Every story that ranks in The New York Times Top Ten Best Books introduces interesting characters in a captivating plot that magnetically attracts the attention of millions of readers.
No book, however, has sold more copies than the Bible. The sacred story of the Bible introduces the reader to an extraordinary Author who breathes life through the pens of forty authors over a period of 1500 years; yet, few understand fully its story or the implications of its story. Tragically, many readers bog down after they begin Leviticus, so they fast forward to the New Testament. No reader skips the majority of any other book they read! Leviticus through Malachi, however, tell a remarkable story that highlights God’s scandalous love for a rebellious people, reveals His redemptive activity in a broken world, and stirs up hope and expectation for the entrance of a Redeemer.
The Bible’s first three chapters stage the story. Chapter one establishes the Author’s good character, the world’s origin and its intricate systems, and the first inhabitants who bear the image of their Creator. Chapter two provides crucial details regarding God’s design and purpose for the first couple and their home. Chapter three introduces a clever home-wrecker who promotes distrust and doubt, a couple who commit treason, and God’s promise to rectify the situation before He evicts the couple from the garden of Eden. Chapters four of Genesis through Revelation 19 introduce life outside of Eden and chronicle how God, in spite of man’s rebellion and resistance, fulfills His promise of redemption. The final three chapters of the Bible conclude the story with God dwelling among His redeemed people–those whose names are written in the Book of Life–in the New Jerusalem.
Without an understanding the Old Testament story, appreciation of the New Testament would remain shallow and weak, God’s majestic and good character would dissolve into a shallow puddle of therapeutic and erroneous ideas about God (and life) in which humanity will ultimately drown. Man could never know God without God’s revelation of Himself through Scripture. Only God can explain God!
Tyndale’s The ONE YEAR® Chronological Bible offers the same chronology in three translations (NLT, NKJV, NIV) with digital options in all three. The Chronological Bible Teaching 365 Daily Devotional follows the reading of the OYCB and offers a devotional insight from each day’s reading along with a few questions designed to spark further thought and build Bible literacy. CBT also provides three brief videos weekly:
- A preview of the week’s reading
- Thoughtful answers to difficulties that arise within the week’s reading
- A review that solidifies the week’s reading and place it into the storyline of the Bible
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