Navigating the Events of the New Testament

The Bible is not actually in chronological order. Explore the New Testament in the order it occurred, instead of when it was written.

WHAT MAKES THE NEW TESTAMENT “NEW”?

Last week we covered the Old Testament and the major events that led up to the New Testament. In this story, we read of a God continually calling His children back to His side. In the book of Samuel, we meet a young boy who will be the future King of God’s people. David is a flawed man and king, but we don’t remember him as a failure, rather, “a man after God’s own heart.”

What God desires is not our perfection, but our hearts. Our whole hearts, dedicated to seeking Him first.

400 years after the Old Testament prophets have written the last book about the coming of a Savior, the Savior shows up. Not in the form of a powerful king, but as a tiny, homeless baby in a manger.

What does this mean?

It means that in the Old Testament, God’s people are constantly repenting of their sin and offering sacrifices to be forgiven, but when Jesus humbly offers his life as the perfect sacrifice for all of mankind’s sin, there is no requirement for future sacrifices. Our sins have been forgiven.

Does that mean we do whatever we want? No, it still means the same thing it did in the Old Testament: God desires our hearts, not our perfection. For us to be in relationship with Him daily, to turn to Him for our needs, to praise Him in the storm.

The New Testament is “new” because EVERYTHING changed when Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead. His sacrifice trumped any hold sin could ever have on us. The New Testament is the story of the Gospel (aka The Good News!).

LET’S REVIEW…

We learned that the books of the Bible are grouped into categories, not chronological order. However, the New Testament timeline of events aren’t quite as confusing as the Old Testament.

Here are a few tips on the New Testament books before we dive in:

  • Matthew – John are all different accounts of the same story: Jesus’ life.
  • Acts is the history of starting the Church after Jesus goes to heaven.
  • Romans – Philemon are letters to churches and Christians from Paul, a missionary.
  • Hebrews – Jude are letters from other Christian leaders.
  • Revelation is a prophecy that John the Apostle received from Jesus about the end times.

PRINT YOUR NEW TESTAMENT TIMELINE

I made this fun printable to help explain the chronological events of the New Testament:


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Understanding the Old Testament Timeline

The Bible is sorted by genre rather than historical order, based on law books, history, poetry, prophecy, gospels, and letters. I help you make sense of it in my printable Old Testament timeline.

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THE OLD TESTAMENT TIMELINE

For those of you feeling like there’s no way you can ever make sense of the Bible, I challenge you to look at it with a new perspective. For this lesson, don’t try to figure it all out. And for those of you who have read these stories time and time again, don’t think you can’t discover more. Be a student learning about a new topic for the first time so that you can see the pages with fresh eyes. Before you tackle anything new, it helps to get organized.

So where do we start?

There is a disclaimer: the books of the Bible aren’t presented in chronological order.

They’re sorted by genre rather than historical order. These groups are based on law books, history, poetry, prophecy, gospels, and letters.

Look at the Bible as a collection of connected documents that tell the same stories in a different way. Some stories are told as poetry (Psalms), others as circumstantial rules (Leviticus), while others repeat the same story from different viewpoints (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

PRINT YOUR OLD TESTAMENT TIMELINE

Using some of my favorite Bible study resources, I compiled a simple printable to organize the order of events in the Old Testament timeline.

OLD TESTAMENT TIMELINE TIPS:

  • No one is exactly sure when Job was written, but most agree it was probably before the exodus from Egypt.
  • Exodus through Deuteronomy are all books during Moses’ life
  • The story of Ruth occurred during the time of the judges
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles mirrors a lot of what is written in 1 and 2 Kings, but it also covers the details of the Kingdom split into Israel and Judah
  • The Israelites in both kingdoms were eventually captured by Assyrians, then the Babylonians, and then allowed to return home when they were taken over by the Persians.
  • After the exile, they restore Jerusalem and then there were 400 more years of silence before the New Testament began.

This timeline breaks down complex ideas into a visual that makes it easier to understand the bigger story:


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