Title Disclaimer: Si te Abbi kasi “The Great Bible Story” na e…wahahaha..
Assignment 9: Bible Summary (Nosebleed to death)
To be able to summarize and consolidate the Bible is one task that I have never dreamt of doing but then, amazingly, just as with all the other tasks and assignments that I have done in this course, its something that I’m attempting to do because, well, its part of a whole range of requirements in preparation to becoming disciples-discipler. Thus, since this is, by far, the hardest homework that I’ve received, here is my futile attempt to consolidate and remember the things that I’ve heard from last, last week:
The Super Bible Story
It all begins with the beginning wherein God created the universe, the human race, family life, nations, sin, redemption, etc. It is in the book of Genesis that multiple Bible characters where introduced from Adam to his descendants down to Abraham. But then, we stop with Abraham to highlight God’s covenant with him such that he was made the Father of all nations and was given the Promised Land as part of his covenant to Abraham and his descendants. What followed was a whirlpool of events down to Jacob being given Esau’s birthright, Jacob having 12 sons, Joseph, one of his sons being thrown to Egypt, the famine that reached Israel, Joseph saving the descendants of Israel from the famine due to his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, and on it goes to the fathers of the people whom God has chosen to carry out His plan for the redemption of mankind. Genesis then closes with the Chosen People in Egypt.
Now, after years in Egypt, the Israelites were turned to slaves due to the Pharaoh’s fear of their growing numbers- the Pharaoh not having known anything about Joseph’s story and his people. Then again, God saves His people from this oppression with his servant Moses, thus, Exodus being the escape from Egypt. It is also at this time that God gave his covenant with the nation Israel at Sinai with the giving of the 10 Commandments through Moses and the making of the Ark of the Covenant and the tabernacle, God’s place of dwelling among his people.
The book of Leviticus basically covers the laws for the priests, thus the tribe of Levi. It is in this book that the seriousness of sin is highlighted what with the different laws on the atonement of the sin. It is also in this book that the necessity for a mediator between God and man is highlighted.
The book contains the census of the people of Israel and God’s continuous provision as they traveled down the Promised Land. (Note that the travel of the Israelites was extended to forty more years in the desert due to their disobedience and continuous whining.)
The book of the law wherein all the laws where consolidated and reminded by Moses as his last words before he died and before the new generation of Israelites came to conquer the Promised Land.
The book discusses the conquest of the Promised Land and its division among the tribes of Israel.
Now, after the death of Joshua, a new generation of Israelites came who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Thus, this new generation started doing badly in the eyes of God- they serve Baal, worshipped various gods of various peoples and provoked the Lord to anger. And so, whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them and they were in great distress. And so God raised up judges to save them out of their enemies’ hands such that when a judge was with them, they were saved from their enemies and if the judge died, they’re back to losing. One thing worth noting though is that the story of the book of Judges did not happen in chronological order rather it happened simultaneously within the different tribes.
The book of Ruth is a picture of how God wants Israel to be: a blessing amongst nations. Her story happened during the time of the Judges.
I and II SAMUEL- I and II KINGS
After the period of the Judges, the chapter from I Samuel to II Kings sets the story of Israel becoming a monarchy in the context of the covenant to make them a kingdom. After the time of King David, King Solomon took over his place but then unlike his father, King Solomon started to turn from the ways of the Lord to follow the ways of his many wives- thus, King Solomon entered into idolatry.
The book of Kings relates the history of Israel from the last days of David to the destruction of the Northern Kingdom, Israel, wherein they were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria and to the fall of the Southern Kingdom, Judah taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.
I and II CHRONICLES
The book of Chronicles is more like a summary of Hebrew history that duplicates much of what happened during Samuel and Kings. It is worth noting though, that it is in this book that the story of God’s revelation to David that it would not be during his time that the temple would be built but during the time of his son, Solomon happened.
Period of Exile:
Since the Bible is not in chronological order, the book of Esther is something that supposedly happened before the period of the Ezra and Nehemiah because the story in the book of Esther is the story of the Jews in exile and God’s continuous care for his people even if his name was not even mentioned at least once in the book.
The message on the book of Isaiah is centered on the judgment upon Judah for her sins and hope for an exiled people what with the prophecies of the coming Messiah.
Jeremiah was God’s spokesman during the decline and fall of the Southern Kingdom, Judah.
-Prophets in Babylon during the period of exile.
EZRA and NEHEMIAH
After the period of the exile, and more than half-a-century bondage in Babylon, the exiles were then allowed to go back into Jerusalem. Thus, it was during this period that they started rebuilding the temple of Jerusalem which was destroyed during the time of war.
JOB-SONGS OF SOLOMON: The Book of Poetry
These books are basically the how to’s of the Bible that are collections of poetries written by many different authors. Thus, the book of Psalms is the book of praise, Proverbs- the book of Wisdom, Job- the book on how to suffer, Ecclesiastes -the book on eternal spirituality over material needs and Songs of Solomon- the book of Love.
Personally, I do not have much knowledge on the books of the minor prophets except that even in their books the prophesies on the coming of the Messiah and the rising of the church are highlighted.
(Note: The books under the Period of Exile of the people of Israel are not arranged in the order of the books of the Bible, rather I just combined those books wherein the Israelites where under a period of exile before Ezra and Nehemiah wherein the exiles where made to go back into Jerusalem.)
Between the Old and New Testament are the 400 Silent years wherein the Jews got conquered by the Romans, then the most powerful kingdom at that time. Thus, the story of the New Testament centers on the coming of the Messiah/Jesus Christ amongst the Jewish people who were constantly waiting for the Messiah but then did not recognize him when he came, the making of disciples and the beginnings of the Christian church. It also consists of the different letters of Paul to the different churches in Asia, etc and the solidifying of the Christian church from the Jews extended to the gentiles.
The last book of the Bible is basically the revelations of Jesus Christ to his servant John on the things that will happen during the end of times- thus, the persecution of believers, etc, etc.
The story of the Bible is a story of redemption beginning with God’s chosen people as he saved them from generation to generation of exile and persecution to the whole world as we are, in the here and now, saved from the eternal damnation that sin offers via Jesus Christ. At the end, by the book of Revelation, we see prophesies of events that are to take place at the end of the age wherein the ultimate victory of Christ is clearly highlighted.
To find my role in an endless twist of events that showcases God’s continuous provision is similar to finding a piece of nail in a house such that the nail was crucial for the house to be completed but you barely see it in the general picture -a general picture that is wonderful and perfectly fitted. Thus, to be a nail in God’s general blueprint is to be part of an upholding foundation of faith that has been passed down from generation to generation till He comes again.
In the end, all I can say is: Woot woot!