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WAEC GCE 2020: Jan/Feb Christian Religious Studies Answers.


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1a)
Then Joseph told his brothers. ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.’ When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, ‘What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you? – Genesis 37:9-11

God spoke audibly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but in Joseph’s life, God never spoke aloud, but instead communicated through dreams. The first time was when Joseph was 17 and he dreamed two times that he would rule over his family.

Owen Jones – Joseph dreams of stars
The dreams were probably initially interpreted as Joseph’s belief that he should be the favored “first born” son of the family, who would have been given authority over the family after the father’s death. Of course, the older brothers were jealous and enraged. His second dream was that he would even reign over his parents, which went beyond the idea that he would just receive the blessing from his father, but that he would become a national leader. His brothers were furious.

It surprises us to read that as soon as Joseph had Joseph Dreamsthe two dreams, he told his brothers, which caused their extreme anger, which led to his later imprisonment and suffering. Why would he do such a thing, knowing how angry they would get? Some think that Joseph had been spoiled to the point where he was completely insensitive to how his words would affect others. But others point out that in that day, when a person had a clear vision from God, he was expected to share it with others, no matter how it impacted his own life. Joseph had told Pharaoh later when he had two dreams with the same message that “the matter had been firmly decided by God, and God would do it soon” (Genesis 41:32). If Joseph believed that his own two dreams were sure to happen, he probably felt obligated to tell others.

Joseph’s statement to Pharaoh that when one has two dreams, God would be sure to act on on them soon is loaded with irony. At the time Joseph said those words, he had been living in a dungeon for more than two years, and the two dreams in his own life had gone unfulfilled for 13 years. During that time he had been sold into slavery, sent to prison under false charges, and hadn’t seen his family in years. The fact that Joseph could be so sure of God’s answers after years of waiting is a tremendous testimony to his faith. More importantly, if Joseph had given up on God’s answers to dreams during that time, he wouldn’t have interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, and he wouldn’t have been given the authority to rule that finally caused the fulfillment of his own dreams!

It was by being obedient in the face of dashed hopes that God was able to cause Joseph’s greatest hopes to come true. In the same way, often it is only when we keep on in faith, persevering without evidence, that God can finally cause miracles in our lives as well.

(Choose only 4)
1b) In regards to Joseph, here are some leadership qualities I admire in him:

1. Principled- he had character and integrity. He was honest. He was tempted at multiple times, and he resisted.

2. Humble- the power and prestige of his position working for Pharaoh never changed him.

3. Disciplined- Joseph had the proper long term perspective, even while in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

4. Faithfulness- while in jail and throughout all of the turmoil, Joseph remained faithful to God and never wavered from his commitment to follow Him.

5. Grace- Joseph showed grace and mercy to his brothers, even though they had sold him into slavery.

6. Competence- he did his job with excellence. Whether as a servant, or the interpreter of Pharaoh’s dream, or as the manager of the family sheep flock.

7. Wise- Joseph was wise beyond his years. He was 30 when he stepped in to help set up Egypt for the famine, and demonstrated a seasoned perspective with decision after decision.

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(3a)
The Prophet Elijah pronounced a drought on Israel as punishment for the things Jezebel was doing so there was no rain for three and a half years. There was famine on the land. In reaction, Jezebel tried to kill all the prophets of God. Obadiah was the man in charge of King Ahab’s household. While Jezebel sought God’s prophets to destroy them, Obadiah also determined to save them. He hid one hundred prophets of God in caves, fifty per cave and fed them with bread and water every day. Ahab sent Obadiah to go through the land and help locate any pasture so that they might save the king’s animals from perishing. It was on this mission that Obadiah encountered Prophet Elijah. The prophet told Obadiah to go back and tell the king that he had come back. Obadiah did not want to do this. He told Elijah how the king had looked for him everywhere but did not find him. Every nation that said Elijah was not with them had to swear an oath. Obadiah feared that if he went to tell the king that Elijah was around and later the spirit of God takes Elijah away, Ahab could put him to death. Elijah assured Obadiah to go tell Ahab of his presence and that he was ready to meet the king. When Ahab finally met Elijah, he described him as “You troubler of Israel” but Elijah denied he was the one troubling Israel. He told Ahab that he was rather the one troubling Israel. Elijah told Ahab to gather all Israel on Mount Carmel including the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, to determine who is the real God, Yahweh or Baal.

(3b)
(i)We attract punishment from God when we are unfaithful.
(ii)When God punishes people, it brings hardship upon both the sinner and the innocent.
(iii)God has his own way of solving human problems.
(iv)We should be bold to challenge those who cause suffering to human beings.

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(7a)
After Jesus was brought before Annas, who questioned Him regarding his disciples and teaching, and then sent him on to Caiaphas, the high priest.
So they brought Jesus into the high priest’s house, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
Then chief priests and the whole council sought a false witness against Jesus, to put him to death but they found none, though many false witnesses came.
But afterward, two false witnesses came up and bare false witness against him.
They said that Jesus said that He is able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
That they heard him say, that He will destroy the temple that is made with hands, and in three days He will build another made without hands.
The high priest stood up, in the midst, and asked Jesus if he has anything to say about the accusations made against Him but Jesus held his peace and didn’t say anything.
And the priest asked him again, if he said he is the son of God. At this point, Jesus replied saying ”You have said that I am, and a nevertheless I say to you, Henceforth you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his garments on hearing what Jesus said and said that He has spoken blasphemy, that they need no more witnesses.
The chief priest then asked the crowd what they think. They answered and said that He is worthy of death. And they all condemned him to be worthy of death.
Then the men that held Jesus mocked him, and beat him while some began to spit on him.
They blindfolded him, a and some smote him with the palms of their hands telling Him to prophesy who struck Him. The officers received him with blows of their hands.

(7b)
(i) We should determine to finish our race just as Christ did.
(ii) We should remember to accept God’s timing.
(iii) We shouldn’t let the actions or inactions of others cause us to quit.
(iv) We should always surrender to God’s plan

Updated: January 29, 2020 — 9:09 pm

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