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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.

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?

      Response Part 1: Audio Clip

      Response Part 2: Audio Clip

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

      Response: Audio Clip

Isaiah:

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

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

1 Samuel:

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

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

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?

      Response: Audio Clip

Judges:

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

      Response: Audio Clip

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

      Response: Audio Clip

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

      Response: Audio Clip

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

      Response: Audio Clip