Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as we begin this Executive Overview of the Bible we pray that you will give us new insight into your Word. And that through these activities you will transform our lives in only ways that you can predict. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
This PDF document contains seven chapters taken directly from the Holy Bible. They are copied from the American Standard Version of the Bible, because this version was copyrighted over a century ago and is now in the public domain. It consists of the first 3 chapters of Genesis, the first chapter in the Gospel of John (P6), the eleventh chapter of Hebrews (P9) and the last 2 chapters in the Bible (P11). This document contains 5,625 words. A person can read it in its entirety in less than a half hour. If you wish, you can read these same chapters in your own Bible (which may be a little easier to understand).
These 7 chapters are very powerful. They help place the entire Bible in focus. Without this focus, it is easy to get bogged down when reading the rest of the Bible. Several parts of the Bible, such as Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy give a very detailed account, which is often repeated several times. Often we try to make the Bible much more complicated than what it really is! Once you understand these 7 chapters, it is much easier to understand the rest of the Bible.
These 7 chapters are called “the Executive Overview of the Bible.” An executive overview is often a part of many long reports: it often contains a brief statement of the environment leading up to the current problem, a statement of the problem, a brief summary of the proposed solution and a brief statement of the procedure to get from the problem to the solution. These 7 chapters provide a framework into which you can place the rest of the Bible.
What started in the book of Genesis is completed in the book of Revelation. First words in the Bible are, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” The first words in the second to the last chapter of the Bible (Revelation 21:1) are, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” There is continuity from the beginning to the end of the Bible