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Bible Reading Question & Response (NT)

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.


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Luke

Question 1: Where in the old covenant is Mercy promised to the fathers?

      Response: Audio Clip

John

Question 1: Why did John the Baptist deny being the Elijah to come in John 1:20-23? However, Matt 17:10-13, told that John the Baptist is the Elijah to come?

      Response: Audio Clip

Question 2: Jesus said in John 4:23-24, that true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. How do you know that you are worshipping God "in spirit and in truth"?

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Question 3: What does John 12:24 mean? How can the grain of wheat die and bear much fruit?

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Question 4: Why did Jesus tell his disciples in John 16:5 that "none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'" when Peter asked him the same question in John 13:36?

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Question 5: In John 20:22, Jesus breathed on them and said to the disciples 'Receive the Holy Spirit'. Did the disciples receive the Holy Spirit at this time? I thought the Holy Spirit was received at the time of Pentecost (Acts 2).

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Mark

Question 1: In Mark 3:13-14, Jesus called to him those 12 disciples whom he appointed and named them apostles. What is the difference between apostles and disciples? Are there still apostles today?

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Question 2: In the gospels, Jesus healed people who are demon oppressed and demon possessed. What is the difference between being demon oppressed and demon possessed? Can a Christian be demon oppressed or demon possessed? How and why?

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Question 3: In Mark 6:11, Jesus told the twelve that if the place will not receive them and if the people will not listen to them, they are to shake off the dust on their feet as a testimony against them when they leave. What does "shake off the dust" mean? Is this a physical action or does it mean something else?

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Question 4: As we finished reading the gospel according to Matthew and started the gospel according to Mark, I have tried to combine/connect together the story in Matthew and the story in Mark about Jesus walking on water. In Matthew 14:22-33, it ended with the people on the boat worshipping Jesus after Peter and Jesus got into the boat. In Mark 6:45-52, it ended with the people on the boat having hardened hearts. How can they worship Jesus with hardened hearts?

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Question 5: In Mark 7-8, Jesus healed the deaf and the blind. What's the significance of the spit as Jesus spit during these miracles? Why spit?

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Question 6: What does Jesus mean by "For everyone will be salted with fire" in Mark 9:49?

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Question 7: Why did Jesus question the man about calling him good in Mark 10:17-18 "Good Teacher...... why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone"? Is Jesus not good?

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Question 8: Who or what is "the abomination of desolation" in Mark 13:14? Why is he standing where he ought not to be? In Matt 24:15, it says the place he is standing is a holy place. Why should he not stand in the holy place? Has this occurred already?

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Question 9: Concerning the day or hour, Jesus told us to stay awake as we don't know when it will occur in Mark 13:32-37. What does Jesus mean by "stay awake"? Is that physically awake/open eyes or is it spiritually awake? How can we "stay awake"?

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Question 10: Jesus told Simon, that from that time on (Matt 16:18), which is before the Passover, he will be called Peter. Why is it that in Mark 14:37 (the sleeping disciples), instead of calling Peter as Peter, he called Peter as Simon?

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Question 11: What is the importance of the young man who followed Jesus and ran away naked when the guards seized him? At first, he had a good attitude towards Jesus that even though he had almost nothing, he still followed Jesus but in the end, he still ran away and left. Who is this anonymous man? Why does he have nothing but a linen cloth on in the middle of the night?

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Question 12: In Mark 16:12, Jesus appeared in another/different form to two of his disciples. What kind of form does this look like?

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Matthew

Question 1: In Matthew 2:23, it says that Jesus shall be called Nazarene as a fulfillment of that was spoken by the prophets. Is there an Old Testament verse reference to this?

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Question 2: In Matthew 3:11, it talks about how John will baptize with water for repentance and Jesus will baptize with Holy Spirit and fire. What is the distinction between Holy Spirit and fire? Are they one and the same or both different? How will I know that I am baptized with Holy Spirit and fire?

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Question 3: If John the Baptist's baptism is for repentance as told on Matt 3:11, why would Jesus go to John for baptism if he doesn't have something to repent as Jesus is sinless?

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Question 4: In Matthew 7:21, it says that "Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." How will a person know that he is doing the will of God if even mighty works in the Lord's name(v 22) is not a proof of the Father's will?

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Question 5: What does Jesus mean in Matt. 8 when he says "Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head" and “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead”?

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Question 6: In Matt 5:13 Jesus says "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet." I don't understand this metaphor. Who is he talking about and what does it mean to be "salt of the earth"?

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Question 7: What does Jesus mean in Matt 10:23? Why does he say "before the Son of Man comes" when he is the Son of Man that has come already? 

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Question 8: If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, why did Jesus say that he has not come to bring peace but a sword in Matt 10:34-39?

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Question 9: In Matthew 12:30-32, it mentions that blasphemy against the Son of Man will be forgiven but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Can this be applied to Christians? How can a person avoid blaspheming against the Spirit? 

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Question 10: What does Matt 16:18-19 mean? Does this tell about the formation of church? What about the keys of the kingdom of heaven? Are the keys solely given to Peter?

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Question 11: In Matt 16:21-23, Jesus told his disciples that he'll suffer many things and be killed and on the third day be raised but Peter rebuked him. Then Jesus responded "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me". Why did Jesus choose to name Satan rather than Peter? Does it mean Peter got possessed by Satan? Or is just like an idiom/form of expression?

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Question 12: What does "some will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom" in Matt 16:28 mean? When is the "coming in his kingdom"? Is that the second coming? 

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Question 13: In Matt 19:28, it talks about the 12 thrones that will be seated by the disciples, who followed Jesus, for them to judge the tribes of Israel. Will Judas Iscariot sit on one of the 12 thrones?

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Question 14: What does Moses' seat mean in Matt 23:2?

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Question 15: In Matt 23:8-10, it mentions several titles such as rabbi, teacher, father, instructor. Is Jesus prohibiting us to use such titles?

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