The Story of the Bible

The Bible contains lots of different stories about different people who lived in different times, but all those stories combine to tell one big story. What’s the big story?

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D. Thomas Lancaster


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The Bible is an important book, but, it’s really long—and hard to understand. One of the reasons it can be hard to understand the Bible is that the Bible isn’t just one story. It contains many different stories spanning a huge history. But if you can get the big story that ties all the little stories together, it gets a lot easier.

This is lesson 2 in our new 12-21 series on how to train your Bible. To get the most out of your Bible, you have to train it. In this blog series we will be posting a new video from every week to help us get our heads wrapped around the Bible. Spend six minutes a week watching the video and you will be amazed at how easy it can be to train your Bible.

In the previous lesson, “What is the Bible?” we got an overview of the literature in the Bible. In this lesson, we are going to zoom way out and see if we can get the big picture of exile and redemption:

The big story of the Bible is the story of exile and redemption, starting with the exile of the first human beings from Paradise. Sin forces us out of God’s presence and into exile, but God does not abandon us. He finds a way to redeem his people.

Along with each video, we post a PDF of the study notes from Click here for the second lesson.

Download: The Story of the Bible

Remember, the videos from are written from a mainstream Christian perspective, so you shouldn’t be surprised when you encounter English names (like “Jesus” instead of “Yeshua”) or theological expressions that sound a little foreign to the way we might express them in Messianic Judaism. Just keep the big picture in mind, and take hold of the big story.

About the Author

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue in Hudson, WI.


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