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Could You Pass This Test? (9 of 12)
November 20, 2011
TEXT: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-4; 16:1-4; 17:1-2, 15-16; 21:1-3
We've all taken tests throughout our lives, whether they be for school, work, aptitude or spiritual gifts.
The following questions were asked in last year's GED examination. These are genuine answers from 16-year-olds.
(Delay giving answers until question is asked)
Q. Name the four seasons
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar
Q. Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q. Name of major disease associated with cigarettes.
A. Premature death.
Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie.
Q. What does "varicose" mean?
Q. Give the meaning of the term "Cesarean section."
A. The Cesarean section is a district in Rome.
Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.
Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport.
Perhaps you say that you don't do well on tests.
However, as a Christ-follower we are always having our faith "tested."
This morning we are going to look at what I believe is the ultimate "faith" test, and ask questions based on Abraham's experience.
Let's make sure we have the history behind this narrative.
Because the world was growing increasingly more wicked, distant, and independent from the God who created them; and because they were distorting the character of God; God raised up a man through whom He would establish a nation who were to be a light to the nations and show forth the true character of God.
Abram was told by God to move to a land that would be given to his offspring and through whom all the nations would be blessed.
As we've seen in the last three weeks, he encountered a famine, figh ...
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