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Bible Reading Question & Response

Have questions about the weekly Bible Reading? Email ShockAndAwe@taftavenue.org with your questions. Below you can find audio responses to the questions we received.

Chronicles

Question 1: There are so many wars in the Old Testament. Why does it seem like all they do is fight?

      Response: Audio Clip

Question 2: In 1 Chronicles 21:14-15 God sends an angel to destroy Jerusalum. Does God really use angels for destruction?

      Response: Audio Clip

Question 3: Why does Solomon gather horses and wives immediately if he's so smart?

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Question 4: Does 2 Chronicles 7:14 apply to the USA?

      Response: Audio Clip

Zechariah

Question 1: In Zechariah 8:23, it mentions of ten men from the nations of every tongue. Who or what does this represent?

      Response: Audio Clip

Question 2: In Zechariah 11:15-17, it talks about the worthless shepherd that God is raising up. Does this contradict with Ezekiel 34 where God promised a good Shepherd instead of sending a worthless one?

      Response: Audio Clip

Daniel

Question 1: Is it wrong to eat meat based on Daniel's diet in Daniel 1?

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Question 2: What was Nebuchadnezzar's illness in Daniel 4?

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Question 3: What is happening at the end of Daniel 10?

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Question 4: In the book of Daniel, there is mention of Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian? History tells that Cyrus the great is the one that succeeded the throne after the Babylonians. How come it says that Darius took the kingdom of Belshazzar? Is Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian one and the same? Or is Persian government have several kings and they have king of kings?

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Question 5: In Daniel 7, it talks about the Ancient of Days? Who is this? Is it God the Father or God the Son? Verse 9-14 seems to be God the Father but v22 seems to be God the Son.

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Question 6: In Daniel 9:24-27, it talks about the 70 weeks and the 7 weeks plus 62 weeks. Has this happened or is this still to come?

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Esther

Question 1: Were Esther and Mordecai right in hiding her Jewishness and in marrying the King?

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Question 2: Why are there no references in Esther to God or any credit given to His hand working?

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Ezra - Nehemiah

Question 1: What about beating people up and pulling out hair and forcing divorces in Ezra and Nehemiah at the end of both books?

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Question 2: The Bible Project video implies that the residents of Israel at the time of the returns should have been allowed to help in the re-building. Is this right?

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Question 3: In Nehemiah chapter 3, most of the people help in rebuilding. However, the nobles of Tekoa did not help. Why? Is it because of pride or is there some misunderstanding during that time?

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Ezekiel

Question 1: In Ezekiel 14:21-23 it says that the exiles will be comforted for the newly arrived captives and their calamity. Could they really be comforted in this?

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Question 2: In Ezekiel 18 it says the sins of the father ARE NOT passed down to the sons. Doesn't this contradict Deuteronomy that says the sins of the father ARE passed down to the sons?

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Question 3: In Ezekiel 20:25 God says that He gave them laws that were not good. Does that mean the Mosaic covenant is not good?

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Question 4: What is the purpose of mentioning Noah, Daniel and Job in Ezekiel 14:14, 16, 18, 20?

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Question 5: God seems so egocentric in Ezekiel, isn't this wrong?

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Question 6: What is the new covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36?

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Question 7: Is the temple in Ezekiel 40-48 a real temple?

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Question 8: Did Jeremiah and Ezekiel know each other?

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Question 9: Were there any other prophets during the time of the exile?

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Question 10: Is the glory of the Lord in Babylon?

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Question 11: What is this great feast in Ezekiel 39 and why eat the flesh and drink the blood of the people? What does it mean? My study Bible tells of a similar passage in Rev 19:17-18.

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Question 12: Who is the prince in Ezekiel 45-46? It looks like he plays an important role on the vision. He was the only one who can sit in to eat bread before the Lord, has portions, and is the provider of offerings. Could this be Jesus?

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Jeremiah:

Question 1: Why does God send His own people to be judged by the nations?

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Question 2: Why does God go on and on about the people's sin?

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Question 3: Is Jeremiah mad a God in verse 4:10?

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Question 4: In Jeremiah 29:21 and 29:29 Jeremiah names false teachers and prophets. Show we do the same?

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Question 5: Who is Baruch and what is the significance of chapter 45?

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Question 6: God said that He would protect Jeremiah and yet he gets thrown into a cistern and then taken to Egypt where he dies. Is this God's protection?

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Ecclesiastes:

Question 1: Who is the writer of Ecclesiastes?

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Question 2: In Ecclesiastes 7, why does the Preacher say to not be excessively righteous?

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Question 3: Is money the answer to everything? Ecclesiastes 10:19

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Proverbs:

Question 1: Is the "wisdom" in Proverbs 8 Jesus?

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Question 2: Who is the woman of folly in Proverbs 9:13?

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Question 3: Does King Lemuel's mom say that the depressed should drink wine?

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Question 4: What is Ugaritic?

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Psalms:

Question 1: What makes Psalm 51 so important for us as Christians today?

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Amos:

Question 1: In Amos chapter 3 it says "When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?" Does the Lord cause calamity? If so, why would the Lord cause cause calamity for his own people?

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      Response Part 2: Audio Clip

Question 2: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Isaiah:

Question 1: In Isaiah 45:9 it says "Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker." Why would someone quarrel with their creator?

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1 & 2 Kings:

Question 1: Why does the Bible project reading schedule differ from the order of the books in our Bibles?

      Response: Audio Clip (Also check out this video on why and how The Bible Project chose the order of their reading plan.)

Question 2: In 1 Kings 22 it appears as if God sends an evil spirit to tempt Ahab to go to war? Does God use evil spirits to carry out His work?

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Question 3: In 1 Kings 20:35 a prophet asks a man to strike him. The man refuses and God sends a lion to kill him? And the lion kills him. How can this be right?

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Question 4: In 2 Kings 3 it says that Josiah sacrifices the priests on the altar and burns bones on the altar. Why did he do this? What's happening here?

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1 Samuel:

Question 1: In 1 Samuel 15 it says that God regrets making Saul king. Can God regret something he has willed?

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Question 2: Samuel is not a Levite, correct? He is from an Ephrathite? So does he become High Priest in Eli's place or is he technically just a prophet? He becomes the one who offers the sacrifices at Shiloh so it would seem he is High Priest but does the Bible ever clarify this?

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Question 3: Who is God talking about in 1 Samuel 2:35? From the context it seems like God is talking about Samuel, but in the ESV notes it says He is referring to Zadok. How do they arrive at that? Is there some other reference/passage that would be helpful? Does this relate to the first question and the fact that Samuel was not really a priest in the line of Aaron?

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Question 4: In 1 Samuel 16 the Lord sends a harmful sprit to torment Saul. Can God send harmful spirits? Do we see this in other parts of the Bible? What does this mean?

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Question 5: In 1 Samuel 28 Saul asks a medium to "bring up" Samuel. Did she really conjure up Samuel? What is actually happening here?

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Judges:

Question 1: Why did God allow Jephthah to sacrifice his daughter?

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Question 2: Is Gideon's fleece sign a good idea for us?

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Question 3: Is Deborah a model for women's ministry today?

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Question 4: Who is Meroz in Judges 5:23?

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