Who Was Obadiah?

The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” 1. Who was Obadiah? He was an prophet of Judah, whose name means "Servant of Jehovah".  Nothing else is known about him. 2. What the theme of his prophecy? That Edom would be punished for taking … Continue reading Who Was Obadiah?

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Who Were the Later Prophets?

The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll's "An Interpretation of the English Bible." Introduction – The Prophets in General 1. What section of the Bible are we studying? The later prophets 2. What can you say, in general, of the commentaries on this section? Generally, older commentaries are better … Continue reading Who Were the Later Prophets?

What Was the Assyrian Empire?

The Name The name Assyria is derived from the Greek name Ashur (a descendant of Cush). According to Genesis 10, Cush was one of the sons of Ham, and Cush begat Nimrod the mighty hunter. Nimrod was apparently a builder, as he founded Babel, as well as other important early cities in the land of … Continue reading What Was the Assyrian Empire?

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Thanksgiving thoughts from 2015…

Abraham's Seed

Today is, in the United States, the national observance of Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings in 2015 and commemoration of the first American Thanksgiving which took place in the Plymouth Colony in 1621.

Background

Special days of fasting and mourning for sin and special days of feasting and celebration were common and frequent elements in the life of the 17th Century Puritans. What made that first recognized Thanksgiving celebration on US soil, in 1621, to be such a notable event is the fact that it is the first that was thoroughly documented. Those Plymouth Pilgrims suffered so many great difficulties in their first year in the New World, in their quest for religious freedom, that the first great harvest that God bestowed upon them was incredibly sweet.

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year! It is the quintessential Protestant Holiday! It is the hearty, sincere, and humble…

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Happy Reformation Day 2016

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany.  There were certainly many reformers within the church both before, during, and after Martin Luther, but the unintended consequence of this seemingly insignificant event sparked a debate that would eventually roar across the Western Church like a … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day 2016

A Number of Different “Reformations”

The term “Reformation” is used in a number of senses, and it is helpful to distinguish them. As used in the historical literature, the term “Reformation” generally refers to reform movements in dif… Source: A Number of Different “Reformations”

Matthew Henry’s “Notes”

Shane Lems has a great post today encouraging the use of Matthew Henry's commentary. ...I appreciate Henry because he had such a great knowledge of Scripture that he constantly alluded to other Bible passages in his commentary. Also, I like Henry because he understood the doctrines of grace and highlighted them in his comments. One … Continue reading Matthew Henry’s “Notes”

How Well Can God Be Known?

In the prior 2 posts, I discussed how God can be known: personally and through special revelation.  In this post, I will briefly discuss how much (in what manner) we can actually know about God.  In other words, can the finite mind comprehend infinite wisdom? This is really a question that answers itself.  Obviously, if … Continue reading How Well Can God Be Known?

Can God Be Known Personally?

In the last post, I discussed the ways that man can know God - through general and special revelation.  In this I discuss the nature of our knowledge of God. Not only can God be known about, but he can be known on a personal basis.  We distinguish between knowing about someone and actually knowing … Continue reading Can God Be Known Personally?