my favorite children’s bible is the Jesus Storybook Bible. it’s wonderful, and if you’re in the market for a good children’s bible, i would highly recommend it. it relates all the stories it includes (which is pretty much the standard litany of children’s bible stories) to the overarching Story. the Story of God’s love for his children and how his love came to earth to redeem us.

i personally think the whole book is fascinating, and it’s made me read the bible as a complete story. i’m currently reading through exodus, and the other day i read exodus 24. God had just given moses a super long list of rules for the israelites to follow in order to live the way that he created them to, and to have the best possible life. moses comes down from the mountain and tells the people all of what God says, and the people are all for it. moses offers a sacrifice to God then, and takes half of the blood from the oxen and throws it on the altar. Then, picking up in verse 7,

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

how amazing is God! he knew that the israelites couldn’t possibly keep the laws he had given them. he didn’t give them these laws so they would mess up- following God’s laws is legitimately the best possible way to live, however, we can’t. we’re humans, we mess up.

as The Jesus Storybook Bible puts it:

They were wrong. They couldn’t do it. No matter how hard they tried, they could never keep God’s rules all the time… Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him- to stand in their place and be perfect for them. Because the rules couldn’t save them. Only God could save them.

moses threw blood on the people of israel as a mark of their covenant of law with God. years later, God would pour blood for his people again, but it would be a covenant of grace, to fulfill the covenant of law he created way back in exodus.

how amazing is it that he already had that planned out even back then. one long story. and we are part of it.