Summary: The Greatest stories ever told has been about the Promised Saviour Jesus. Chronicologically, the bible tells God's story from the creation to Christ who is the promised saviour of the world. An audio version can be downloaded from storyrunners.org
Part 1 of series
Beginnings: Creation of the World
In the very beginning there was God. God created everything and he did it by speaking. He would just say something and it would appear. God spoke and he created light and he created the sky, land, and the oceans. He created the trees and all the plants. He created the sun, the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies. He created all the birds and all of the animals in the ocean and all the animals on the land. God looked at everything he had made and was pleased. He thought it’s good. And then God created humans. He did this by taking some dirt, putting it the shape of a man and breathed into the man. The man became a living being. Now God took the man and put him in a beautiful garden on the earth. In the middle of the garden were two trees. The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told the man, “You can eat the fruit from any tree in this garden but you can’t eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will die.” Then God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I am going to create the perfect companion for him. Now man was in the middle of the job that God had given him to name all the animals. As he looked around, he did not find any that was a good helper for him. So God put the man into a deep sleep and then took one of the ribs and from the rib, God created a woman. The man and the woman are known as Adam and Eve. They were both made in God’s image. They lived in the garden and had a perfect relationship with God. God bless them and said, “Have lots of kids and rule over and take care of everything on the earth.” God created everything in six days and on the seventh day, he set that day apart and paused to look around at everything that he had made and thought it was perfect.
Unseen Conflict: The Spirit World
When God was creating everything, he also created spirit creatures called angels. Sometime people can see angels and sometimes they can’t. God created the angels to serve him and to worship him. But some of the angels stopped worshipping God and rebelled against him. These fallen angels became to be known as demons and God sent them away from him. They went into the world and their leader is named Satan who is known as the devil. God has made all people in his image but Satan and his demons are at work today deceiving all of them. But God has declared his judgement on Satan and his demons that one day at the end of time, he will throw them in the fire that will never go out.
Broken: Sin Enters the World
While Adam and Eve were living in the garden, they had a perfect relationship with God. One day, the snake who is the most cunning out of all the animals God had made went up to Eve and he asked, “Did God really say that you can’t eat of any of the trees in the garden?” Eve said, “No, God said we can eat from all of the trees in the garden. It’s just the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that is in the middle of the garden that we cannot eat from.” God said if we even touch the fruit from that tree, then we will die. The snake said, “That’s not true. God knows that if you eat from that tree, then you will become like him and you will know good and evil.” When Eve saw how good the fruit looked, she was convinced the snake was right so she took some and ate it. She gave some to Adam who was with her and he ate it too. Immediately they realized that they were naked and for the first time, they were ashamed. So they took some leaves to make coverings for themselves. Later that day, they heard God walking in the garden and they were afraid so they hid from him from among the trees in the garden. God called out, “Adam, where are you?” Adam said I was afraid because I was naked so I hid from you. God said who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I told you not to eat from? Adam said, “Well, the woman you created, she gave me some of the fruit and I ate it.” God said to Eve, “What have you done?” Eve said, “Well, the snake tricked me so I ate the fruit.” God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, you are cursed and you will crawl on your belly and eat dirt forever. You and Eve will be enemies. Your descendants and her descendants will be enemies. You will bite her descendant’s heel but he is going to crush your head.” God said to Eve, “Because you have eaten the fruit, it will be very painful for you to give birth and have children. You will want to control your husband, but he is going to rule over you.” God said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit, the ground is cursed and it will grow thorns and weeds. You going to have to work really, really hard to be able to eat anything from it. You were created from the ground and one day, you will go back into the ground. After God finished saying all of this, he took the skin of an animal and made clothes for Adam and Eve. God then kicked them out of the garden because he knew if they ate from the fruit from the tree of life, they would live forever separated from him so God placed angels at the entrance of the garden so they could never return.