10-29 Assignment – Due 11-12

On Wednesday we talked about five different things, so these will be the five questions on your next quiz. I have them listed along with the part of the Bible that we used to answer the question. Here’s your quiz!

1. The First Commandment with its meaning.

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

2. Can demons kill people?
Job 1-2

In the first chapter of Job (vv. 18-19) we read that Satan used a blast of wind to collapse the house on Job’s children, killing them all. We also read in the second chapter (v.6) that God forbade Satan from killing Job. We observe that while demons certainly do have the power (and the inclination) to kill people, God limits their activities. This assures us that our lives are not in danger from the capricious evil of Satan and his demons, but in the merciful grace of God.

We might ask why God allowed Satan to kill Job’s children and not Job. While the Bible doesn’t answer this directly, we do know that when believers die, they go to heaven. Therefore, when God does allow the death of a believer, it isn’t a bad thing for the believer. We also know that Jesus comforts those who are left behind with his Word. Job’s believing children were actually better off than Job was. Anyone who goes to heaven is blessed beyond our imagination. However, God has a reason for everything he does. In this case, God wanted to make a point to Satan, to Job, to Job’s wife and his friends, and, ultimately for us (that’s why he included it in the Bible). God is in charge. Satan can rail and threaten and bluster all he wants. God is in charge. When things happen that we can’t understand, God understands. We can echo the words of Job in trying circumstances:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.c
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”

And we can look forward to the fulfillment of Job’s and our hope from chapter 19:

25 I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet inf my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

3. Is everyone even murderers forgiven?
John 3:16, 1 John 2:2

Yes! When Jesus died he paid for the sins of the whole world. That’s how incredible his sacrifice is! Even the worst of sinners has had the penalty for his sins paid.

4. Why not sin?
Romans 6:1-2

Since we know that all of our sins are forgiven and that no matter how much we sin, God still forgives us, the question arises: Why not just keep sinning?

Our initial thoughts usually assume that there is a point past which God will no longer forgive, that if our attitude is bad that God will no longer provide grace. God tells us that that’s not true! Our forgiveness does not depend our our attitude or on our behavior. If it did, we would never know if we were good enough. In reality, we would know that we are not.

The reason that we don’t just keep on sinning up a storm is not based on the fear of retaliation or of God’s grace somehow running out. The reason we try so hard to stop sinning is that through faith God has changed us from the inside so that we don’t want to sin anymore! By faith, I want to honor God with my life. I want to stop sinning. I want to live according to God’s will.

Our standing before God rests entirely on his word and his grace. I am simply the recipient of it.

5. Can money make people happy?
Ecclesiastes 5:10,19

No. Money cannot make people happy; only God can. The chase after money can be distracting and will often promise happiness (“If only I had more money, then I’d be able to do things to make me happy!”). However, God tells us that whoever loves money will never have enough (v.10); it will not and cannot provide happiness. We have many examples of people who have more money than they can ever spend and are still miserable. Only God can provide true, lasting happiness.

God can, however, give us the ability to enjoy the gifts he’s given us (v. 19). God gives us blessings to provide for our needs and give us the ability to carry out his will. He also provides the blessing of being happy in doing it!

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