The Bible’s Story: God’s Love Restoring Relationship

The Bible is a drama that tells the story of life — and life is made meaningful by relationships. Quite simply, the Bible is a book about relationships.

A story of relationships

At its core, the Bible offers wisdom for relationships and life. Through narratives, historical records, letters, poetry and songs, the Bible offers guidance on how we can relate to ourselves, to others, and to God.

Ultimately the Bible tells the story of God pursuing a relationship with people. It is a story of God working to restore a broken relationship between himself and humanity.

Creation of relationship

In the beginning, God created the planet and populated it with life. He decided to place something of his own self into this world, so he made human beings in his own image and breathed his own breath into them, giving them life. He created people to live in close relationship with himself — a relationship that brings true, satisfying, lasting life.

Breaking of relationship

But these first humans, being free to love, broke the relationship when they chose to turn away from God — they chose instead to live independently of God, trying to find meaningful life and relationship in their own ways.

The consequence they suffered from being separated from God — the Author of life — was a physical, emotional and spiritual death. Their disconnection and broken relationship with God had a deteriorating effect on their sense of self, their relationship with other people and with creation around them.

They tried to find life in relationships with other people and things. Their imperfect attempts at life were a mere shadow of God’s intended design for a life of whole and healthy relationships.

Creation of a new nation

Despite the pain of rejection, God still loved the people he created. He longed for them to experience the deep relationship with himself that he originally purposed for them to enjoy. So he provided a solution by creating a nation through which he would bless all of humankind. God promised to Abram, a Semitic shepherd, that he would be the father of a family whose descendants would bring spiritual blessing to the world. This nation would be known as Israel.

God wanted this emerging nation’s relationships — their relationship to him as their God, their relationships with each other and with the world around them — to be ethical, moral, just and pure. He desired to establish this nation to reflect his own ethical, moral, just and pure nature.

God guided Israel to a new land of their own (east of the Mediterrenean) to be established in their existence as a nation and to grow in their relationship with God as his people.

A rocky relationship

Over the next several hundred years, they struggled to remain faithful to God. They experienced downward spirals of chaos in the times they continued in their unfaithfulness, often influenced by poor leadership of various kings. Eventually the spiral resulted in the exile of the nation.

Despite the wandering heart of Israel, God continued to love them. Through messages delivered by special spiritual leaders called prophets, God reminded them of his promises to return them to their land, rebuild their nation, and restore their heart focus and relationship with God.

Hope for restored relationships

Through the lineage of this nation, God himself stepped into humanity and history to ultimately restore relationships — he came in the flesh as the person of Jesus. The life of Jesus — God’s own Son — showed people what good relationships looked like through the way he lived and interacted with others and with God his Father. He came to teach, heal and be the way for people to relate to God.

Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God — a revolutionary way of living where counterintuitive principles, like loving your enemies and feeding the poor, would bring real restoration to relationships and the world.

Jesus came to live the perfect, righteous and pure life required to be close with God — a life that humans simply could not live out of their own heart, effort and goodness. He willingly chose to suffer a brutal innocent death that absorbed and paid for the wrongs of the whole human race.

Three days after he was buried, his tomb was found empty. He conquered death and came back to life, offering the possibility for all people to enter into a life of restored relationship with God — true, spiritual, emotional and physical life. Those who witnessed his resurrection brought the good news of this new kingdom and life to the entire world.

In a nutshell, the story of the Bible involves God creating people for a lasting life of relationship with him, only to have people reject him many times in many ways. It is a story of God working throughout history to restore that broken relationship through the life of Jesus.

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3 thoughts on “The Bible’s Story: God’s Love Restoring Relationship

  1. samuelsamuel mwaura

    Hey Justine…. its true that the bible is based upon God’s relationship with man and that of interpersonal relationship.. God came first.. then Adam.. it was nice for them.. in the garden..

    God and his son Adam communed daily.. in the cool of the day.. the Father paid a visit to the son.. now Adam was man.. and the Father was Spirit..

    BQ [Big Question]how did the two relate??

    Creation of relationship: Genesis 2:4-6

    4 This is the account of the heavens & the earth when they were created. when the Lord made the earth and the heavens –

    5 and no shrubs of the field had yet appeared on the earth [land] and no plants of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not yet send rain on the earth, and there was no man to work the ground,

    6 but streams [mist]came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground –
    Genesis 1:1 mist.. darkness.. formless.. empty.. deep {maybe trenches??} Why??

    God created a world that had nothing to relate with.. no man.. no relationship.. jus mist.. darkness.. deep trenches.. formlessness.. emptiness.. the condition the world was in.. pre Adam..

    so bad.. nothing grew.. despite the fact that the whole surface of the deep was well watered..

    Creation of a new nation: Genesis 1:26-27

    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them”

    John 1:1-4
    1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2The same was in the beginning with God.

    3All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.

    4In him was life, and the life was the light of
    men.

    the Saga Continues – Genesis 2:7-9

    7 then the lord God formed man [Hebrew name for man is adamah, meaning ground].. from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the
    breathe of life, and man became a living being.

    8 now the Lord God had planted a garden [planted a garden].. in the east, in Eden [Pleasure; delight —Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names].. and there he put the man he had formed.. for what purpose??
    Genesis 1:26 – and let man rule over the fish of the sea [day three of creation].. the birds of the air [day five of creation].. the livestock and the creatures that move on the ground [crippy crawlies] and most important.. reason for the creation of a new nation.. that man have total dominance.. over all the earth..

    9 And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out the ground – the same dirt ground that was formless now had reason to produce trees that pleased the eye and that were good for food.. why?? man entered the scene and God had reason to relate the foundation of the earth with the breathing of life in the man he made from the same dirt ground that was formless and devoid of life.. [All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
    In him was life, and the life was the light of
    men.]

    Now man and Spirit had grounds for a Father – Son relationship.. one that was full of Eden – [Pleasure; delight]

    A rocky relationship: Genesis 2:20-25

    21 But for Adam there was no suitable helper.. now this is abit odd.. why would the Lord God not be a suitable helper for his son when David said of the same Father, “The lord is my ever present help in time of need”.. now this has all the makings of a rocky road type ice cream..

    when a good God seizes being a suitable helper.. or when he’s there but he’s not good enough for Adam.. God help us!! He’ll put us to sleep like he did Adam.. tear open our side.. remove a big chunk of our spare rib.. and close the flesh..

    man was mow on deadly ground.. what happens when.. even without committing any infraction.. the Lord God removes a piece of you.. stitches you up.. guess the rest.. gives new meaning to “a hole on the heart”..

    the Father is not suitable for the dirt man that was the cause of so much life and colour.. the same dirt man that so missing in action.. the earth was in a state of perpetual depression [trenches]..

    22 The lord God made a woman from the rib [took a part of the man's side]and brought her to the man..

    jus follow the flow for a minute.. the dirt man disses his Father.. the Father gives him a KO.. tears bone and flesh from him [virtually giving him a hole in the heart].. and woman is fashioned for him..

    now.. the book of Romans 5:12 – 14, the apostle Shaul tells us..

    12 Therefore, jus as sin entered the world thru one man, and death thru sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned –

    13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law..

    back to the lecture at hand.. we see what Shaul meant when he said that before there was the law.. sin was already in the world..

    1 A loving Father creates a relationship.. but no one to relate to..

    2 The Lord God calls man out of the same dirt ground that was desolate.. dark.. misty.. depressed.. formless… empty of all life..

    3 The Father breathes life into a formless dirt man.. gives him eternal life.. places him in command of all life forms on Terra fir-ma

    4 Man finds no suitable help in his loving Father.. the Father gives him a KO.. tears open flesh and bone.. out comes God’s substitute teacher.. woman..

    5 Sin of man becomes the loss of the First Love for the other woman.. God is not plized with this arrangement.. after all.. the other woman caused Adam to be mutilated.. and given instead.. a hole in the heart..

    now we see this picture develop..

    Genesis 2:23 man sings a love ballade.. but is God being serenaded or is it the other woman..

    Exodus 20:4-5 God shows his displeasure at this sad twisted love affair..

    4 Adam my son.. You shall not make for yourself an idol in any form.. sad this thing.. God makes woman.. woman becomes idol.. steals Adam from the Father.. a perfect love relationship runs cold..

    5 Adam my son.. You shall not bow down to worship woman.. for I.. the Lord God.. am a jealous God..

    still.. Adam sings his love song..

    “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman {twisted this thing.. talk about human cloning.. woman in Hebrew sounds phonetically like man}” .. for she was taken out of mam..

    now we take a look at the sin problem..

    Adam has erased the Father with woman.. suitable helper?? The loving Father never said what his son Adam did was wrong.. but this strange but true substitute love caused a loved son to depart from his Father’s house [Eden]pleasure and delight all now a distant memory..

    anything wrong with falling in love.. getting hitched.. and starting a family.. no law can be found against this.. says Shaul.. for this reason.. this infraction could not be counted against them..

    sad cause.. the Saga continues..

    Genesis 2:24-25 tells us what the absence of law.. even in the company of pleasure and delight leads to..

    24 For this reason a man will leave his Father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh..

    can really a substitute arrangement fill the hole in the heart it created in the first place??

    25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame..

    lookie here.. before all this fiasco.. man had this going on for him:

    1 A loving Father

    2 A reason for live yo have meaning

    3 A nice.. pleasant and delightful chat with the Father.. and all in the cool of the day..

    4 Total Dominance over all life forms

    5 A suitable helper

    What happened next??

    1 Adam dissed God

    2 God gave him a KO

    3 Tore open flesh and bone

    4 Made a sub for him

    5 Became a jealous God

    6 Adam made woman an idol..

    6 entered Americas Pop Idols

    7 Won the contest

    8 Got hitched

    and did they happily live ever after..

    not really..

    1 Sin entered into the world

    2 A loving Father got dissed by his son

    3 Led t him being mutilated..

    4 A tainted love [the other woman emerged]

    5 A loving Father got jealous

    6 His once complete son ends up with a hole in the heart.. and a large gaping internal injury to boot..

    7 Sub tries to fill this God Made hole

    8 Get’s hitched to Hubby

    9 Both end up naked in the dark

    God help us!! we need no Substitute Love.. For Real!!

  2. Ron

    The struggle with the creation story is common and sometimes looking outside the story helps to encourage a deeper look at what is the truth of our reality. Take a look at our hemoglobin for example.

    Chemical composition of Hemoglobin is 574 amino acids long (there are 20 known types of amino acids in the human body). Here is what the Hemoglobin composition looks like: Glycine 36, Alanine 68, Serine 31, Tyrosine 30, Proline 25, Valine 56, Isoleucine 1, Leucine 69, Phenylalanine 28, Threonine 14, Thyptophan 4, Crysteine 5, Methionine 6, Aspargine 47, Glutamine 29, Arginine 12, Histidine 32, Lysine 43, Amide 38. ** If this acid count is not exactly right it is fatal** Chances of getting this exactly right is 10 to the power of 650 (which is 10 with 650 zeros behind it!) That is a lot of possibities or permutations! Further, by comparison if you accept the assumed 14 billion year history of the universe there would be 10 to the 18th seconds in that period of time. Our own Hemoglobin in its intricate permutation challenges anyone to give some of their time to consider the idea of intelligent design and His ability to create this earth and everything in it in 6 days. Shalom!

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