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The Bible is the best selling book of all time! What makes the Bible so special?  This a book that is unlike any book ever written.  It contains 66 books from 40 different authors each having differing jobs and backgrounds from a King to a fisherman. It was written over a span of 1500 years and yet it contains a unified message all the way through and has no contradictions! Imagine trying to get a group of 40 authors to each write a book about any subject. Would they all agree 100 percent? No way. The Bible is truly remarkable!

The Bible is split into two parts, the old and new testament or covenant. What is a covenant? A covenant is a legal binding contract between two parties. For example, a marriage covenant or a house mortgage. What happened to make the Bible be split like this? Jesus was born. The Old Testament is before Jesus, and the New Testament is after Jesus.

Let’s look closer at what is in the Bible. Notice the books are grouped into sections.

Old Testament

1.) The Law

Books of the Law

The Bible tells the story of history. But when I say story, I do not mean a fairy tale, but events that really happened...

The Bible is a love story between an infinite, almighty being and us, humankind. It starts with the creation of everything and the beauty and goodness of the first couple’s relationship with God. And then suddenly, it is shattered by their betrayal of His love. Sin entered in. Sin is our unwillingness to have God rule over us, wanting to be the god of our own life and destiny. This choice resulted in much pain, death, and chaos. You see there was no death until Adam sinned. God said, “In the day that you eat of it you will die.” The penalty for disobeying God is death.

This was not good. What a tragic beginning to our story. But our creator had a plan, from the moment that Adam and Eve confessed their rebellion, God took an innocent lamb and killed it in their place. Then he clothed them with its skin. This was a temporary covering of their sin. When they disobeyed again, another lamb or goat would need to die. Can you see how serious this is? God also made a promise to Adam that He would send a redeemer who be the permanent sacrifice for our sin and restore our relationship with God.

Later, God chose Abraham to start a nation called Israel that would be unique among the nations. He would be their God and they would be his chosen people. The name Israel means governed by God. He gave them the law, a priesthood, and a temple to be a light to the world. All of this is told in the 1st five books of the Bible known as the Law or The Books of Moses.


2.)  History Books

History Books

Next the history books tell of Israel’s conquest of the promised land, its judges, kings and miracles that God did. But it also tells of Israel's failure to follow God and God’s judgement allowing other nations to invade their land and take them into captivity. Then they tell of God moving on a heart of King Cyrus to allow the people to return to their land and rebuild the temple and their country.


3.)  Poetic Books

Poetic Books

Next is the books of wisdom or poetry which contain King David’s songs and King Solomon’s wisdom.


4.)  Major and Minor Prophets

Major and Minor Prophets

And finishing the Old Testament are all the prophetic books. The Bible is the only book that is 100% accurate in telling the future. Between ¼ and 1/3 of the Bible is prophetic writings. Many of the prophecies have been fulfilled and some are yet to be fulfilled.  Here is just one example of a prophecy that has been fulfilled: the prophet Isaiah wrote that Israel would be in taken as slaves to a foreign land and then a king named “Cyrus” would issue a decree setting the people of Israel free. The totally mind-blowing thing is that this was written 150 years before Cyrus was even born!

Isaiah 45:1-13

Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him…

I have raised him up in righteousness,
And I will direct all his ways;
He shall build My city
And let My exiles go free,
Not for price nor reward,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 44:28

(The Lord) who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,

And he shall perform all My pleasure,

Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”

And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.” ’

Also wrote about Cyrus in: Isaiah 41:2-25; 42:6



New Testament

1.)  The Gospels

The Gospels

The New Testament begins with Jesus’s birth, his life, miracles, and teachings. He taught that people must be born again, born of the Spirit, in order to receive a new heart, one that is no longer hard, like stone. A stony heart cannot please God because it is always wanting to rebel against God. When a person is born again, they are given a soft heart that has God’s law written on it. A new heart that desires to please God.

Then at the height of his ministry, Jesus is nailed to a Roman cross.

The story appears to be over but suddenly there is a shocking surprise. Jesus is raised from the dead. Since he was without sin, death had no power over him. He became the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the whole world through his death on the cross. 


2.)  History: Acts of the Apostles

History of the Apostles

After his resurrection, Jesus appears to over 500 people over a 40-day period. He told them, “now it’s your turn. I must return to Heaven, but I will not leave you as orphans, I will send a helper, the Holy Spirit who will be in you.” He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to be filled with power to be his witnesses to the world and that they would do greater works then what he did. Also, he said that this gift was not just for them but for their children and their children’s children, and to all who would call on the name of the Lord. The book of Acts is the history of those early Christians, the miracles that they did, the places that they traveled to spread the good news that people must repent of their sin and turn to God that times of refreshing should come from the presence of the Lord.


3.)  Letters Written by Paul and Others


Next are letters written to the early church about how to live as Christians and giving them encouragement.


4.)  Future Events: the revelation of Jesus

Revelation of Jesus Christ

Lastly, it ends with a vision of what the end of this world will be like and what comes after that. We are eternal beings. God will create an entirely new world in which righteousness dwells and everything will be restored to how it was at the beginning. Only now we will have a full understanding of how evil, Evil is. All who refuse to follow God will be eternally separated from this paradise. But those who believe will see God face to face and have great adventures! The book describes what this new world looks like. It is awesome and more beautiful than you can image!

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 When we make it a habit to read the Bible and obey what it says, it will transform us.

It is profitable for doctrine: it will teach us what is true

It is for reproof: it will prick our heart when we are wrong about something

It is for correction: it will show us how to do it the right way

It is for instruction in righteousness: it will teach us what is right

Then we will be complete

Then we will be made whole

Then we will be thoroughly equipped

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