Pillar Journal

The purpose of the Bible

The infinite source of true blessedness is set before us in four words: “In the beginning God….”

The purpose of the Bible—Genesis in particular—is to reveal God to us. It is to show us His person and nature, insofar as we are able to know Him, and His plans and works, insofar as we are able to understand them. The very first words in the divine canon—“In the beginning God”—set us in the presence of the living God in whom we live, move, and have our being, both physically and spiritually.

The Bible begins with God. His existence is presupposed as a fact to be believed. With a few strokes of his pen, Moses, the author of Genesis, repudiates atheism (for he declares the existence of God), materialism (for he distinguishes between God and His material creation), pantheism (for he presents God as a personal Creator), and polytheism (for he sets God forth as the only God).

The infinite source of true blessedness is set before us in four words: “In the beginning God….” The purpose of Genesis is to reveal God to us as the Creator and Provider, as the Redeemer and Lord of history. Like all of Scripture, Genesis is not so much a history of man as of God’s sovereign, gracious redemption of fallen sinners.

Genesis is primarily theocentric (God-centered) and only secondarily anthropocentric (man-centered) and geocentric (earth-centered). “In the beginning God” is the foundational truth of Genesis, the Bible, and all theology. False systems of theology begin with man or this earth and attempt to work up to God, whereas true theology begins with God and works down to man.

Genesis is not primarily a book about biology or geology but theology. That does not mean it is scientifically inaccurate. Rather, the focus of the book of Genesis is on God, which sets the foundation for the God-centeredness of the Bible. Genesis is written and designed so that we as needy sinners might come to know and worship God in Jesus Christ, whom God has sent to us unto our everlasting life (John 17:3).

Is God the center and focus of your life? Do you know Him in Jesus Christ?

Excerpt from
Milk and Honey
by Joel R. Beeke

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In the Bible, milk and honey speaks of God’s bountiful provision and symbolizes our basic need for solid spiritual food and sweet communion with the triune God through Christ. With that in mind, this devotional book dwells on God’s sustaining grace revealed throughout Scripture. Unlike some daily devotional books that are an assortment of meditations with no thematic structure, Milk and Honey provides brief devotional thoughts that cover the major contours of Scripture in the course of a year. Bible books are divided among twelve pastors so that each month covers a particular portion of Scripture. The result is a devotional survey of the Bible by able expositors of God’s Word.


Table of Contents:

January — Genesis – Joel R. Beeke

February — Exodus – Gerald M. Bilkes

March — Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles – Hugh M. Cartwright

April — The Psalms – Jerrold H. Lewi

May — Ecclesiastes – Roy Mohon

June Isaiah – Dirk J. Budding

July — Hosea – David P. Murray

August — The Gospels – Maurice J. Roberts

September — The Gospels – David H. Kranendonk

October — Acts  – David Silversides

November Romans – Bartel Elshout

December — 1 & 2 Peter, Revelation – David Campbell



Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.



“The next best thing to being wise oneself,’ someone once said, ‘is to surround yourself with those who are.’ To begin or end each day with these judicious devotional sound bites will accomplish just that–they will teach you the way of wisdom. Issuing as it does from a trusted source, “Milk and Honey is, as they say, a sure thing. Insightful and experiential, these daily readings provide an ideal accompaniment to personal or family devotions.” – Derek W.H. Thomas, Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

“I am confident that Milk and Honey will meet the needs of those readers who are looking for a daily spiritual resource that offers more than most devotionals available today. Here we gave the product of not one, but twelve like-minded ministers from different denominations who have taken up the task of providing wholesome food for people with various spiritual needs. I am impressed with the vast array of subjects that the authors have covered and the competent way in which they deal with some very sensitive spiritual matters.” – Cornelis Pronk, Emeritus Pastor of the Free Reformed Church of Brantford, Ontario

“Here, in this new and most excellent book of readings written by various able and highly respected men of the Reformed persuasion, we have perceptive and helpful comments on numerous biblical texts covering a whole range of revealed truth…I commend it to all who wish to go forth and gather the heavenly manna and quench their thirst with the spiritual waters of life and salvation.” – Malcolm H. Watts, Minister of Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, England