A Teen-Ager Inspired Quiz

Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’”
Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go?  I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

  • Exodus 5:1-2

I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord.  Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!

  • Ezekiel 36:32

The title really has nothing to do with the content of this quiz, other than the following conversation: (O) – Opa (me), Teen-aged grandson who just turned 13 about two weeks before writing this quiz (T) …

(O): I figured since you are a newly minted teen-ager, you could help me write a Bible quiz from a teen-aged perspective.
(T): Opa, I don’t know.
(O): Oh, wonderful grandson of mine, what do you not know?
(T): I don’t know.
(O): Well then, thank you for giving me inspiration.
(T): But I didn’t help.  What did I say?
(O): I don’t know.
(T): Whatever.

Note: It is not that he does not know anything.  He is still in some honors classes.  He is simply a teen-ager.

Also Note: For six days, we rented three hotel rooms, lengthened so that my wife could stay on her dialysis schedule.  My wife roomed with the six-year-old that she babysat a year ago.  My son and his wife had their daughter who turned nine during the trip.  And I roomed with the 13-year-old.  This conversation could be changed for just about any topic with few alterations, but when the conversation got beyond the “I don’t know” comments, they were quite meaningful conversations.  He is both silly, charming, and deep.

But the inspiration?  I did a Bible search on the words “I do not know”, all four words in a single verse, in the NIV and I came up with 150 verses to choose from.  The first Scripture above may be one of the most significant.  In this case, the words are in the proper order, but they may not be in that order in all the questions and some of the “words” may be parts of other words, like “dog” instead of “do”, “knows” instead of “know”, and the “I” could be just about anywhere.  The second Scripture illustrates this.  I will try to stick to the context, however.  There are a few with “don’t” instead of “do not” that may or may not be in the quiz.

The Questions:

  1. Who says he needs to go to Sodom and Gomorrah to find out if it really is that bad there, and who is he talking to?
  2. After which plague, the plague or the number, does Moses state that he knows that the Egyptian officials still do not fear the Lord?
  3. Who does not know the Law and what must be done before the Israelites can take the Promised Land?
  4. What did Ruth not know when she agreed to follow Naomi?
  5. Whose hand was not lifted and why are the Philistines worried about it, wondering what to do?
  6. Who did not know where he was going after fleeing Jerusalem, telling someone to go to the city?
  7. When Nehemiah inspects the walls of Jerusalem, who does not know his purpose for being there?
  8. In Saying 25 (vv. 10-12), what are we to do for those who do not know?
  9. Which hand should not know what the other is doing when giving to the needy?
  10. When John the Baptist (Baptizer) baptized with water, who did the people not know who John was unworthy to tie his sandals?
  11. Paul asks if the readers of Romans know who Paul is referring to when speaking of those under the Law.  Who?
  12. Why should you be more strict (not less strict) in following the law at times?

A few of the questions hint at evangelism, one more than the others.  Of all the things to not know is to not know the saving Grace of God.  God sent His Son so that we might be saved.  And we should all have a heart for introducing them to Jesus, those who do not know Him.

Bible References:

  1. Genesis 18:21
  2. Exodus 9:30
  3. Deuteronomy 31:13
  4. Ruth 2:11
  5. 1 Samuel 6:3
  6. 2 Samuel 15:20
  7. Nehemiah 2:16
  8. Proverbs 24:10-12
  9. Matthew 6:3
  10. John 1:26
  11. Romans 7:1
  12. Romans 14:14-18

The key is to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him.  Not knowing is not a viable option.  Not knowing is not a viable excuse.

We do not know a lot of things, and I am personally content with many fields of study that I would be lost in trying to study them, but for those who claim to have Jesus in their hearts, they should also have Jesus in their minds.  We should study Scripture.  With Jesus in our heart and the Holy Spirit within us to guide us, there is no excuse in not knowing Jesus more and more each day.

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The Answers:

  1. The Lord (God) told Abraham, although He already knew.
  2. The seventh plague, the Hailstorm, had already occurred and the locusts were about to come.
  3. The children, the next generation, must hear the Law.
  4. Ruth did not know Naomi’s people, the people of Israel.
  5. The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant and God had His hand upon them, cursing them in many ways.  They did not know how to give the Ark back in order to lift the curse.
  6. David, who was escaping Absalom.
  7. Essentially no one in the land of Judah knew what Nehemiah was doing.  Not the officials, the Jews, the priests, or the nobles (all mentioned specifically)
  8. When someone does not know God and His saving Grace, we are to “rescue” them.  In other words, even the Old Testament commands us to evangelize.
  9. The left hand should not know when the right hand has given to the needy.  That is figurative for nobody should know.
  10. Jesus
  11. Those who know the Law.  Paul is building to Romans 8, the gift of Grace, but here he speaks of the knowledge of the Law shows us that we fall short and that we should stand condemned, but…
  12. Rather than join in with worldly things, we must abstain if it would cause even one person to stumble.

And regardless of how you did, here is a song by Grace Vander Waal before she was even a teen-ager, I Don’t Know my Name.

But the important thing is to know who holds tomorrow, with George Younce and Larry Ford.

And what about Yes, I Know sung by 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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  1. atimetoshare.me July 31, 2021 — 10:40 am

    Well I thought by the title that I might have a chance at this one, but I failed miserably . . . again!

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