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Academic Questions in CRS
Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?
A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'
B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat
D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding
E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye
F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made
That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?
A. God called out to Adam and Eve
B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively
C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'
D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam
E. God declared his anger to man
F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately
The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.
A. Telling her she would be wise
B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. Telling her she will be like God
D. Asking her a simple question
E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit
F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing
God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.
B. Self existence
The following are attributes of God except _____.
F. Options A through E are correct
_____ is the first son of Jacob.
What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?
A. He will be restored to his former position
B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains
C. He will see his family again
D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison
E. He will die in prison
F. He will be shown mercy by the king
Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.
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The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus is one that buttressed the importance of reconciliation and forgiveness. It appears in the Gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.
Note: The term prodigal means to be extravagant or too willing to spend money or waste time and energy on material things.
In this article, we will continue to look into the morals of the parable; but incase you missed the part 1 of this article, please read it here.
He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms round his son, and kissed him. 'Father', the son said, 'I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son'. But the father called his servants. 'Hurry!' he said. 'Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found'. And so the feasting began.
Luke 15: 20-24
Sin gives us a tattered and disfigured appearance. The state of the prodigal son was in such a pitiable condition that the father noticed it from afar.
You may take a moment to imagine what the father must have thought with regards to the state and appearance of his son.
According to the story, the father was filled with pity for his remorseful son to an extent that he ran to him, threw his arms round him and kissed him; regardless his stinking physical state. He wouldn’t even allow his penitent son to complete his plea for mercy, rather he ordered his servants to hurry in doing the followings:
Bring the best robe and put it on him.
Put a ring of his fingers.
Put shoes on his feet.
Kill the calf prized calf. (The calf they had been fattening).
To this moment, I am still thinking about how the prodigal son must have felt after his merciful father welcomed him with such great love, tenderness, feasting and celebration.Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.
It is quite safe to say that the father had already forgiven his prodigal son even before he saw him. He must have been thinking about the extravagant son from the very moment he left home; perhaps, that was why he had been waiting for him to come back home.
Note: The father eagerly waited to express his love, mercy and forgiveness on his son.
An important fact to note concerning the father is:
By nature and attribute, the father is loving, forgiving and merciful.
One question we ought to ask ourselves is:
Was the prodigal son willing to tap into his father’s abundance of mercy?
To this end, the son was sorrowful for the evil he had done, showed remorse and took the courage to go back to his loving and merciful father.
In fact, at some point, I was contemplating which of the followings would have been the best title for this story:
In the meantime, the elder son was out in the field. On his way back, when he came close to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him, 'What is going on?' Your brother has come back home, 'the servant answered,' and your father has killed the prized calf, because he got him back safe and sound. The elder brother was so angry that he would not go into the house; so his father came out and begged him to come in. But he answered his father, 'Look, all these years I have worked for you like a slave, and I have never disobeyed your orders. What have you given me? Not even a goat for me to have a feast with my friends! But this son of yours wasted all your properties on prostitutes and when he comes back home, you kill the prize calf for him!' My son, the father answered, 'you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found'.
Luke 15: 25-31
From the above passage, it is quite clear that the elder brother does not want his prodigal brother back; (perhaps because of the way he had lived his life).
At the moment, this act from the elder brother may not be considered grievous since humans are 'configured' differently. (He probably was the strict type that demands justice for every evil act).
The elder brother failed to realize that his prodigal brother had already suffered the humiliation, pain, sorrow, disgrace and suffering that came as the aftermath of his evil actions.
Although the elder brother declared openly his anger for his younger brother by not entering the house; what struck me most was the humility of their loving father.
According to the story, his father came out to him and begged him to come in. Instead of listening to his father, he went on to say:
I have worked for you like a slave all these years and have never disobeyed your orders. What have you given me?
The above statement from the elder brother points to the fact that the father had been wicked and unfair to him. We all know that’s not true because the father is so loving, caring and merciful; even to his servants.
At this point, jealously crept into the elder brother’s heart and this made him say:
But this son of yours wasted all your property on prostitutes, and when he comes back home, you killed the prize calf for him!
The elder brother actually offended his father through the words he spoke. Although the story did not specify whether he obeyed his father by coming into the house to celebrate with his younger brother; one thing we know for sure is:
If the elder brother shows remorse on the way he had spoken to his father, his merciful and loving father will surely forgive him, like he forgave his younger brother.
No human being living on earth is perfect. We must acknowledge this fact if we intend to be humble in our actions. In fact, pride is the greatest of all the deadly sins; (The Pharisee encouraged the crucifixion of Jesus because pride took deep roots within their hearts).
If you carefully read the above bible passage, you will observe an important statement from one of the servants; which happens to be the ultimate goal of this parable.
The servant replied when asked 'What’s going on'? by the elder brother. He said; and I quote:
Your brother has come back home, 'the servant answered', and your father has killed the prized calf, because he got him back safe and sound.
Note: It is the will of God to get us safe and sound into heaven; for this is what the parable points to.
Notice that the younger brother, after enjoying the mercy of his father entered the house to be celebrated.
Like I pointed out ealier, we still do not know if the elder brother entered the house to join in the celebration.
Note: In this parable, think of the Father as GOD the house as heaven.
Let us not be quick to condemn others like the elder brother; but rather, let’s be swift to extend the arms of forgiveness and love like the merciful father.
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Amazing facts in CRS
There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible
Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible
The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:
The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language
The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen
The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:
If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English
NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS
Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.
According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.
Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.
By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.
After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.
Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.
Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:
Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.
Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
You can read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's unfaithfulness here
Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.
Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.
Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.
Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.
The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.
Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.
Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist
Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.
Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.
Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.
As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:
Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.
Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.
Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.