This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Good, the word in this post, is particularly important. The search on Bible Gateway for ‘good’ found more than 600 results, including the words ‘good’, ‘goodness’, ‘goods’ and ‘goodwill’.
‘Goods’ means possessions – good things with which God has blessed people. Of these results 23 were for ‘goods’.
To jump to the story The Good News of the Bible’s Message click here.
Creation was good Genesis 1
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil Genesis 2
Promise of good things Numbers 10:29
The temple was filled with God’s presence as a cloud after the people praised him saying He is good, His love endures for ever. 2 Chronicles 5:13
Mark1:1 John the Baptist declares the good news
2 Peter 1:5-7 Character traits to be developed by followers of Jesus Christ include goodness.
Proverbs 14:22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
The Good News of the Bible’s Message
In the beginning God made the world and everything in it. It was good. The first people lived in a garden where there were trees with fruit. God told them they could eat fruit from any of the trees except one. They were disobedient, eating fruit from the forbidden tree.
From then on the story is of a few people drawing close to God and learning from him. Having the conviction that God is good, they passed on their knowledge of him and his instructions to the others.
One such person was Isaiah. He was a prophet in Judah for many years. When he began to prophesy King Uzziah reigned. After him there were two kings – a father and son – Jotham and Ahaz, who reigned for a total of 45 years. The next king was Hezekiah and Isaiah was still prophesying in his reign. (The time was around 740 – 680 BCE.)
Isaiah’s prophesies include some things which happened soon after he spoke about them. Others took hundreds of years to be fulfilled. Some may not have come to pass yet.
The Book of Isaiah is the longest book of prophecy in the Bible. Some of the best known parts of it concern a virgin, who would give birth to a son, named Immanuel, which means God with us. This child would be the Prince of Peace. His kingdom would never end. Isaiah also spoke of miraculous healings, which would happen.
Fast forward to around the year 30CE.
John the Baptiser (or Baptist) had proclaimed good news of the kingdom. Jesus of Nazareth claimed that Isaiah’s prophecies had been fulfilled in his own healing ministry. The people of his own town did not accept this, but Jesus continued to spread the good news of the kingdom of God in other towns.
The parts of Isaiah’s prophecy, which have not yet come to pass, are about the time when Jesus Christ will return in glory. No-one knows when that will happen, except God the Father.
Sources of information: Bible Gateway, Holy Bible (NIV) with cross-references and concordance, The Amazing Collection for Women published by Big Dream Ministries