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October 6, 2021 6:29 am
What is the Bible all about? Over the next couple of days, David will provide an overview of the entire Bible. Part 1.
The Bible is a book written over 1500 years by dozens of different authors came from very different socioeconomic backgrounds from a thick former complicated and we should place ourselves under the authority of God's word and obey it. Final moments of hope with today's broadcast. We continue our unwrapped theories uncovering foundational truths in the Bible today you are in for a treat.
Over the next couple days.
David gives us an overview of the entire Bible.
Here's David McPartlin in his methods, the Bible in 35 minutes doing a series on unwrapped love the word of God in the early church. Christians were sometimes derisively nicknamed people of the book you hang that monochrome me anytime you want to wish the people of the book, and we should place ourselves under the authority of God's word and obey it to be. People are distinct and different to make a difference.
So today what I want to do is to go through the Bible in 35 minutes. Yeah, it's a challenge.
I'll do it though. I promise I and and I think it will give you an historical perspective, it's a skeleton and now for the rest of your lives. You shall put meat on the bone. As you make God's word special in your life. Before I begin, let me just say this last week I asked the question why should we believe God's word is God's word.
It's because of Jesus. If you believe Jesus is God in human flesh must have his view toward the old and new Testaments, which was the authoritative word of God and Jesus is God will have his view toward everything also today were going to look at another reason to believe the God's word is God's word. It's because it's amazing unity. It's amazing unity of the Bible is a book written over 1500 years approximately by dozens of different authors came from very different socioeconomic backgrounds from a thick former king. It was written on three different continents in three different languages and yet here's the amazing thing about it. Over 1500 years with all the specs it has one unified message. What is that message. It's a message. Basically the Bible is all about salvation history I've given to you this outline that I put together and I hope you'll be able to use it in years to come as you put meat on the bones. As we now walk through the Bible in 35 minutes. The Bible says about itself. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, God breathed, God breathed. So what is the Bible all about the Bible is a book about salvation history.
It's about how God intended to save a human race that was all heading toward hell. That's what the Bible is all about. The Bible is a book about salvation history. From Genesis to Revelation, which were about to cover here we go. The Bible begins with the Pentateuch tour in the law. The first five books of the Bible.
That's the first division we begin with Genesis 1 and two, God created the heavens and the earth.
He created all good after every single day. He declared creation operating the way he wanted it to operate. There is perfect original intent in the way that God had his world operating there is first of all harmony with God between Adam and Eve and God there is perfect harmony. They walked together in the garden to communicate together. There's a personal living intimate dynamic relationship between Adam and Eve and God as God originally intended.
Secondly, there's harmony with others.
Adam and Eve got along perfectly.
Can you imagine no marital strife.
They love each other deeply and they had in their marriage would God intended between a man and a woman, a committed heterosexual, monogamous relationship.
Genesis 224 and the two became one they were one with one another. There was harmony with nature nature operated the way God originally intended to operate and finally there was harmony with self inside cell for there was peace because everything was working harmoniously when God created Adam and Eve. He told them. You can even any tree in the garden except that one is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The moment you eat of that tree your declaring your independence for me and you're saying that you can define what's good and evil. And when you do that you need to know two things will come into the world there awful will be spiritual death will be disconnected from me. No longer will we have that personal living intimate dynamic relationship and secondly there will be physical death introduced into my world. Death is an evil intrusion into God's once perfect created order.
He never intended physical death to be a part of his original intent.
So God more data. Many don't eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for at that point, you shall surely die physically and spiritually. At some point in the expanses of eternity. One obvious angels created by God, named Lucifer who was one of the four archangels I think led a rebellion in heaven because of his pride in his arrogance, his desire to sit upon the throne that Jesus himself held, he rebelled and took with him. One third of the angels who became the demonic hordes his army to rebel against God. Satan has this job description to kill, steal and destroy that which God has created so in Genesis 3.
After Genesis 1 and two perfect creation original intent.
The kingdom of God, operating as God wanted to operate the evil one took on the form of the snake and spoke to Eve.
Now some people say a talking snake in the Bible. That's reason enough not to believe in and are you aware that in the cultic activities today than when they woman up the appearance of Satan. He often appears as a servant and speaks to people gathered to worship you. Moreover, if you go to some occult activity, you will see the leader of the occult in the king -like fashion who has a crown upon his head is often a snake that comes from it. The snake somehow was what the evil and chose to speak through maybe an apparition, maybe, really, but he spoke to Eve in his temptation was basically to doubt God's word to doubt that what he was saying was true and he basically said God celestial killjoy eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and you shall surely be God and she did the fruit she rebelled against God gave it to Adam he followed suit and sin was introduced in the world.
In Genesis 3.
Every part of God's once originally perfect creation is now permeated with sin and now what happens in God's world. Because of this introduction of sin through Genesis 3 is spiritual death no longer the relationship with God as he loved us. He intended. That's why he created us was to be in that love relationship to share in the Godhead's law father-son Holy Spirit, but that's now been severed because of sin, and also physical death is Adam and Eve were created never to die. They will now die, and all the pros in the afternoon or morning of this world experience spiritual and physical death.
Moreover, there's disharmony now in God's creation is first of all, disharmony with God. Alienation with him. Disharmony with other people to force broken relationships. There's disharmony with nature.
There's no tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, never part of God's original intent, but here because of the fall and is also disharmony with self where there was once peace there's no guilt, shame, depression, discouragement, then we have been in Genesis 4 through Genesis 11. Examples of those disharmony's being lived out in God's world. First of all, Genesis 4 in the disharmony with others. We have Kane hating his brother. The first murder in the history of the world happen when Cain and his sin killed his brother Abel.
Genesis 5 through nine.
There's disharmony with nature.
There is no flood narrative that's told there's Genesis 11. An example of disharmony with God himself as people around the world come together to build a tower in pride of their own human ingenuity toward God in their pride, they said we will be God and of course God came us, and I'm the only God and he scattered the people all over the world and from this tower called Babel. People started babbling it in different times in different languages, different ethnicities and cultures now scattered all over the world and there's no unity of love to God himself. You need to know the character of God is revealed in this book God is described as he's compassionate, loving and kind peace filled with all Grace's and so he looks down upon this human condition, any kind of leftists to go to hell. But he loved us so much he wanted to bring us back into relationship with him so he began with Genesis 12.
The first movement of salvation history to save us from our sins, and he did so by calling a man named Abram later called Abraham in the new covenant with God and he said Abram you living in the Chaldees, which was present day Iran I want you to leave this country where you are and go to a country I'll show you where it is. It's a promised land where I want you and your people to dwell and I'm entering into a covenant with you notices God the one pursuing Abraham. God loves us so much he always pursues us first, and he enters into this covenant.
This described in three of the most important verses in all of the Bible, Genesis 12 verses one through three.
Now the Lord said to Abram go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing I will bless those who bless you and him who dishonors you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. So God promises Abraham and his wife Sarah that they'll have a son and this son will be the continuation of salvation history until one day all the nations of the world will be blessed Abraham and Sarah have to wait for 25 years for that child ultimately to be born.
But finally he is. His name is Isaac his name is laughter because that was their first response when they knew they were going to have a child after all those many years of waiting, and Isaac eventually did come into the world, and Isaac married Rebecca and they love each other as God intended marriage to be move-in. They had two children, one named Jacob the other named Esau. Esau was born first, he had the birthright for the continuation of all the blessings through the lineage of Abraham, to Isaac, but Esau was a man after the flesh. His name means red Herring. He was just after the things of this world. He didn't really have a heart for God. Jacob, on the other hand was not altogether much better. At least initially, Jacob's name in case you don't know means trickster shyster volume.
Then Jacob or Jake up there, so sorry. The rumor is Jacob came out of the womb going take a card any card any card at all, but he had a heart for God beneath all of that trickster-isms in a heart for God so God chose Jacob over Esau, by God's divine sovereign choice to be the one through whom salvation would continue.
Jacob left home running away from Esau want to kill and restore the birthright from them and he fell in love with a gal named Rachel.
Rachel, the love of his life, but Jacob, the trickster got tricked by Rachel's father made him married Leah first. Not quite as attractive so he did so. Married Leah, and Jacob is the first introduction in the Bible of polygamy and some of you asked me all the time. How do you justify marriage is God intended with polygamy be in the Bible while talk about it more.
A couple weeks I'll answer the question in greater depth, but the bottom line is anytime you see polygamy talk about in the Bible it doesn't go very well and when you look at the story. Always ask the people in the story. Now how is this working out for you. It's not working out well it's disastrous as it was for Jacob looks beautifully that God takes the evil intentions of our heart and all the broken places that live within us, and he works them together. He's working our worst problems out for good.
So through the marriages to Leah and Rachel. They had 12 sons who became the 12 tribes of Israel, all a part of God's salvation historical plan. The second of the last of the sons was named Joseph. He was especially gifted.
He knew God had a special place in his life, one that he be elevated above his brothers. He saw a dream he told his brothers about it. They didn't like it one bit bathroom in the pit to remain there to die, but an Egyptian caravan came along and took them into Egypt. He remained there working in a house called Potter first house he was there for some years and raised himself up to a level of success he got tempted by Potiphar's wife. He refused she didn't like it and thrown in jail. He's in jail for several years. He comes out miraculously and through God's historical salvation process is ultimately raises Joseph to be the Prime Minister of Egypt, the most powerful nation on the face of the earth. And while he's there. His brothers were experiencing a famine. They come to him. They don't recognize him asking for food. He recognizes them yes them to go through all kinds of different gyrations until finally he identifies who he is to them there convinced he's gonna kill the dust and when the most powerful verses in all of the Bible in Genesis chapter 50 verse 20. Joseph looks at his brothers and says you meant for evil but God meant it for good in salvation history, folks got stinking all the evil of the world. Globally, locally, personally, and is using it for good cause.
He's the one who oversees salvation history. So what you have in Genesis 12 through Genesis 50 is the formation of the biblical patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, and through those for God forms a nation called Israel and fatty changes Jacob's name from trickster to Israel which means Prince of God. He has a plan for forming a nation in a promised land. And through this nation. He will bless every nation on the face of the earth. That was his promise that the end of Genesis 50 you have Jacob coming to Egypt and the famine they stay in a land called Goshen and are happy together. Genesis ends. There's 400 years of silent history between Genesis 50 and Exodus 1. During that time.
The 70 Jews in Egypt grew to 3 million and became slaves Genesis 1X axis one opens up with the people of God, crying out to God going to set us free set us free, and God raises up notice who initiates it. God initiates it by raising up Moses a June raised in Pharaoh's court kills an Egyptian runs into the wilderness and remains there 40 years protecting himself and God comes to him in a burning bush and says I've chosen you Moses to go to Pharaoh to cry out, let my people go. Moses does so in a series of supernatural events. God sets his people free there going to him and this promised land he chosen.
They have a problem with the Red Sea ordering them in as the Egyptians change their minds about setting a free and come down upon the Madonna opens up the Red Sea, gets them across swallows up the Egyptians to protect his chosen people that he made to Abraham's covenant and they go to Mount Sinai there at the base of Mount Sinai. God does something remarkable. He enters into a covenant with an entire nation, not just one man, Abraham, and he gives them his law to be obeying. He wants to be a wholly different kind of people are more people will be a witness to the world and all of its pagan godlessness gives them in the book of Exodus is law he gives them the tabernacle were God will be present. He shows up in their midst to love them care for them and serve them and that's the book of Exodus listening to moments of hope. Thanks for listening, coming up Dana joins me in a studio in a conversation about today's moment of the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community.
I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry Mark tell us about West Boulevard ministry of they convert this up to speak about was for ministry and more poorly about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry serves a spiritual physical news.
The families and communes with them was Boulevard, to the glory of Jesus Christ.
Whether were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts gatherings will bring people outside of their apartments their homes into fellowship with one another or were doing Bible study bingo the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after our Bible study portion of the night and a couple weeks ago. The young man to walk without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do. Forgot some in the space came back in the end up praying out myself and all the other volunteers for the West Boulevard ministry to gather there for that night, and let us all in prayer. Closeout fishermen particular church every every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 in. And that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ working side someone's heart.
Encourage the Mormon that sounds right now Bart. If any of our listeners want to get in contact with you how they do that the best way to do is either myself and parked at West Bard ministry.board morning call me straight up and myself and it always engines like a doctor. The funds always on. That's not a 029890270 encourage folks to also get our website which is West Boulevard ministry.org and there you can see some of her photo galleries and system of logs, a lot of things we do throughout the West Boulevard, to the glory Jesus Christ.
It is great having you with us today. Thank you very much for listening today. Joining STM is our Pastor David sadly stated, thank you so much for joining us today.
You're welcome Jen. It's great to be with you as well will in this morning's moment of hope, you wrote about how our test becomes our testimony. This is an interesting insight Jen and it's one people might not think it's true, but it really is the route to joy is through trials and suffering. That's what the Bible clearly teaches, for example in James one verses two through four counted all joy, my brothers, when parenthesis they are not.
If, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. So the way you get to joy and becoming a more complete or mature disciple of Jesus is through trials and suffering. It seems counterintuitive, doesn't and dies. But it's true. And it is something all of us who've gone through life realize it's truth God's point of view tells us very clearly that through trials and situations of difficulty. We have joy and in that test becomes our testimony. One of the ways God uses tests in our lives is to teach us how to be persevering through it all arrive at joy and then we can share with others how God was with us and use the test for our greater testimony then we are greater witnesses for him in the world. My son David claimed this verse from James one when he was going through a very difficult time as a teenager he had two knee surgeries as abutting basketball player one at 13 and one at 15 and we were wondering whether all of his college aspirations to play at that level were going to happen or not but David kept persevering coding that verse over and over again and found joy in his suffering, but it only happen through steadfastness, perseverance and endurance, but it did happen. And today, as a 30-year-old he will use that story as a part of his testimony, which allows people to hear him more ably about his love and joy in the Lord. So Jen in the end our trials are used greatly by God because in the end our messes become a message. Our tests become a testimony. I will have that day that I love that play on words there. It's it makes that memorable and it makes me curious as to what God is doing right now he needs times with all the tasks that we are faced with and our children are faced with might be think that is not too well. I do know that our physical muscles are only made stronger in resistance and that the greater the weight, the greater the resistance, the greater our muscles become stronger. So similarly, I would think in our spiritual lives that it is in the resistance of trials and difficulties and pain that we have to push against, but that makes our spiritual faith muscles stronger as well. We are not guaranteed in this life. A garden of the main justice was destroyed in the garden of the problems came into this world and the fall in Genesis 3 and all of us living in this life have to go through those trials. But here's the good news. Jesus is with us any promises to use those tests and trials as a part of our testimony and message for his glory in life that is so again, thank you so much stated and thank you Jen, thank you listeners if you would like to receive from me. A daily written moment of hope, please go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe there free of charge from my heart to yours to begin your day. Every morning at 7 AM with a moment of hope in moments of helpless senior pastor has moments of hope Church, we'd love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning. We need prominent state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Charlotte. You can find more information on our website church.org again. Come join us Sunday morning at Providence state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd., #our manager is moments of hope church.org for again and the entire moments of hope church continue to pray for the insurance and