Discovering the Story Part 2

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it" Genesis 2:15

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it" Genesis 2:15

Reading the Bible as a story of new creation is a foundational element for everything Novum does. In the 4-part series on “Discovering the Story,” we are inviting you to join us in discovering how the Bible invites us to read it as a story. And we want to start a conversation on why reading the Bible as a story of new creation leads us to live differently—to live a new story. So, how can you join us?

We believe the best way to discover the biblical story of new creation is to read the beginning of the Bible with the end, Genesis 1–3 and Revelation 21–22:5 together. So, over the next few weeks, we are taking a chapter per week from Genesis 1–3 to compare and contrast with Revelation 21–22:5. We continue with Part 2 of the series this week by comparing Genesis 2 with Revelation 21–22:5. If you are just now joining us, we encourage you to start with Part 1 here.

In order to compare and contrast, consider making a chart like the one here:

Genesis 2                                                    

Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (2:9)    

Revelation 21–22:5

Tree of Life only (22:2)                     

This is just one example to get you started, but there is much, much more to find. Over the next week, take about 30 minutes each day to sit down with Genesis and Revelation, pray, and jot down a few notes as you read the texts together.

Here are some guiding questions to consider:

  • What are some specific comparisons that stuck out to you and why?
  • How is your view of life being shaped/changed?

As you begin to discover the story, leave some of your insights in the comments below. We look forward to hearing and learning from you.