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What is the Bible all about?

What is the Bible all about??

It's all about a promise made to Abraham.

All the Bible is based on just three verses of Scripture, found in Genesis 12:1-3.  The preceding 11 chapters are purposefully inspired, setting a stage to introduce these three verses.  The rest of the Bible is a development and fulfillment of these verses.  Once you see how the scriptures are written to introduce these verses and then understand their content, you gain an immediate and enlightening understanding of the entire Bible.

Creation Is Made Very Good

In Genesis chapters 1-2, Moses lists four ways describing how creation began in an ideal manner:

  1. Seven times in chapter one when God evaluates His acts of creation, He declares them to be good.  When He reviews the whole of creation, He declares it with emphasis, "Indeed it was very good" (Gen. 1:31)

  2. In Gen. 1:26-27, Adam and Eve are created in the image of God.  This is a statement made over and against how He made the animals of creation.  People are made with God-like abilities.

  3. In Gen. 2:8, Adam and Eve are placed in the paradise of Eden.

  4. In Gen. 2:16, God says, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat."

So, everything is made very good.  People are made in the image of God.  They are placed in the paradise of Eden and given extensive freedom.  Creation, Moses is telling us, is off to an ideal beginning.

God's Ideal Creation Goes Tragically Wrong

Beginning in chapter three and continuing through chapter 11, Moses proceeds to give four accounts, graphically depicting how God's ideal creation goes tragically wrong:

  1. In chapter three, Adam and Eve eat of the forbidden tree.  They are cursed and driven from the Garden of Eden.  Paradise is lost.

  2. In chapter four, Cain kills his brother Abel.  Cain is cursed and driven from God's presence.

  3. In chapter six, there is widespread wickedness and violence, and God curses the earth with the flood.

  4. In chapter 11, people in pride and self-sufficiency go away from God and build a tower as a monument to idolatry.  God scatters people in a confusion of languages.

With these four graphic accounts, Moses describes a world hopelessly lost in a repeated cycle of sin and curse.  People are in trouble.  Questions are raised:

  • Can anything be done to salvage the situation?

  • Can God do anything?

  • Will He intervene?

The stage is set for the Grand Announcement.  God has a plan to redeem fallen humanity.

He summons Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12:1-3 and makes him a series of promises.  God promises to grow Abraham's descendants into a great nation, give them the land of Canaan, and from that land and nation bring the Blessing that will bless all the people of the earth.

The Bible then begins with the declaration that everything is made very good, but people corrupt creation.  God calls Abraham and announces that He has a plan to redeem the world by replacing the curse with a Great Blessing.

Both Christian and Jewish faiths recognize the promise of a coming Blessing as the promise of Messiah.

Our workbook studies, both Jewish and non-Jewish, are based upon this enlightening observation in Genesis.  Both studies show how the promises made to Abraham develop and are fulfilled.  For more information on our studies, click here.



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