Topics in CRSThe Supremacy of God Supremacy of God Lessons learnt from God's supremacy Jesus as the Living Bread explained Lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread Why does suffering and pain exist? Forgiveness: Jesus' teaching on forgiveness and its importance What is Forgiveness? Jesus' teaching on forgiveness Jesus' teaching on giving The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt Moral lessons learnt from the parable of the prodigal son Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 1st Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 2nd Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 3rd Term Biblical account of Creation Bible story on creation Consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve Consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience The early years of Jesus Biblical account of First Human Disobedience
Academic Questions in CRS
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21-35, Jesus tells what story?
A. The story of the prodigal son
B. The story of the good Samaritan
C. The story of the fig tree
D. The beatitudes
E. The story of the vineyard
F. The story of the unforgiving servant
What is Jesus' last word on the cross?
A. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing
B. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me
C. I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise
D. I am thirsty
E. It is finished
F. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
With regards to giving, Jesus made the statement below:
Do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do this, you will have a reward from your Father in heaven.
At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.
The above statement was made by the prodigal son when he took up a job in a distant country. What job was that?
A. Care of cattle
B. Care of sheep
C. Care of goats
D. Care of pigs
E. Care of cattle and sheep
F. Care of cattle and sheep and goats
The parable of the prodigal son is found in which of the following bible passages?
A. Matthew 15: 11-32
B. Mark 15: 11-32
C. Luke 15: 11-32
D. John 15: 11-32
E. None of the above
F. All of the above
Jesus was born specifically in _____.
And the angel came to her, and said: Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:28). Who was this angel?
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
God reigns supreme over everything in the universe. The supremacy of God in this article will be based on the events between Elijah, Ahaz, Obadiah and the prophets of baal. Meanwhile, recall that Ahaz was a king in Isreal who reigned over Samaria, and unfortunately, he committed more evils and sins than his predecessors. In this regard, God established His supremacy before him and his kingdom through the faithfulness and works of prophet Elijah.
Please read the introduction to this article in order to understand how it all began.
In the third year of the drought (over the kingdom of Ahaz), God told Elijah to present himself before king Ahaz, telling him He will send rain on the land. As Elijah went, Obadiah met him on the way, and greeted him by bowing down to the ground. Elijah replied: 'go and tell your master that Elijah is here'.
Obadiah feared he might be killed if king Ahaz who had desperately searched for Elijah should come and not find him. He envisaged this because he feared that the spirit of God could move Elijah to another place. Obadiah was also afraid because he reasoned that the king may have become aware of how he hid a hundred prophets of God in two caves and fed them.
You can read on Jesus'teaching on forgiveness here.
However, Elijah assured Obadiah that as the Lord Almighty lives, he will surely present himself to Ahab today. Obadiah trusted Elijah's word and went away to find Ahab, relating Elijah's message to him. Immediately, Ahab went to meet Elijah saying, ‘is that you, you troubler of Isreal?’, implying that Elijah was responsible for the drought. Elijah declined the statement saying that Ahab himself brought the drought upon his kingdom by abandoning the Lord's command and following baal.
You can read on the parable of the prodigal son and moral lessons learnt here.
In order to practically show the supremacy of God to the people of Isreal, Elijah directed Ahab to summon the the people of Isreal to meet him on mount Camel. He further told Ahab to come along with the 450 prophets of baal and 450 prophets of asherah so that himself and these prophets will display the supremacy of their God through a challenge. (1 Kings 18:19).
Please read on the sovereignty of God here.
On the day of challenge, two bulls were brought forward. Elijah asked the prophets of baal to choose one while he took the other. He set a task before them. It states below:
Cut into pieces the bull and put it on a wood, but do not set fire on it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire on it. Then you will call on the name of your god and I will call on the LORD. The god who answers by fire - he is God.
1st Kings 18:23-24
The people were indeed delighted with the above-mentioned statement as they watched along.
You can read the biblical account of creation here.
The prophets of baal prepared their sacrifice (that is, the bull) and called upon their god to consume it by fire. They danced around the alter, shouted and even cut themselves with swords and spears until their blood flowed; but nothing happened. Mockingly, Elijah taunted them that perhaps their god may be asleep, busy or lost in thought. They called even more upon their god from morning through evening, yet their god couldn't pay attention as it was nowhere to be found. Consider the following statements below:
Can you take a moment to imagine how weird baal prophets would look (based on their action) when they called upon their god?
After their failure to call fire on their sacrifice, can you imagine how disgraced the prophets of baal would be at their show of shame before the people?
Anyways, the weirdness of their action, embarrassment and show of shame exhibited by the prophets of baal was simply orchestrated by God's supremacy.
Now came the turn of Elijah. He repaired the alter of the Lord by taking twelve stones with each representing the tribe of Isreal, and built the alter in the name of the Lord with them. He also dug a trench around the alter. He demanded the people to pour four large jars of water on the offering (prepared bull) and the wood. This they did a second and third time until the water ran down around the alter and filled the trench.
When the time to offer the sacrifice came, Elijah called on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Below were his prayers:
Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.
1st Kings 18:36-37
To the view of everyone present, the fire of God came down and consumed the sacrifice, wood, stones, soil and even the water in the trench. Through this very act, the supremacy of God is once again displayed to the people. Immediately, they fell prostrate and cried: The Lord - He is God! The Lord - He is God! (1 Kings 18:39).
After God manifested His supremacy through the above challenge, Elijah commanded the disgraced prophets of baal to be seized, and all were slaughtered at the kishon valley.
Please read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here.
Note: King Ahab was present when all of these happened. From the outcome of the challenge, Ahaz himself would have been disgraced since him and his wife Jezebel also worshipped baal. He was also aware of the mass killing of the 450 baal prophets but could do nothing about it.
Recall that it was Elijah who prophesized drought on Ahaz's kingdom as a punishment for his many sins. It is worthy of note to state that the outcome of this prophesy was to show the supremacy of God over the land where Ahaz reigned as king. In this light, Elijah told him: 'Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of heavy rain'. As king Ahab hastily rode off to Jezreel, a heavy rain' poured down. This marked the end of the drought which lasted for about three and half years, all by the command of God.
Please read on the lessons learnt from God's supremacy here.
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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
Wise men from the east came to visit the infant king. Upon their arrival, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).
Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.
Only God can be worshiped. Jesus is always God, even as a baby.
It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even when he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.
The wise men from the east opened their treasures and presented the infant Jesus with three significant gifts. These are gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gold represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.
Frankincense represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.
Myrrh represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man, and this is why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.
God created human beings for the following reasons:
To know Him
To love Him
To serve Him
To be happy with Him forever
Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.
Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.
Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.
Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here
Adam and Eve were able to commit sin (disobey God's command) because God had given them that special gift of free will.
The events written in Genesis 3:1-13 presents the story of the first human disobedience.
Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'
Moral Lesson: The devil can come in any form and can tempt any man, woman, boy or girl, as far as he or she is of the age of reasoning.
Sometimes, satan creeps into one's life by asking simple questions. Notice that the snake (satan) did exactly this when it approached Eve to tempt her. To this end, we need to be at alert prayerfully because the evil one can tempt any human in any situation, place and at any point in time
Attributes of God is defined as those characteristics that has to do with God.
The attributes of God will aid us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one has a complete knowledge of God's attributes.
Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.
Fortunately, we have all experienced one attribute of God or another in our daily lives. Infact, you are alive today (and able to read this write-up) simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.