue them with the assurance they would behave themselves.

No such luck.

This went on for centuries until God finally said, OK, that’s enough!

You have broken this covenant once too many times, here’s the new deal; I will make a new covenant with you, governed by new laws and handled by a new Mediator.

The LORD said: The time will surely come when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

It will be different from the covenant I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt.

Although I was their God, they broke that covenant.” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)

The problem with the nation of Israel is that they kept trying to please God based on external laws and ordinances never understanding that all He ever wanted was to be a Father to them and not necessarily a Master.

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Unfortunately, they never got over their slavery mentality from Egypt and kept trying to worship Jehovah with a completely wrong mindset – That’s why they never achieved long-term success.

Their basic approach to worshiping God was wrong!

That’s why He based the new covenant on completely new principles.

No longer over 600 laws and regulations to follow but one simple principle instead:

Love God with everything you have inside of you and love other human beings as much as you love yourself.

If you do this you’ll be obeying all the laws of the old covenant. (Paraphrased from Matthew 22:37-41)

In order to help them do this God said:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you… I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

God didn’t leave it up to them to try and obey Him with their own will-power. He made it so that His indwelling Spirit would give them the ability to conform to His will and submit to His authority.

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All they have to do is trust Him!

This is why Jesus said, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7)

That’s how you get the new heart and new spirit He promised in Ezekiel 36.

You must be born again or in other words have your spirit re-created.

This is the point my Jewish brothers and sisters are missing entirely.

They acknowledge a new messiah and a new covenant is promised by God, they just deny that Jesus Christ is that Messiah and are still waiting for someone else to show up.

So, in the meantime they’re still worshiping Jehovah under an archaic covenant with outdated rules and regulations which has absolutely no power in it to save them.

The good news is that the New Covenant is open for anyone, Jew or Gentile, to benefit from by just accepting that Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel and allowing God’s love and grace to transform them from within.