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To many, the Bible may seem confusing; it may seem hard to know where to begin. A simple one page Bible overview can set the stage for where we're headed.
I love to read books, but usually before choosing or reading a book, I read the summary on the back or inside cover, or these days, the summary on Amazon! This introduces me to the overall story and helps me understand where the author is taking the reader.
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The Bible is God's love letter to us! It's not just for studying to obtain knowledge, but it is our guide to knowing Him!
The following is a very simple, one page Bible overview that sums up The Story…His Story and how it affects each and every one of us.
- Old Testament: Book of Genesis
In the beginning was God. He had always existed, but now He spoke into being all that we know – the heavens, the earth and all they contain. He then created man & woman in His own image. He created each of us to know Him in a personal relationship. And in creating us to be loved by Him, He gave us free will to choose to love Him back or not.
He placed the man and woman in the garden – a perfect place. He gave permission for Satan to entice them. There had to come the choice– trust God or not…love God or not. Mankind chose “not”, and this gave birth to sin and our separation from God.
God did not give up on us though. He gave humans work and pain, but also The Promise. He gave The Promise of a Savior. God held back evil with a flood. He held back evil by scattering. He held back evil with His promise given to an old man named Abraham, who passed it to his son, Isaac, who passed it to his son, Jacob, until a nation was born from his twelve sons. A nation called God’s people, a nation called to carry The Promise.
-Old Testament: Exodus-Malachi
The Promise remained through 400 years of slavery, through 40 years of wanderings, through 500 years of conquering and falling away striving to be a kingdom, through 500 years of brokenness and banishment, through 400 years of silence, until….
New Testament: Matthew-Revelation
Until one silent night in a small town called Bethlehem, a child was born of a virgin. The Promise was given birth and breath filled His lungs as the only Son of God took on human flesh. God stepped down to earth and became a man to open the Way for us to return to Him.
It would take blood. It would take sacrifice. It would take His very life, the life of Jesus, God’s Son. Yet none of this was actually taken; He gave all as a free gift…as another chance…to choose God…to trust and love Him. Another chance to restore relationship with Elohim, our Creator. Another chance for redemption.
Yet no choice is automatic; it is an act of our free will. A choice has been given; a choice must be made.
The Word came. The Word spread. Many have chosen. And The Promise continues unto That Day…the Day Jesus returns for His Bride. There is still time. What will we choose?
Choose The Promise!
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The Promise was from the beginning and is also a new beginning. God offers His love and redemption to each of us.
Find out more on our Know Christ page. Don't wait; I pray today will be your day of promise!
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