By Sidney Loo, at the Fellowship Weekend 2016
When I first became a Christian, I was very confused about the Bible. There are so many books, and I thought that reading and knowing God’s word is like trying to recall short stories, and remembering a moral/good lesson for living life. Most of the time it was about trusting God more and or not doing this or that. Then, I heard some people say that all Scripture speaks about Jesus Christ. I was a little skeptical, and thought that different people could have different ways in which they like to read their Bibles. But over time, It became more and more apparent to me that that is true. My eyes started to open on why the bible is really one large story, when I started studying Genesis. And Genesis is a good place for us to begin too to start.
Framework for the Whole Bible
But before heading into Genesis, we need to have a framework or a lens, through which we can look at the entire bible. This is the Kingdom Framework by Vaughan Roberts, taken from his book “God’s Big Picture”. The entire Bible can be looked at under different Kingdom themes, and at each stage, we can look at:
1. God’s People
2. God’s Place
3. God’s Rule/Blessing
This Kingdom Framework can be used to group books in the Bible, and helps us understand the main storyline of the Bible. There are 7 divisions, and each division tells us something about the kingdom of God in terms of His people, place and rule:
Reading the Old Testament
There's so much that can be said about each section, so hover over the image, to read more! We'll begin with the Old Testament books:
The Wisdom books -- Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon -- were written in the history of Israel too. But these books focuses on existential questions about God, humanity, Creation, and the nature of evil and suffering.
Reading the New Testament
The remaining books of the New Testament can be further broken down into:
From Genesis to Revelation, from the first page to the last, there is one storyline running through the pages of Scripture. And the story of the Bible is the story of our lives too, because we find our place in the larger work and purpose of God as He has revealed in His Word.
- Praise God for His grace in revealing these through His Word, and His wisdom that has been displayed through all human history.
- What struggles do you have towards Bible reading? How does knowing the storyline help you?
- How does the larger story of the Bible change the way you look at your life? Ask God for help to see your life as part of His larger purposes.