Ask Your Preacher
In Isaiah 40:18, 40:25, and 46:5, when God says, “To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?”, is He referring to idols or humans themselves who think they are or have the likeness of God?
Dear Without Comparison,
Isaiah 40 and Isaiah 46 are both dealing with idolatry, a rampant problem in Isaiah’s time. If you look at the surrounding verses (such as Isa 46:6 and Isa 40:20), God mocks the man who makes an idol out of gold or wood and then worships what he has created with his own hands. God is not made with hands and doesn’t need us to build Him or create Him (Acts 19:26). Isaiah is ridiculing the idols and showing how foolish it is to worship them.
Isaiah 43:27, Romans 5:12, 14, and 19 all say that sin started with Adam. But 1 Timothy 2:14 seems to say that Eve started it first. So who is to blame?
Is It Her Fault?
Dear Is It Her Fault,
Well, if you asked Adam and Eve, it was the other one (Gen 3:11-13). Though Eve was the first to eat of the fruit (Gen 3:6), Adam was the patriarch and the first created human. Rom 5:12-19 is simply saying that from the generation of Adam until the days of Christ, sin reigned. The sins of Adam and Eve were so tied together that you might as well say that they sinned at the same time. Like two robbers in the same heist – their sins are intertwined.
What was Israel’s key to success in taking possession of the Promised Land?
Winning The War
Dear Winning The War,
Israel conquered the land of Canaan for one reason – God was with them. God told them that if they were faithful (Lev 26:3), He would chase their enemies away (Lev 26:7-8). If they failed to follow God (Lev 26:14), the Israelites would be terrorized by their enemies (Lev 26:16). Their success was completely dependent upon their faithfulness and trust in the Lord.
In Acts 1:20, Peter quotes Psalm 109:8. Can it be said that Psalm 109, especially verse eight, serves as a prophecy as well as a hymn by King David?
Pointing To Prophecy
Dear Pointing To Prophecy,
Sometimes, Old Testament verses are quoted in the New Testament because they are prophecies that are being fulfilled – like Peter did in Acts 2:16-21. However, we must also remember that the Old Testament does more than just prophecy about Christ and His kingdom. The Old Testament is full of examples and principles that are useful to us (1 Cor 10:11). In the case of Acts 1:20, Peter and the rest of the apostles had to decide what to do about Judas’ death. Should they leave his position vacant? Should they replace him with another apostle? How should they handle the void created in the apostleship by this wicked man? Peter quotes Ps 109:8 because that Psalm addresses the principle that it is a good thing when a good man replaces the office of a bad man. Peter referred to Ps 109, not because it was prophetic about their specific circumstance, but because it is a universal truth that good people should take the place of bad people in positions of authority.
In the Old Testament, God tells groups of people to go and completely wipe out another group. How can this be just? I believe I remember there was an instance where He did it to prove to the Israelites that He would be with them if they followed His directions. How can this be explained as an acceptable thing?
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Looking To Justify
Dear Looking To Justify,
God has to make complex decisions that allow individuals the freedom to choose while still keeping the rest of mankind safe. Every time that God has destroyed a nation, He has done it for the safety of other nations and because that nation had become so corrupt that it was unsalvageable (Gen 15:16, Gen 6:5). God knows that infants will be safe in His arms when that nation is destroyed, and it is important to remember that there is a difference between God taking someone’s life and a human making that decision. God is our Creator, and He is intimately aware of where we will go when we die – after all, He is the Judge (Heb 12:23).
When wicked nations are allowed to continue, they inhibit the possibility of future generations obeying God, and they are destructive influences on the rest of mankind. Thankfully, we have a God who knows where to draw the line – not too soon, and not too late.