Don’t He Look Natural Quiz

Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.  She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

  • Genesis 23:1-2

Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.  She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

  • 1 Chronicles 10:1-2

The title comes from a line in the Louis Jordan song, Jack, You Dead!  You know, if all your friends gather around you and say, “Don’t he look natural … Jack, you dead!”

But all joking aside, this is a serious topic.  Death is one thing that you do not recover from.

I read an article by a well-written training developer when I was first starting out in industrial training, back 35 years ago.  He said that the common statement that there are no such things as dumb questions is wrong.  He was teaching a class on the care of infants, and he brought up infant crib death.  Someone raised their hand to ask a question.  The question was, “Has anyone survived infant crib death?”  Once he heard that question, he could never say that there was no such thing as a dumb question.  None of us survive death.  Unless we have Jesus in our hearts, we cannot survive the second death.

But when I awoke this morning, I was thinking about how various people in the Bible died.  Do not ask me what I was dreaming.  I cannot remember, and with that thought on my mind, I do not wish to revisit the dream.

This is a matching quiz.  Match the living thing (since a couple are not people) with the manner in which they died, or at best, how it was described in the Bible.  In the Bible Reference section, the Scripture aligns with the deceased.

The Questions:

#ScriptureDeceasedHow Death Occurred
1 Abimelek, son of Gideon Answer (A) Water was turned to Blood
2 Absalom Answer (B) Moses cried out and God answered.
3 All the spies except Joshua and Caleb Answer (C) Fire came from the presence of the Lord and consumed them.
4 Eli Answer (D) A plague
5 Fish in the Nile Answer (E) Jael, wife of Heber, using a hammer, drove a peg through his temple while he slept.
6 Frogs Answer (F) His servant ran him through with a sword so that it would not be said that he was killed when a woman dropped a milestone from the tower and he died.
7 Goliath Answer (G) Pushed the pillars of the temple until the temple fell upon himself and the Philistines in the temple.
8 Jezebel Answer (H) Learned the Ark of the Covenant was captured.  In shock fell backwards and broke his neck.
9 Nadab & Abihu Answer (I) Hit in the forehead with a stone propelled by a sling, thrown by a boy.
10 Samson Answer (J) Fell on his sword when his servant would not kill him.
11 Saul Answer (K) Hung by his hair in a tree, hit by three javelins and beaten.
12 Sisera Answer (L) Thrown to the ground by 2-3 eunuchs, who did as Jehu commanded, and then the body was eaten by dogs.

There is life after death.  Much is said of Jesus and for good reason.  It is His resurrection that gives us hope of resurrection from the dead for ourselves.  But Jesus is not the only one to have returned to the land of the living in the Bible.

The Old Testament has the accounts of two sons being raised from the dead.  One was with Elijah and the other with Elisha.  A man was also raised from the dead when his body touched Elisha’s body.  Jesus raised three people from the dead: the widow’s son in Nain, Jairus’ daughter, and Lazarus.  And then Tabitha (Dorcas) was raised in Peter’s presence, and Eutychus was raised in Paul’s presence.  We have mentioned many of these miracles in past quizzes.

But when Jesus was crucified, many saints rose from the dead.  And when Jesus returns, the same thing is promised.

Bible References:

#ScriptureDeceasedHow Death Occurred
1Judges 9:52-54Abimelek, son of Gideon Answer (A) Water was turned to Blood
22 Samuel 18:14-15Absalom Answer (B) Moses cried out and God answered.
3Numbers 14:36-38All the spies except Joshua and Caleb Answer (C) Fire came from the presence of the Lord and consumed them.
41 Samuel 4:18Eli Answer (D) A plague
5Exodus 7:21Fish in the Nile Answer (E) Jael, wife of Heber, using a hammer, drove a peg through his temple while he slept.
6Exodus 8:13Frogs Answer (F) His servant ran him through with a sword so that it would not be said that he was killed when a woman dropped a milestone from the tower and he died.
71 Samuel 17:49Goliath Answer (G) Pushed the pillars of the temple until the temple fell upon himself and the Philistines in the temple.
82 Kings 9:30-37Jezebel Answer (H) Learned the Ark of the Covenant was captured.  In shock fell backwards and broke his neck.
9Leviticus 10:1-2Nadab & Abihu Answer (I) Hit in the forehead with a stone propelled by a sling, thrown by a boy.
10Judges 16:30Samson Answer (J) Fell on his sword when his servant would not kill him.
111 Samuel 31:1-4Saul Answer (K) Hung by his hair in a tree, hit by three javelins and beaten.
12Judges 4:21Sisera Answer (L) Thrown to the ground by 2-3 eunuchs, who did as Jehu commanded, and then the body was eaten by dogs.

Of the Scriptures at the top, the first speaks of Sarah dying.  Usually when the Bible mentions that they lived to some ripe old age and died, they died of natural causes.  There are a lot of those references in the Bible, especially in explaining the transfer of power from one king to the next.

In the second Scripture, it gives the reason why King Saul died, but the method in which he died is part of the quiz.

All these stories of death are from the Old Testament.  There were some notable deaths in the New Testament.  The most significant was when Jesus died on the cross, but do not look for Him there.  He rose again from the dead and sits on the right hand of God.  And He resides in the hearts of all who believe and trust in Him.

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The Answers:

#ScriptureDeceasedHow Death Occurred
1Judges 9:52-54Abimelek, son of GideonAnswer (F) His servant ran him through with a sword so that it would not be said that he was killed when a woman dropped a milestone from the tower and he died.
22 Samuel 18:14-15AbsalomAnswer (K) Hung by his hair in a tree, hit by three javelins and beaten.
3Numbers 14:36-38All the spies except Joshua and CalebAnswer (D) A plague
41 Samuel 4:18EliAnswer (H) Learned the Ark of the Covenant was captured.  In shock fell backwards and broke his neck.
5Exodus 7:21Fish in the NileAnswer (A) Water was turned to Blood
6Exodus 8:13FrogsAnswer (B) Moses cried out and God answered.
71 Samuel 17:49GoliathAnswer (I) Hit in the forehead with a stone propelled by a sling, thrown by a boy.
82 Kings 9:30-37JezebelAnswer (L) Thrown to the ground by 2-3 eunuchs, who did as Jehu commanded, and then the body was eaten by dogs.
9Leviticus 10:1-2Nadab & AbihuAnswer (C) Fire came from the presence of the Lord and consumed them.
10Judges 16:30SamsonAnswer (G) Pushed the pillars of the temple until the temple fell upon himself and the Philistines in the temple.
111 Samuel 31:1-4SaulAnswer (J) Fell on his sword when his servant would not kill him.
12Judges 4:21SiseraAnswer (E) Jael, wife of Heber, using a hammer, drove a peg through his temple while he slept.

I am guilty of another exam writing “no-no.”  If you knew that the answers were in Biblical order, you would not have had to know anything else.  The questions were in alphabetical order.

And with the thought of people who died, many in strange ways, I thought of Jack, You Dead!  Louis Jordan has his fun with various ways of expressing physical death in this jazz classic, but he touches on other types of death.  If you ain’t got rhythm, Jack, you dead!  And, not in the song, if you ain’t got Jesus in your heart, Jack, you dead, indeed.

And regardless of how you did, here is a song by Louis Jordan, Jack, You Dead!  Louis Jordan was serious about his jazz, but he never seemed to be serious when it came to the lyrics.

And Louis Jordan also had another song about death, but maybe he talked about living until then – but don’t follow his advice about taking another man’s girl – funny, but not great advice, Old Man Mose is Dead.

Louis Jordan is mentioned at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as putting a twist to the jazz music of the day, a harbinger of the rock ’n roll to come.  He referred to someone in the last song as being someone named Moe, and that is about where Louis Jordan started, Five Guys Named Moe.

If you did not catch the five guys named Moe, they are Big Moe, Little Bitty Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, and No Moe.  Oops, he forgot to introduce himself, Eat Moe.  And have you ever wondered what the fox says when farmer Brown catches him, Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

And what is all this about lighthearted silliness?  We need it every now and then.  And if you believe Mark Lowry, you can believe that when we are with Jesus, we will often see Jesus Laughing.

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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