Is the Bible a unified story or is it a hodge podge of stories that have nothing that bind them together?
Let’s be honest we struggle with seeing how the Bible can be seen as a unified whole. Preacher’s proclaim “the Bible is all about Jesus!” That is true, but how can we tell how Old Testament laws of leprosy are about Jesus? Is there a framework to help us understand how the fall is about Jesus?
At Desiring God’s Look at the Book conference Nancy Guthrie gave a wonderful talk about the Bible’s Big Story. She gave four themes that can be used to understand the big story of the Bible; creation, rebellion, redemption, and recreation.
These themes can be used to formulate a big picture of the Bible. But how would you explain the Bible with these four themes? Guthrie gave three ways this can be done; three trees, the story of the lamb, and the King and His Kingdom. I would encourage you to watch her talk to hear how she did it.
She spent the majority of her time on the King and His Kingdom. The Bible is the story of the Kingdom we can be a part of in part now and fully in eternity. The best thing about the kingdom is the King. In the beginning the King created the world. He created the heavens and the earth. He placed Adam and Eve in the garden. The King’s kingdom is God’s. The Kingdom of God is God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s rule. Adam and Eve were in Eden as God’s people, in His place, and under His rule.
This perfect situation did not last long. A rival kingdom came and caused Adam and Eve to rebel against the King’s kingdom. Adam and Eve rebelled, sinned, against their creator King. Their relationship as His subjects were broken. What would the King do?
The King had a plan. Their rebellion would not be the last word. The King pursues them in the garden and makes a promise that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15). The King would redeem His people who rebelled against Him! What a King!
The King comes in the form of a baby, Jesus. Jesus came as the King to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). When Jesus came the Kingdom came (Mark 1). Jesus, the King, gave His life so that sinners can be put into a proper relationship with their King; no longer do people have to be rebellious to their creator King. They can be humble, grateful servants. They can commune with the King and pray directly to Him. They can glorify Him and derive enjoyment from it.
The King came and is now in Heaven. One day the King is going to come again and the kingdoms of this earth will be His. The King will come and recreate what we ruined by our sin (Romans 8:23 ff). He will come and those who belong to the King will see Him face to face and will enjoy His rule for eternity in His kingdom on this earth.
In five short paragraphs we have covered the story of the Bible. The Bible is about the King and what He has done to redeem sinners from their sin. What a great King! I long for the day when I see my King face to face and live under His rule for all eternity.