The kids are having a blast in our Talk It Out Sessions. Its fun to see their faces light up when a question is asked and they all want to know the answer. And it never fails; each answer unveils a new question in each of their minds. Its hard for them not to talk or ask more questions during these sessions, which makes it difficult to finish them on time. I’m so glad to know that they are eager to learn more about what God’s Word has to say about their questions.
Parents, I want to encourage you to continue to use these questions as a platform for you to “Talk It Out” with your kid(s) at home too!
Question 12: Does Jesus have a pet?
I’m not 100% sure that Jesus has a pet. The Bible does not just flat out tell us the answer. However, I do know that Jesus owns a horse!
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True.” Revelation 19:11
A pet in definition is a companion animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment. Popular pets are often noted for their attractive appearances, and their loyal or playful personalities.
But the horse described in the above verse isn’t a “My Little Pony” kind of horse. It’s a war horse. A horse that is ready for battle, trained for fights, built like a tank, and is fearless.
Personally – thats the kind of “pet” I would want to have anyway!
“Don’t mess with me I got a war horse.”
Question 13: What does the devil look like?
Many people imagine the devil as a red demon-like creature with horns, a sharp tail and a pitchfork.
But what many people fail to remember is that the devil was created by God.
“The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Proverbs 16:4
Its like God had this AMAZING story He wanted to not only tell, but bring to life so everyone could witness it for themselves. A story of a Father’s great love. Every good story has a hero and a villain right? Jesus and Satan.
Before the devil became evil – he was once the most beautiful and highest ranking angel in heaven. His name was Lucifer – which means Light-Bearer. His purpose was to reflect the light (glory) of God. But one day Lucifer became filled with pride and wanted to be God. God didn’t allow it and threw him out of heaven along with a third of the angelic host who followed Lucifer.
It’s safe to assume that Lucifer (now called Satan) no longer looks like an angel of heaven. Even the angels that fell from heaven with Lucifer have lost their heavenly appearances. Even to this day, Satan will try to disguise himself as an “angel of light.” Why would he need to disguise himself if he still looked like an angel?
Below is an answer to this same question by Billy Graham:
“The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what the devil looks like; the pictures you see of him (with horns and a red suit and so forth) simply come from the artist’s imagination. Similar pictures have been around for hundreds of years, however, and were meant to warn people about Satan. Satan is evil, and even these pictures should warn us not to have anything to do with him.
Satan, the Bible says, is totally evil–and yet he can disguise himself so people don’t even realize who he is. In fact, the Bible says that sometimes “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, KJV). Satan’s goal is always to stop God’s work. He tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross for our sins, and he will try to keep you from God.
Satan is real–but don’t concentrate on him. Concentrate instead on Jesus, because He is stronger than Satan, and by His death and resurrection He defeated Satan. The Bible says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8).”
Question 14: Can the devil die?
No. God created the devil as an angel of light who later rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. Satan is not flesh like you and me. Our flesh, and things of earth pass away/die (1 John 2:17), but spiritual beings such as God, Satan, demons, and angels do not die.
However, there is something far worse than death – being separated from God for eternity. And the Bible tells us that the devil and his followers are forever separated from God and heaven.
Question 15: Why is Jesus a dude and not a girl?
There is so much power and meaning behind Jesus being God’s Son. The Bible describes the son of a father as his strength. (Deut. 21:17) And it makes sense.
A male symbolizes strength and protection.
A female symbolizes beauty and affection.
So when God sent His Only Son to the earth, he was sending us His strength and protection.
Question 16: Can God hurt me?
God takes NO pleasure in our suffering. None. Zero. Nada. It goes against who He is as a good Father.
Lamentations 3:31-33 says, “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. “
Even though God does allow bad things to happen to us, He does not Himself look down at Billy and say “I’m going to bring pain and hurt to him today.”
God uses all things (even the hurtful things) for His glory (Romans 8:28). I believe God uses times of hurt for us to put our trust and faith in Him more and more. Just like when you get physically hurt who do you run to to help make it better? Your mom or dad. God is our Heavenly Father and He when we run to Him for help, He will comfort us.
Question 17: Why did God create Adam and Eve if He already knew they would sin?
Revelation 13:8 tells us that the Lamb of God (Jesus – the Ultimate Sacrifice for all sin -once and for all) was “slain even before the foundations of the world.”
In other words: even before the earth was created, even before God said “Let there be light in Genesis 1, God had a plan. That plan was to send His Son, Jesus to a place He would one day call earth, and to be the Savior of beings called humans. Why? Becaseu He knew that they would sin and be separated from Him.
You can sum up the whole Gospel in one verse: “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only Son. Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” Joh 3:16
Even though God knew Adam and Eve would disobey Him (resulting in sin – separation from Him), He wanted to still show His great love towards us. A love we can not understand. A love that offers a free gift of salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life.
I believe with all my heart that God still created Adam and Eve (even though He knew how the story would go) is because He wants a relationship with you and me. The good news is, the story is not yet over. God is still involved. God knows how the story will end. And He wants you there with Him!