In this series, the reader takes the journey through the Bible by walking through nine major stages in the Biblical drama: 1. Creation and Conflict, 2. Patriarchs and Promises, 3. Deliverance and Disobedience, 4. Conquest and Cycles, 5. Kings and Prophets, 6. Removal and Return, 7. The Arrival of the King, 8. The Early Church, 9. The Return of the King.
1. creation and conflict
Genesis 1-2 contains the account of God creating the heavens and the earth. The earth is created in six consecutive days and on the seventh day God rested. The pinnacle of this account is the creation of man in His image.
After reading Genesis 1 and 2, it is clear that the world was good. Yet when we look at the world now we will be right to conclude that it is not good. Disease, destruction, and death to mention only a few are some of the horrible realities we are confronted with daily.
Things in the world go from bad to worse in Genesis 6. This chapter begins by describing the downward spiral mankind’s sinfulness. God declares a judgment of destruction by means of a de-creation through a flood.
Genesis 11 gives an account of humanity’s refusal to obey the Lord and their attempt to be great apart from the Lord. The people departed from God’s original command to be “fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
2. Patriarchs and Promises
The second major section of Genesis focuses on the beginnings and the establishment of the nation of Israel. There are four major individuals: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. The primary attention is on Abraham and the covenant God makes with him and his descendants (Gen. 12:1-3; 15:18-21).
3. Deliverance and Disobedience
The book of Exodus picks up where Genesis left off. By means of God’s plan and providence, Jacob’s entire family is now in Egypt due to the events occurring in Joseph’s life. We begin with a brief survey of the Book of Exodus.
4. Conquest and Cycles
The good life the people of Israel enjoyed in the land did not last long. The reason for this was because of their sinfulness. The time period we cover in this part of our journey though the Bible is the period of cycles the nation experienced.
Moses is dead and Israel now has a new leader. Joshua was Moses’ assistant and he was given the task of leading the people of God out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land after Moses’ death. The Lord gives Joshua a formal commission to “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6, 7, and 9).
5. KINGS AND PROPHETS
6. REMOVAL AND RETURN
7. the arrival of the king
The Son of God, who existed in all eternity (John 1:1), “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). This event happened at the right moment of God’s prophetic timetable (Galatians 4:4). In this stage of our journey through the Bible, I will consider seven aspects of the Messiah's mission.