A Serious Look at Biblical Trees (#62) – Psalm 1;1-6

God’s saints are never depicted as trees (I didn’t know that; sure there are; what did you say?). Balaam spoke of Israel as (cedar; crab apple; lign aloes; oak) trees? Num. 24: 6 – cedar & aloes When God speaks of the “blessed man” as “like a tree,” He refers to (the source of its nourishment; the importance of its shade; the health of its leaves; the value of its fruit)? Shade? Ps. 1 David referred to himself as (a mighty oak tree; a green olive tree; totally dependent upon the Lord; a yellow bird sitting in a lemon tree)? Ps. 52:8 – I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust mercy Under the blessing of the Lord, the righteous shall flourish like (a dogwood tree; a locust sucker; palm tree; a cedar in Lebanon)? Ps. 92:12 – Righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar Where is the most likely place for the saintly tree of God to flourish (by the rivers of waters; in the house of the Lord; in the courts of our God; in Heaven next to the Tree of Life)? Ps. 92:13 – House, courts The Spirit of the Lord was upon Christ so that, among other things (the Tree of Life might be made available to His elect; the effect of eating the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil might be overcome; the saints might be called trees of righteousness; He might know what to do to save us)? Isa. 61:1-3 Jeremiah. 17:8 suggests that (the Holy Spirit inspired Jeremiah’s...

Satan (#61) – Romans 16:20

Satan’s Names and Titles: Which comes closest to the number of Satan’s names and titles (1; 2; 3; 4) dozen? About two dozen The most common of Satan’s names or titles is (Satan; Lucifer; Devil; Apollyon)? Satan – 50+ times How often is that name mentioned in the Old Testament (a dozen; less than a dozen; more than a dozen; fifty times)? The name “Satan” is not found in the Old Testament The meaning of that name is (evil one; dragon; slanderer; adversary)? Adversary The second most common of Satan’s names is (Satan; Lucifer; Devil; Beelzebub)? Devil – about 35x How often is that name mentioned of him in the Old Testament (a dozen; less than a dozen; more than a dozen; fifty times)? The title “the Devil” is not found in the Old Testament applied to Satan The meaning of that title is (evil one, dragon; slanderer; adversary)? Slanderer The evil nature of these two names are most often directed at (God; saints; lambs; insects)? God What scripture speaks of Satan’s title which relates to the atmosphere (Heb 2:14; Eph 2:2; Rev 20:10; Matt. 13:38)? Eph 2:2 – the prince of the power of the air What scripture speaks of Satan’s title which relates to the world (Eph. 2:2; II Cor. 4:4; Romans 6:6; John 12:31)? II Cor. 4:4 – God of this world; John 12:31 – Prince of this world The Greek word translated “world” in one of those verses is “kosmos” & in the other “aion” – together they teach that Satan is the god of (air & water; heaven & hell; righteous & wicked; creation...

Rivers in the Bible (#59) – Revelation 22:1-5

Biblical Rivers: How important is water to life on earth (not important at all as long as there is coffee and cola to drink; essential; it’s important if you’re a fish or an alligator; it would be hard to shower without it). Essential Could the Creator have sustained Adam and Eve without water if that was His will (no, because living things need water; of course He could). Certainly Did God sustain Adam and Eve without water? He apparently supplied water – Gen. 2:10 Generally speaking what is the source of today’s rivers (lakes; rains; springs; mountains)? Any of these What scripture tells us that God created the mountains (Gen.1; Gen. 2; Job 14; Ps 90)? Ps. 90:2 ???? Were there mountains surrounding Eden in Genesis 1 and 2 (of course; no; iduhno; maybe not)? ???? What was the name of the river in Eden (Eden; Aden; Arnon; the river of no return)? We aren’t told Which is more likely today (three rivers join to become one; a river flows up a mountain; one river divides to become three; a river decreases in volume as it proceeds to the ocean)? Rivers join together What is strange about the river of Eden (its source; it had no name; its water was rose colored; how it flowed and divided)? It flowed out of Eden and divided into four other rivers The river which flowed out of Eden separated into (two; three; four; five) smaller rivers? Smaller??? four The only name of those rivers which we find on maps today is (Nile; Ethiopia; Euphrates; Mississippi)? Eu What does that mean – (they...

Questions about Questions (#58) – Acts 16:32

General questions about Biblical questions: When the Son of God asked people questions, it was because (He needed information; He was confused; He didn’t know which road to take; He was trying to draw something out of people)? He had a special purpose Christ sometimes had questions (for the Holy Spirit; the disciples; unbelievers; Google)? Others When Jesus, as a lad, questioned the “doctors,” (He had medical issues; He had theological issues; He was drawing those men into consideration of their doctrines; He was out of place)? ???? The “doctors” of Luke 2 were (medical men; teachers; PhD’s; tenured professors in the Jerusalem Theological Seminary)? didaskalos – “teachers” In the Bible that Greek word is most often applied to (rabbis; Jesus; the Pharisees; the scribes)? Christ “Master”- 40x In your opinion, when the word “question” is used in the New Testament, it is mostly (positive; negative; neutral; glorious)? Negative???? In the Old Testament the word “questions” usually applies to (legal inquiries; political probes; riddles; puzzles)? Riddles – puzzles What is the first Biblical use of the word “questions” (Moses first meeting God; Noah receiving directions for building the ark; Bezaleel trying to figure out the Tabernacle; Solomon and the Queen of Sheba)? I K 10 Can there be any benefit to considering the questions which are found in the Bible? Absolutely It is said that there are between (100 & 300; 300 & 500; 1,000 & 3,000; 3,200 & 3,400) questions in the Bible)? 3,300???? Old Testament questions: What was the first recorded question asked by God (What doest thou here Elijah? What doest thou here Satan? Where art...

Resurrection (#57) – I Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Doctrine of Resurrection: What would you say is the greatest chapter of the Bible when it comes to the doctrine of resurrection (I Cor. 15; II Cor. 4; I Thess. 4; Jn. 6; Jn. 11). They all could be – Jn. 6:40; 11:25; II Cor. 4:14 What doctrine would you say is most closely linked with your hope of the resurrection (creation; the eternality of the soul; Christ’s resurrection; the veracity of God)? All of them are linked to resurrection What does creation teach us about resurrection (nothing, because it was so long ago; since Adam was raised from death, we may be as well; Jehovah is the source of life; where there is no sin there is eternal life)? He who breathed life into the empty body of Adam, can breathe life into a dead body What does the holiness of God teach us about resurrection (nothing, because no sinner can stand in the perfect holiness of God; if God promised something then it is assured; resurrected bodies will shine as the firmament; resurrected bodies will be as holy as Jehovah Himself)? In hope of eternal life, which God… What does the love of God teach us about resurrection (nothing in and of itself; resurrected people are especially loved by God; every human being will be resurrected; because the Father loves the Son and the Son is so full of love, all humanity will be resurrected)? What does Christ’s resurrection teach about human resurrection (nothing, because He is special; nothing, because we are sinful; those who are “in Christ” should expect to be resurrected some day; resurrection...

Prophets (#55) – Numbers 11:29

Biblical Prophets: The primary Hebrew word translated “prophet” literally refers to a (prognosticator; seer; spokesman; visionary)? “Nabi” – spokesman The Greek word translated “prophet” refers to a (soothsayer; oracle; seer; spokesman)? Spokesman The English word “prophet” is a (transliteration; a translation from Greek; a translation from Latin; a translation from Egyptian)? Transliteration of “prophetes” The name of Spokane’s newspaper could be (the Coeur d’Alene Press; the Inlander; the Spokesman Review; the Prophet and Historian)? A prophet might never (see Jehovah; understand what he prophesied; tell the future; get rich)? All of these A prophet might serve (Jehovah; himself; his human bosses; the Devil)? All of these If your pastor called himself “a prophet,” it would be (a mistake; the truth; a proud assumption; a Biblical revelation)? Could be any of these From before His crucifixion, which of the following has Christ placed from time to time in His churches (apostles; prophets; evangelists; teachers; pastors)? All of these – Eph. 4:11 In the Bible “the prophets” refers to (all of God’s servants; the apostles; a group of Old Testament books; the Pentateuch)? Luke 24:44 Old Testament Prophets: Who was God’s first “official” prophet (Adam; Noah; Enoch; Abraham)? Jude 14-15 – Enoch Noah was a prophet because he (built an ark; built an altar; worshiped Jehovah; declared the futures of his sons). Predicted the futures of his children – Gen. 9:24-27 Jacob was a prophet because he (predicted the futures of his sons; served God while in Egypt; inordinately loved his two youngest sons; died while in prayer)? Spoke for God, predicted the future – Gen. 48-49 Who in the days...

Bible Promises (#55) – II Corinthians 1:18-24

The Principles of God’s Promises: If the promises to Israel are true of all God’s promises, according to I Kings 8:56 they are (colorful; unfailing; from eternity past; buried in Christ)? Blessed be LORD…….. there hath not failed one word of all his good… According to Rom. 4:21, God’s promises are guaranteed by (His Name; Christ Jesus; His omnipotence; the federal government). Being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able to perform According to II Cor. 1:20, God’s promises are guaranteed by (His Name; Christ Jesus; His omnipotence; the FDIC). For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen, unto the glory of God by us According to II Pet. 1:4, God’s promises are (infinitely valuable; eternal; conditional upon our faith; conditional upon our good works). Whereby are given unto us exceeding great & precious promises According to Heb. 6:18, it is impossible for God (to guarantee His promises; make promises which He cannot keep; lie; console His people)? That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God Some of God’s promises (are unconditional; are conditional on things that God asks of us; have temporary benefits; have eternal benefits). All of these Since God is fully aware of our nature, He doesn’t require any of us fallen creatures to keep our promises. God always guarantees His promises with the words (I guarantee; I promise; verily, verily; you can take this to the bank)? God’s promises don’t require verbal guarantees Since God doesn’t secure His promises with His hand-shake, anything which we don’t guarantee with (the stamp of a...

Biblical Priests (#53) – I Peter 2:4-10

Biblical Priesthood: As generally understood a priest is someone who (wears religious clothing; officiates in religious duties; prays a lot; makes sacrifices)? Officiates in religion The word “priest” comes from (Hebrew; Latin; Greek; French)? From “presbyteros” – elder Is the modern priest a New Testament office? Is there sin in being a priest (not if we’re Jewish; not if we are Catholic; not if we don’t shed blood; not if we are Biblical)? Ye are a chosen generation, royal priesthood, holy nation, peculiar people; that ye should In what way should Christians be priests (wearing religious robes; offering up spiritual sacrifices; collecting tithes; forgiving people of their sins)? Ye also, as lively stones… to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable How common is it in the New Testament to consider the saints as priests (very; very very; little; never)? Old Testament priests: Who is the first person to be described as a priest (Noah; Adam; Nimrod; Melchizedek)? Gen 14:18 This mans was (the king of Sodom; the king of Salem; a type of Christ; the Son of God)? Last three In what way was he a priest (He wore religious robes; he took people’s tithes; he served Jehovah, asking intercession for others; He prayed)? He blessed Abram; received tithes as sacrifices to God, sacrif? The second person described as a priest in God’s word was (Abraham; Potipherah; Jethro; Reuel)? Potiph Was this man a true servant of Jehovah? No, showing that the office or title doesn’t mean much in itself After a few general references to groups of priests who was the next man to be called a priest in...

Precious Metals (#53) – Proverbs 25:11

Based upon what criteria was it said that Abram was very rich (land; gold; silver; cattle)? Last 3 – Gen. 13:2 Of what material were the ornaments which Abraham’s servant gave to Rebekah (platinum; brass; gold; silver)? Ge 24:22 – gold Because of Sarah, Abimelech gave (10; 100; 1,000; 10,000) pieces of silver to Abraham. Ge 20:16 -1000 Of what material was the chain that Pharaoh put around Joseph’s neck (iron; silver; gold; brass)? Ge 41:42 What were the women of Israel to borrow from their Egyptian neighbors just before the exodus (sugar; silver; gold; clothing)? Ex 3:22 – last three What was the common form of money when Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah (gold; copper; silver; federal reserve notes) Gen. 23:16 – silver In addition to idols of wood and stone, Israel was commanded to not make idols of (paper-mache; silver; gold; cup-cakes)? Ex 20:23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither …..gods of gold What was the price paid by the Ishmaelites for Joseph (20 pieces of silver; 10 gold shekels; a keg of frankincense; $19.36)? Gen. 37:28 – 20 silver For building the tabernacle, Israel was asked to give offerings of (gold; silver; brass; titanium)? Ex 25:3 All the furniture and instruments inside the tabernacle were to be overlaid with – or to be made entirely of – (gold; silver; brass; bronze)? Gold The male Israelites were to be redeemed with (blood; gold; five shekels of silver; green stamps)? Lev. 27:6 All the furniture and instruments used in the courtyard of the tabernacle were to be made of (gold; silver; brass; bronze)?...

Biblical Plots and Political Groups (#51) – Psalm 37:1-13

A “plot” might be (a small piece of ground; a plan; a conspiracy; a scheme)? Any of these In the Bible, the word “plot” is found (once; twice; thrice; quice)? Never In the Bible, the word “scheme” is found (once; twice; thrice; quintice)? Never The word “conspiracy” is found in (the Old Testament; New Testament)? Both The word “sunomosia” (soon-o-mos-ee’-ah) refers to (murder; mayhem; swearing together; “let’s crucify him)? Greek – swearing to an evil agreement The word “qesher” (keh’- sher) is translated (conspiracy; confederacy; treason; murder)? The first three Who conspired against Moses, with more than 250 men, because they thought he took much upon himself (Abiram, Dathan, Korah; Absalom)? First three – Numb. 16:1-3 The citizens of what city plotted to deceive Joshua and Israel, using disguises to mislead them (Hebron; Jebus; Gibeon; Gath)? Gibeon – Josh 9 Who conspired with the Philistines to capture Samson (Jezebel; Delilah; Manoah; Abimelech)? Jug. 16:4f Was it a conspiracy when Cain slew Abel (yes; no)? If not what was it? Who conspired to deceive Isaac (the Philistines; Jacob & Esau; Rebecca & Jacob; Rachel)? Rachel & Jac Who plotted to use 100 Philistines to kill the heir-apparent to the throne of Israel (Athaliah; Manasseh; Absalom; Saul)? Saul – I Sam 18 – David was permitted to marry Michal if he killed 100 Philistines Who plotted to revenge the assault on their sister (Jacob & Esau; Simeon & Levi; Isaac & Ishmael; Cain & Abel)? Gen. 34 Who, because of his hatred against one man, schemed to destroy the entire nation of Judah (Jeroboam; Haman; Ahab; Jezebel)? Est 3 – Haman...

Bible Paradoxes and Pastors (#49) – Matthew 16:25

Paradoxes: A “paradox” is (medical consulting team; an unanswerable conundrum; a resident of Paradise; a statement or proposition that, despite apparently sound reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory)? The last one Synonyms for “paradox” include (anomaly; absurdity; inconsistency; enigma)? All of these? Would you say that science (loves; fears; denies; accepts) paradoxes? ????????? Why aren’t we surprised to find paradoxes in the Bible – because (God is such a comedian; the Bible is a collection of myths; Jehovah is omnipotent; God is infinite)? God is infinite and all powerful Which of the following are not paradoxes (A Cretan says, “all Cretan are liars;” “Is the word ‘heterological,’ meaning ‘not applicable to itself,’ a heterological word?” “This sentence is false;” as Socrates said, “I know that I know nothing at all.” They all are Paradoxes which apply to Christ: Christ was the “Water of Life” but He (hungered; was eternal; thirsted; turned water into wine). Jn 19:24 Matthew 11 suggests that He was sometimes weary, but Christ is our (strength; rest; crutch; hope for eternal life)? 11:29 – come unto me and I will give you rest Christ is the King of Kings , but in Matthew 17 we see him (bowing to Herod; honoring Pilate; paying tribute; giving away His crown)? 17:27 – paying tribute or tax money Many times we read of Christ’s prayers (but we are taught to address God in Jesus’ name; that He hears our prayers; that He doesn’t really need to pray; that prayer is a waste of time)? Jesus wept, but (we are told...

Biblical Mountains and Music (#45) – Psalm 90:2

Biblical Mountains: Did God create the world as it is today – with (oceans; mountains; rivers; desserts)? ????? Were there any mountains when the flood began (yes; no; I don’t know; does it matter)? ???????? What is the likelihood that mountains were formed during the flood (yes; no; I don’t know; does it matter)? What is the first of all mountains (Everest; Rainier; Denali; Ararat)? First named is Ararat – Gen. 8:4 Was there snow on that mountain when Noah’s ark rested upon it (yes; no; I don’t know; does it matter)? Would you describe that mountain as (a plateau; a volcano; folded; a dome)? Extinct volcano Does that mountain type at the time of the flood surprise you ((yes; no; I don’t know; does it matter)? That mountain is located in (Iran; Iraq; Uzbekistan; Turkey)? Turkey/Iran How far over the top of the mountains did the Noaic flood waters reach (15 feet; 15 cubits; 15 metres; slightly less than 3 fathoms)? Gen. 7:20 15 c and fathoms = 6′ Who pitched his tent on a mountain east of Bethel (Noah; Lot; Abraham; Abram)? Gen. 12:8 Lot lived in the mountains after what event (his departure from Abraham; his departure from Zoar; the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; the flood)? Gen. 19:30 – Sodom and Zoar On what mountain is the place called “Jehovah-jireh found (Ararat; Sinai; Tabor; Moriah)? Ge 22 On what mountain did Laban overtake the fleeing Jacob (Moriah; Tabor; Gilead; Olives)? Ge 31:21 The land of Esau is often called (Mount Seir; Mount Moriah; Mount Gilead; Mount Esse)? Ge 36:8 Which of these is called “the...

Biblical Numbers (#46) – Psalm 40:5

The fourth book of the Decalogue is called “Numbers” – for what reason (it is the fourth number in the Hebrew mathematics; there are more numbers in that book than in any other; that is where we are told to “number our days;” the book begins with a census of the children of Israel)? It begins and ends with a census. In what book of the Bible are we told “so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Numbers, Psalms; Genesis; Proverbs)? Psalm 90:12 Since God’s wonderful works and His thoughts toward us are “many” and they can’t be reckoned up in order” is it a waste of time to “declare and speak of them” or try to number them (yes; no)? What benefit is there in trying to number the Lord’s blessings (it staves off Alzheimers disease; it is as good as counting sheep; it elevates the heart towards Heaven; it entices God to bless even more)? Many pastors and churches seem to be obsessed with numbers (offerings, attendance, baptisms); would you say that the Lord cares about numbers (yes; no; it all depends)? The fact that the hairs of our heads are numbered indicates (the importance of hair; God’s attention to detail; the hairs on our hands are unimportant; God is omniscient)? God knows all things, including numbs How many times in the Bible is the number one to be found (1-500 times; 500-750 times; 750-1,000 times; more than 1,000)? The word is found in 1,697 verses Which of these is the most important thing about the number one (me;...

A Serious Look at Bible Trivia (#44) – John 20:30-31

Miracles in General: The New Testament word “miracle” might come from either of two Greek words; one of those words “semeion” (say-mi’-on) literally refers to (sayings; the voice of God; signs; symbols)? Signs The second Greek word “dunamis” is most often translated (dune buggy; dummy; dynamite; power)? Commonly, a miracle is (a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws; something confusing; the work of a divine agency; the work of something supernatural)? In which part of the Bible are miracles found most often (the Old Testament; the New Testament; the Apocalypse; the Apocrypha)? ????????? The words “miracle” and “miracles” are found more often in the (the Old Testament; the New Testament; the Apocalypse; the Apocrypha)? New Testament Can men work miracles (yes; no; I don’t know)? Not really How is it that godly men appear to work miracles (their great faith; our great credulity; the power of Satan; the power of God)? Can Satan work miracles (yes; no; I don’t know)? In that he appears to break some laws of nature – yes Old Testament miracles: What was the miracle at Babel (babbling; water bubbling up in a desert place; instant confusion of languages; a tower reaching to heaven)? Gen. 11 Who was able to describe another man’s dream without hearing about it first (Isaiah; Joseph; Jeremiah; Daniel)? Daniel 2 Who was able to accurately interpret the dreams of three separate people, and who were those people (Isaiah; Joseph; Jeremiah; Daniel)? Gen. 40 & 41 Pharaoh, his butler and his baker Who miraculously blinded some Sodomites (Elijah; Elisha; Lot; angels)? Gen. 19:9-11 Who...

A Serious Look at Bible Trivia (#43) – Psalm 40:4

Missionaries and evangelists. How many times is the word “missionary” found in the Bible (4; 12 40; 316)? Never Therefore, we conclude that missionaries are (common; frequent; rare; absent) from the Bible? “Missionary” refers to (someone missing; someone on a mission; someone on a mission to do the work of Jehovah; someone searching for someone who is missing)? Are there missionaries in the Bible (yes; no; I don’t know)? Certainly Are there missionaries in the Old Testament (yes; no; I don’t know)? Certainly Is the word “evangelist” to be found in the Bible (yes; no; I don’t know)? Yes Who is described as the first “evangelist” (Paul; Peter; Philip; Timothy)? Philip – Acts 21:8 Who was told to do the work of an evangelist (Paul; Peter; Philip; Timothy)? II Tim. 4:5 The word “evangelist” means (bringer of good tidings; carrier of the evangelical religion; preacher of the gospel; spokesman)? Gospel/ good news The first missionary may have been (Adam; Able; Enoch; Noah)? Jude 1:14 Enoch, 7 from Adam, prophesied Which early missionary started preaching even before he got his huge pulpit (perhaps the largest in history) finished (Ezra; Hezekiah; Josiah; Noah)? II P 2:5 – preacher of righteousness Who was the great missionary to Assyria (Philip; Paul; Noah; Jonah)? Nineveh in Assyria Who was supposed to be God’s missionary to the world, but who proved to be reluctant or unworthy (Jonah; Paul; Israel; Elijah)? Israel Who was the missionary to Carmel (Elijah; Elisha; Enoch; Eli)? Elijah Who failed to be the kind of missionary to the Philistines that he should have been (Abraham; David; Samson; Isaac)? All of them...