The Bible Tells ONE Story – Andrew

If you remember nothing else from this Year of the Bible, remember this:

The Bible tells one story from start to finish.

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Yes, the Bible as we know it is a collection of 66 books, and yes, it comes from many authors who wrote hundreds of years apart in many different genres.  But, nonetheless, the Bible tells one unified story.

The story is about the Lord’s love for the world he made, and the lengths to which he’ll go to save it.  It’s a classic rescue story.

You can the outline of the entire story in one verse in Genesis, namely 3:15:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

What is this strange passage about?

The Lord is talking to the serpent, and the curse is that the serpent shall perpetually be at odds with humanity (the woman’s offspring).

It’s a poetic prophecy, and Christians have always seen this prophecy to refer to Jesus.  Jesus is the “offspring” of Eve, and he steps on the serpent as the serpent bites at his heel: the Crucifixion.  I like how the image above portrays the relationship between Eve and Mary.

The Bible is the story of Creation, Fall, and Redemption.  It’s about how we turned away from God, but how God never turned away from us.  In Genesis 3, God begins his rescue plan, which will involve one particular people–Israel–and unfold over the centuries.  This is the story of the Bible.

Other Notes on Genesis 3-4

3:1 – Note that the serpent causes Eve to question the Lord’s commands.

3:1-6 – Where is Adam the entire time Eve is with the serpent?

3:12-13 – Note now both the man and the woman refuse responsibility.

3:20 – Note the footnote, #7 – “Eve” means “living” in Hebrew.

4:4 – I don’t know what was wrong with Cain’s offering, either.

–AF

 

January 2 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Genesis 3:1-4:26:

  • So what was the first sin actually? It seems that it was trusting something else more than God.
  • 12-13 – Neither Adam or Eve takes direct responsibility for their actions.
  • Adam and Eve couldn’t obey God’s commands on their own so in order to protect them he put a barrier between them and more opportunity to sin.
  • 5 – Did God not have regard for Cain’s offering because he was not offering his best? Or was there another reason?
  • 26 – Before this, individuals had called upon the name of the Lord, prayed, and worshipped, but now families and people groups were gaining size and began to worship corporately.

 

Matthew 2:13-3:6:

  • 15 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • 18 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • 23 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • Nazareth was a small village that couldn’t boast much.
  • 3 – Prophecy fulfilled.
  • John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He taught similar messages, baptized, and encouraged people to repent and believe.

 

Proverbs 1:7-9:

  • All that we know should be filtered through our fear and respect of the Lord.