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The Biblical Plotlines podcast helps listeners to understand the story running through each of the books within the Bible.

The Bible tells the incredible message of God’s redemption throughout history that has culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As each book of the Bible contributes in its own way to developing this story throughout the Old and New Testament, we often miss that the individual books are also telling their own story. This podcast explores the storyline of the books within the Bible to better understanding the full message of the Scriptures.
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Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

2021-07-2013:33

The wilderness is a common place that many characters enter into throughout the Bible, from Adam and Eve to the children of Israel. The day of atonement, with an exiled scapegoat, then brings the theology of the wilderness to greater light. Jesus himself enters into the wilderness in order to undo the failures of humanity. Though the wilderness is a desolate place, the Bible often paradoxically shows God creating an Eden in the desert. Listen with us as we explore the Biblical theme of the wilderness traced throughout the Bible.
Joshua may be remembered as a great military leader for Israel, who began the settlement of God's people in the promised land. But more than anything, Joshua wanted to be seen as a man of the Word. The focus of this book shows that God's Word was central to the life of Joshua and was the key to his success in battle and obtaining the promises of God.
The Waters of Chaos

The Waters of Chaos

2021-02-0908:18

In this short episode we look at the theme of the chaotic waters that appear in the opening verses of the Bible and are traced through the history of Israel, with books like Jonah and Job adding to the imagery. The ministry of Jesus features these chaotic waters and the book of Revelation foresees the end of the waters altogether in a new heaven and earth.
In this episode we look at the book of Ezekiel by focusing on the main theme of the dwelling place of God. The prophet Ezekiel was part of the tribe of Levi and would have been a priest in the temple if he weren’t living as an exile in Babylon, so he was familiar with the importance of the presence of God in the temple. Ezekiel shows that since the temple has been defiled by the idolatry of the people, God’s presence is departing from the city of Jerusalem, which is a disruption to God’s plan of making his dwelling place on earth. The prophet then looks forward to a day when God’s presence is renewed in his temple, which brings us to Jesus as the ultimate temple where God dwells.
As the Israelites continue their journey towards the Promised Land they enter into a covenant with the Lord. In this episode we explore how the Old Covenant relates to the New Covenant by seeing it as a pattern of what was to come in Christ. We then talk about the theme of Mount Zion throughout Scripture and then look at the golden calf incident, seeing how the Hebrew text gives greater insight into the details of this event.
The book of Exodus marks the beginning of the nation of Israel as they are delivered from slavery in Egypt and brought into covenant relationship with the Lord. In this first episode, of two parts, I discuss with Desmond Alexander the feature of knowing God as a framework that unites the book of Exodus. This idea can be seen from the opening narratives in Egypt through to the covenant at Sinai and concludes in the culmination of God presence coming to dwell in the midst of the people in the closing chapter.  We then discuss the significance of the passover ritual and how the details of what is involved in the meal reveal God’s means of ransoming the firstborn from death, removing the defilement of sin and making the people holy in order to come into God’s presence. These aspects of the passover then form a pattern of atonement that culminates in Jesus who’s sacrificial death as the lamb of God redeems us from the power of death, cleanses from sin and makes us holy in order to be made 'at one’ with God. This picture of atonement broadens our perspective of the work of Christ and sheds new light on passages throughout New Testament relating to the full implications of the work of Christ on the cross.
What is that strange section in our Bible that we call the Old Testament all about anyway? And how does the exile of Gods people help us have a better perspective for reading the Old Testament? This episode looks at how to better read the Old Testament books, which are generally viewed as difficult to understand and are greatly neglected in the church. We also look at how the laws in the book of Deuteronomy, which lay out the covenant obligations of the people of Israel, are then woven throughout the books of Israel’s history.
How does a plot work when reading the Bible? This episode looks at how the Biblical authors use plot devices to tell their story in the different books of the Bible so that we can better understand the message of the book we are reading. Podcast theme music provided by: Josh Mahood 
In this second part of our discussion on the book of Genesis, I finish my conversation with scholar T. Desmond Alexander by examining the garden of eden as a temple and the royal/priestly role of mankind.  Further Reading by our guest: From Eden to the New Jerusalem– by T.D. Alexander  The City of God and the Goal of Creation– by T.D. Alexander 
What is the deal with all of the genealogies and family drama in the book of Genesis? Join me in this episode where I speak with scholar T. Desmond Alexander as we unlock the narrative plot to Genesis and seek to explain why these aspects in the story have such significant meaning to the whole book.  Recommended reading from our guest:  ESV Study Bible: commentary on Genesis – by T.D. Alexander From Paradise to the Promised land- by T.D. Alexander
God has shown us that the worlds greatest need is the redemption from sin through the blood of Jesus. This is a new exodus that delivers us from bondage and brings us into a new relationship with God. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians.  Ephesians 1:7
Our predestination for adoption is God’s assurance to us that the end goal of our salvation has already been secured through the death and resurrection of Jesus. As we have been united with Him in His death we know that we shall also share in His resurrection, which enables us to trust Him in every circumstance knowing we are destined for glory. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 1:5-6
Being chosen in Christ is an incredible truth that shifts the focus away from ourselves and onto Christ as we are united with him in order to make known His work of salvation throughout the world by living transformed lives. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 1:4
The blessings given to us in Christ are unlike the temporary blessings we find in the world. But these spiritual blessings can never be taken away and only causes us to want more of Jesus in our lives. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 1:3
The apostolic blessing of grace and peace gives us great encouragement for our faith and also insight into the way God wants to work through our lives by offering us His grace and peace. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 1:2
Remaining faithful in Christ can be a difficult task in times of trial. But when we faithfully live out our faith day by day we will see God’s will accomplished through our lives in powerful ways for the world around us. Listen as we continue through the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 1:1
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