“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
- Matthew 7:21-23
I used Herbert Lockyer’s All the Men of the Bible as a reference for inspiration on this quiz. Somewhere in the house, we have a companion book for the women, but I cannot find it. I may have to do those quizzes the hard way.
As for the Scripture above, Jesus is saying that not everyone saying “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of Heaven. Likewise, not everyone mentioned in the Bible will enter the kingdom of Heaven. I am not saying that some that are referenced in the questions below are not going to Heaven, but many definitely had some baggage that they were carrying.
Each answer is a person’s name that begins with the same letter as the lettered question. “Kish” might be the answer to the “K” question, but it’s not. There were five men named “Kish” in the Bible, one being the father of King Saul, but again, Kish is not the “K” answer.
- K) This name means “baldness.” There are five men by this name in the Bible, but we will focus on two of them. One was a grandson of Levi while the other was a great-grandson of Levi. 1) Who led a rebellion against Moses, allied with Dathan and Abiram, although he was considered the leader with the rebellion named after him? 2) Not known for his own merit, who was a grandson of Kohath, and known for being a relative of some sanctuary musicians that wrote music?
- L) This name means “white or glorious.” Who had two daughters and tricked one man into marrying both of them in exchange for servitude? The two men spent fourteen years trying to cheat each other. The beautiful Mizpah benediction is a sworn oath between the two, father-in-law and son-in-law, never to cross paths again, but as a church service benediction, an entirely different meaning comes forth.
- M) This name could mean “causing forgetfulness.” There were three of these in the Old Testament, two significant. We will look at both of the significant ones. 1) Who was one of the most detestable, evil kings of Judah, the son of good king Hezekiah, who sacrificed children in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, yet late in life repented? 2) Who was the elder son of Joseph given the lesser blessing by Israel when Israel switched his hands during the blessing?
- N) This name means “prominence.” Who was killed by a queen because he was very good at what he did, having the finest vineyard in the land?
- O) This name could mean “strong or pain.” Who was Judah’s second son who refused to impregnate Tamar, losing his life as a result?
- P) This name could mean “little.” Who was known earlier in life by a different name starting with the letter “S” and who met with the risen Savior, face to face? Oh? There are two of those men who are better known by their “P” name? Okay, who also raised someone from the dead? Oops, they both did that too?!?! Okay, who broke off his partnership with Barnabas, because he wanted to distance himself from John Mark, just to later forgive John Mark and call for John Mark’s helpful assistance?
- Q) This name could mean “the fourth.” Who is the only “Q” man’s name in the Bible? Oh? You want more? Okay, all we know about him is that at the end of the book of Romans. Paul talks about the hospitality of Gaius and that Erastus and this man, considered a “brother,” send their greetings. Sorry, that is all that there is. Hint: You might think of “us” wanting a bottle of milk…
- R) This name means “freer of the people or the people is enlarged.” Who scorned good advice, leading to a rebellion and division among kinfolk? His father was Solomon and his mother was an Ammonite.
- S) This name could mean “distinguished, strong, or sun man.” Who was a judge who killed Philistines using an odd weapon? Wait!! Not again!?!? More than one with that description? I hate it when that happens! And twice in one quiz!! Okay, this judge with an “S” name used the jawbone of a donkey or ass, depending upon translation, and he was a Nazarite.
- T) This name could mean “loved by God, lover of God, or friend of God.” Who is the first person mentioned by name in two different books of the New Testament and not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible, including those two books? Hint: One of the books is one of the Gospels.
The Bible References:
I will now give the Bible references for each of these questions, at least one for each question, if you needed to look them up, but also to provide a break between the questions and the answers.
- K) 1. Numbers 16 and 2. Psalms 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, 87, and 88. They must have liked maskils, as four of the eleven Psalms are maskils.
- L) Genesis 24:29; 29:1 – 31:55. The benediction is in Genesis 31:49.
- M) 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; Genesis 48.
- N) 1 Kings 21
- O) Genesis 38:1-9
- P) Acts 9, Acts 20:7-12, Acts 15:36-41, 2 Timothy 4:11
- Q) Romans 16:23
- R) 1 Kings 12:1-24
- S) Judges 13-16 – Shamgar is mentioned in Judges 3:31 and he used an ox-goad.
- T) Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1
Genesis 38 is one of those chapters that would be rated higher than “G”, possibly much higher, even “X”. So, as I say this, realize that this is an adult discussion. The “O” answer has often been nicknamed in connection with masturbation, as being “O***’s Sin.” But the sexual act is not masturbation at all. He debased Tamar by sleeping with her, but he would not allow his “seed” to impregnate her. His real “sin” was in being greedy. If Tamar never had any children, then the lion share of the inheritance would pass to him.
- 1. Korah and 2. Korah, as in Sons of Korah
- Quartus – Did it take the milk clue?
While Jesus renamed Simon to be “Peter,” it is said that Saul of Tarsus, being a Roman citizen, had a Roman name, Paulus. Since Paul was the great apostle to the Gentiles, going by his Roman name made more sense than going by his more regal Jewish name, Saul.
Treat yourself to a bit of a video for doing such a good job. Since one of our past videos was Boney M singing about Psalm 137, let’s listen to a much different recording of the Psalm. Although the Sons of Korah did not write the following Psalms, let’s listen to the modern “Sons of Korah” do their versions of Psalm 137 and 95.
And if you want to see a very good movie, here is the trailer for Paul, Apostle of Christ.
If you did not do well on the quiz, excluding Quartus, just consider that you are still better off than a certain Norwegian Blue Parrot…
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.