Bible History

The Lord’s Supper: Its Fulfillment

(Read Part 1) Was the Lord's Supper instituted during a Passover meal? In Matthew 26:26, the text says that "Jesus took bread." The Greek word for bread here is ἄρτον. This is simply the common word for leavened bread. In fact, it always means leavened bread. There is another word for unleavened bread, and in fact many times in the gospels this word—ἄζυμος—is used to mean Passover (cf. Matt. 26:17). Beginning at Passover, observant Jews will not have any yeast or leaven in [...]

The Lord’s Supper: Its Foundation

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (1 Cor. 5:7) One of the things that I will tell you many times is that I want you to question the assumptions. You ought to do this when listening to a sermon—even my sermons—or when listening to the news or even hearing something from a friend. What are the assumptions that underlie the assertion that [...]

The Re-creation Following the Flood: Stunning Conclusion

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 15) We have been considering the message and meaning of the events surrounding the amazing Noahic flood—which I call The Saving Flood. Today we come to the end of the Bible's incredible, inspired account of this God-ordained catastrophe. In Genesis 9:25-27, Noah offered up an amazing prophecy—the final words that we hear from him. Let us consider his statement: So he said, “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his [...]

The Re-creation Following the Flood: Sobering Considerations

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 14) We are coming to the end of our study on the The Saving Flood, as we are in the middle of the final lesson from this series. And we are looking at a difficult passage that includes the discussion of a grievous sin committed by Noah. Yet we know from Romans 15:4 that even such a passage as this provides learning that will give us patience and comfort from the Scriptures, leading to hope. One [...]

The Re-creation Following the Flood: Startling Comparisons

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 13) In these final three installments of our series called, "The Saving Flood," we will focus especially on two important passages. First, we read in Genesis 8:20-22: And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more [...]

Going Deeper into God’s Covenant with Noah: The Third Obligation and Confirmation

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 12) In this article, we will complete our study of the new revelation that God gave to mankind at the inauguration of the dispensation of conscience. Once again, we note that the main portion of the covenant deals with God's obligations, which He has revealed by means of promises to mankind. God Repeats His Plan for Men and Women Genesis 9:1 and 7 provide a third obligation that mankind was to fulfill following the flood. And God blessed Noah and his [...]

Going Deeper into God’s Covenant with Noah: The Second Obligation

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 11) We are in the mist of considering the new revelation that God gave to govern the dispensation of conscience, and we remember that the main part of the covenant covers God's obligations. He has revealed these obligations by way of promises that He made to man. First of all, He has promised that there will never be another flood that will destroy the Earth. Last time, we considered the initial obligation that God placed upon man in the Noahic [...]

Going Deeper into God’s Covenant with Noah: The First Obligation

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 10) There are several obligations that are put upon man in the Noahic Covenant. Now, the main part of the covenant covers God's obligations, which He has made by way of promises to man. He has obligated Himself to the fact that He will never send another flood to destroy the Earth. God even put a scientific sign in the sky to remind everyone of His promise (cf. Gen. 9:11-17). In this post, we [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—as We Face an Uncertain Future?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief (Read Part 1) In this short series we are seeking to analyze the times in which we live in light of Biblical truth—like “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). We are basing our thoughts on the experiences of King Hezekiah, who ruled from 729 to 686 B.C. and became one of Judah's greatest kings. In 715 B.C. he assumed the sole kingship [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—in Our World and Nation?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief “Where do we go from here?” That is the question before us as we begin this new year of 2017, and it will be the object of our examination in this short blog series. As Bible-believing Christians, we can examine this question on many different levels. We will look at it specifically in the following areas: Where do we go from here—in our world, in our nation and in our service to God and [...]