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.
Isaac, the child the Lord promised to Abraham, continues the line in which God will fulfill the covenant promises of blessing made to Abraham.
Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons and was Rachel’s firstborn. Due to Jacob’s deep love for Rachel, Jacob had a special love for his son Joseph (Gen. 37:3).
3. DELIVERANCE AND DISOBEDIENCE
There were seventy people in the family of Jacob living in Egypt. Over the course of 430 years (Ex. 12:40) this large family has now grown to a considerable number known as the people or children of Israel.
Under the leadership of Moses, the people of Israel have come to the wilderness of Sinai and camped at the foot of a mountain. This is about seven weeks since the exodus from Egypt (Ex. 19:1) and this occasion is the fulfillment of what God said to Moses when He called him to lead His people (cf. Ex. 3:12).
God chooses to dwell with His people as they journey through the wilderness and the go to the Promised Land. They way God does is through he tabernacle and the priestly system. The tabernacle was a temporary dwelling designed by God.
4. CONQUEST AND CYCLES
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).
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.
5. KINGS AND PROPHETS
This stage in Biblical history contains a series of unlikely individuals used of God to prepare the way for the introduction of the monarchy and the arrival of the King of kings. The preparation for Israel’s future king begins in Bethlehem (Ruth 1:1) and this is where it finds its climax (Matt. 2:1).
The first three kings to reign over Israel were Saul, David, and Solomon. However, it wasn’t until the leadership of David that the kingdom was fully united and strongly progressing. With the rise of Saul, Israel goes from being a nation of changing tribal leaders to being led by a king.
The kingdom splits in 930 B.C. The ten northern tribes form the Kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom is known as Judah. There are now two kingdoms.
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.
8. THE EARLY CHURCH
The book of Acts provides the earliest record of the birth of the early church and the spread of the gospel message. In many Bible translations it is called “The Acts of the Apostles”. Though this is not a bad title, it is not entirely accurate. When it comes to the recorded ministry of the apostles, the focus in the book of Acts is primarily on the ministries of Peter and Paul.
The apostle Paul makes the largest contribution to the NT letters. Paul’s letters contain deep theological teaching, confrontation of error, practical instruction for Christian living, encouragement to God’s people, and praise to the Lord. In the NT they are essentially ordered from largest to shortest.
The eight general letters in the New Testament cover a range of themes like the letters of Paul. In general, they tend to be more sermonic in style and address a broader audience.
9. THE RETURN OF THE KING
In the opening verses of the book of Revelation, there are four important features about this book. Firstly, we learn that the Person of the Revelation is Jesus Christ (1:1a). The word “revelation” means “to uncover” or “to unveil.”