Do Not Fear – The Quiz

Where now is the lions’ den,
    the place where they fed their young,
where the lion and lioness went,
    and the cubs, with nothing to fear?

  • Nahum 2:11

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
    Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
    and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
    and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

  • Revelation 15:3b-4

The first Scripture above speaks of a false sense of security.  Nineveh felt that it was a great lion who had a fresh kill with plenty to eat, but God would soon deal with them.

This is a quiz about verses in the Bible (NIV) that contain both the word “not” and the word “fear”.  There may be a few variants, such as “nothing” or “fears.”  And sometimes it does not mean “not fearing.”  The Nahum reference above is fearing nothing.  The second Scripture is the last verse containing both “not” and “fear” – those who would not fear the Lord.

The Questions:

  1. The first verse found with both words is this one.  What is Abraham told not to do because he has proven that he fears God?
  2. Who did the mid-wives not fear as much as they feared God?
  3. Which of these should you not do, but fear your God? a) Do not take advantage over others. b) Do not take interest or profit. c) Do not rule over them harshly. d) All three, a, b, and c.
  4. For those children who do not know the Law, what must happen (two things)?
  5. Why did king Saul do nothing?  I know, very obscure, but this is after Saul had visited the witch (or medium) of Endor.
  6. The wicked do not fear God.  Solomon says that this will not go well for them, and how does Solomon describe their “days?”
  7. Malachi prophesies that we should not fear God, when what happens?
  8. Why do those who do evil not come into the light?
  9. Why does the Holy Spirit not make us slaves?
  10. In what way do we work out our salvation?
  11. What two ways does Peter suggest some people are like Sarah?
  12. What does John say we are not perfect in when we fear?

HINT:  These are in Biblical order, starting with the first verse with the two words in it and ending with the next to last verse with the two words.  The last verse, as mentioned above is one of the featured Scriptures above.

Another HINT:  For the multiple question, #3, when you see the Bible reference, this question should be a no-brainer.

There were 82 verses in the NIV with these two words, but none that you might think, especially if you are like me, being brought up with the KJV and having done most of my Bible verse memorization in the KJV.  What I mean is the following story (told many times with different “humans”):  An angel visits a human.  The human becomes frightened.  The angel says, “Fear not.” End of Story.  Of course, that is just the beginning of the story.  The angel was there to deliver an important message.

To illustrate the difference, there are 170 verses with the two words in the same verse in the KJV.  The first of these KJV verses is Genesis 15:1 where Abram has a vision and is told Fear not.  But in the NIV, it says for Abram to not be afraid.  That is the reason why I stipulate NIV, and if you did this type of quiz with a Sunday school class and your church uses the NASB, ESB, or CSB, you might find a different set of verses due to the style of translation.  In almost every case, it is simply different words to say the same thing.

Bible References:

  1. Genesis 22:12
  2. Exodus 1:17
  3. Leviticus 25:17, 36, and 43 – See what I mean with the hint above?
  4. Deuteronomy 31:13
  5. 1 Samuel 28:20
  6. Ecclesiastes 8:13
  7. Malachi 8:5
  8. John 3:20
  9. Romans 8:15
  10. Philippians 2:12
  11. 1 Peter 3:6
  12. 1 John 4:18

Note that many of the Old Testament verses are referring to fearing God.  I have written about what Richard Blackaby said in a recent interview that we do not fear the Lord anymore.  Thus, sin is a much bigger problem.  The fear of the Lord could be cringing in a corner, hiding, but that is only for those who know they are not right with God (a bit of a hint), but fear of the Lord, in this context is the reverence, awe, and recognition of God’s presence, power, and love (thus not all knee-knocking stuff).  When we realize who God is and who and what we are, we should fear God, and be more motivated to obey God.  Fearing God keeps us trying to be more like Jesus all the time rather than for a few hours on Sunday morning.

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The Answers:

  1. Do nothing to Isaac.  Abraham was preparing to sacrifice Isaac as God had instructed.
  2. The mid-wives feared God more than the Egyptian king (Pharoah).
  3. D) all of the above.  Each of those verses ends with the same words, “but fear your God.”
  4. The children should hear the Law and fear God.  So, read the Bible to your children.
  5. The witch (medium) of Endor conjured up Samuel who had died and Saul did nothing afterward because he feared Samuel’s words.
  6. The days of the wicked will not be lengthened like a shadow.
  7. When God comes to judge the earth.
  8. Those that do evil do not come into the light for fear that they will be exposed.
  9. The Holy Spirit does not turn us into slaves so that we will not fear.  In other words, we freely come to God, accepting the gift of Grace, not as an unthinking robot.
  10. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
  11. In Paul’s charge to wives, he says that they should submit themselves to their husbands in doing right and not giving into fear.
  12. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

And regardless of how you did, here is a song by The Afters, Fear No More.

Joyce Martin Sanders singing at a Gaither women’s gathering, I Will Fear No Evil.

And what should you do When Fear Comes Knockin’ maybe you should just let “faith answer the door.” – The Gaither Vocal Band.

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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