The Story

Once upon a time — actually, “in the beginning” — God created the world. Among all of creation, human beings were uniquely made in God’s own image, with a will of their own that enabled them to choose a real relationship with Him. They misused that gift, and chose to have their own way at the expense of that relationship.

God knew that would happen, and had pre-planned a way for them to be reconciled with Him…at great cost to Himself. He prepared a nation, taught them about Himself, and used them as the home and family into which He would be born in person.

When He arrived, He gathered followers who trusted in Him. Those followers watched and learned as He lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death on their behalf, then proved His power and success by rising back to life again.

As He returned to heaven afterward, He charged those followers to spread the news. He will return again to gather His family to heaven to be with Him forever.


The Miracle

God used human writers to tell His story. There were about 40 of them, each living in their own culture and time, writing in their own words. Their work was done over a span of 1500 years, in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). Their literature styles include historical narrative, poetry, letters, story-telling, and predictive prophecy. Some were contemporaries; many were not. Some were royalty; some were educated; some were simple peasants. But…

They all contribute to the same one story. Each writer’s portion meshes and blends with the others within the one overarching theme of relationship between God and man. In a quick summary:

For a little more detail on this huge subject, the following table links to descriptions of each book, and how that book tells its part of the same story. We’ll see the repetitive themes of:


The Books

God’s
Plan, Power &

Sovereignty
God’s
Holiness &
Righteousness
God’s
Love &
Pursuit of Relationship
God’s
Care &
Protection
Man’s
Rebellion & Sin;
God’s Judgment
Atonement,
Grace,
Mercy,
Forgiveness
Savior,
Redeemer,
Messiah, JESUS
Reconciliation,
Restoration,
Redemption
Genesis⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exodus⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Leviticus⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Numbers⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1st Samuel
2nd Samuel
1st Kings
2nd Kings
1st Chronicles
2nd Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
1st Corinthians
2nd Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1st Thessalonians
2nd Thessalonians
1st Timothy
2nd Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1st Peter
2nd Peter
1st John
2nd John
3rd John
Jude
Revelation