When I started studying the Bible, I kept coming across passages that were unexpected or interesting for one reason or another. I discovered that a lot of well-known Bible passages and stories are actually misquoted.
This quiz is not really meant to be a test of your Bible knowledge, it is just a fun way of highlighting some of these unexpected or interesting passages. Some of the answers may surprise you!
It is my prayer that in some way these interesting Bible passages will serve to stimulate within your spirit a hunger and a thirst for the Word of God which will help you grow and mature in your walk with Christ.
Bible Quiz Questions
Q: In the six days during which God created everything, each day had an evening and a morning. Therefore, on which day did God create the sun?
A: Although there were evenings and mornings from the very first day (Genesis 1:5,8,13), the sun wasn't created until the fourth day.
"And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--
the greater light to govern the day
and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning--
the fourth day."
Q: What did Eve eat, which she was commanded not to?
A: We have always heard that Eve ate an apple. However, the Bible says that Eve ate the "fruit of the tree" (Genesis 3:3,6,12). The name of the fruit is never identified. Since it was the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and not the fruit of an apple tree, it was probably
"When the woman saw that
the fruit of the tree
was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." (Genesis 3:6)
Q: How did the serpent move around in the Garden of Eden?
A: The Bible doesn't say how the serpent moved around, but apparently it walked on legs because it was only
sin entered the world that God caused the serpent to crawl on its belly.
"Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
So the LORD God said to the serpent,
"Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust all the days of your life.""" (Genesis 3:13-14)
Q: God created Adam and Eve, and Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-2). Then Cain's wife gave birth to Enoch (Genesis 4:17). Where did Cain's wife come from?
A: Some people say that God probably made other people after He made Adam and Eve. However, Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of
the living. Since Eve was the mother of
people, God did not create other humans anywhere else on earth. That leaves only two possibilities: Cain's wife was either his sister or else she was some other descendant of Adam and Eve.
"Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of
the living." (Genesis 3:20)
Q: Who is the first tailor mentioned in the Bible?
"The LORD God made garments of skin
for Adam and his wife and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21)
Q: After they sinned, for what specific reason were Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden?
A: Adam and Eve were not banished from the Garden of Eden simply because they disobeyed God, they were banished so that they would not be able to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life and live forever.
"And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.
He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
So the LORD God
him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken." (Genesis 3:22-23)
Q: What were the names of Adam and Eve's children?
A: Most people know that Cain and Abel were Adam and Eve's children, but Adam and Eve also had a son named Seth plus other sons and daughters.
"Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him
saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him."" (Genesis 4:25)
"After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had
other sons and daughters."
Q: How many of each animal did Noah and his family take on the ark?
A: Although the obvious answer is that Noah took two of every animal onto the ark, that is not the correct answer. It appears that Noah actually took
pairs of every clean animal and every kind of bird, and
pairs of every unclean animal.
"The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you
of every kind of clean animal,
a male and its mate,
of every kind of unclean animal,
a male and its mate,
of every kind of bird,
male and female,
to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth."" (Genesis 7:1-3)
Q: How did Noah and his family herd all those animals onto the ark from all over the world?
A: Noah didn't have to herd the animals! Noah and his family entered the ark first, then the animals followed.
"And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female,
came to Noah and entered the ark,
as God had commanded Noah." (Genesis 7:7-9)
Q: Where did Noah get the meat to feed the lions, tigers, etc., on the ark?
A: There were
meat-eating animals on the ark because every person and animal who lived before the Flood was a vegetarian!
"Then God said, "I give you
every seed-bearing plant
on the face of the whole earth and
that has fruit with seed in it.
They will be yours for food.
the beasts of the earth and
the birds of the air and
the creatures that move on the ground--
that has the breath of life in it--
I give every green plant for food."
And it was so." (Genesis 1:29-30)
After the Second Coming, when Jesus will reign on earth for 1000 years, animals will once again be vegetarian and there will be no more predators or poisonous creatures:
[After the Flood] "Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.
Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.""
"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest." (Isaiah 11:6-8)
Q: Upon how many tablets of stone did God write the Ten Commandments?
A: Four! God originally wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone, but when Moses returned from Mount Sinai and saw that the Israelites were worshiping an idol in the shape of a golden calf, he threw the tablets onto the ground, breaking them into pieces. Later, God told Moses to chisel out two more tablets, and then God inscribed the Ten Commandments onto them. Whenever we see an artist's drawing of these tablets of stone, there are usually five commandments on the face of one tablet and the other five on the face of the second tablet. In reality, however, the tablets were inscribed on
sides, front and back.
"Moses turned and went down the mountain with the
of the Testimony in his hands.
They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.
The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets." (Exodus 32:15-16)
"When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned
he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain."
"The LORD said to Moses,
"Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke."" (Exodus 34:1)
Q: Joseph had a coat of many _____?
A: Although it is usually known as "a coat of many colors," it can also be translated as "a coat with pieces," "a long robe with sleeves" (RSV), or "a richly ornamented robe" (NIV).
"Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made
a richly ornamented robe
for him." (Genesis 37:3)
Q: Who cut off Samson's hair? Why did that take away his strength?
A: Although we always hear that Delilah cut off Samson's hair, it wasn't actually Delilah who did it. In reality, she summoned a man to do it for her (Judges 16:19).
Before Samson was born, God commanded that no razor may be used on Samson's head because he was to be set apart as a Nazirite (see Numbers 6:1-21 for the vows of a Nazirite). The long hair was a symbol of his being set apart to God, and when his hair was cut off, God left him (Judges 16:19-20).
"So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite
set apart to God
If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me,
and I would become as weak as any other man." ... Having put him to sleep on her lap,
she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair,
and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that
the LORD had left him."
(Judges 16:17, 19-20)
Q: Is the concept of "Guardian Angels" Biblical?
A: There are a number of passages in the Bible that seem to refer to some kind of guardian angels (see Exodus 23:20, Psalms 34:7, 91:11, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 18:10, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:10, Acts 12:15, and Hebrews 1:14, for example). The NIV Study Bible says that these are not individual "guardian angels," but rather they are guardians for God's people in general.
"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that
their angels in heaven
always see the face of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)
Q: The prophet Isaiah foretold: "And a little child shall lead them." Who is the little child?
A: The little child is not the baby Jesus as many people assume. This verse is part of a section in Isaiah which describes a time of peace (after the Second Coming) when wild beasts will be tame enough to be led by a little child (Isaiah 11:6). Also see Isaiah 2:2-4, 35:9, 65:17-25, Ezekiel 34:25-29.
"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest." (Isaiah 11:6-8)
Q: People have sworn oaths invoking God's name (as in Deuteronomy 10:20 and Joshua 2:12, for example), but who would God swear by?
A: God swears by Himself, of course!
"When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by,
he swore by himself"
Q: What does a cherub look like?
A: Cherubs (or cherubim) are not cute, pudgy, rosy-cheeked babies with tiny wings and harps. They are formidable winged creatures with 4 faces (Psalms 18:10, Ezekiel 1:4-24, 10:1-22, Revelation 4:6-8).
"the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the LORD was upon him. I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings, and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. ... When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings." (Ezekiel 1:3-10, 24)
"These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were
Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like the hands of a man." (Ezekiel 10:20-21)
Q: Complete the sentence (read it carefully): "Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into ______."
A: The quote in this question is the opposite of the well-known passage, "they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks," which is found in Isaiah 2:4. However, this is not a trick question because the reversed passage, "Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears," is also found in the Bible.
"Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears." (Joel 3:10)
Q: The heavenly realm is a peaceful, tranquil place - True or False?
A: The Bible contains many images of powers and warfare in the spiritual realm, so it is not always as peaceful and tranquil as we like to think! (Isaiah 24:21-22, Daniel 10:12-13 10:20-11:1, 12:1, Ephesians 1:10, 20-21, 3:10, 6:11-12, Luke 8:31, Jude 6, 9, Revelation 12:7-9, 20:1-3).
For example, Daniel 10:4-11:1 tells of an angel trying to reach Daniel to answer his prayers, but being resisted by "the prince of the Persian kingdom." The NIV Study Bible says that this "prince" was apparently a demon who was influencing the Persian kingdom. Notice how the word "prince" is also used elsewhere in connection with spiritual beings (1 Kings 22:19-23, Daniel 10:13, 20-21, 12:1, Ezekiel 37:25, Matthew 9:34, 12:24, Luke 11:15, John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).
"And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." (Revelation 12:7-9)
For more information, I invite you to see my article called
An Introduction to Spiritual Warfare.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12)
Q: In what year was Jesus born?
A: Jesus was not born in the year 0 A.D. or 1 A.D. as one might think. He was born during the reign of King Herod (Matthew 2:1), who died in 4 B.C., so most scholars believe Jesus was born sometime between 7 B.C. and 4 B.C. (even though B.C. stands for "Before Christ").
Q: How many Wise Men visited the baby Jesus?
A: Nowhere does the Bible say that there were three Wise Men. The number of Wise Men is not specified, but there are three gifts mentioned in the Nativity scenes in the Gospels, leading some people to make the assumption that there were three Wise Men.
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem ... Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. ... On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of
(Matthew 2:1, 7, 11)
Q: Where did the Wise Men visit the baby Jesus?
A: Contrary to tradition, the Wise Men did not visit the baby Jesus in the stable, but in a house (Matthew 2:11). The Greek word for "manger" (Luke 2:12, 16) is
meaning a manger at which cattle are fed. This would only be found in something like a stable, which is where Jesus was born. However, the Wise Men visited the baby Jesus in an
(Matthew 2:11), meaning an actual house (this is the same Greek word that is used in Matthew 7:24-27 and 8:6, for example). In fact, Jesus might have been as much as two years old by this time because King Herod gave orders to kill all boys aged two and under "in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi" (Matthew 2:16).
"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
which is found in a stable, not in a house]. ... So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." (Luke 2:12,16)
"On coming to the
which is an actual house and not a stable], they [the Wise Men] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh." (Matthew 2:11)
Q: How many people did Jesus feed with the five loaves and two fish?
A: Jesus did not feed five thousand people with the five loaves and two fish as most people assume. There were about five thousand
but there were also women and children as well (Matthew 14:21, Mark 6:44, Luke 9:14, John 6:10).
"And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about
five thousand men, besides women and children."
Q: The Virgin Mary had a sister. What was her name?
A: It appears that Mary's sister's name was Mary!
In a Greek/English Bible, John 19:25 is translated as: "And His mother, and
His mother's sister Mary,
the (wife) of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood by the cross of Jesus" (the word "wife" is usually in parentheses or italics because it is not in the original Greek).
According to a Greek dictionary of the New Testament, the word
(Greek for "and") is used to connect the different women. Since
is used three times, it implies that there are three different women who are being referred to in John 19:25:
His mother's sister Mary, the
Mary Magdalene stood by the cross of Jesus." (John 19:25, Pocket Interlinear New Testament)
The Greek dictionary therefore concludes that "and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas," (NIV translation) probably refers to just one person.
In the NIV Study Bible, the study note for Matthew 28:1 says that "the other Mary" is the
of the mother of Jesus and is the wife of Clopas.
The Greek/English Bible says that the name of Jesus' mother can more literally be translated as "Mariam" or "Miriam," which may explain how her sister could be named Mary.
Q: Where does the devil live?
A: The devil is usually thought of as living in and ruling from hell. However, the devil is actually "the prince of this world," "the god of this age," and "the ruler of the kingdom of the air," and the whole world is under his control (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2, 6:12, 1 John 4:4, 5:19). The devil does not rule hell (he has never been there), he is the prince of
world. But ultimately the devil will be thrown into hell to be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10).
"Now is the time for judgment on this world; now
the prince of this world
will be driven out." (John 12:31)
"We know that we are children of God, and that
the whole world is under the control of the evil one."
(1 John 5:19)
Q: Scientists say that the sun will eventually expand and become a red giant, engulfing and destroying the earth in the process. Will God allow the earth to be destroyed?
A: God Himself will cause heaven and earth to be destroyed. Then He will replace it with a new heaven and a new earth, but without any sea (see Psalms 102:25-26, Isaiah 13:9-13, 24:1-6, 19-20, 51:6, 65:17, 66:22, Matthew 5:18, 24:35, Hebrews 1:10-12, 2 Peter 3:5-13, Revelation 6:12-14, 21:1).
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." (2 Peter 3:10-12)
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." (Revelation 21:1)
Q: Do angels really carry harps?
A: The Bible actually does describe people in heaven (although not angels) carrying and/or playing harps (Revelation 5:8, 14:1-3, 15:2).
"And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God" (Revelation 15:2)
Q: Who is Lucifer?
A: The word "Lucifer" only appears once in the King James Version (in Isaiah 14:12), and it does not appear at all in many of the other translations of the Bible. These other versions translate the first part of this passage as, "How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star." This passage in Isaiah is part of a taunt that the people of Israel will take up against the evil king of Babylon when the Lord delivers them, but Isaiah 14:12-15 is directed toward the devil, the power behind the evil king. For this reason, the KJV translates "morning star" as a name, "Lucifer." Angels are described as "stars" or "morning stars" elsewhere in the Bible as well (Job 38:7, Revelation 9:1-2, 20:1, 22:16).
"How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!" (Isaiah 14:12)
Q: In which book of the Bible can we find the expression, "The Lord helps those who help themselves"?
A: This popular "Christian" expression is not in the Bible.
Q: Where will believers spend eternity with God?
A: The Bible says that God will make His permanent dwelling on earth, not in heaven! (Ezekiel 37:24-28, 43:7, 9, Revelation 21:2-3, 22-27)
"'My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children will
live there forever,
and David my servant will be their prince
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and
I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them;
I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy,
when my sanctuary is among them forever.'"
"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.
They will be his people, and
God himself will be with them
and be their God."" (Revelation 21:2-3)
Q: How old was Jesus when He began publicly announcing that He was the Messiah?
A: Jesus started His public ministry when He was about 30 (Luke 3:23). However, in the beginning of His ministry He did not publicly claim to be the Christ, and on a number of occasions He told people
to tell who He was! (Matthew 8:4, 9:30, 12:16, 13:11, 16:20, 17:9, Mark 1:24-25, 34, 43-44, 3:11-12, 4:10-12, 34, 5:43, 7:24, John 7:3-4, 10, 14:22).
"Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ." (Matthew 16:20)
Q: Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Can you recite the whole thing?
A: The Lord's Prayer (also called the Model Prayer) as given in Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV translation) is: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." The rest of the Lord's Prayer as we know it ("For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.") only appears in some late manuscript copies of the Scriptures, but not in any of the older manuscripts.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"" (Matthew 6:9-13)
Q: Were people afflicted by actual demons in the Gospel accounts, or were they simply suffering from some type of physical or mental illness?
A: Although many people feel that the demonizations mentioned in the Gospels were simply superstitious descriptions of various kinds of physical diseases or mental illnesses, the authors of the Bible, and Jesus Himself, made a definite distinction between demons and diseases (Matthew 10:1, 8, 12:43-45, Mark 1:23-27, 32-34, 3:11, 6:13, 7:29, 16:9, Luke 4:33-36, 8:2, 11:17-20, 24-26, 1 Timothy 4:1, James 2:19). In fact, demons are called the devil's angels (Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6, Revelation 12:7-9). Notice that Jesus sent the legion of demons from the possessed man into the herd of pigs at the demons' request (Mark 5:2-13, Luke 8:27-33), which means that this could not have been simply a mental illness.
"He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness." (Matthew 10:1)
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'" (Matthew 25:41)
"The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned." (Mark 5:12-13)
Q: What does the Bible say about reincarnation?
A: According to the Bible, there is no such thing as reincarnation because "man is destined to die
and after that to face judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). Those who are not saved will then suffer the "second death" (Jude 12, Revelation 2:11, 20:6, 14, 21:8).
"Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)
Q: Who will eventually rule over the earth and over the angels?
A: Jesus will rule over the earth and the angels, and all Christians will rule with Him! (Jeremiah 30:9, Ezekiel 37:24, Daniel 7:18, 27, Matthew 5:3, 25:31, 1 Corinthians 6:1, 2 Timothy 2:11, Revelation 2:26, 3:21, 5:9, 20:4-6, and possibly also Isaiah 32:1, John 14:2, Jude 14).
"Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6)
Q: Did Moses ever set foot in the Promised Land?
A: Most students of the Bible know that God did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land because Moses had disobeyed God (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). However, Moses
set foot in the Promised Land when he appeared with Elijah at Jesus' transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-3).
"Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land--from Gilead to Dan, ... Then the LORD said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes,
but you will not cross over into it.""
(Deuteronomy 34:1, 4)
"After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them
and Elijah, talking with Jesus." (Matthew 17:1-3)
Q: According to the Bible, we can all trace our ancestry back to a common pair of ancestors. Who are they?
A: The obvious answer is Adam and Eve, but we can all trace our ancestry back to Noah and his wife as our common ancestors as well.
"Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. ... Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth."" (Genesis 8:15-16, 9:1)
Q: What was Jesus' favorite title for Himself?
A: Jesus' most common title for Himself was "Son of Man," which He used 81
times in the Gospels and which no-one else used. It probably comes from Daniel 7:13-14 (which is quoted by John in Revelation 1:13), in which the Son of Man is seen as a heavenly figure who is entrusted by God with authority, glory, and sovereignty.
"Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."" (Matthew 9:4-6)
Q: Fill in the blanks: "The _____ shall lie down with the _____"
a. ox, zebra
b. lion, lamb
c. cow, bear
d. leopard, goat
A: Although Isaiah 11:6 is usually quoted as, "The lion shall lie down with the lamb," the correct answer is d (leopard, goat)!
"The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." (Isaiah 11:6)
Q: What law did Pontius Pilate decide Jesus was guilty of breaking, which caused Jesus to be sentenced to death?
A: Pontius Pilate could find no basis for a charge against Jesus. It was the Jews who wanted Jesus killed, but they did not have the authority (John 18:28-31). They went to Pontius Pilate, who was the Roman governor of Judea from 26 A.D. to 36, and although he said he could find no basis for executing Jesus, he gave in to the Jews' demands (Matthew 27:22-26, Mark 15:12-15, Luke 23:4, 14-16, 22-25, John 18:38, 19:4, 6,12-16).
""What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said,
"I find no basis for a charge against him."
... Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that
I find no basis for a charge against him."
... As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me,
I find no basis for a charge against him."
... From then on,
Pilate tried to set Jesus free
Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified."
(John 18:38, 19:4, 6, 12, 16)
Q: How far back does the New Testament trace Jesus' ancestry?
A: The New Testament traces His ancestry all the way back to Adam, of course!
"Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, ... the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God." (Luke 3:23, 38)
Q: Since God is omnipotent, is there anything He cannot do?
A: Yes! God cannot lie, God cannot be tempted by evil, etc.
"God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which
it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged." (Hebrews 6:18)
"When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For
God cannot be tempted by evil,
nor does he tempt anyone;" (James 1:13)
Q: Since God is omnipotent, can He make a rock so big that even He can't move it?
A: No. Everything is under His control and therefore He cannot make a
rock so big that He would not be able to move it.
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by
the power that enables him to bring everything under his control,
will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Philippians 3:20-21)
Q: What did the prophet Hosea have to do in order to prove a point to Israel?
A: God told Hosea to take as a wife an adulterous woman, whom many believe was a prostitute. Then Hosea had to name their children with Jewish phrases that would be a constant reminder to Israel of its shame before the Lord.
"When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel." Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them--not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God." After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the LORD said, "Call him Lo-Ammi, for you are not my people, and I am not your God."" (Hosea 1:2-9)
Q: What did the prophet Ezekiel have to do in order to prove a point to Israel and Judah?
A: God told Ezekiel to draw the city of Jerusalem on a clay tablet and then to "lay siege" to the picture of Jerusalem. Then he had to lie on his left side for over a year all tied up in ropes. Then he had to lie on his right side for almost a month and a half.
"Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her. I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege." (Ezekiel 4:1-8)
Q: What did the prophet Isaiah have to do in order to prove a point to Egypt and Cush?
A: God told Isaiah to spend three years going around naked!
"Then the LORD said, "Just as my servant Isaiah
has gone stripped and barefoot for three years,
as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared--to Egypt's shame." (Isaiah 20:3-4)
Q: Who parted the waters of the Jordan River so that the Israelites could cross it on dry ground?
A: The natural response might be that Moses parted the waters, but Moses parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:15-15:5). It was Joshua's priests carrying the ark of the covenant who parted the Jordan River at the command of God.
"Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. ... That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses. Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan." So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan." And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before." (Joshua 3:15-17, 4:14-18)
Interestingly, both Elijah and Elisha also parted the waters of the Jordan by the power of God:
"Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground." (2 Kings 2:7-8)
"Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over." (2 Kings 2:12-14)