• Earl Miles

The Serpent-Killer!

The Big Picture

What is the world is going on in history? My history? Your history? The history of the world?

People often wrestle with the way life is experienced, tending to see it as ‘unraveling’ rather than ‘unfolding’!

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. (Macbeth, Act V, Scene v)

We need to see the flow of the story: the beginning, the middle, and the end.

16 ‘Chapters’ in the Story of the World (see The Bible Project here.)

  1. Creation and Fall

  2. The Covenant with Abraham

  3. The Exodus from Egypt

  4. The Covenant at Mt. Sinai

  5. The Wilderness

  6. The Promised Land

  7. The Rise and Fall of Israel’s Kingdom

  8. The Prophets Before the Exile

  9. The Wisdom of Israel

  10. The Prophets of the Exile

  11. The Return from Exile

  12. The Prophets After the Exile

  13. The Story So Far: The Chronicles

  14. Jesus and the Kingdom

  15. The People of the Kingdom

  16. The Revelation

The Point

1. It’s about Jesus.

It (history) is primarily and profoundly about Jesus, not me and you.

Genesis 3:15; Genesis 4:1; Luke 24:27; John 1:1; Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:15-20; Revelation 19:10

2. It’s a story.

It’s helpful to see history from the perspective of an Author and His Story.

Psalm 139:16; Psalm 45:1

3. Other stories support the main story.

Other stories make sense in light of the main story.

My life and your life are only sub-plots!

Genesis 37:28; Matthew 27:26

4. My response to my story is to be a response to Jesus and His story.

I can’t respond rightly to what happens in my story unless I understand what is happening in His Story.

James 1:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Peter 5:6-7; John 14:27; John 16:33

How should we live in light of our place in the Story of the World?

How should we live in light of the Lord Jesus being the point of the Story?

You can hear more by going here and listening to The Story of the World - Part 1.

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