How did the first believers in Jesus know that the Gospel was true? Acts 17:11 says, “The Bereans…received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
But which “Scriptures” were they examining? Paul was teaching at a Jewish synagogue, so the scriptures were the Tanakh, which we call the Old Testament. Thus, to be “true”, everything Paul said had to agree with the Old Testament!
Understanding the Foundations is a 15-part Bible study that examines the New Testament as the first believers in Jesus would have. When we recognize that the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament, the “confusing passages” become clear and seeming contradictions vanish. We can then see the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation as a single, uninterrupted story of God’s plan for mankind with no contradictions, no changes of plan, and nothing is obsolete. Every chapter is inspired of God and directly relevant to our lives. As Paul said, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
We examine the Sabbath, clean and unclean food, judging others, covenants, the Father Heart of God and why it is difficult for Jewish people to recognize Jesus as their messiah, Yeshua. There are also chapters on the Feasts of The Lord, or Moedim, including Passover, First Fruits, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, the Day of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. Far from being merely, “interesting Jewish stuff”, you will discover that God’s entire prophetic plan is revealed in the calendar that He gave His people…both past and future!
Like the scriptures, this book may be convicting but never condemning. Our goal is encouragement. In a world that rejects all absolutes and says we must not question or “judge”, God says, “Test everything…hold fast what is good!”