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.)
Creation and Fall
The Covenant with Abraham
The Exodus from Egypt
The Covenant at Mt. Sinai
The Promised Land
The Rise and Fall of Israel’s Kingdom
The Prophets Before the Exile
The Wisdom of Israel
The Prophets of the Exile
The Return from Exile
The Prophets After the Exile
The Story So Far: The Chronicles
Jesus and the Kingdom
The People of the Kingdom
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?