Purpose: To help you see a picture of the great Bible epic or story and how it all fits together from Genesis to the New Testament. This study will help you get an overview of the entire Bible. This is a study of the greatest story in human history and how we all fit into it.

Genesis 1:1 The story starts with the creation of the universe and the earth. Everything in the Bible is built on the truth that this world did not just happen. It was created by God for a purpose.

Genesis 1:26-27. After the creation of other life, God created man and woman in his own image, the only beings with a spiritual nature. From the beginning of time, God has wanted to be in relationship with man. He created us to be like him in special ways. He has communicated clearly with man to let him know how he could be in relationship with his creator. It has always been man’s choice…and there have always been results or consequences that came from that choice—-whether man chooses to go his way or God’s way.

Genesis 2:6-7; Genesis 2:15-17.. Man’s way or God’s way. What were the results of man choosing his way?  [Genesis 3:16-19] What would have been the result of obeying God?

But God had a plan to deal with man’s sin and lostness.

Genesis 22:17-18 –Abraham

  1. It begins with the choosing of the man Abram whose name was changed to Abraham.
  2. What is the promise God made to him?
  3. The rest of the story is the story of Abraham’s descendents and how through them God has given the whole world the opportunity to know him and be blessed.
  4. It is often a messy story because of how often men failed to love and obey God, but it also a story of God’s faithfulness to do what he had promised Abraham.

Genesis 25:22-26 – Israel

  1. Abraham had Isaac and Isaac had Jacob (Israel) and Jacob had 12 sons.
  2. Their descendents became the Twelve Tribes of Israel
  3. The entire group went to Egypt to survive a famine
  4. They eventually became slaves of the Egyptians

Exodus 3: 1-8 – the Exodus

  1. God calls Moses to lead the people out of Egypt
  2. The rest of Exodus is the story of how that happened
  3. The way God led his people out of the bondage of slavery and into a promised land becomes a picture of how he will lead all nations out of the bondage of sin and into a new relationship with him.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Loving God with ALL

  1. Throughout the OT this is what God wants Israel to learn
  2. And he continually emphasizes how he wants to bless them (Deuteronomy 7:12-13)

2 Chronicles 33:23–  Israel’s Unfaithfulness

  1. 2 Chronicles is one of the historical books—the first being Joshua—that describes the history of Israel.
  2. This passage describes something seen so often in these books. What is it?
  3. God is faithful and continues to work with them. When they repent, he forgives. ( 2 Chronicles 34:27-28 ).

The Prophets – Calling Back; Looking Forward

  1. The section we call the Prophets contains the writing of men God sent to remind the people of his love for them and to call them back to him. See Hosea 11:1-4; 14:1-2
  2. But these men also began to look forward and predict that God was going to bring a Messiah, a savior through the nation of Israel.
  3. This will finally fulfill the promise made to Abraham

Isaiah – 740-680 B.C. – The Coming Messiah

  1. Some of the clearest prophecies are in Isaiah
  2. Isaiah 9:6-7 — Isaiah looks forward and sees an amazing man; but he is more than a man
  3. Isaiah 42:1-6 –The servant God will send will be compassionate and bring a message for all the nations. A light to the Gentiles
  4. Isaiah 49:5-6 – not just for Israel but also for the Gentiles
  5. Isaiah 53:1-6; Isaiah 11; Isaiah 12 – The servant God will send will lay down his life for others and through his suffering and death men will be healed.

New Testament – the Fulfillment of the Ages

  1. 400 years transpire between this page (end of Malachi) and this page (beginning of Matthew).
  2. During this time the Jews kept looking for the Messiah. They began to think he would be a powerful military leader. Ignored Isaiah 53.
  3. Old Testament was all about God working through Israel to fulfill his promise to Abraham.
  4. New Testament is all about how that promise is fulfilled in Jesus.

Jesus –  The One

  1. God in the flesh – John 1:1-14
  2. God’s revelation to us – Hebrews 1:1-2
  3. God’s effort to embrace us — Luke 13:34

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

Your Story

  1. Your story will be determined by your choice.
  2. You have a decision to make, just as those in the beginning.
  3. How do you feel about what has been looked at?
  4. The studies that follow will help make the issues clear about the choice between God’s way and Man’s way.   Are you ready for the journey?

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