The Bible: 2 parts—Old Testament and New Testament
Old Testament: old covenant—story of ancient Israel
New Testament: new covenant—story of ancient Church
The Bible: Amazing and Complex!
- Spans over 1500 years
- Written by over 40 people who didn’t know each other
- 400 years of “nothing” between OT and NT, but the message of the Bible is maintained
Old Testament: Events Pointing to Jesus1) Chronological story of events
2) Authorial commentaries on events
“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. –Malachi 3:1
New Testament: Breaking the Silence
Promise of Jesus spoken to Mary
The angel told Mary, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name Him Jesus.” -Luke 1:31
And he will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end! -Luke 1:33
Prophecy of Jesus spoken by John the Baptist
John replied, “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’” –John 1:23
John saw Jesus…and said, “Behold! There is the Lamb of God!” –John 1:36
Understanding the Bible brings confidence in God’s promises
God was faithful to his promises in the Old Testament. We can live each day trusting that God will be faithful to fulfill the promises that he has made in the New Testament. With this confidence, we can be faithful to the instructions and the promises of Jesus.
The Bible: Redemption Story
The message of the Bible holds together throughout history and writings. The message is of our redemption. God became one of His own to win our affections, and God will come again to take away all sin, sorrow, sickness, and death.
Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. –Psalm 119:89