CRS

The Supremacy of God

len Alfred Ajibola - 23rd March, 2023 @ 01:16 PM

Topics in CRS

Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Modesty and Continency Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Goodness, Longanimity and Mildness Characteristics of the new life in Christ New Life in Christ Concept of justification by faith The 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


Academic Questions in CRS

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The feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching on _____.

  • A. The sermon on the mount

  • B. The living bread

  • C. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

  • D. The prodigal son

  • E. The good samaritan

  • F. Giving

According to Christianity, Jesus Christ suffered for us all. As a result, Christians do not have to suffer on earth.

  • A. True

  • B. False

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.

  • A. True

  • B. False

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 _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary



God's Supremacy:

Let us commence this article by categorically stating that 'God is supreme'. The supremacy of God refers to the person of God being superior in authority, power and status over every other person, thing or creature. In this regard, God's supremacy indicates His sovereignty.

Please read on the sovereignty of God here.

 

Recall that God delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. He showed his might and supremacy by performing some notable miracles, culminating into a devastating destruction of the entire army of Pharaoh, alongside their chariots and horsemen (Exodus 14). Eventually, God led his people into the promise land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness. However, He still cared for them by feeding them with quail and bread (manna).

Please read on Jesus as the living bread here.

 

After the Lord God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He gave them His commandments (ten commandments). The first and second commandments (Exodus 20) reflects the supremacy of God. They are stated below:

  1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.

  2. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    You can read on the attributes of God here.

 

With regards to the academic nature of this article, the supremacy of God will be reflected in the stories of Elijah, Obadiah, king Ahab and the prophets of baal as contained in first kings chapters 16, 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

 

In the thirty-eight year of Asa, king of Judah; Ahab, the son of Omri became king of Israel and reigned in Samaria over Isreal for twenty-two years. In the eyes of the Lord, king Ahaz did more evil than any of his predecessors. In fact, sin became a trivial and usual thing for him. He took a step further in his evil by marrying Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, who worshipped baal, and consequently introduced the worship of baal in Samaria and Israel at large. A temple for the worship of baal was erected by Ahaz in Samaria, and this was a direct transgression of God's first and second commandments. Also, understand that Ahaz further provoked the Lord through other evils and scandals. Regardless, God established his supremacy in the kingdom of Ahaz (Israel) as we shall read below.

Please read on the biblical account of the first human disobedience here.

 

During Ahab's reign as king, Elijah the Tishbite (since he is from Tishbe in Gilead) was God's prophet. As a consequence for the many sins of king Ahaz, He prophesized a period of drought before him. It states thus:

As the Lord, the God of Israel whom I serve lives, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.

First Kings 17:1

However, God instructed Elijah to head towards the Kerith Ravine, east of Jordan where he will drink from the brook. He had also ordered the ravens to feed Elijah here. Meanwhile, understand that the drought brought upon Ahaz's kingdom and this feeding of Elijah by the ravens is a function of God's supremacy.

You can read on the leadership qualities of Joseph that has transformed lives here.

 

After some period of time, the brook dried up due to lack of rain. God ordered Elijah to visit a poor widow at Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. Ironically, this widow who is expected to feed Elijah until the period of drought elapses had just a handful of flour in a jar and little oil in a jug. Her expectation was to make a meal out of these for herself and her son, eat the meal and afterwards await death. Interestingly, the woman ended up feeding Elijah, herself and her son to satisfaction throughout the entire period of drought. This miraculous feeding of the household at that point in time was a function of God's supremacy.

Meanwhile, during the stay of Elijah in the woman's home, her son fell ill and eventually died. Again, God in his supremacy over death restored her son back to life through Elijah's intervention. In testament to God's supremacy, the woman said to Elijah: 'Now I know that you are a man of God and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth'.

Please read on Jesus' teaching on giving here.

 

The land where Ahaz ruled as king was not exempted from the drought which had now resulted into a great famine. Unlike Elijah who enjoyed food during the period, the kingdom of Ahaz suffered from a lack of some basic needs, especially food and water.

Interestingly, there also lived a man named Obadiah who walked in the way of God, and was in charge of the palace. Meanwhile, Jezebel, the wife of Ahaz worked tirelessly to solidify the worship of baal in Israel, as she also embarked on a killing spree of God's prophets. Regardless her violence, Obadiah in a stealth manner saved a hundred prophets by putting them in two caves of fifty persons each, while also supplying them with food and water. Through this action, the supremacy of God was again established as his prophets survived the drought and corresponding famine, while Jezebel, Ahaz and his household was greatly tormented by the drought. In fact, Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah out of her torment and frustration which peaked after Elijah ordered the killing of baal's prophets.

Please read the continuation of this article to see how God reigned supreme over the prophets of baal, the drought and king Ahaz here.

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Amazing facts in CRS

Salvator Mundi - Len Academy

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world. It is valued at 450.3 Million Dollars.

This painting depict Jesus Christ with his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand holding an orb

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:

Jesus wept

 

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

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

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

The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus himself is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. This parable is present in the gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

Please read a detailed explanation of the parable of the prodigal son and its moral lessons here

Adam and Eve disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden. Below are the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience:

  • All God's creature became guilty of original sin.

  • Human perfection was lost.

  • God's judgement was pronounced on the snake, woman and man.

  • Chaos and disorderliness came upon earth.

  • Suffering, pain and death was introduced into the world.

  • The first prophesy was made. 

  • Clothing was made.

  • Paradise was temporarily lost.

  • Their disobedience brought about the relevation of Jesus Christ.

  • Please read a detailed explanation on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

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.

Please read on the early years of Jesus here.

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. 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