Suppose I gave you a blank piece of paper with only sixty-six black dots drawn on it. What picture can you conjure out of it? Nothing, I believe.
Suppose now I ask you to connect the dots in anyway you wish. What picture has been formed as a result? Nothing discernable, for sure.
Again, if you would indulge me, suppose that I gave nine others the same piece of paper I gave you, and likewise asked them to connect the dots. What outcome would you expect? Would the patterns be identical?
By now you’d know that the sixty-six dots represent the books of the Bible. They, together, tell a story. But unless we connect the dots in the right way, the way it was meant to be, we would not know the real story of the Bible, the BIG picture.
Various ones have tried to connect the dots. There have been as many variations as they have been attempts. They all might be similar in some ways, but basically unalike.
We see this in the answers to the question: what is the theme of the Bible? Some will say it is the grace or love of God. Others, the Christ. There are those that will even say Israel and the Jews.
Friends, there is really only one correct way to connect the dots. And to see it, you first have to read the Bible differently. By this I mean to read it chronologically. The Bible, the way it came to be, is not arranged chronologically, but canonically. The books of the Bible are grouped together according to their genres: historical, poetry, prophetic, narrative, epistles, and apocalyptic. Its like reading a novel, but jumping randomly from one chapter to another. You miss the point of the story: its plot.
In the absence of knowing what the real plot of the story is, we have turned our energies to studying the various books of the Bible. In doing so, we are like studying the different black dots on the white piece of paper. How profitable is that?
In most case, the study of the individual books would lead to the wrong conclusions since the cardinal rule in Bible interpretation has been broken. The rule states that all Scripture must be interpreted in its context. The context of a verse is the chapter. The context of a chapter is the book. The context of a book is the whole Bible.