Analysis Of God's Big Picture By Vaughan Roberts

The book God 's Big Picture is a 167-page book written by Vaughan Roberts and published by IVP Books. The sub title to this book is “Tracing the story line of the Bible”. I believe Roberts does a fair job at accomplishing this task. The key to tracing the story line of the bible is to look at it outside the box and in big picture view hence the title. Roberts narrows the bible down to a few key points and sub points. The bible both old and new testament have a pattern that Roberts expands on. This pattern is the kingdom pattern. You can see that the bible overall has 8 kingdom time-lines. Within each of these 8 kingdom time-lines you will see the different types of God 's people in God 's place under God 's rule and blessings. This …show more content…
This is the shore line that the rest of the kingdoms follow. In the pattern of the kingdom Roberts starts by giving the reader the base for the 3 major aspects of each kingdom. In this chapter God 's people are Adam and Eve as stated in Genesis. God 's place is of course the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve reside. Roberts elaborates on how God created the universe and gave Adam and Eve a perfect place to dwell as long as they didn 't eat from the tree of knowledge. Along comes satan disguised as a snake and tricks them into defying God and eating from that tree. After that God shames Adam and Eve and exiles them from the garden allowing them to suffer and hence begins the fallen world. This is where I begin to already see another pattern within Roberts explanation. God makes a promise or covenant to his people, the people rebel and defy God, God punishes them with death and separation, then God brings allows for reconciliation and give his people another …show more content…
In the partial kingdom God 's people are the nation of Israel the descendants of Abraham, God 's chosen place is Canaan, Jerusalem and God 's temple. God 's rule and blessings are the law which was given to Moses in the 12 commandments and a King for God 's people. God 's chosen king during this period is David a man after God 's own heart. The partial kingdom shows that Israel continues to disobey God and set up false idols and like in the past are punished for that. During this time God shows himself full of Grace when he sends numerous Judges to come and destroy the idols and captors of Israel which for a short time re-aligns Israel with God. Eventually Israel gets a King that is one of God 's chosen sons. It would seem like the promise has been fulfilled but that isn 't so. King David is a great king and advances Israel in doing kingdom work but he is just a mortal man. Eventually King David gives into sin but ask for forgiveness and redemption. It becomes clear that the covenant cannot be fulfilled with King David but it would need to be the Son of David, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ to make the kingdom whole. Towards the end of the partial kingdom we see that after the death of King David and his heir King Solomon Israel falls into wickedness and is fractured into 2 smaller

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