“The Jesus Code – 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer” + LINKUP

I just started a new book, The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

This past year our church read The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know. The book contains 52 chapters, one for each week. They were short and easy to read in one sitting, but packed with insightful comments. I couldn’t wait to start Hawkins new book.

The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week, that the author believes are vital for every Christian to answer. Reading the first chapter, I wasn’t disappointed.

The first chapter and question is, “Has God Indeed Said …?” from Genesis 3.1.

The answer to that question is one of the most important truths in the Bible! Getting it wrong has lead to incalculable sin, heartache, and destruction.

Hawkins says:

Satan entered the scene of life just three chapters into the Bible, and the last time we encounter him is three chapters from the end. And the damage he has caused is seen on every page in between. This cunning creature was smart enough to know that doubt is deadly. He did not try to force us to eat the forbidden fruit. He simply tossed a seed of doubt our way, and we took it from there: “Has God indeed said?”*

He goes on to talk about the downward digression that follows once doubt takes root:

Eve “saw” the tree, she “coveted,” she “took” and gave to her husband, then they “hid” themselves. Hawkins points out the same pattern in David’s life. He “saw” Bathsheba bathing, he “coveted,” he “took” her, then he “hid” to the point that he was willing to commit murder to stay hidden.

And if we don’t answer that questions rightly, we will fall into the same downward spiral.

Next week, the question is, “Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?” from Genesis 18.25.

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Blessings,
Donna

 

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*Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 138-141). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

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14 thoughts on ““The Jesus Code – 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer” + LINKUP

  1. Sounds like a great way to make us think about truths and look at why we believe what we do.
    When I saw the title of this post, I kinda panicked thinking you were going to ask us all 52 questions. (I didn’t study!)
    Thank you for hosting this week. I especially love that you’ve made the tweeting so easy for us 🙂 .
    Blessings,

    • Deborah, I love EASY, too. I’m so non-techy that when I come across something I can actually figure out and use, I’m thrilled. Believe it or not, I’m just figuring out how to use PicMonkey! (gasp!) I’m doing a little happy dance! Thanks for linking up, Donna

  2. I love that the author used that question as the first question to ponder; what an interesting book to look into. Another thought that crossed my mind as I read this, is that often times Christians are familiar with the Bible, and we hear something in mainstream culture that sounds familiar to what we’ve read in the Bible in the past. If we don’t ask ourselves that question “Did God really say…” pertaining to specifically what looks/seems familiar, we often end up with a distorted truth. It’s so important to be sure we’re not just familiar with the Bible, but we *know what God says. Thanks for this!

    • Caroline,
      You are so right. I’ve even heard people attribute “old sayings” like “cleanliness is next to godliness” and “God helps those who help themselves” to scripture. We need to read and know for ourselves or we’ll buy into all kinds of things. Blessings!

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