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David committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife and had a child. For this, God was displeased. God sent prophet Nathan who decreed the death of the child and the child was struck with sickness. When David realised that God was displeased with his act, he interceded for the life of the child and fasted and laid upon the ground. The intercession and admonition of the elders did not change God's anger, and the child died on the seventh day. Out of fright, the servants could not report to David lest he harmed himself. The news of the death of his son was later reported to him. On hearing the news, he arose and had his bath, anointed himself and changed his apparel. He later went to the temple, worshipped God for answering his prayer and requested for food. His servants were surprised at his behaviour. David fasted and wept so that God would reverse his intention to take the son's life. Unfortunately, the child died and he thought fasting is no more necessary. David summed up his courage and believed that He could go to the child but the child could no more come to him. 

God reserves the right to give and take anything from us at will. Again all human beings should submit himself to the will of God. In every situation we find ourselves we should give God praised

In the Gospel of Luke, after the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus, the Court elders ask Pontius Pilate to judge and condemn Jesus in Luke 23:2, accusing Jesus of making false claims of being a king. While questioning Jesus about the claim of being the King of the Jews, Pilate realizes that Jesus is a Galilean and therefore under Herod's jurisdiction. Since Herod already happened to be in Jerusalem at that time, Pilate decides to send Jesus to Herod to be tried.
Herod Antipas (the same man who had previously ordered the death of John the Baptist and, according to some Pharisees, had plotted to had Jesus killed as well) had wanted to see Jesus for a long time, hoping to observe one of the miracles of Jesus. However, Jesus says nothing in response to Herod's questions, or the vehement accusations of the chief priests and the scribes.
Herod and his soldiers mock Jesus, put a gorgeous robe on him, as the King of the Jews, and send him back to Pilate. That day, Herod and Pilate, who had previously been enemies, become friends.
The Gospel of Luke does not state that Herod did not condemn Jesus, and instead attributes that conclusion to Pilate who then calls together the Court elders, and says to them:
"I having examined him before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: no, nor yet Herod: for he sent him back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him."
After further conversations between Pilate and the Court elders, Jesus is sent to be crucified on Calvary.


i) We should set a good example to others.

ii) We should not misuse our power/authority.

iii) We should not accuse others falsely.

iv) Jesus was innocent hence we should be righteous like him.

The Women:

(i) There were also many women there looking on from afar who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him.

(ii) Among them were, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

(iii) There were also many other women who accompanied him to Jerusalem.

(iv) When the body of Jesus was later taken down from the cross and buried in the tomb, the women were around and knew the location of the tomb.

Joseph of Arimathea:

(i) When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, (named Joseph), who was a disciple of Jesus.

(ii) He was a respected and upright member of the Jewish Council (Sanhedrin) and was looking for the kingdom of God.

(iii) At the trial of Jesus, he was said to be opposed to the action of the Sanhedrin in condemning Jesus.

(iv) After the crucifixion, he went to Pilate in the evening and asked for the body of Jesus.

(v) He took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock.

(vi) He rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed.

The High priest:

Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas (John 18:13), had been high-priest from AD 6 to 15, and continued to exercise a significant influence over Jewish affairs. Annas and Caiaphas may have sympathized with the Sadducees, a religious movement in Judaea that found most of its members among the wealthy Jewish elite. The comparatively long eighteen-year tenure of Caiaphas suggests he had a good working relationship with the Roman authorities.
In the Gospel of John (John 11), the high priests call a gathering of the Sanhedrin in reaction to the raising of Lazarus.[7] In the parable related in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 16:28-30), the likely reaction of the "five brothers" to the possibility of the return of the beggar Lazarus has given rise to the suggestion by Claude-Joseph Drioux and others that the "rich man" is itself an attack on Caiaphas, his father-in-law, and his five brothers-in-law.
Caiaphas considers, with "the Chief Priests and Pharisees", what to do about Jesus, whose influence was spreading. They worry that if they "let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation."
In the Gospel of John (John 18), Jesus is brought before Annas, whose palace was closer.Annas questioned him regarding his disciples and teaching, and then sent him on to Caiaphas. Caiaphas makes a political calculation, suggesting that it would be better for "one man" (Jesus) to die than for "the whole nation" to be destroyed. Similar ideas can be found in Rabbinical discussion in Talmud and Midrash.
Afterward, Jesus is taken to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Pilate tells the priests to judge Jesus themselves, to which they respond they lack authority to do so. Pilate questions Jesus, after which he states, "I find no basis for a charge against him." Pilate then offers the gathered crowd the choice of one prisoner to release—said to be a Passover tradition—and they choose a criminal named Barabbas instead of Jesus.

The apostles and the brothers in Judea had received the information that the Gentiles had also received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when Peter went to Jerusalem some time later, they accused him of associating with Gentiles. They asked him why he was with uncircumcised men and why he had eaten with them?
Peter explained how he was in the house at Joppa praying and fell into a trance. How in his trance-like state, he saw the heavens opened and there was something descending, being held by the four corners by ropes, onto the earth. In it were different kinds of animals, reptiles and birds and he heard a voice saying “Rise, Peter, kill and eat”. Peter said he refused saying he had never eaten anything unclean but the voice said “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” Peter described how he experienced this on three occasions before the thing went up into the heavens again.
Peter told them how at that very moment three people came to the house he was lodging in, having been sent from Caesarea. He spoke about how the Holy Spirit asked him to follow them without hesitation so he did, together with six brethren who were with him at the time to the house of Cornelius in Caesarea.
According to Peter, when they arrived in Cornelius’ house, the man told them about how an angel of the Lord had appeared to him and asked him to send for Peter in Joppa to come and deliver the message by which he would be saved together with his household. Peter said when he started to speak; the Holy Spirit fell on them like it did to they, the Apostles, in the beginning of their ministry.
Peter concluded his defense by saying if God gave them the Holy Spirit as he did to them, who was he (Peter) to challenge God? When the people heard this, they became silent and came to the conclusion that God had also given to the Gentiles repentance unto life

According to Paul, spiritual gifts are gifts from the Lord.Their genuineness can be tested when the beneficiary confesses "Jesus is Lord", but if by the devil, he says "Jesus is cursed". There are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspired them all in every one. Paul then enumerated nine spiritual gifts. These are utterance of wisdom, utterance of knowledge, faith, healing power, miracle working, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.Paul compares these gifts with the human body with its different members, each playing an important role for the good of the entire body. No part can say that since it is not the other member, it does not belong to the body, for if the whole body were to be an eye, where would be the ear? Or if the whole body is an ear, where then would be the nose? God has so arranged the individual parts that they are mutually interdependent and necessary for their corporate existence. Infact, some weaker parts are crowned with greater respectability to avoid discord in the body for if one member suffers, the entire body suffers and if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.

The Corinthians have divided themselves not only around loyalty to certain leaders, around understandings of ethical behavior, and around social status, but also around spiritual gifts such as gifts for prophecy, speaking in tongues, performing miracles, and so on. Paul uses the metaphor of one body with many members to argue that everyone, regardless of specific giftedness, is indispensible to the whole.

-(Choose any 4)-
i) Faith helps Christian to believe and trust God and fellowship with him.
ii) It enables Christians to be committed to God,depend and rely on him.
iii) Faith assure Christan of eternal salvation.
iv). Faith shows Christans that they are not under law, but under grace.
v). Faith motivate Christans to do good works in his field i.e in the church or in evangelism.

In Paul's teaching, he said that since no man could claim perfection, he could not be justified by acts of the law, but only by faith in Jesus Christ. Abraham was righteous not by the law, but by act of his faith in God's promise. Those who believe in salvation through obedience to the law have no claim to faith. Those who believe in God's promise through faith as Abraham did are heirs of God's kingdom. Law brings punishment because it leads to the knowledge of sin and transgression. Faith is based on grace, love and peace. Though Abraham was 100 years and his wife Sarah 90, yet they had faith in God's promise of a child. And God gave unto them Isaac.

(i) Faith assures Christians of eternal salvation.
(ii) It shows that Christians are no longer under the bond of law but under the grace.
(iii) It is by faith that Christians face the challenges of life with enough courage and confidence.


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