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Beginning at the Beginning (2 of 10)
Through the Bible Series
Genesis 1:1; 5:1-2; 12:1-8; 15:1-6
January 20, 2002
Introduction: Tonight I am continuing an on-going series of messages through the Bible that will continue for many months into the future. We will be looking at the entire Bible a book at a time. In some cases, I will over view a book. Sometimes we will examine in detail a representative passage within a given book.
Last week we began with an examination of the entire Bible library in less than thirty minutes. By way of review, let me share what someone has penned as an overview of the Bible in thirty seconds:
THE BIBLE IN 30 SECONDS
God made. Adam bit. Noah arked. Abraham split. Joseph ruled. Jacob fooled. Bush talked. Moses balked. Pharaoh plagued. People walked. Sea divided. Tablets guided.
Promise landed. Saul freaked. David peeked. Prophets warned.
Jesus born. God walked. Love talked. Anger crucified.
Hope died. Love rose. Spirit flamed. Word spread. God remained!
The Bible is a special book. It claims, and we believe and so teach, that this library of sixty-six books is not just a human book. While it was penned by approximately forty different authors, each was guided by God. The result is a book that is not just a human record of human events, or a human meditation on religious experiences, or human dreams about spiritual aspirations. This book is God's autobiography. It is his story, his ideas, and his plans.
Like many great autobiographies, this book was not necessarily directly penned by God. When a great leader or historical figure writes his autobiography, he or she may employ the assistance of another to actually pen the story. But if it is an autobiography, it the story and ideas of the person as revealed to the writer. This is in one sense what the Bible is. It is God's story and his perspective.
If the Bible is God's autobiography—telling what he has been ...
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