God makes demands on his people and, often through spiritual leaders, confronts believers with their sin. He also calls to account false gods and those who exalt themselves against him. The wicked vainly challenge God by questioning his authority, seeking to resist his power and opposing his people.
God’s challenge to his people
Challenging one another’s sin
Examples of leaders who challenged the sins of others 2Sa 12:1-7 The prophet Nathan challenges David; 2Ch 26:18 Azariah the priest challenges Uzziah; Eze 16:2 Ezekiel was called to confront Jerusalem; Hos 2:2 Hosea challenges the unfaithfulness of Israel; Ac 5:3-4 Peter confronts Ananias; Gal 2:11-14 Paul challenges Peter.
God’s sovereignty is unchallengeable
God’s challenge to the wicked
Challenges to God and his people
To God Isa 14:13-14; Ac 4:26-27 See also Ps 2:2; Ge 3:4-5 The serpent challenges God’s word; Isa 5:19 Isaiah’s opponents challenge God to do what he has announced. The challenge of the antichrist: Da 11:36; 2Th 2:4; Rev 13:5-6
Mt 4:1 pp Mk 1:12-13 pp Lk 4:1-2 Jesus Christ is tempted by the devil; Mt 16:22 Jesus Christ is challenged by Peter; Jn 8:13 the Pharisees challenge Jesus Christ
Further examples of challenges
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