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Was God Really Silent for 400 Years?

host Adriel Sanchez aired December 13, 2021

Episode 857 Show Notes 

From the Show

What is highlighted by the 400 years of silence is just how bad things were for the people of God during that time and how beautiful it is when God did speak into the silence and the darkness of the world.

Adriel Sanchez

Was God Really Silent for 400 Years?

Questions in this Episode

  1. Why is the label, “the Word” used for so many different things? I’ve always understood John 1:1 as referring to Jesus. But I’m curious why we also refer to the Bible as “the Word.”
  2. I was raised as a Roman Catholic, but I am learning a lot more about what I believe the Bible teaches regarding doctrine and things like praying the rosary. My Roman Catholic family members are concerned for me because they see this as me leaving the faith. How do I address the concerns of my family members and assure them that I am not leaving Christianity?
  3. Why was God silent for 400 years in between the Old and New Testaments? Is this hyperbole and is this silence between the Old and New Testaments something we don’t have to believe in? What is its significance?
  4. The Gospel accounts are often based on eyewitness testimony, but there were no eyewitnesses to Jesus’s temptation in the desert with Satan. How do we really know what transpired in those accounts?
  5. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about a woman married to many men and asked which husband she would be betrothed to at the resurrection, Jesus said, “no one will be given to each other in heaven.” If that’s right, then why does God make such a big deal about marriage in the Bible?
  6. If Peter was forgiven 3 times for denying Christ, why wasn’t Judas?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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