This coming Sunday we begin a sermon series called “The Story of the Word” where we will walk through the first five books of the Bible in 13 weeks.
These first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy – are variously known as the Law, the Torah (Hebrew for law or instruction), and the Pentateuch. The word “Pentateuch” comes from the Greek words penta (five) and teuchos(scroll or book).
These books showcase God’s sovereign, merciful, holy, just, faithful character and reveal him as Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier, and Sustainer. The Pentateuch lays down and begins to develop the foundational and central themes to the entire Bible. As many have said, the rest of the Bible is a ‘commentary’ on these first five books. So in order to fully understand and truly appreciate the story found in Scripture and in our world, we have to begin to grasp what God was up to from the very beginning.
To help you read the Pentateuch in these 13 weeks, we have put together a reading plan. Download it and follow along as we see what God has been up to since the beginning…