…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
What is the whole Bible about?
Here’s a few inspiring overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, through the lives of everyday people … framed upon the tapestry of human history … pointing us to the glorious Lord Jesus Christ … as we all stand in awe, … in worship … in proclaiming His glory.
Jesus revealed from Genesis to Revelation,
No Other Name
John 5:39 (NIV)
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.
These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,
Luke 24:44-47 (NASB)
44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that all things which are written about Me
in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Hebrews 1: 1-4 (HCSB)
Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets
at different times and in different ways.
2 In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.
God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.
The prophets spoke at different times and in different ways. It seems the Lord God came to humankind from every conceivable angle.
Just consider the extent to which God revealed Himself through the thirty-nine books ofthe Old Testament alone.
In Genesis 1:1 we are told that God has always existed.
ln Exodus 8:10 we are told God is unique.
In Leviticus 8:35 we are told God demands obedience.
In Numbers 11:10 we learn that God actually gets angry.
ln Deuteronomy 6:4 we discover that God is one person.
In Joshua 3:9 we hear that God is a real presence.
In Judges 6:11 we discover that God has an angel.
In Ruth 6:11 we are comforted to know that God blesses people.
In 1 Samuel 12:19 we discover that man can talk to God.
In 2 Samuel 12:1 we learn that God commissions people and sends them out into the world to do His business.
In 1 Kings 2:3 God praises those who keep His commandments.
In 2 Kings 5 God heals the sick.
In 1 Chronicles God is a victorious commander of the battlefield.
ln 2 Chronicles 10:15 we are comforted to know that God keeps His word.
In Ezra 3 God inhabits His temple.
In Nehemiah 1:5 we hear a man pleading with God.
In Esther, God is in control of the affairs of His people.
In Job 11:16 we read of a God who will forget our sin.
In Psalm 6:2 we see a merciful God.
In Proverbs 22: 12 we feel the eyes of God on His people.
In Ecclesiastes 11:5 God is the maker of all things.
In the Song of Solomon God is love.
In Isaiah 6:1 God is high and lifted up.
In Jeremiah 7:3 He demands repentance.
In Lamentations 3:61 God hears our cry.
In Ezekiel 3:27 God is sovereign.
In Daniel we discover that God controls the affairs of all people.
In Hosea 12:6 the Lord wants us to wait on Him.
In Joel the Lord thunders ahead of his army.
In Amos 4:13 we find God revealing His thoughts.
In Obadiah 21 we understand the kingdom will be God’s.
In Jonah we learn God means business when He calls.
In Micah 4:5 we receive the news that we will live with the Lord forever.
In Nahum 1:3 the Lord is slow to anger and great in power.
In Habakkuk 1:12 God is holy.
In Zephaniah 1:14 the great day of the Lord is near.
In Haggai 1:13 God is with us.
In Zechariah 3:2 we find God rebuking Satan.
And in the last book of the Old Testament,
Malachi 3:6, we celebrate the fact that God never changes!
There it is! Some of the many ways and times God speaks through the prophets. Think of the many visions and dreams that painted a picture of our God, think of the stories that presented our God; think of the epic battles won by our God. And we haven’t even began to scratch the surface of the Scriptures in terms of the law, prophecy and doctrine — all of which were vital means which God spoke in times past — let alone matters pertaining to style in the Bible, combined with beautiful poetry, captivating narratives, spoken dialogues, and insightful monologues — all were used in significant ways to make God known to man. Jesus came and fulfilled all of this!
Source: Don Wilton, When God prayed, B&H Books, 2008, pg 14, 15
Billy Sunday, an evangelist and baseball player, captures the insights, sound, smells and feelings in each of the inspiring rooms of the Word of God:
Twenty-seven years ago, with the Holy Spirit as my Guide, I entered at the portico of Genesis, walked down the corridor of the Old Testament art galleries, where pictures of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Isaac, Jacob, and Daniel hung on the wall. I passed into the music room of Psalms where the Spirit sweeps the keyboard of nature and brought forth the dirge-like wail of the weeping Jeremiah to the great impassioned strains of Isaiah, until it seems that every reed and pipe in God’s great organ responds to the harp of David, the sweet singer of Israel.
I entered the chamber of Ecclesiastes, where the voice of the preacher is heard, and into the conservatory of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley where sweet spices filled and perfumed my life.
I entered the business office of Proverbs and on into the observatory of the prophets where I saw telescopes of various sizes pointing to far off events, concentrating on the Bright and Morning Star which was to rise above the moonlit hills of Judea for our salvation and redemption.
I entered the audience room of the King of Kings, catching a vision written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Thence into the correspondence room with Paul, Peter, James, and John writing the Epistles.
I stepped into the throne room of Revelation where tower the glittering peaks, where sits the King of Kings upon His throne of glory with the healing of the nations in His hand, and I cried out:
All hail the power of Jesus name!
Let angels’ prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all.
In teaching me the way of life, the Bible has taught me the way to live, it taught me how to die.
Source: William T.Ellis, Billy Sunday The Man and His Message, pg 259-260, and The Watchman Examiner
Psalm 19:1-14 (NASB)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
July 7, 2015
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