Planting a Biblical Garden Quiz

“The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
    the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,
to adorn my sanctuary;
    and I will glorify the place for my feet.

  • Isaiah 60:13

The Lord said to Moses, “These are the regulations for any diseased person at the time of their ceremonial cleansing, when they are brought to the priest: The priest is to go outside the camp and examine them.  If they have been healed of their defiling skin disease, the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop be brought for the person to be cleansed.  Then the priest shall order that one of the birds be killed over fresh water in a clay pot.  He is then to take the live bird and dip it, together with the cedar wood, the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, into the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water.  Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the defiling disease, and then pronounce them clean.  After that, he is to release the live bird in the open fields.

  • Leviticus 14:1-7

This quiz is about plants that might be in a garden, orchard, or someone’s yard.  I will provide the verses with a blank where the plant is located.  I will provide the first letter of the plant in the Answer column.  The Bible verse will be added in the Bible Reference section.

While I could have taken a stab at some of this on my own, I found a couple of lists of plants at the Charles Sturt University website, link HERE.  They quote a list made by Dr. Tatham Whitehead, University of North Wales, 1962.  I had to dig out the Bible verses from there and some of the plants “changed” with newer translations.  In the Isaiah passage above, one of those tree types, according to the website, should be a stone pine.  The Isaiah passage identifies this tree as a “fir,” but what is now found in Israel is the stone pine.  With changes in the climate of that region for the millennia since Isaiah wrote his prophecy, is it possible that the fir died out, replaced with the stone pine?  Dr. Whitehead’s list and the other list, do a lot of speculation based on what might have been available to be considered “bitter herbs” and other such things.  I only went by what the NIV identified as a plant, instead of a vague reference to “herbs” and such.

As for the second Scripture above, I watched an episode of Origins on the Cornerstone Television Network where a scientist broke down the properties of cedar, scarlet yarn, hyssop, and bird blood.  Each of these ingredients had medicinal properties that could provide healing for some common skin diseases – ingredients found in modern ointments and creams.

The answers could be vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, herbs (spices), or flowers.

The Questions:

?Bible VerseBible Verse(s)Answer
1Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some _______ nuts and _______. P and A
2“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—______, ______ and ______.  But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.  You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. M, D, C
3When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought _____ and _____, flour and roasted grain, _____ and _____, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat.  For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.” W, B, B, L
4The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the ______,
 C
5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the ______, ______, ______, ______ and ______. C, M. L. O, G
6Those who work with combed ____ will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope. F
7I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the ______. L
8and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from _____ and wild _____ trees, and from _____, _____ and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written. O, O (same word), M, P

A few hints:

Question 1 says “nuts” after the first missing word, but the second is considered a nut by most people, often in cans and jars of mixed nuts.  But it is not a nut.  The part that we eat is the seed of the fruit of the tree.

Question 2 says “spices.”  Question 3 speaks of grains and vegetables.  Question 4 and 7 are flowers.  Question 5 could be found in the produce aisle at the grocery store.

Question 8 are trees.  Some varieties are for the flowers.  Other varieties bear fruit.

Question 6 is a bit tricky.  The seeds are very popular these days, found in many healthy food grain snacks.  But for this reference, they are weaving portions of the grain plants into linen.  It is thought that the body of Jesus was wrapped in such linen in the tomb, John 19:40.

Bible References:

?Bible VerseBible Verse(s)Answer
1Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some _______ nuts and _______.Genesis 43:11P and A
2“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—______, ______ and ______.  But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.  You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.Matthew 23:23M, D, C
3When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought _____ and _____, flour and roasted grain, _____ and _____, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat.  For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”2 Samuel 17:27-29W, B, B, L
4The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the ______,
Isaiah 35:1C
5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the ______, ______, ______, ______ and ______.Numbers 11:5C, M. L. O, G
6Those who work with combed ____ will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.Isaiah 19:9F
7I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the ______.Song of Solomon 6:3L
8and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from _____ and wild _____ trees, and from _____, _____ and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.Nehemiah 8:15O, O (same word), M, P

What is the significance of these verses?

Question 1:  Jacob dictates to his sons what they will take to Egypt for trade, in addition to a double portion of silver since their silver was returned the first time.  This was during the famine on their second journey to get grain.

Question 2: Is obvious in that Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees for ignoring justice and mercy while making a show of giving a tithe of their spice.

Question 3: David and his men are running from Absalom and people loyal to David feed them.

Question 4: Isaiah 35 speaks of the joy of the redeemed, and when I see this tiny flower, it brings me joy.

Question 5: As usual, for the stiff-necked Israelites, they whine about the foods they had in Egypt and how being a slave there was better than being free here.  Please, do not believe that, or we shall lose our freedom.

Question 6: Isaiah 19 is the prophecy against Egypt, stating in this verse that those who weave this into linen will not have any to weave.

Question 7: When two people are in love, they smell the flowers.  Need I say more?

Question 8: In celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, these tree branches will be used in erecting the tabernacles.

   …

   …

   …

The Answers:

?Bible VerseBible Verse(s)Answer
1Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some _______ nuts and _______.Genesis 43:11Pistachio and Almonds
2“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—______, ______ and ______.  But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.  You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.Matthew 23:23Mint, Dill, Cumin
3When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought _____ and _____, flour and roasted grain, _____ and _____, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat.  For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”2 Samuel 17:27-29Wheat, Barley, Beans, Lintels
4The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the ______,
Isaiah 35:1Crocus
5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the ______, ______, ______, ______ and ______.Numbers 11:5Cucumbers, Melons. Leeks. Onions, Garlic
6Those who work with combed ____ will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.Isaiah 19:9Flax
7I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the ______.Song of Solomon 6:3Lilies
8and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from _____ and wild _____ trees, and from _____, _____ and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.Nehemiah 8:15Olive, Olive, Myrtle, Palms

And regardless of how you did, here is Anne Murray singing, In the Garden.  I had so many versions to choose from, but I felt that I needed to include one of them.

And a song by Kari Jobe, The Garden.

This next song is from Mark Lowry, dropping in on the Gaither Vocal Band, What’s Not to Love?  It does not mention gardens, but I just love the song.  Lowry does say “Apple of His eye.”  Maybe that counts.

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. I almost made a perfect zero. Number 7 messed up that record. I knew it. I just finished a study of the Song of Solomon or I would not have know it. 😀 I salute you as “tree” master.

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