After last week kids swarmed the table to write down more questions about God, the Bible, etc.. Some of these questions are pretty comical! But as we all stated in our first Talk It Out Session last week, “there are no stupid questions.” We don’t want everyone to laugh (or make fun of) at a questions that is being asked. Even though we keep the ones who wrote the questions anonymous, it can still be hurtful when you hear all of your peers laughing at your question.
So moms, dads – try not to laugh as you read through some of these questions.
Again, this was created as a platform for you to use and “Talk It Out” with your kids while at the dinner table, getting ready for bed, or when you’re driving in the car.
Question 6: “Who was the oldest man and woman to ever live (not counting God)?”
The Guinness Book Of World Records currently holds a place for a lady by the name of JEANNE LOUISE CALMENT from France. She lived to be 122 years and 164 days. Read more of her story here.
But the Bible (best kept records book of all time) holds the longest living people who ever lived on earth:
Genesis chapter 5 lists nine men who had very long lives. Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5). Seth lived 912 years (Genesis 5:8). Enosh lived 905 years (Genesis 5:11). Kenan lived 910 years (Genesis 5:14). Mahalalel lived 895 years (Genesis 5:17). Jared lived 962 years (Genesis 5:20). Enoch lived 365 years before God took him (Genesis 5:22–24). Lamech lived 777 years (Genesis 5:21). Genesis 9:29 records that Noah lived 950 years.
The oldest man to have ever lived was a guy named Methuselah. He lived to be 969 years old! (Genesis 5:27) He was the grandfather of Noah and even lived long enough to see the ark finished. Adam and Eve were his great grandparents.
It is safe to assume that women lived to be this old as well at the start of the world. But the oldest lady recored in the Bible was Sarah (Abraham’s wife).
Genesis 23:1 Sarah lived to be a 127 years old.
Why and how did people live such long and healthy lives? I personally believe its due to the “Canopy Theory.”
Question 7: “Does God get sick?”
No. Good does not get sick. First off we need to remember that God is not like you and me. In other words, God does not have a physical body. Our physical bodies are on earth. But God is in heaven:
A) Genesis chapter 1 tells us the story of creation. God created the earth and all its fullness in six days and rested on the seventh. Out of all His creation on this earth, He said over and over again, “It is good.” I think we can all agree that staying up all night throwing up or getting the chicken pox or strep throat is anything but “good.” You see we live in a fallen world. (Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Therefore sin entered the world. The earth was cursed and no longer “good”).
B) John 4:24 tells us that “God is spirit…” A spirit can not get sick, only a physical body.The earth was cursed and no longer “good”).
C) Revelation 21:4 says, “God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, no more crying, nor more sickness, no more pain, for the old ways have passed away.” In heaven – pain and sickness and suffering do not exist.
Question 8: “What does God eat?”
Through the Bible there are many references made that God instructed His people to sacrifice offerings to Him. For all the meat lovers out there: cows, lambs, etc. would be offered to God as a sacrifice.
Different translations say different things as one example:
(KJV) Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.
(NKJV) Num 28:2 “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.’
(NASB) Num 28:2 “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time.’
(NLT) Num 28:2 “Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions.”
In research of this particular passage I looked at another found in Genesis:
Genesis 8:20-21 And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
The Hebrew meaning of the word savour: 7381. רֵיחַ rêyach, ray´-akh; from 7306; odor (as if blown):—savour, scent, smell
The Bible tells us that out of all the offerings God instructed to His people to give to Him was received by the aroma or smell from the burnt offerings, and is described as sweet or pleasing to God.
One thing we also must keep in mind is that we cant apply human characteristics to God, who is a spirit.
However, that being said….
Jesus did leave our minds to imagine when He told something to His disciples right before heading off to heaven Himself:
“I will no longer drink with you, until I do so in God’s Kingdom.” Mark 14:25
Other scriptures talk of a “heavenly food.”
“He rained down manna for the people to eat. He gave them the grain of heaven. Mere human beings ate the bread of angels. He sent them all the food they could eat.” Psalm 78:24-25
Luke 16:22-26 tell us of a story where one man in heaven and one is in hell. The one in hell asks for the one in heaven to bring just a drop of water for his thirsty lips.
Revelation 21 and 22 tell of the New Jerusalem with Living Water and The Tree of Life that produces 12 kinds of fruit!
Question 9: “Can you loose at a game of musical chairs in heaven?”
I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. But what I do know is that we may be too busy with heavenly activities that playing an earthly game as such would not be of much interest.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). In other words, the joy you get out of playing games or sports or anything else is insignificant compared with the joy God has in store for you in heaven.
Question 10: “What State or Country did God live in?”
God never lived in just ONE place at ONE time.
God is described as Omnipresent. Break that word down into two words:
Omni- comes from the Latin meaning “all.” And present means to be in a particular place. So when you but the meaning of the word “Omni” with the meaning of the word “present” it means to be “everywhere – all at once.”
God is so big and so great that He is everywhere – all the time!
Psalm 139:7-10 says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Hell, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”
Heaven, Hell and to the top of the earth to its lowest parts, God is there.
We can take refuge knowing that where we go and whatever we go through, God is there too!
Question 11: “Can God create anything?”
Colossians 1:16 says, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things have been created through Him and for Him.”
Similar to describing God as Omnipresent, there is another word we use called “Omnipotent.”
We already know that Omni means “all.” The word Potent is translated to mean “power.” Put them together and it means that God is “all-powerful.”
If you have all the power in the universe, I’m pretty sure you could create anything you wanted!
In fact! God already has!
The story of God’s creation is found in the first chapter of Genesis. He created it all in just six days.
Today, God still shows His creativity in “life.” The life of a seed growing into a tree. The life of a baby animal or the life of a human being. He shows us His wonderful works by the sun, moon, and stars, and the beautiful parts of our world such as the water falls and canyons.
But God’s greatest creation —- is Y-O-U.
You are God’s favorite in all of creation. He loves you so much that He even sent His One and Only Son to die for you so that you can have a relationship with Him while on earth, walk in His fullness and blessings, and see His power move through you!
That alone deserves a huge “THANK YOU” to the God who created EVERYTHING!
Next week in session 3 I will be answering more in depth questions kids have asked such as:
- Why did God create Adam and Eve if He knew they would sin?
- Does God love my parents?
- Can God hurt you?
- Are other religions false?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?