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Understanding the grand theme of the Bible

May 19, 2017 • Editorial

God’s word, the Bible, like other books, has a theme. Two previous articles dealing with the kingdom and God’s name were written to help you understand what that theme is. Put simply, the entire theme of the Bible is this: The sanctification of God’s name and the vindication of His sovereignty through the kingdom of God.
By looking at the first book, Genesis, we understand better how that entire theme is laid out. It starts at the beginning by telling of the creation of heaven and earth.
The Bible next gives a sweeping account of the events that prepared the earth for man’s habitation. Then man is created (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7). Next is described the first human pair’s open violation of God’s command, instigated by one of God’s spirited sons, which was actually a rebellion against divine authority (Genesis 3:17-19).
The position taken by God’s spirit Adversary (Heb., sa·tan) constituted a challenge calling for a test, the issue being the rightfulness of Jehovah’s universal sovereignty. The earth, where the issue was raised, is fittingly the place where it will be settled (Revelation 12:7-12).
Genesis sets the overriding theme that permeates the whole Bible, a theme which is wrapped up in the first prophecy at Genesis 3:15 which says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”
Two opposing groups are mentioned: There is the ‘serpent’ Satan and his seed, which have proliferated over the earth, and there is the ‘woman’ and her seed.
This same woman is again mentioned at Isaiah 54:5, Galatians 4:26 and Revelation 12:1 and symbolically pictures God’s wife-like heavenly organization of loyal spirit creatures. She, too, would produce a seed and more than 2,000 years passed before this promise of a “seed” was again mentioned, God telling Abraham: “By means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves” (Genesis 22:18).
Over 800 years later, renewed assurance was given to Abraham’s descendant, King David, and with the passing of more time, Jehovah’s prophets kept this flame of hope burning brightly (2 Samuel 7:12, 16; Isaiah 9:6, 7).
More than 1,000 years after David and 4,000 years after the original prophecy in Eden, the promised seed himself appeared, Jesus Christ, the legal heir to “the throne of David his father” (Luke 1:31-33; Galatians 3:16).
Jehovah God saw fit to make his firstborn son the central, or key, figure in the outworking of all His purposes (John 1:14-18; Colossians 1:18-20; 2:8, 9), the focal point on which the light of all prophecies would concentrate and from which their light would radiate (1Peter 1:10-12; Revelation 19:10; John 1:3-9).
The solution to all the problems that Satan’s rebellion had raised (Hebrews 2:5-9, 14, 15; 1 John 3:8), and the foundation upon which God would build all future arrangements for the eternal good of His universal family in heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:8-10; 2:20; 1 Peter 2:4-8).
Because of the vital role he thus plays in God’s purpose, Jesus could say, rightly and without exaggeration: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Bruised in death by the earthly seed of the “serpent,” this “son of the most high” provided the ransom purchase price for the life rights lost to Adam’s offspring, thus providing the only means whereby mankind can get everlasting life.
He was then raised on high, there to await the appointed time to hurl “the original serpent, the one called devil and Satan,” down to the earth, finally to be destroyed forever.
Thus the magnificent theme announced in the book of Genesis and developed and enlarged upon throughout the balance of the Bible is, in the closing chapters of the book of Revelation, brought to a glorious climax as Jehovah’s grand purpose by means of his kingdom is made apparent.
Through thiskKingdom under Christ, the promised seed, Jehovah’s sovereignty will be vindicated and his name will be sanctified.
Following through on this theme, the Bible continually magnifies God’s personal name; the full name occurs about 7,000 times, in addition to the use of the shorter form “Jah” (such as in “hallelujah,” meaning “praise Jah”) and the scores of instances where it combines to form other names, like “Jehoshua,” meaning “Jehovah Is Salvation.”
We would not know the creator’s name, the great issue involving his sovereignty raised by the Edenic rebellion, or God’s purpose, to sanctify his name and vindicate his sovereignty before all creation if these things were not revealed in the Bible.
In summary, the creator of the physical universe was challenged by one of his own spirit sons. The question was: Who had the right to rule the universe?
Independent mankind would be given enough time to try every form of government imaginable and then God would take over to rule the planet for 1,000 years by means of His kingdom government under his son.
Then mankind and the billions of resurrected ones will compare which rulership was better. The time of that transition is fast approaching. Zephaniah 1:14 says, “the Great Day of Jehovah is near! It is near and it is approaching very quickly!” and in Revelation 22:20 Jesus says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”
I hope you’ll agree with the apostle John when he says, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.”
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Adam Urquides, is an associate minister with the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He may also be reached at adam_urquides@yahoo.com.

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