Summary of The Biblical Narrative
God created the world and it was good. He intended for people to live in love and trust, but they chose selfishness and disobedience. Sin entered the world, separating creation and God.
God wasn’t willing to lose creation, so he set about redeeming the world; he began by choosing Abraham’s family, making covenant promises to bless Abraham’s family through which he would also bless and redeem the world.
Egypt (Biblical Silence)
After four generations, Abraham’s family settled in Egypt where they lived for 400 years and grew numerous, so numerous that Egypt began to fear them and enslaved them.
Exodus & Wilderness (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy)
God rescued his people (now known as Israel after Abraham’s grandson) from slavery. He reestablished his covenant with them through the Law, and led them through the wilderness to the land he had long promised to them.
Tribes in the Land (Joshua & Judges)
Israel settled in the land, dividing it among their tribes. Led by God-appointed judges, the people lived in cycles of obedience – disobedience to God’s Law.
Kingdom (1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah; Ruth, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Song of Solomon)
God allowed Israel to follow its desire to be ruled by a king like other nations and for a time Israel prospered. Eventually, Israel split into two nations – Israel in the north and Judah in the south. As these kingdoms continued the cycle of obedience and disobedience, God’s prophets continually called them back to their covenant with God and his purpose for them.
Exile (Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi)
Ultimately, God allowed his disobedient people to be defeated by their foes; God’s people lived in exile, only returning to their homeland after 70 years.
Between the Testaments (Biblical Silence)
While Scripture is silent about the approximately 400 years between the end of the Old Testament record and the beginning of the New Testament, we know that the people of God were invaded by other nations and lived as captives in their own land.
Messiah (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John)
God’s covenant promises to Israel are fulfilled through Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurrection. Through Jesus, God freed all people from living as captives to sin and death.
Church (Acts — Revelation)
Now God’s redeemed people spread the good news of God’s kingdom throughout the world, anticipating the final redemption of creation in Christ’s return.
*A special thanks to Allie Bates for creating the story images used above.
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THE BIBLE PROJECT is a great resource to have at your side as we read the Bible together. The videos help us to understand the context and themes of each book of the bible, you can then download the final images and keep them for reference. You can find the videos and images here:
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