The Bible in under 1000 words

A limited synopsis on Yahweh’s ongoing plan of salvation for humanity and creation…

 

In the beginning Elohim[1] made everything: time, light, darkness, water, earth, sky, plants and animals. At the pinnacle of His Creation Yahweh-Elohim[2] placed humanity, made in His image, to care for that creation and enjoy relationship with Him. He created all in six days and took delight in it. He rested on the seventh day.

Satan[3] tempted Eve, in her weakness to seek to be like Yahweh. She influenced Adam and so both sinned falling from Yahweh’s good grace and instigated His curse on humanity. Within one generation murder occurred[4].

In time, man became so sinful that Yahweh could not tolerate him any longer and flooded the earth providing salvation for one righteous man, Noah and his family as a remnant, through whom he continued to build up humanity[5] whom He eventually scattered by imposing languages on them.[6]

Yahweh chose another righteous man, Abraham, through whom He promised to bless all humanity[7] starting with a nation, Israel. From Abraham’s Children Yahweh formed this great nation whom He rescued from famine by sending them to Egypt where they lived for four centuries eventually becoming enslaved to the Egyptians.

Yahweh continued to save and restore His chosen people and through Moses He showed His might against Pharaoh and delivered them from captivity and into the land He had promised Abraham.[8] However, as His chosen they were to keep the law He gave them, keeping themselves Holy and free from idolatry. But they grumbled against Yahweh and failed to trust Him so He allowed that generation to perish in the wilderness saving their children as the remnant who would enjoy the blessing of the promised land.[9] 

With Joshua as commander, Yahweh led Israel to conquer Canaan but they failed to wipe out the Canaanites as He had commanded[10] and the people that remained became a thorn in Israel’s side leading them to idolatry[11] and so a cycle developed: Israel sinned;[12] Yahweh judged;[13] Israel repented.[14] Hence Yahweh appointed Judges as saviours.[15] But as each judge died Israel fell back into sin.[16]

So, Israel cried out for kings like their neighbours[17] and Yahweh appointed Saul who, like Israel became unfaithful.[18] So Yahweh removed Saul and appointed David, a faithful man after his own heart, as king.[19]

David, seeing Yahweh’s ark and law abiding in a tent, while he lived in his palace, planned to build Him a temple. Instead, Yahweh promised to establish David’s kingdom eternally through David’s son Solomon, who built the temple. Thus Yahweh’s Abrahamic covenant flourished and His sovereign plan was further revealed drawing a parallel from Solomon to His coming messiah.[20]

 

Solomon delighted Yahweh by asking for wisdom in ruling His people. So Yahweh blessed him greatly.[21] However, Solomon allowed idolatry and fell from Yahweh’s blessing.[22] Subsequently Yahweh vowed to remove Israel from Solomon’s son,[23] yet in His mercy left one tribe, Judah, as a remnant.[24]

Now the kings of Israel and Judah led their people to become evil in Yahweh’s eyes.[25] And so He sent His prophets to warn the nations against their rebellion.[26] In 722 BC Assyria, invaded and swept away Israel in the north and assimilated the people with their own[27] so that, apart from Samaritans, Yahweh “…removed them out of his sight”.[28]

Judah, not heeding the fate of their brothers, ignored the prophetic warnings[29] and from 597-587 the land and finally Jerusalem was stripped of its finest people who were taken into captivity in Babylon, whilst the Babylonians tore down Jerusalem and the temple.[30]

Judah was in captivity for almost 70 years. Then Yahweh turned the usurper Cyrus’ heart towards Him and he sent the remnant of Israel back to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple but it was never returned to its former glory[31]: Israel had failed.

Then there was 400 years of silence…

 

Finally, the prophesied[32] one,[33] the promised one like David,[34] called Yeshua, came. He overshadowed all that had come before. Where all had failed: Israel, its Judges and its Kings, who could not uphold the law, He came as messiah[35] and God,[36]  bringing the foretold justice, healing and salvation for His people[37] and creation.[38] He didn’t come to replace the law and the prophecies but to fulfil them.[39]

He told how he must suffer and die a painful death at the hands of men and rise again[40] for the sin of the world[41] and His people.[42] Where no other sacrifice was sufficient His was, for all time.[43]

After Yeshua had risen from the dead He poured out His Holy Spirit on His people beginning with His apostles.[44] They are His witnesses[45] sharing the news of God’s promised salvation. He added Paul to their number as the apostle to the Gentiles[46] and through him God expounded the simplicity of His Grace[47] to all who will repent and believe.

And now God’s plan is being completed in Him so that His plan of Salvation for His chosen remnant will be finalised when He puts everything under Christ.[48] Yeshua has promised to return and those whom He has saved will dwell with Him forever[49] in His new creation.[50]

 

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—   

John 1:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography[i]

 

 

 


[1] Gen 1:1- God – The Lord God – Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004),7.

[2] Gen 2:4 – ibid.

[3] Rev 20:2

[4] Gen 4

[5] Gen 5-9

[6] Gen 11

[7] Gen 12:1-3

[8] Gen 12:6-7.

[9] Num 14:28-32.

[10] Judges 1:27-36

[11] Judges 2:11-13

[12] Deut 30:17-18

[13] Judges 2:14-15

[14] Judges 2:18

[15] Judges 2:16

[16] Judges 2:19

[17] 1 Sam 8:1-9, Cf: Deut 17:14-16

[18] 1 Sam 15:11,23,26,28 Cf: 1 Sam 12:24-25; Hosea 13:11

[19] 1 Sam 16:13; Acts 13:22 Cf: 1 Sam 13:14

[20] 2 Sam 7

[21] 1 Kings 3:5-15

[22] 1 Kings 11:1-8

[23] 2 Kings 17:13

[24] 1 Kings 11:9-13.

[25] 1 Kings 11:6;14:22;15:26,34;16:25; 22:52; 2 Kings3:2; 8:18,27;13:2,11. 

[26] Amos 2

[27] 2 Kings 17:24-28

[28] 2 Kings 17:18

[29] Is 6:9-13

[30] 2 Chron 36:15-19

[31] Haggai 2:3.

[32] Gen 3:15; 49:10; Deut 18:15-19; Num 24:17-19 (Lk 3:34); 2 Sam 7; Gen 3 :15 Ps 2; 16; 22; 69; 72; 110; 118; 132:11;  Isaiah 49–57. Ad infinitum.

[33] Heb 5:1-9

[34] Jer 33:21-26; Eze 34:23, 37:24,25; Hos 3:5; Mic 5:1-5

[35]Craig S. Keener and InterVarsity Press, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 1993), Lk 7:21-22.

[36] Ps 110:1; Is 35:4; John 1:1; Rom 9:5.

[37] Lk 7:22 Cf: Is 35:4-6

[38] Heb 2:17, John 10:10, Phil 2, Rom 8:22.

[39] Mt 5:17-20, Lk 24:40.

[40] Col 1:18.

[41] Mark 8:31; 9:3; 10:33-34;45 Lk 24:46.

[42] 2 Cor 5:2; 1 Pet 3:18

[43] Heb 9:11-14,27-28.

[44] Lk 24:49; Jn 14:15-20; Jn 16;5-15, Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-21, 32b,38-39. Cf : Joel 2:28, Is 32:15, Ezk 11:19,36:25-27;39:29; Zec 12:10.

[45] Acts 1:8; Lk 24:47, Mt 28:18-20.

[46] Rom 11:3, Gal 2:8. 1 Tim 2:7.

[47] Gal 3:2-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Acts 15.

[48] Eph 1:3-14.

[49] Jn 14:3, Ps 23:6. Mt 24:29-31.

[50] Is 65:17; Rev 21:1-5.

 

 

 

 

 

 


[i]

Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

Introduction by Torrey, R.A.,. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge : Five Hundred Thousand Scripture References and Parallel Passages. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc, 1995.

Jobbins, Boak David Peterson and John Woodhouse. Rev. Ed. Peter Bolt. Introduction to the Bible. Sydney: Moore Theological College, 1985. Rev Ed. 1994.

Keener, Craig S. and InterVarsity Press. The IVP Bible Background Commentary : New Testament. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

Marshall, I. Howard. “The Gospel of Luke : A Commentary on the Greek Text, Includes Indexes., The New international Greek testament commentary .” Exeter, Eng.: Paternoster Press, 1978.

Platinga, Cornelius Jr. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning and Living. Grand Rapids, Mi.: Eerdmans, 2002.

Wiersbe, Warren W. In The Bible Exposition Commentary, “An Exposition of the New Testament Comprising the Entire ‘BE’ Series”–Jkt. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books., 1996, c1989.

 

~ by timmywarner on April 30, 2012.

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