It Is Written Part 3
UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE
Matthew 7:24 (NIV) Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Today, I want to help you understand the Bible. The first thing you need to understand is the Bible is NOT written in chronological order. The books of the Bible are grouped by type.
OVERVIEW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
- First 5 books – Law books – Genesis to Deuteronomy
They were written by Moses and hold the story of Creation, the fall, the forming of the nation of Israel, and the giving of the Law.
- Historical books – 12 books – Joshua through Esther
These books give Israel’s history after Moses. Here we see the nation of Israel entering the promised land. The history of Israel’s judges and kings. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther where written when the Jews were brought into exile into Babylon. Because of this, Esther is the end of the Old Testament historically.
- Poetical – 5 books – Job through Song of Solomon.
These are books written by people who lived during the historical books. You can insert some of the Psalms into 1 Samuel. You can see this in a Chronological Bible.
- Prophetical – 17 books.
Like the poetical books, you can insert these prophecies into the history section of the Bible.
- 5 Major Prophets – Isaiah through Daniel
Major because they are longer, not more important
- 12 Minor Prophets – Hosea through Malachi
Minor because they are shorter, not less important
OVERVIEW OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Then there are 400 years of complete silence. The Jews comes out of captivity and return to Israel. Then Jesus comes on the scene and this is where the New Testament begins.
- Gospels – 4 books – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
- Acts – historical record of the first church
- Epistles – 20 books – Romans through Jude
- Revelation – prophecy of the last days and eternity
THE PLOT – THE MIRROR IMAGE
- God and righteous man in Paradise – Genesis 1-2
- Satan and sin enter – Genesis 3-5
- The world judged and destroyed – Genesis 6-9
- “One World” Government system – Genesis 10-11
- 12 Tribes/Israel God’s holy people – Genesis 12-Malachi
- Jesus Christ – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
- 12 Disciples/Church God’s holy people – Acts-Jude
- “One World” Government system – Revelation 6-19
- The world judged and destroyed – Revelation 6-19
- Satan and sin exit – Revelation 20
- God and redeemed man in Paradise – Revelation 21-22
THE SUBJECT – JESUS
John 5:39 (NLT) You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
THE VERB – GIVE
The verb isn’t love, its that God gave love. He gave his life, so give your life. He gave. So what is the appropriate response? We give.
John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.