Sunday, December 11, 2011
Bible Challenge - "GOD'S ENEMIES"
Good Evening to All!
While God had and still has many people against Him I can't help but feel that it is all caused by one spirit, Satan, or Lucifer. He has been God's enemy from the beginning when He was filled with pride and thought he was as good or better than God. Since then, we have been plagued with his spirit, and God has had to fight our battles against him. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-13)
I placed this picture to the right because even though this Challenge is talking about "God's Enemies", I wanted to re-enforce that my God is all powerful, all knowing and ever-present, which makes Him more powerful than Satan could ever be. After all God created Lucifer to begin with. Satan is only as powerful as we ourselves will allow him to be. If we keep our faith in God strong, we can be over-comers of Satan's strongholds no matter what they are. One of these days, I am going to do some research on where the image of the "horned, pointed tail creature with a pitchfork originated from being an actual angel of God.
I had a "scarier picture of the devil, but when I uploaded it next to the red and green Christmas clad message, I just couldn't bring myself to leave it. It felt like I was giving the devil more power and notability than he deserved, so I replaced it with this clip art that doesn't look so menacing.
On with the Challenge.
1. Where did Cain go to live after God banished him form Eden? (Genesis 4:16)
2. Very quickly after the Philistines captured the Ark of the covenant, they realized it was the last thing they wanted or needed. How did God make that clear to them? (1 Samuel 5)
a) He destroyed their god Dagon
b) he destroyed their god Dagon and slew the firstborn of every Philistine family
c) He destroyed their god Dagon and smote the Philistines with emerods or tumors
d) He destroyed their god Dagon and their city of Ekron
3. What became of wicked Jezebel's corpse? (2 Kings 9:30-37)
a) it was given a royal burial
b) it was buried in a pauper's grave
c) it was destroyed in an accidental fire
d) dogs ate it
4. In a reference to Esther's adversary, American criminals of the 19th and early 20th centuries were admonished that if convicted, they would "hang higher than __________."
5. After Daniel survived the lions' den, King Darius ordered Daniel's accusers thrown to the lions instead. Darius likewise condemned what other individuals to the den? (Daniel 6:24)
a) his soothsayers
b) three of his wives
c) the families of Daniel's accusers
d) his master-at-arms
6. Jesus referred to King Herod as a ______. (Luke 13:32)
7. The Epicureans and Stoicks in Athens ridiculed Paul, calling him a __________.
8. Herod Agrippa listened to Paul's defense alongside a woman named ________.
9. What was the end of Herod Agrippa, who persecuted the early church, had James executed, and had Peter arrested? (Acts 12:21-23)
a) he was crucified by his own soldiers
b) he was struck by lightning
c) he was struck down by an angel of the Lord and was devoured by worms
d) he drowned
10. In 2 Thessalonians, what do Paul and his companions warn will happen at Jesus' second coming to people who have rejected God? (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
a) Jesus will forgive them and welcome them to heaven
b) God will give them a place in heaven a little lower than that of the saints
c) God will commit them to purgatory for varying lengths of incarceration, then accept them into heaven
d) they will be banished and punished forever.