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1. Summarize Isaiah 59:1-2.
When you are separated from God he cannot hear. God can and desires to save, but sin causes separation
2. The textbook and lecture make mention of Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (ESV). This is a common refrain in Scripture (Deut 12:8; Prov 12:15, 26:12). What does this refrain indicate about the spiritual state of the people?
It indicates how humanity (including Israel) constantly struggled in idolatry and rebellion against God “doing what was right in their own eyes”
3. What is the prophecy in Genesis 3:15 known as and what does it mean?
There will be one born of man who will crush the serpents head, this is a prophecy of the coming of messiah/Jesus Christ.
4. A main idea, according to the textbook, is that the history of humanity is characterized by a departure from what?
God’s wise rue
5. Which book of the Bible begins with the story of Moses?
6. What kind of prayer is found in Nehemiah 9 and how does it contrast God and the people?
A prayer of confession of sin. The Israelites professed to God how powerful He is, wonderful, loving and forgiving, and yet they went against him. They repent completely with intention to change.
7. Although created in the image of God, humanity became sinful by nature after the Fall. How extensively does this original sin or depravity affect us according to Romans 3:10-23?
All natural born human beings are sinners and none of them are doing good.
8. How did the Fall (sin of Adam and Eve) affect the world according to Genesis 3:16-19?
Pain in childbearing
Desire for husband – he rules over you
The ground is cursed, pain to eat from it
Ground produces thorns and thistles, eat plants
Sweat of your face to eat bread
Death = return to dust
9. What metaphor does the textbook use to describe idolatry?
An unfaithful spouse, Hosea, loves his wife even though she strayed from him.
10. According to the textbook, what was the primary message of the Old Testament prophets?
To get all the people to flee from idolatry and return to God.
11. List the names of Israel’s first three kings.
Saul, David, Solomon
12. After Israel divided into the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom, the southern kingdom of Judah endured much longer but eventually fell to what nation?
Judah fell to Babylon
13. According to the textbook, the wisdom literature (Job through Ecclesiastes) has what central theme?
God was faithful to his covenant promises, and, despite all of the people’s unfaithfulness, he did what he said he was going to do.
14. According to this topic’s assigned reading, “The Mystery of Original Sin: We Don’t Know Why God Permitted the Fall, But We Know All Too Well the Evil and Sin That Still Plague Us,” by Marguerite Shuster, what is the problem with the world?
The world of Genesis 3 is the world we live in. Seemingly insignificant choices, unbelief, and pride are key aspects of the Genesis account, and of our ongoing struggle.
We are corrupt, and creation suffers a curse on account of Adam and Eve’s sin and our own sin.
15. According to that same Shuster article, why might God want us “to believe, trust, and obey him even when there is not a reason to do so that we can wrap our minds around?”
God should be the center of our lives just as the tree was the center of the garden and because God belongs in the center of our lives and putting Him elsewhere would result in us not believing, trusting or obeying him.