Many Books, One Story
The 1970s blockbuster Star Wars trilogy ended in 1983 with the last installment: The return of the Jedi. At the end of the 1990s, writer/producer/ director George Lucas decided to make a so called “prequel” to Star Wars. This trilogy of three new Star Wars films would deal with the events that unfolded before the original 1970s trilogy, explaining how the bad “empire” came to power, how the Jedi’s were initially defeated and how Darth Vader turned to the dark side of “the Force.” The original trilogy where renamed episodes IV, V and VI and the new movies were entitled episodes I, II and III for a total of 6 films. Episode I, The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, and episode II, Attack of the Clones followed in 2002. Before the release of the last movie (2005) of the series, episode III, Revenge of the Sith, the expectations were high. Obviously George Lucas had to think of a plot that would link episode II perfectly with the beginning of episode IV. Lucas had to make sure it would be one flow of events, one story, and no open ends nor contradictions.
The above illustration may help us appreciate our Bible even
more. Like the Star Wars
series, the Bible is not one single book, not even a
collection of six books, but sixty six books. And like Star
Wars, it tells one complete unified story. From Genesis to
Revelation, the Bible explains to us how God, before He
created us, already had a plan to redeem, or save us through
His Son, Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:11, “This
was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried
out in Christ Jesus our Lord”). This plan
of redemption is the consistent and unique theme of the
Bible, written over a period of 1,500 years by at least 40
different men from 3 different continents in 3 different
languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic). These men came from
various backgrounds, different cultures, lived in various eras
and most never met each other. Their writings cover history
and prophecies, as well as poetry and proverbs, with each book
reflecting a unity of facts, teaching, and purpose.
history unfolded around God’s plan of redemption, and each
book of the Bible is a single thread of purpose woven into
this incredible tapestry.
Comparing this to our Star Wars illustration: it would be as if a total stranger, without knowledge of any of the other Star Wars movies would have written the last installment, Episode IV, and it would perfectly bridge the earlier and later episodes. If you think that would be amazing – now consider having the story line written for sixty six books independently of one another that compliment, and support one another completely – each dovetails with the others … that is the amazing evidence of the unity of the Bible!
Read on about: (2) Exhibit #15: The plan of redemption
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