The Bible: Series of Disconnected Stories or Single Story?

“At this point in the story [of Jacob], many contemporary readers will be wondering: ‘Where are all the spiritual heroes in this story?  Whom am I  supposed to be emulating?  What is the moral of the story?’

The reason for our confusion is that we usually read the Bible as a series of disconnected stories, each with a ‘moral’ for how we should live our lives.  It is not.  Rather, it comprises a single story, telling us how the human race got into its present condition, and how God through Jesus Christ has come and will come to put things right.

In other words, the Bible doesn’t give us a god at the top of a moral ladder saying, ‘If you try hard to summon up your strength and live right, you can make it up!’  Instead, the Bible repeatedly shows us weak people who don’t deserve God’s grace, don’t seek it, and don’t appreciate it even after they have received it . . . that is the great biblical story arc into which every individual scriptural narrative fits . . . .”

~ Tim Keller in Counterfeit Gods, pp. 36-37.


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