A Greater Light Quiz

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

  • Genesis 1:14-19

On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is Nahshon son of Amminadab.

  • Numbers 2:3

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.

  • Psalm 113:3

When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

  • Acts 27:20

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

  • Revelation 12:1

Think about it.  With the sun, moon, and stars created on day four, you would think that the first mention of the word “sun” in the NIV would be Genesis 1, but in Genesis 1, it states a greater light to govern the day and a lesser light to govern by night.  This quiz is all about the word “sun” although it could be part of sunrise or other appropriate words.

The Questions:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer
1The first mention of “sun” in the NIV was during the revelation of God’s first covenant with Abraham.  He sacrificed animals as God had instructed and then God revealed the covenant.  At what time of the day did Abraham finish his work and God came to him in a dream?  
2What did people gather in the morning and as the sun grew hot it melted away?  
3When Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance, as you stand at the Jordan, in what direction is their inheritance?  
4What did Joshua say to the Lord in the presence of Israel when they were defeating the Amorites?  
5In Psalm 68, God sets the lonely in families, leads out the imprisoned singing, but where are the rebellious living  
6When Jesus speaks of the End Times in Luke, he mentions that the nations will be perplexed by the tossing of the seas, but where will signs be found, in that same verse?  
7When Peter preaches on Pentecost, he talks of the sun becoming dark and the moon being blood red.  What event, in their recent history, was he referring to?  
8What should you not let happen when angry?  
9What is like the rich man as he goes about his business, according to James?  
10Why will there be no need for a sun in the new Heaven and new earth?  

I have written recently about the summer schedule at our church.  To be honest, the powers that be are afraid of people leaving if we do not maintain the tradition of moving up the second service and eliminating Sunday school for three months.  My point is that Christianity never stops and we need more than an hour per week, but then they cancel that hour over 25% of the time (no Sunday school on the Sunday near Christmas and none on Easter either).  It is basically a tradition among most of the established denominations in the Pittsburgh area.

But why?  With daylight savings time, there is already an extra hour of sunlight after church.  Moving up the second hour is an additional 45 minutes of sunlight after church, nearly two hours more.  If they switched from the second hour to the first hour, even more sunlight.

It is all about the sun.

The ninth plague of Egypt, saving the best for the penultimate plague, that is best next to the firstborn dying.  Egypt worshipped the sun god, Ra.  Of course, among their other gods were frogs and such.  But other cultures worshipped the sun, even the Israelites.  In Ezekiel 8:16, it talks about the sun worshippers bowing to the morning sun from the east entrance of the temple behind them.  This is one of the abominations that was cited in the chapter for the Spirit of the Lord to leave the temple.

And now, the churches are minimizing the worship of God and maximizing time in the sun on Sunday.  I am just raising a question for people to ponder.  The priests who led sun worshipping in the time before Ezekiel saw his vision, a vision of past misdeeds, probably thought they were doing no harm and the practice made the people “happy.”

Bible References:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer
1The first mention of “sun” in the NIV was during the revelation of God’s first covenant with Abraham.  He sacrificed animals as God had instructed and then God revealed the covenant.  At what time of the day did Abraham finish his work and God came to him in a dream?Genesis 15:12 
2What did people gather in the morning and as the sun grew hot it melted away?Exodus 16:14-36 (21) 
3When Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance, as you stand at the Jordan, in what direction is their inheritance?Numbers 34:15 
4What did Joshua say to the Lord in the presence of Israel when they were defeating the Amorites?Joshua 10:12 
5In Psalm 68, God sets the lonely in families, leads out the imprisoned singing, but where are the rebellious livingPsalm 68:6 
6When Jesus speaks of the End Times in Luke, he mentions that the nations will be perplexed by the tossing of the seas, but where will signs be found, in that same verse?Luke 21:25 
7When Peter preaches on Pentecost, he talks of the sun becoming dark and the moon being blood red.  What event, in their recent history, was he referring to?Acts 2:20 
8What should you not let happen when angry?Ephesians 4:26 
9What is like the rich man as he goes about his business, according to James?James 1:11 
10Why will there be no need for a sun in the new Heaven and new earth?Revelation 22:5 

In these questions, which are in Biblical order, I have the first and last reference to the word “sun” in the Bible, although the “Greater Light” in Genesis 1 refers to the sun.

Everything that God created during the week of Creation was good, but due to the Fall of Man, even the universe is broken to a certain extent.  Wanting more time to be in the sun is silly.  You will harm your skin.  But then, most people want that dark tan.  That is more important than the possibility of that extra sunlight causing cancer at a later date.

In the questions, we have the sun doing some bad things, something that would not have happened before the Fall of Man.

And some of the questions above may be a bit obscure, but the answer relates to the sun, like where was the sun when the event happened?

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The Answers:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer
1The first mention of “sun” in the NIV was during the revelation of God’s first covenant with Abraham.  He sacrificed animals as God had instructed and then God revealed the covenant.  At what time of the day did Abraham finish his work and God came to him in a dream?Genesis 15:12As the sun was setting
2What did people gather in the morning and as the sun grew hot it melted away?Exodus 16:14-36 (21)Manna
3When Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance, as you stand at the Jordan, in what direction is their inheritance?Numbers 34:15Toward the sunrise.
4What did Joshua say to the Lord in the presence of Israel when they were defeating the Amorites?Joshua 10:12“Sun, stand still…”
5In Psalm 68, God sets the lonely in families, leads out the imprisoned singing, but where are the rebellious livingPsalm 68:6On sun-scorched land
6When Jesus speaks of the End Times in Luke, he mentions that the nations will be perplexed by the tossing of the seas, but where will signs be found, in that same verse?Luke 21:25The sun, moon, and stars
7When Peter preaches on Pentecost, he talks of the sun becoming dark and the moon being blood red.  What event, in their recent history, was he referring to?Acts 2:20He was quoting Isaiah 13:10, but also in Matthew 24:29.  The event was the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
8What should you not let happen when angry?Ephesians 4:26Do not let the sun set while still angry.
9What is like the rich man as he goes about his business, according to James?James 1:11The sun will wither the flowers and they fade away, so does the rich man.
10Why will there be no need for a sun in the new Heaven and new earth?Revelation 22:5God will be the Light.

Whether you did well on this quiz or, not so well, here is The Light of the World by Lauren Daigle.

And here is You Are the Sun, sung by Sara Groves.

The Gaither Homecoming crowd singing, Beyond the Sunset.  With George Younce reciting Should You go First and I Remain.  And then they silently honored many of their fellow singers that are no longer with us, and George Younce followed.

And here is CityAlight with Colin Buchanan singing The Night Song.

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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