The Old Testament archives the beginning of God’s work to redeem God’s people. From the very beginning, God had a plan that no enmity or enemy could stop.
Narrative of the Bible
- The Bible is not a disconnected series of self-help tales.
- God’s Word outlines God’s work to redeem God’s people.
- To summarize the Bible’s narrative, remember these four words: creation, corruption, crucifixion, and commission.
- All things were made by God and for God (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16).
- In God’s good design, He created a place for His people to enjoy His presence.
- Sin entered the world when, instead of wanting to be like God, Mankind wanted to be God (Gen. 3:5).
- The Fall happened because Mankind wanted to take God’s place but concluded with a promise that God would take Mankind’s place (Gen. 3:15, 21).
- As sin reached a chaotic level, God’s wrath reversed the environments and covered the inhabitants.
- God’s wrath came upon every person or a vessel meant to protect those marked by faith.
- With nations scattered, God blessed Abraham so that someone from his family would bless and reunite all peoples.
- God took unrighteous Abraham and credited him righteous on the basis of his faith – not his works.
- The only son was willing to be sacrificed in obedience to his father.
- Joseph accepted his role to suffer unfairly for the redemption of those undeserving.
- God brought the nation of Israel and placed them in the greatest nation on earth to reveal Himself to them.
- Through the plagues, God humiliated every god the Egyptians revered.
- The sacrificial lamb took God’s wrath for the people so they could finally be free.
- God did not provide commandments in order to be redeemed but because they were redeemed.
- The Law showed that no one could keep it perfectly, yet it provided the ideal order the world needed desperately.
- The people’s disobedience kept them wandering for years, unable to reach the Promised Land.
- No matter how consistent their rebellion, God maintained His presence on the sacrifice of substitutes.
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- God led His people to His place to enjoy His presence.
- The awe of blessings got replaced by the danger of entitlement.
- God’s people got stuck in a cycle of sin with a constant need for a redeemer.
- When everyone does what is right in their own eyes, a culture deteriorates thoroughly.
- Discontent with the kingship of God, the people preferred to be like neighboring nations and follow flawed kings.
- Whatever the people relied on other than God, He would use that exact thing to humble them.
- No matter how impressive the feats, every king also portrayed disappointing frailties.
- God promised that one from David’s lineage would become king and reign forever.
- The nation descended into chaos as God’s people tweaked religious devotion to satisfy personal desires.
- The remaining prophets warned God’s people to return to God’s ways or experience God’s punishment.
- God allowed pagan nations to defeat His own because, even if His enemies were worse, God’s people knew better.
- The exile forced God’s people to learn how to follow Him in a land that did not.
- After a lifetime in exile, a remnant returns to rebuild what sin had broken.
- While the people wondered if God had abandoned them, prophets urged them to wait for the help on His way.