IJMB C. R. ‘S ANSWERS

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inspiration can be commonly be defined as a supernatural divine influence on the prophet, apostles etc which qualifies them to receive and communicate divine truth.
It is the divine origin and qualify of scripture, this is the divine influence In which God has of human which allows them to receite revelations (2 Timothy 3:16)
===================BBiblical theories of inspiration or views of inspiration

(1)natural theory
(2)universal inspiration
(3)dictation /mechanical

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Natural theory : inspiration under this theory could be seen through approach

(a) The positive approach
(b) The negative approach

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(a) The positive approach : this theory argues that there is nothing supernatural about the Bible. And sees the Bible written as no more inspired authors that the lives of Shakespeare, woke saying a, and achieve etc
(b) positive approach :this theory see the Bible and it’s Contents as man’s spiritual experience which allows errors
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Universal inspiration theory :This theory believes that inspiration given to the ancient men is the same given to every age
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Dictation /mechanical theory :This theory proof that man served as Secretary to God. It argues that God, through the Holy Spirit take control of man, by making the Bible writers write from the dictation of the Holy Spirit and this Includes choice of word
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God sent king Saul to destroy the amalek that he should go and must you must not devote the sinners the Amalekities, to destruction,and he must fight against them until you will have extraminated them. and Saul went striking down amalek from havilah as far as shur which is in front of Egypt and he got catch A gag the king of amalek alive and all the other people he devoted to destruction with the edge of the sword.but Saul and the flock and the herd and the fat ones and upon the rams and upon all that was good, and they did not wish to devote them to destruction. As for all the goods that were despicable and rejected, these they devoted to destruction.and GOD told Samuel that saul did not obey his voice but went darting greedily at the spoil and doing what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah. And Samuel said to Paul Jehovah has RIPPED AWAY THE ROYAL RULE OF ISRAEL FROM OFF YOU TODAY.
(Thing Saul throne was not establish in Israel because of his greedily that God said he should not devote any thing in amalek Paul did not obey the voice of Jehovah but he catch a gag the king of amalek alive upon the best of the flock, herd and upon all that was good.)
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(6ai)

The account of Elijah and the prophets of Baal is recorded in .After Israel had gone more than three years without rain as a judgment for their idolatry, the prophet Elijah confronts the evil king Ahab and challenges him to a spiritual showdown. The king was to have all Israel gather at Mt. Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of the false god Baal and the 400 prophets of the false goddess Asherah
On Mt. Carmel, Elijah said to the people of Israel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him” . The people remained noncommittal at that point. Elijah then challenged the prophets of Baal to prepare a bull as an offering for their god—Elijah would do the same—with this catch: they could light no fire on their altar. The God who answered with fire from the sky would be considered the true
The people agreed that this was a good plan, and the prophets of Baal went first. The pagan prophets cried out and danced around their altar from morning till noon with no answer from Baal. Elijah began to mock them, saying, “Shout louder! . . . Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened” .
So the prophets of Baal “shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice” . Despite hours of effort, nothing happened. The historian’s comment hints at the emptiness of Baal-worship: “There was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention” .
Elijah then called the people to him as he repaired the altar of the Lord. He used twelve stones and dug a trench around the altar. He then placed wood on the altar and laid the cut pieces of the bull on it. Elijah then had the people douse the altar with twelve large jars of water. The water soaked the sacrifice and the wood and filled the trench
Once the sacrifice was ready, Elijah prayed, “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” (m. Then God did what Baal could never do: the fire of the LORD fell from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, “and also licked up the water in the trench” The people of Israel bowed down and declared the Lord as God
Elijah then commanded the people to put the prophets of Baal to death, in keeping with God’s command in Following this event, the Lord finally ended the drought and sent rain upon the land

The miraculous event of fire from heaven was an answer to the prayer of Elijah. God was seeking to turn the hearts of His people back to Himself. He used a time of drought to get their attention and then, through His prophet, performed a dramatic miracle right before their eyes. No one who witnessed that event doubted that the Lord was God and that Baal was a powerless wannabe. The repentance of the Israelites was soon followed by God’s provision of rain.

James teaches us that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” , and he uses Elijah’s prayer life as a case in point: “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops”
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(6aii)

Lessons from Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

(1)All Religions Are Not the Same

There is a modern assertion that all religions are the same. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). There aren’t many ways to heaven–there’s only one way!
(2) Activity and Enthusiasm Are Not Always Signs of Spirituality

There is no doubt that the prophets of Baal displayed a lot of enthusiasm and activity on Mount Carmel. They were sincere in their efforts, but how many of you know you can be sincerely wrong? Mount Carmel proves that powerfully.
(3)The Act of Faith Is Not the Most Important Thing

Faith is not the important thing. That may strike you as an odd or blasphemous statement, but faith is not paramount. It’s the object of faith that is the most important thing. The people who followed Baal surely had a kind of faith. They had worshiped this god all of their lives. They believed in Baal. They had faith in Baal. But their faith was worthless because the object of their faith was worthless.

Faith doesn’t get you into heaven unless it is faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. This lesson teaches us that only those who believe in Jehovah end up on the winning side. There is no other in which to place your faith.
(4). The Faith You Live by Better Be Good Enough to Die By

If your faith doesn’t bring you hope and help you in your crisis, it’s not of much value to you. God built up the faith of Elijah in the quietness of a brook, the confines of a widow’s home, and walking in the wilderness. So when he needed his faith in the big moment, when he drew a line in the sand and chose a side, his faith came through because he truly trusted God.

So which side are you going to be on? Are you going to live for God and be His follower? Or are you going to keep living for the other things that motivate you in your life? That’s the challenge from this story to all of us, and I hope we will hear it.
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Hosea’s marriege/symbolism
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Hosea took his own marriage experience as a symbolism of what happened between God and the children of Israel. Hosea loved his wife(Gomer) just like God love isreal but she left him and went after another lover just like the children of Israel abandoned yaweh for back,
The marriage symbolised that, God was faithful to the isrealite and had chosen them, brought them out of Egypt. Instead of faithfulness, the isrealite paid God back with betrayal. It shows God will punish the isrealite for their unfaithfulness

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