If we walk through the pages of Scripture we’ll find a message of redemption from the beginning to the end. The following acrostic provides teachers with an easy way to remember the various sections of biblical content in a way that brings them together for a view of the big picture from Genesis to Revelation.
An Acrostic of the Big Picture of the Bible Showing a Message of Redemption
Starting in the beginning books of the Bible we see the need for redemption. As we continue to read, God’s plan unfolds and then becomes a reality. The message of redemption in Jesus Christ from the penalty of sin continues to be proclaimed until in the end we find deliverance even from the very presence of sin.
B – Beginnings (Genesis – Esther)
“In the beginning God created” the heaven and earth and its inhabitants. Created with a free will, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s one restriction, bringing sin into the world and breaking fellowship with a Holy God. In these books we see the beginning of the nation of Israel through whom the Messiah would come to save the world from sin. God also enacted the law which was impossible for them to keep, pointing to their need of a Savior. — Hence, these beginnings help establish our worldview.
I – Insights into Living (Job – Song of Solomon)
Pain, suffering, and hardship entered the world due to sin. God in His grace provided wisdom to navigate life’s circumstances, the good and the bad. — Hence, these insightful books provide perspective for living in a fallen world.
B – Broadcasting (Isaiah – Malachi)
Through the prophets God broadcasted the necessity of judgment for sin but also His plans for delivering that generation and the generations that followed which included the coming Messiah. — Hence, through these prophecies we gain hope in a Sovereign God we can trust to right the wrongs in this world.
L – Life Through Christ (Matthew – Jude)
The prophesied Messiah came and lived among us (Gospels), died for sin in our place and rose again so we can be saved by His grace and live as His Body, the Church, as a pillar of truth and light in this world. — Hence, through the Life of Christ, we learn how we can be saved by grace through faith with the power of sin broken in our lives and a relationship with God restored for now and eternity.
E – End Times (Revelation)
Christ will come again and right all the wrongs, once and for all saving us not only from the penalty of sin but also from the very presence of sin, death, and the enemy of our souls. — Hence, in light of God’s End Times plan, we find hope realized in a new heaven and earth where there will be no more pain, suffering, and tears because we live in the presence of the Almighty God for all eternity.