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Welcome to the FAQ for module 7—billboard. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. What is the point of the stories of Genesis 4–11?
The stories of Genesis 4–11 are designed to show:
- How sin had contaminated all people and all nations.
- How sin becomes steadily worse when unchecked.
- The problem of sin is so severe that without God’s intervention there would be no hope.
Q 2a. Why do I need to know about Israel?
We need to understand Israel’s role in the story of the Bible for two reasons:
- Israel is the next major piece in the biblical story.
- Israel is God’s servant nation and the special custodian of his salvation. Jesus himself said, “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22).
Q 2b. Why did God create the nation Israel?
To bless all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:3). See further comments following Q 2a above.
Q 3a. Did Israel have a special relationship with God?
Yes. Israel is always spoken of as God’s ‘chosen’ nation.
Q 3b. Was it ‘fair’ that God gave Israel this special relationship?
God’s choice of Israel is rooted in:
- His sovereignty
- His grace
- His righteousness.
Q 4. When God chose Israel, did he abandon all the other nations?
Yes and no. Yes, because, following the time of Babel, God allowed the nations to follow their own religions—but not without consequences (Acts 14:16; Romans 1:18–32). No, because God did not stop his love for the nations or his sovereign control over their political futures.
Q 5. Why did God choose Abraham to be the father of Israel?
We do not know why.
Q 6. What was so unique and important about Israel’s religion?
Five things. Israel’s religion was:
- Monotheistic. Israel had only one God—Yahweh.
- Prescribed. God gave Israel her belief system; she did not think it up.
- Sacrificial. Animal sacrifice was a dominant feature of Israel’s religion.
- Messianic. Israel’s hope focused on one individual person—the Messiah.
- Universal. Israel’s Messiah would be the world’s saviour (deliverer).
Q 7a. When did animal sacrifice begin?
It began in the Garden of Eden when God clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins (Genesis 3:20–21).
Q 7b. Why did God require animal sacrifice?
The penalty for sin is death (Genesis 2:17). Because God is holy and just, the penalty of sin cannot be avoided—it must be paid. Because God is loving and gracious, he diverted the penalty away from the sinner and on to the substitute animal.
Q 7c. Does animal sacrifice mean that God is blood-thirsty and doesn’t care about animals?
No. Animal sacrifice is an extreme measure that shows the seriousness of sin.
Q 8. Why did each animal have to be perfect?
The animal had to be perfect, not just because God deserves the best, but to show it was in full health, and that the only possible explanation for its death was as a ritual sacrifice for sin.
Q 9a. Did animal blood take sins away?
No. The book of Hebrews tells us that the blood of bulls and goats could never take away sin (Hebrews 10:4). But offering the blood of animals did result in real payment and forgiveness (Leviticus 1:4), if the sacrifice was offered in faith.
Q 9b. Why did sacrifice need to be repeated continually?
When the offerer brought a sacrifice for a particular sin, real forgiveness was obtained for that sin. The problem was that, after the offerer had been forgiven, he/she would sin again, requiring the need for another sacrifice. It was an endless process—day after day, year after weary year… until the death of Jesus.