Q: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A: The Scriptures principally teach us the answers to the questions; Who is God? Who are we? Where are we? What is wrong? What is the solution?
I’ve heard that it’s rude to answer a question with a question. Answering a question with four questions must be quadruple-rude. And not providing any Biblical references is beyond the pale I guess. And if that all wasn’t bad enough; I borrowed my answer from NT Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God pg 132!
I have a great regard for NT Wright and I think that his characterization of the totality of Scripture as imparting a story (as opposed to a systematic theology) is spot-on.
The story is God’s story. God is the Hero. Creation, as represented by mankind, is His Beloved. He loves us because we are His image bearers. We’ve been unfaithful to God and fallen into peril. He must rescue the Beloved and so He chooses a man out of which to make a nation from which He will come Himself in order to restore the broken relationship and heal Creation. This is principally what we find in Scripture. The laws, genealogies, and cultural information are embellishments and details which ultimately serve the story of God’s love for Creation.