The West African Examinations Council WAEC CRS Questions Answers 2021 Objective and Theory Update.
(i). Cyrus was the king of Persia who captured Babylon.
(ii). During the first year of his reign, God inspired him to promulgate a decree in fulfilment of Jeremiah’s prophecy.
(iii). In the decree, he said God had given him all the kingdoms of the earth.
(iv). And that God has charged him to build a house at Jerusalem for Him.
(v). Immediately, he ordered the Jews to return to Jerusalem to build the house of the God of Israel.
(vi). Heads of the father’s houses of Judah and Benjamin rose up to go.
(vii). The Priests and the Levites were also inspired to go.
(viii). Cyrus returned the vessels of gold and silver which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed them in the house of his gods.
(ix). They were handed over to Sheshebazzar, the prince of Judah to be returned to Jerusalem.
(x). Cyrus further stated that every exile was to be helped by his neighbour or men of his place with silver and gold and animals.
(xi). Freewill offerings were to be included as contributions towards the rebuilding projects.
(xi). He also helped financially towards the rebuilding programme.
(xii). King Cyrus fulfilled the dreams of the exiles who for that matter viewed him as the Lord’s anointed or as an instrument of God to free the Jews.
(i) Serving him with mighty heart and in truth.
(ii) Avoiding Shedding of innocent bloods.
(iii) Heeding to his words, command and instructions.
God’s hand was at work to save Jacob and his family. Joseph was equipped by God from childhood with the power of dream interpretation. While under the service of Potiphar he was imprisoned and in prison, he exhibited this rare talent by interpreting dreams for his fellow prisoners, among whom were the chief butler and the chief baker.
Pharaoh had two dreams; the first was the dream of seven sleek and fat cows and seven gaunt and thin cows that came out from the Nile. The gaunt and, thin ate up the sleek and fat cows. The second was the dream of seven ears of grains, plump and good growing on one stalk and after them sprouted seven ears thin and blighted by the wind. The thin ears swallowed the seven plump and full ears. The dreams gave Pharaoh great concern, and none of his magicians was able to interprete them. The chief butler for whom Joseph successfully interpreted his dream, brought to the knowledge of Pharaoh Joseph’s power of dream interpretation.
Joseph was called out of the prison as directed by Pharaoh, and he was able to tell Pharaoh that the dreams represented divine revelation concerning the approaching seven years of plentiful agricultural harvest to be followed by seven years of intensive famine. Joseph went further to suggest that a wise person be appointed by Pharaoh to oversee the storage of food during the seven years of plenty, against the years of famine. Joseph was appointed not only the overseer of the storage of food, but the governor of Egypt and the second in command to Pharaoh. Joseph was renamed Zaphenath-Paneah by Pharaoh. Joseph was able to discharge the function effectively, and thus stored food in abundance during the season of plenty. The food was sold to the Egyptians and the entire world during the famine.
(ii)Leaders should be men of integrity,honesty and humility and they should always be ready to serve.
(ii)Christian should Always humble themselves and be at peace with everybody because they do not know who God will use to bless them.
(iii)No human effort can stop one’s destiny once one trusts and serve God diligently
(Pick Any Three)
(i) In times of sickness/stress or difficult, etc. (Petition/Supplication Prayer).
(ii) When people sin against God, they pray to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness (Confessional prayer).
(iii) To dedicate or commit oneself to God as a new being (Dedication prayer).
(iv) To bless or consecrate an object/building, vestment, etc.
(v) To seek God’s counsel or favours in making important decisions, e.g. examinations, interviews, etc.
(vi) To obtain protection against evil/the devil.
(vii) The desire for spiritual growth.
(viii) To intercede for loved ones going through affliction (Intercessory prayers).
(ix) For adoration/appreciation or thanksgiving to God for His mercies (Thanksgiving prayer).
(x) When led by the Holy Spirit/fellowship of believers.
The early church included Jews born and bred in Palestine. It also included those Jews born and bred in other nations such as Greece. Possibly there were non-Jewish members too.
The Apostles engaged in evangelism and the number of believers increased considerably. They lived a communal life involving the distribution of needed items among the members.
At a point, the Greek members of the church complained that those who served the tables were discriminating against their widows in the distribution of the items.
When this matter got into the ears of the Apostles, they called the members together and told them it was not proper that they leave the work of preaching the gospel to serve tables. So the people should select from among themselves seven people to serve the tables. The people to be chosen must be men of repute, and be full of the spirit and wisdom.
In the end, seven men of repute were chosen. They included Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolaus. The seven were presented to the Apostles who prayed and laid their hands on them.
The main duty of the seven deacons were to serve tables to stop discrimnaton.
(i) It can lead to loss of selfworth or self-esteem
(ii) It leads to inability to employ or choose the right people for a particular office or position
(iii) It leads to wrong decision-making
There are certain conditions that will make a Christian prayers effective, and answerable. Some of them are:
(i)Faith : Faith is defined in Hebrews 11.1 as, ‘The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’ It is an absolute trust in God and in His power. James advised that while we are addressing our problems to God, we should ask in faith, without doubt.
(ii)Righteousness: This means purity of heart. For our prayers to be effective, we must endeavour to abstain from sin. However, James, having known the moral weakness of man, advised that in order to place ourselves and our prayers at an acceptable status before God, we should confess our sins to one another. We should also show remorse and ask for forgiveness. The prayer of a righteous man has great effect and power.
(iii)Fervency: For our prayers to be effec tive, we must pray with con centration, seriousness and sincerity. A good example was the prayer of Elijah. He prayed fervently to God that it might not rain. For three years and six months, it did not rain on earth. When he prayed again, heaven sent rain.
(iv)Perseverance: Praying persistently with steady effort, and trusting God is necessary for fruitfulness in our prayer life
(v)Patience: This is built on the belief that God’s time is the best. It in volves praying and trusting God, and allowing Him to have His way.
(vi)Humility: It means lowliness of heart and absence of self-exaltation. For our prayers to be effective, we must show total surrender and submission to God.
(Choose Any Four)