Over the course of a month, I want to help you appreciate the Bible more by helping you get a better understanding of the story the Bible tells.
As Tim Keller has written, “We usually read the Bible as a series of disconnected stories, each with a “moral” for how we should live our lives. It is not. Rather, it comprises a single story, telling us how the human race got into its present condition, and how God through Jesus Christ has come and will come to put things right.”
These Bible readings will help you write your own summary of that single story by taking you to various passages throughout the Scripture that clarify exactly how God is doing that.
Helps for Getting the Most from Your Study
* Read the passages for each day out loud
* Get out a notebook and answer the following questions for each day:
- What stands out to you the most after having read through these Scriptures?
- If someone asked you what the passages you read that day were mostly about, what would you say?
- What do you think was the main point of what you were reading?
- What did these passages teach you about the character of God? What did they teach you about us as humans? What did they teach you about how God saves people?
- Write one paragraph that summarizes the part of the gospel story these passages tell.
22 So Joseph and his brothers and their families continued to live in Egypt. Joseph lived to the age of 110. 23 He lived to see three generations of descendants of his son Ephraim, and he lived to see the birth of the children of Manasseh’s son Makir, whom he claimed as his own. 24 “Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of 110. The Egyptians embalmed him, and his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5 In all, Jacob had seventy descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there. 6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. 7 But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.
23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
4 For I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from slavery. I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
4 thoughts on “True Story #4: One month of Bible readings to help you understand what the Bible is about.”
You didn’t get to the part where the Pharaoh wanted to let the Jews go, but God hardened his heart so that He could show off by inflicting a bunch of plagues. 🙄
I didn’t. That’s true. There are a lot of verses in the Bible. But I certainly am not embarrassed by that one.
And therein lies the problem! If I were extolling the virtues of my religion and its pet deity, and someone raised that point, I would hang my head in embarrassment, yet you sweep it under the carpet, and proceed as if nothing happened. I guess it’s true, that for some Christians, no lie -to themselves, or others – is too big. 🙄
Ok. I am really sorry that’s how you feel. But, if we were able to talk in person, I definitely wouldn’t want to sweep it under the carpet. It’s actually pretty hard to understand Christianity until you understand God gets to be God. But, I am guessing this is a conversation that would work better sitting down and talking. If you really want to get a Christian’s perspective on this in writing or video, there are a lot of good responses out there. Better than mine, I am sure. Like, https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/god-exalted-him-to-crush-him. Or,https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/07/02/the-hardening-of-pharaohs-heart. Or, https://www.monergism.com/blog/“i-will-harden-his-heart-so-he-will-not-let-people-go”. Or, you might even be helped by this one, https://thebibleproject.com/blog/pharaohs-heart-grew-harder/. But the truth is you can google. So, instead of getting into a long discussion over the internet, I’ll just hope your heart will grow soft.