Bible Trivia Saturday: The First One To Sin (Answer)

QUESTION:

Who was the first one to be deceived in Scripture?


ANSWER:

Ezekiel 28:11-17 (Emphasis added)

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, lament for the king of Tyre (The king of Tyre was used as a double entendre. It was directed to the king and the one behind himand say to him: This is what the Lord God says:

You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (The description shifts to that of the king of Tyre to a creature who at one point was sinless –perfection).

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone covered you: carnelian, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold; they were prepared on the day you were created (The creature preexisted humanity and was adorned with beauty when created).

14 You were an anointed guardian cherub, for I had appointed you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones (The creature is now identified as an angel, one who had the highest position amongst the other angels. His duty was to guard the Throne of God – the holy mountain of God).

15 From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you (This guardian cherub was righteous until he sinned against God whom he guarded).

16 Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned (Here the passage is directed to both individuals, the king of Tyre, and the cherub because the context demands it as seen in the second half of the passage. The king of Tyre became rich and powerful through trade verses 4-5 and was exalted and regarded himself as a god, see verse 1 of the same chapter. The word “trade” in Hebrew also means “traffic” which gives the understanding that the guardian cherub was selling something amongst the other angels. It wasn’t material goods but most likely was promises of higher positions as angels were created for specific positions in heaven).
So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones (This passage unveils the guardian cherub’s identity who is mentioned in the verses above as Satan or as he was called before his fall, Lucifer –shinning morning starIsaiah 14:12. This interpretation is revealed in Luke 10:18 which says, He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash).

17 Your heart became proud because of your beauty; For the sake of your splendor you corrupted your wisdom. So I threw you down to the earth; I made you a spectacle before kings (Just like Satan who became proud because of his beauty and splendor meaning his glory, so was the king of Tyre which revealed what was behind him and showed Satan’s characteristics through the king. The king was being used by Satan for darkness and Ezekiel exposed this unfaithful cherub who abandoned God and deceived himself for his beauty and glory and now was deceiving the king of Tyre).

Satan was the first one who was deceived into thinking that he was able to overthrow God from His throne and take His place. Allowing pride and haughtiness because of his beauty to enter into his heart which deluded his mind and prompted him to deceive himself. He is the father of all deception because he was its first victim. 

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Bible Trivia Saturday: The Good Samaritan (Answer)

QUESTION:

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, who were the two people that didn’t help the man that was left for dead?


ANSWER:

25 Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Here you have a person who has a title that shows him to be Biblical knowledgeable and with pride, he came to prove the Son of God wrong or to trap Him with his test.

26 “What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus answers his question with a question to get the expert in the law to see that what he is so knowledgeable of, he is not following.

If we read Scripture but don’t do what it says then we do not allow God’s Word to change us.

28 “You’ve answered correctly,” He told him. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus complimented the man for knowing the Scriptures but He told him that he needed to live according to what he was reading and studying. Jesus wanted the expert in the law to love the LORD with all his heart and his neighbor as himself so that his heart would be softened for Jesus to enter in. The reason why Jesus spoke in parables to the crowds that followed Him was that their hearts were hardened just like this man who came to test Him. In verse 29, it reveals his hearts condition.

30 Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion.34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”

The parable was an illustration to reveal the hearts of the spiritual leaders of Israel, that they were responsible for showing the people God in their lives but the opposite was occurring. They were living and acting no different from the world.

Notice in the story who Jesus chose to mention as not helping the injured man, a Priest, and a Levite, the spiritual leaders. He chose to name those two parties because that’s what they were really doing.