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"Brightly beams our Father's mercy

From the lighthouse evermore;

But to us He gives the keeping

Of the light along the shore."

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Volume 4                                                                   January 2005                                                                                    No7 

 

THE BIG PICTURE OF THE BIBLE

 

Perhaps you have read the Bible straight through from cover to cover.  Or perhaps you have read different parts of the Bible at various times.  But, have you seen the story that ties the 66 books into one- the big picture of the Bible? 

            God chose to give His revelation to man in the format of a “mystery” (1 Cor 2:7).  This for-mat is common in books, TV shows, and movies.  In the beginning of a mystery, the problem that needs to be resolved is presented. Then clues are given that point toward the solution- clues that are not clearly understood at the time they are given.  Finally, at the end of the mystery, the solution is revealed.  All of the clues then make perfect sense and the whole plot falls into place like a jigsaw puzzle.

            The Creator had a plan before He made the world.  God wanted men to be holy and blameless and to be children in His family (Eph 1:4-5).  But, in order for this to happen, a solution had to be found to the problem presented in the early pages of the Bible- sin (See Genesis 3).  How could those who sinned be “holy and blameless”?  How could those who had sinned and had destroyed their relationship with a holy God become His children? 

            Right after the sin of Adam and Eve the first clue was given.  The seed of woman would bruise Satan on the head and Satan would bruise him on the heel (Gen 3:15).  Satan had won a battle against man in successfully enticing him to sin, but he would not win the war.  A Savior born of woman would sustain a minor injury  from Satan,  but would  deal him  a crushing blow.  But who would he be?  Clues continued to be given to his identity.

 

This one who  would  bless  all  nations  would  be  a descendent of Abraham (Gen 12:3), Isaac (Gen 26:4), and Jacob (or Israel, Gen 28:14) and therefore would come from the nation of Israel.  This Savior would also be a King (Messiah) from the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10).  And, of those in the tribe of Judah, he would descend from the family of David (2 Sam 7:12,13).  Many more clues were given such as where the Savior would be born (Micah 5:2), what kind of character he would have (Isa 42:1-4), and how that he would suffer and die, but live again (Isa 53:1-12).

            God carried out his eternal purpose through Jesus (Eph 3:11) and revealed His my-stery through His apostles and prophets (Eph 3:3-5) in the New Testament.  A comparison of the N.T. with the predictions in the O.T. clearly shows us that He is the long, awaited Savior and King.  He was of the right descent; he was born in the right place; he had the character Isaiah predicted he would, and he suffered, died, and arose.  Through Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross (Satan’s injury to His heel), He crushed Satan’s head and blessed all mankind with the opportunity to become holy and blameless and to be adopted into the family of God.  As a son of God, man can strive toward the goal of God’s mystery, that is, to have Christ in him (that is, Christ’s character), which is his hope of glory in heaven (Col 1:27).

  Now you know the big picture of the Bible.  Keep it in mind as you read any part of the whole- it will help you to understand it.  And, marvel as you see all of the pieces fit together!

ARE YOU HUNGRY?

Nearly every home has a Bible.  Some are displayed on coffee tables.  Others are placed in bookcases, put away in closet shelves, or packed in trunks in the attic.  The Bible is owned and revered by more people than any other book in the world.  Yet, most copies of it are doing little more than gathering dust.

            Why is this so?  There is no spiritual hunger for the Bible.  Peter wrote, “Like newborn babes long for the pure milk of the Word so that you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet 2:2).  Anyone who has had a newborn baby or has been around one knows that they will not stop crying until they are fed.  Unfortunately, it is rare in our society to see this kind of intense longing to learn the Word of God.

 

Many are starving spiritually with food right there in their homes.  They just have no appetite for the Bible.  They do not consider it any more important than any other book. In fact, it is treated as less important for many books go in and out of the home from the library, while the Bible remains unread.

            What about you?   Do you have a Bible?  Are you reading it?  This bulletin is not at all a substitute for the Bible.  It is designed to do the same thing a restaurant commercial does- to make you hungry.  Are you hungry for the Word of God?  The only way to satisfy that hunger is to open up its pages.  Do it soon and do it often.  Nourish you soul and watch it grow- Watch your relationship with God grow unto salvation.

CHRISTIAN DOORS

A few years ago, I went on a field trip with my son Jeremy to a house dating from the late 1800’s.  The tour guide called our attention to the design of the doors.  She said that they were called “Christian” doors because the design on them was a cross with a rectangle on either side of the cross to represent an open Bible.

  The design reflects an age where the cross of Jesus was important and Bibles were opened and read.  In those days it was considered that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov 9:10).  Parents were diligent

 

to instruct the children in the home so that it could be said that God’s words were written on the doorposts of the house. (Dt 6:9)

            Sadly, most people in our society pay little if any attention to the values reflected on the “Christian” doors.  What about your house?  Are those who go in and out of your doors knowledgeable in the Bible?  Do they meditate on the cross of Jesus and are they being inspired by it to be His disciples?  Does your house have “Christian” doors?  If not, there’s no time like the present to exalt the cross of Jesus and the Bible to their proper place in your home.



 

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