Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
- Ephesians 6:4
This quiz is not about famous grandchildren in the Bible, but that would be an interesting quiz. No, when visiting my grandchildren in Tennessee, I asked them to tell me Bible stories – whatever they could think of. I know, Dangerous!!!
When I first asked, it was like a deer in the headlights, with all three grandchildren, 6 years old, 8 years old, and even the 12-year-old. Finally, the 12-year-old came up with the first story and what he thought was an interesting part of the story. Then our eight-year-old granddaughter came up with one. I think she has a competitive spirit. However, the talkative six-year-old kept saying, “I got one!” and then turned into a mute when I asked what he had. In the end, he may have come up with the best one – not the story, he went straight to the question, and maybe the best question about a Bible story.
|1||When Lot’s family escaped Sodom and Gomorrah, one family member disobeyed the angel and turned around to look at the city. Who was it and what happened?|
|2||What did the disciples think Jesus was when they saw Him walking on the water?|
|3||How many plagues dealt with something dying? This means directly as part of the action of the plague. All the plagues could kill something, directly or indirectly, but some dealt specifically with death.|
|4||What was the bread from Heaven that fed the Israelites as they traveled in the Wilderness called?|
|5||How many clean animals of each kind went onto Noah’s ark?|
|6||Who interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, leading to Egypt being prepared for the famine?|
|7||What did Adam and Eve physically do to deserve being kicked out of the Garden of Eden?|
|8||What did God tell Moses to do, resulting in the parting of the Red Sea?|
|9||What type of tree was full of leaves but no fruit, and after Jesus cursed the tree, it withered?|
|10||What animal talked to Balaam? This can be the NIV versus the KJV. When I mentioned that the KJV suggests something different than what our granddaughter said, the 12-year-old turned red.|
|11||When Jesus said that He was thirsty while on the cross, what was He given to drink and by what method?|
|12||And then our six-year-old grandson finally suggested something. What did Jesus say to do when we eat the bread like He did with His disciples? And they also drank wine, too.|
If you ask our grandchildren, they may say that I suggested the stories that they learned in sunny school, instead of Sunday school. When they laughed at my mispronunciation, I asked, “Do you not go to sunny school in the daytime, when it’s ‘sunny?!?!?’”
Most adults never go to Sunday school, even without COVID restrictions, other than the few volunteers that teach the children. There are so many Bible stories that will get skipped throughout most of the youth Sunday school classes. The stories of Tamar and Bathsheba are not “G” rated stories. The bad kings of Israel and Judah killing their firstborn sons in pagan rituals is not a pleasant story. What makes it worse is that the deep meaning of the common Bible stories, often the reason these stories are in the Bible in the first place, is not discussed in youth classes.
- The Story: Genesis 19, the Answer: Genesis 19:26
- The Story: Mark 6:45-56, the Answer: Mark 6:49
- The Story: Exodus 9:1-7, the Answer: Exodus 9:4 and also the Story: Exodus 11, the Answer: Exodus 11:5.
- The Story: Exodus 16, the Answer: Exodus 16:31
- The Story: Genesis 7, the Answer: Genesis 7:2
- The Story: Genesis 41;1-40, the Answer: Genesis 41:16
- The Story: Genesis 3, the Answer: Genesis 3:6-7
- The Story: Exodus 14, the Answer: Exodus 14:16
- The Story and Answer: Matthew 21:18-22
- The Story: Numbers 22:21-41, the Answer: Numbers 22:30
- The Story: John 19:28-30, the Answer: John 19:29
- The Story: Luke 22:7-38, the Answer: Luke 22:19 and Matthew 26:26
This was a great activity with the grandchildren on Christmas Eve. Oddly, the birth of Jesus was never mentioned, but I think it put all of us in the mood to celebrate the memory of Jesus coming the first time and anticipate His return again. Our daughter-in-law read the story from Luke 2 afterwards when they went to bed.
- Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. The legalists would focus on Lot’s wife not obeying. Some would focus on her lamenting the “good” life in sinful Sodom. Yet, for us, turning back once we follow Jesus can hamper the relationship, at least the growth in that relationship with Jesus.
- The disciples thought He was a ghost. When we do not have our thoughts on Jesus, even the sight of Jesus can cause us to think of other, earthly explanations.
- Two plagues dealt directly with death. The fifth plague dealt with the death of some of the livestock. The tenth plague dealt with the death of the firstborn of both livestock and human families. When the hail came down, there was death to many who were outdoors at the time, so that might be included. Of course, the hail and locust plagues dealt with the destruction of the crops. Judge your answer accordingly.
- Manna, which roughly means “What is it?!” (Exodus 16:15)
- Seven pairs, or 14 clean animals. Has anyone asked in Sunday school how they knew they were clean when Moses did not bring the law down from the mountain until 15 centuries or so after Noah? This points to the fact that we have no excuse of not knowing the “Law.”
- Actually God, but through Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob (Israel). Most would say that Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, but Joseph did not take the credit. But Joseph did accept the reward, along with the responsibility that went with the position. God wants those who do it, rather than those who “have the idea,” especially when the idea was planted in their minds by God in the first place.
- Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was the only slip from the grandchildren, calling it an apple. It might be an apple, but there is no specific “fruit” mentioned, probably a fruit unlike anything on earth today.
- Moses raised his staff and stretched out his arms.
- A fig tree.
- A Donkey, but in the KJV, it is an ass. In the modern definition, a donkey is a domesticated ass. Due to the lack of distinction in American English between ass and arse, the term donkey is most common in modern translations. After all, what the donkey says is that he had been in Balaam’s service for a long time, thus domesticated. Yet, saying that the KJV used a different animal name caused the redness on a pre-teen’s face without even mentioning the word.
- Wine vinegar or sour wine (in some translations) soaked into a sponge and raised to his lips using a staff from a hyssop plant.
- This is my body. Eat (Do) this in remembrance. Yet, the Gospels differ slightly in wording. Matthew says “eat.” Luke says “do in remembrance,” but is the “doing” the eating of the bread? Or is the “doing” the repetition of the Last Supper as a sacrament? The key is the remembering.
Since you did so well or even if you did not do too well, the following video reminds us that Jesus loves us.
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Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.