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Bible Ah-Ha! #1

Let’s try something.

For a couple of days, and then once in awhile, I’m going to try to describe one of those ah-ha moments of insight that I think has helped me better understand the Bible.

My hope is that you will respond by sharing with us one or more of your own discoveries as well.

The Story “Books” of the Bible

I was well down the road when I learned that the storyline of the Bible could be found in 14 of its 66 books. It was an eye-opener for me to see that the unfolding drama of the Old Testament is found in 11 of its 39 “books”:

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Numbers
  4. Joshua
  5. Judges
  6. 1 Samuel
  7. 2 Samuel
  8. 1 Kings
  9. 2 Kings
  10. Ezra
  11. Nehemiah

The continuing rest of the story can be found in 3 of the 27 “books” of the New Testament:

  1. A Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John)
  2. Acts
  3. Revelation

OK, now I’d like to hear from you. Before I describe something else that was an ah-ha moment for me, what would you consider to be an important discovery that has helped you understand the most important book ever written?

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7 Responses to “Bible Ah-Ha! #1”

  1. mamorell says:

    I heard a speaker talk about how you can read the bible in 2 different ways — and related it to a tree. You can read each book individually, like each branch and see meaning. But if you read each branch realizing that the tree has roots and it all leads back and relates directly to the gospel it brings so much more meaning.

  2. mizroby says:

    I found that Balance is the key! I not have only read about how to balance I have seen it in lifes journey. I hear a lot of people talk about this scripture or another, but I have to bring that full circle for balance. What I mean is, that after looking at one scripture, I have to go from there to the next one and the next one that relates to the one scripture. What I found is that you eventually come back to the one scripture that you started with and now have all the understanding of what that scripture is talking about. It is also important to hit the Old Testiment, the New Testiment and balance it with what the Gospel says about it. I found if it doesn’t go through the Gospel, then it’s an associated scripture which is explaining the scripture that is printed before it, so you have to start over again with the scripture before it and make the full circle for a complete understanding and let the Gospel balance it out for you. (This is making the assumption that you have at least read the Bible through it’s entirty and are now starting to study the Bible more deeply. I just get so many of those A-HA moments that I couldn’t possibly list them all here today.
    Thank you, God Blesses You All!

  3. alanh says:

    alanh here Mr De Haan-this isn’t so much an Ah -Ha as an
    Uh-oh. I know someone who is disillusioned by the way the Bible seems to have been turned and twisted by MAN.
    Case in point:I read the book Understanding End Times, and loved it.He read it.We started talking about heaven.
    I believe the instant you die you stand before God , and if you believe, you’re in! He said no.” The Bible does not say the instant you die you go to heaven. You will when Jesus comes back the 1st time, but nowhere does it say you go up if you die before Jesus comes
    back. It is a man-made rule.” I have searched and searched. The nearest I can find is 2nd Cor 5:1-8.
    Is there something I am missing? Is he right? Could you
    help me explain the truth to this person?
    The Bible is full of text of what the “Rapture” is all about. So is Understanding End Times. But what DOES
    happen if you die now and Jesus doesn’t come for …a
    thousand more years. Are you asleep in the grave? Does your soul go to heaven?I know the dead will rise first(later on), but what about the meantime? HELP! Thank-you
    and God Bless your work. Alanh

  4. Mart De Haan says:

    In addition to the passage you found, another is Philippians 1:21-24 in which the Apostle Paul seems to speak of dying as going into the presence of the Lord. Paul writes, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”

  5. ilovegod says:

    Thought I’d share with you the “Greatest Story in the Bible”, for me, is found in one scripture–John 3:16.
    I heard it preached once somewhere.
    For God–the Greatest One
    So Loved–the greatest passion
    The world–the greatest number
    That He gave–the greatest gift
    His only begotten Son–the greatest sacrifice
    That whosoever believeth in him–the greatest condition
    Should not perish–the greatest results
    But have everlasting life–the greatest promise.

  6. Southwind says:

    Mark. During my many years as a Baptist I have sought many answers. I have asked questions of pastors, and others only to laboriously dig out the answers. A few things I have discovered are: The rituals practiced in our churches today and the church functions are not the same as were at the beginning of Christianity. The church today is not the same as in the beginning. Where is the boldness of the first and second century individuals Christians?
    How can Peter be the first pope when the papacy and the church organization did not exist?
    How did the practice of water baptism begin? Read the OT rituals of cleansing and washing, and turn to the NT and John is baptising by immersion.
    What are the logical events that lead a person to salvation? Rom 8:30 and insights from other verses. I have these answers as many more. I just feel that the churches today should be teaching the saints. Its all tradition, and organization. The beauty of the Bible is knowing God, and that Jesus is God. John 1:1; 10:30 and others. Knowing the dual nature of God, and Jesus, His humanity and Diety. I know so many who do not recognize this when reading related versus.

  7. daisymarygoldr says:

    I didn’t know that the storyline is found in 14 books of the Bible!

    The Bible is one whole story of human redemption which begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation.

    1. Genesis begins with the creation of the present heaven and the earth. Revelation ends with the creation of the new heaven and earth.

    2. Genesis begins with man in the Garden of Eden. Revelation ends with man in the Paradise of God.

    3. In Genesis Satan enters the scene to deceive man and the entire world. In Revelation Satan exits the scene (is cast out) that he may deceive the nations no more

    4. In Genesis man is overcome by Satan and falls under the reign of sin. In Revelation Satan is overcome by the Son of Man and sin is ultimately abolished.

    5. In Genesis the fruit of the tree was the curse of all nations. In Revelation the leaves of the tree were for the healing of all nations.

    6. In Genesis we see the beginning of suffering, sorrow, pain, and death. In Revelation we see the end of all sorrows, tears, pain, and death.

    7. In Genesis man was driven out of Eden and could not eat of the Tree of Life- and died. In Revelation the redeemed are invited to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever.

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