The end of the first video suggested that the Bible tells one unified story. So how do the 66 books of the Bible tell one unified story?
Watch the following video from BibleProject to learn more.
The Center of the Story
All the stories, books, poems, and letters of the Bible are unified in Jesus as the promised Savior and his saving work for humanity. They either point to him and his work in pictures and prophecies or tell us how he fulled those promises God made again and again to the people we encounter in Scripture. Another way to visualize this is in the bow tie diagram below:
This isn’t a novel or new way of understanding the Bible. Jesus spoke this way about it too! Take a moment and look up Jesus’ own words referenced below:
The Apostles, the followers of Jesus and leaders of the early church, also spoke about the Bible this way. Look at Peter and Paul’s words:
The Old Testament is also filled with covenants promises and prophecies God made. Check out some of them below:
Genesis 3:14-15 - the first Gospel promise
Genesis 12-17 (12:1-3) - the promised blessing to all nations
Exodus 19-20 - God’s covenant with Israel
2 Samuel 7:1-16 ( see verses 11, 13, 16) - God promises an eternal king from the line of David
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - God promises to make a new covenant
Prophecies (Many were in words, but some were made in picture form that pointed ahead to Jesus.)
Exodus 12 - The Passover and the Sacrificial Lamb
Leviticus 16 - The Day of Atonement and the Scapegoat
Psalm 22 - A Passion Prediction
Isaiah 53 - The Prophesied Suffering Servant
We’ve seen what the Bible is and that it tells one unified story about Jesus and his work of salvation. Next, we’ll look at the ways the authors of the Bible crafted this story.