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Best Questions in the Bible
Scripture reading: John 8: 31-32
Pharoah: Who is Yahweh?
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.' " But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go."
Ex 6:2-8: The eternal God, who keeps His promises
God also spoke to Moses and said to him: "I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name 'the LORD' I did not make myself known to them. I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they resided as aliens. I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the Israelites, "I am the LORD, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.'"
Ex 7:4-5: The one who delivers from slavery
When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them."
Exodus 20:1-6: The God of Jealousy
Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Then the LORD became jealous for his land, and had pity on his people.
Note the Jehovah Witness' thoughts on Eternal Punishment.
Herod: Who is Jesus?
Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, "John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?" And he tried to see him.
Lk 9:18-20, 35
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" They answered, "John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God."
35:Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
Jesus delivers from slavery:
Entire chapter of Romans 6. note vs 17-18, 22-23:
But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
22: But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 8:32 [Y]ou will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Pilate: What is truth?
Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
18:38 Pilate asked him, "What is truth?"
Pilate realized that Jesus posed no political threat and therefore proclaimed his innocence (same verse: 38).
Neither was he willing to recognize the truth.
Maybe he felt like Jesus just walked into the topic of the unanswerable question.
PLINY: “The only certainty is that nothing is certain.”
The book of Ecclesiastes seems to make the point that nothing is certain UNDER THE SUN.
1 Timothy 6: 12-15
Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Are you interested in learning the answers to these good questions?
Are you honest enough to accept both the beautiful and the hard answers?
Do you want to know Jesus?
Is Jesus your king and lord? Do you daily make this good confession before witnesses?