The Bible is truly a remarkable book, unfortunately it’s often misunderstood. The Bible is not a book about me and you, it’s a book about God. We only find our place in God’s story as we understand the bigger story in which we live. Too often, the Bible is merely a guide-book or instruction-manual filled with commands to “do this” and “don’t do that.” If we miss out on the story being told through the Bible, then it makes sense to treat Scripture as a book filled with advice on how to live.
Instead, I want to encourage you to see Scripture as a secret. Read it as a story that God has revealed to you, giving you special insight into the world and where you fit in this world. It’s a secret… except it’s one we’re instructed to make known to everyone who will listen!
Who doesn’t love a good story? Every good story (whether told in a book, a movie, or in person) follows a fairly consistent outline: Introduction, Conflict, Resolution, Conclusion. The Bible follows a similar outline that helps us make sense of what we’re reading.
The Bible’s “Introduction” is the story of Creation (Gen. 1-2), where we are told where the Earth came from along with everything on it. We discover that we were created in order to glorify and worship God in the context of a deeply intimate relationship.
However, this didn’t last for long, and we wouldn’t have done any better than Adam and Eve! The entire Old Testament from Genesis 3 onward is a story about what theologians call “The Fall” of mankind. In our fallen condition we are sinful, under God’s curse, and at war against God, each other, and nature. Although the “event’ of The Fall occurs in Genesis 3, the entire rest of the Old Testament is spent painting a picture of the ongoing results of what happened because of Adam & Eve’s sin.
Throughout the Old Testament story, God reveals that Redemption is coming. The conflict between God and his creation is going to be resolved, peace will be restored, intimacy between Creator and Created will be renewed. The Redemption foreshadowed through Israel and the covenants is ultimately fulfilled through Christ. Through Jesus’ sinless life, death, resurrection, and ascension our sin has been paid for and cancelled.
The Redeemed have been forgiven and adopted as children of God, given the promise of a glorious inheritance. In God’s timing, Jesus will return again as Savior and Judge and will bring about the Restoration of creation. Sin will be eternally judged, faith in Christ will be rewarded with the promised New Heavens & New Earth.
You see, you are a part of this story – you have a role as Storyteller. As Storytellers, we need to understand the Drama of Redemption and faithfully tell it to people who are still under the curse of the Fall. The story is easy enough to learn, but will take an eternity to master, so keep studying, keep learning, keep finding your place in God’s Story and keep sharing it with others.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at this Drama of Redemption, scene by scene – Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration.