Stories.

Everybody loves them.

The novel section of your local bookstore or Amazon.com pulverizes the non-fiction section into virtual oblivion.

Because everyone enjoys a great story.

I wrote previously about the connection of the Old Testament to the New Testament. Failing to see how the two work together creates all sorts of problems when we try to interpret a text.

Another golden key to rightly dividing the Scriptures is to understand the Bible is telling one single, dynamic story.

It is the story of Jesus making all things new.

All through the Old Testament, there are words, phrases, and concepts that find their reiteration in the New Testament. These reiterations are called “echoes.”

Hence another reason why we must saturate ourselves in the Old Covenant before we can really see the New Testament in all its glory.

Here is an example or two:

Genesis begins by recording the creation of the heavens and the earth.
Revelation ends with the introduction of the “new” heavens and the “new” earth.

This is not an accidental incident or coincidental phraseology.

The Scriptures are teaching that God’s original intention was to create a heaven and earth wherein would dwell righteousness; now He is explaining He will “remake” this heaven and earth again where He will once and for all dwell with man.

Another brief example of an echo would be in Genesis 2. God creates Adam and employs him to tend and cultivate the Garden of Eden; essentially, Adam was a gardener.

In John 20, Jesus speaks to Mary and she mistakes him for the gardener. A surface reading would imply she simply did not notice him. But when we understand echoes properly, we realize she accurately identified Him; Jesus is the New Adam sent to be the Gardener of the new Eden.

And these are two tiny instances the jump out in the first two chapters of the Bible. Just think of how much treasure is hidden in its pages, waiting to be mined out.

These echoes and allusions are not random, unintended outcomes. Instead, they are clues to help us trace the overarching, primary story of the Scriptures.

And it all centers around Jesus.

The Bible is not a collection of propositions or proof-texts to be handled like a lawyer in a court case. We misread it when this is our approach.

Instead, it is a novel of cosmic proportions, telling the story of making and remaking the earth by our God.

That’s why the Good Book is such a great read.