Archeology and the Bible
Most believers in Jesus never get to a point where they are confident in their own God given ability to read the Bible, understand what it says, and properly apply the teaching of Scripture to their own lives. No one has shown them how to do this. No one has discipled them.
In the absence of making biblically driven decisions on their own, most believers in Jesus find themselves on a lifelong search for a local church that sees life the way they do. Maybe you have heard the old saying, “birds of a feather, flock together.” Have you ever wondered why there are so many different opinions about what the Bible says, what it teaches? Maybe the answer to this question reveals the reason why there are so many different churches, so many different denominations. God is concerned about order. Read 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40.
As a God of order, it would seem to make sense that He would desire that those who claim to love Him would make more of an effort at understanding who He is and what His Word says about Him.
This Come & See study will help you discover the secret to assembling all of the pieces of the Bible puzzle in a way that makes sense. When you have completed it, you will know why the glory of God is the big picture of the entire Bible. From Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22: 21, there is just one supreme purpose for all God has created and done. That purpose is to glorify Himself.
Here is just a partial list of the things that He has done in pursuit of that purpose.
- Created Angels – Job 38:4-7 (Hint-stars are symbolic of angels), Colossians 1:16
- Created the Universe – Psalm 102:25, John 1:3
- Created Earth – Genesis 1:1-2:25
- Created All Living Things – Genesis 1:11-12, 20-21, 24-25
- Created Man In His Own Image – Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 20-23
According to Genesis 1:26, God created man to be a self-portrait of Himself! Man was created as a perfect being. Imagine that! And yet, a careful reading of Genesis 3 reveals that the man who God created willfully chose to glorify himself. God will not share His glory with anyone. Still, even Adam’s sin itself was permitted so that God’s supreme purpose of glorifying Himself throughout all of HIStory would be realized.
God’s Word provides mankind with the facts about all He has done and will do from the beginning of time. His Word, His revelation of Himself, provides mankind with an object for love and affection. Our unified love and affection glorify Him.
Believers in Jesus grow to know Him more and more through their own reading and study of the Bible. This empowers believers to reflect God’s glory to the world around them. As we do this together, divisions will be reduced. Unity, true unity, will be observed by those who are watching us.
Since God’s unifying purpose in all He is doing in the world is to glory Himself, doesn’t it make sense that those who claim to be His followers should make more of an effort to find unity in what His Word actually says?
The Bible is different than any other book that has ever been written. Written over a period of 1600 years by over 40 different authors, its pages reveal many different styles of literature. Its human authors were real people from all levels of society. And yet, the continuity of the Bible’s message is one of the primary reasons people recognize its singular uniqueness. The main purpose of the Bible never varies. Anyone who makes a a serious effort to understand it, will stand in awe of the One who wrote it.
- Read Psalm 19:1-2 and Colossians 1:16. What do these passages say about all that God has created?
- Using examples from the world around you, how would you explain the way they glorify God to someone else?
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 explains that as a believer in Jesus, you are a new creation. God made something new out of YOU that did not exist before you believed. How have you experienced the glory of being made brand-new by God after you believed? Has this been of benefit to the people around you? Why or why not?
- No one looks forward to dying. However, on the other side of death something far better awaits the believer in Messiah Jesus. Read John 21:19 and Philippians 1:20. Explain what these passages have to say about how the death of a believer glorifies God.
- Read Genesis 1:1–11:32. Identify the four major events of human HIStory from these chapters and explain why they are so important.
- There are some believers who think that the salvation of mankind is God’s supreme purpose for history. Can you think of some reasons why this understanding would provide an unbalanced understanding for a new student of the Bible? Please explain.
The Bible glorifies God!