Waiting for an Idea for – A Quiz

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

  • Psalm 27:14

If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.

  • Leviticus 12:5

Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today.”

  • 1 Samuel 22:8

When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.

  • 2 Samuel 16:1

Those who live in Maroth writhe in pain, waiting for relief, because disaster has come from the Lord, even to the gate of Jerusalem.

  • Micah 1:12

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

  • Psalm 130:1-8

I had been praying for some time, and it seemed my answer was not to come any time soon.  I wanted inspiration for the next quiz.  I had even skipped the quiz to stay productive, thinking that inspiration would come later on.  I may still do a brother quiz in the future to match the sister quiz last week, but for this week, it seemed God was content in letting me wait for His answer.  So, instead of waiting for hours for the Super Bowl game to start -honestly, the announcers do NOT have hours upon hours of important things to say about an upcoming game (important game? And I even like American football), regardless of how much money the gambling platforms make off those willing to place bets – I was utilizing my time in trying to write a quiz.  But my mind was a blank until that soft voice asked, “You have asked your question and what are you now doing?”

Ah, God being just in time.  The lightbulb had been turned on.  This quiz is about waiting.  The word “wait” is in each of the verses where a question was derived.  But how long did they wait?  Who waited?  What were they waiting for?  Where were they waiting? That is how these questions address the subject.

The questions are in biblical order.  This does not mean that the events described in the questions happened in chronological order.  At least three of these questions have multiple parts to them, you might give yourself bonus credit in that a couple of these are rather obscure: either the story rather obscure or the detail of a well-known story being obscure.

The Questions:

 QuestionBible ReferencesAnswers
1Noah waited forty days after the tops of the mountains were visible, long after the earth was flooded.  He then sent out a raven and the raven returned.  For the first use of the word “wait” in the NIV, how long did Noah wait before he sent out the dove for the first time?  
2When the dove came back with an olive branch, Noah waited again.  How long did he wait and what happened to the dove the second time?  
3After Pharoah demanded that the Israelite slaves make brick and also gather their own straw, who was waiting on the Israelite overseers to return from their meeting with Pharoah?  
4A woman who has bled due to this event must wait thirty-three days to be considered ceremonially clean.  They cannot touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary.  What event?  
5When Moses commanded the people to celebrate the Passover on a specific day, some people asked what if they were ceremonially unclean, for example, having touched a dead body.  What did Moses say that he must then do before answering them?  
6The tiny town of Ai had bested Joshua’s army due to one person’s sin.  Once Joshua had purified the camp and sought God’s renewed favor, he set up an ambush between two cities/towns and then waited.  Which two cities/towns?  
7After Ehud had thrust a sword into the obese King Eglon’s body, he left, carefully locking the doors behind him.  When Eglon’s servants returned, why did they wait before getting a key and unlocking the door?  
8As a total change of pace, the first mention of the word “wait” in the New Testament was as a servant waiting on the master.  In three parts, who was the “servant”? Who the ”master?” And what the circumstance?  
9Who had been waiting for the kingdom of God and boldly asked Pilate for Jesus’ body?  
10Who was a devout man who was waiting for the consolation of Israel?  The Holy Spirit revealed that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.  

The first Scripture above is one of my wife’s favorites.  But she does not repeat that verse much now that she is in End Stage Kidney Failure.  Now the waiting is an ever present stress hanging over the entire family, or at least those that are actively involved.

Waiting, and very much waiting on the Lord, must be important.  It ties directly into patience.  The word “wait,” or its variants of “waits, waited, waiting,” exist in the NIV 129 times.

This next observation will draw the ire of the logically minded out there, but I think it valid to ponder, although probably logically invalid.  It still might be the point.  Of the 129 times the NIV mentions “wait,” 73% of the time that “wait” appears, it is in the Old Testament.  Some form of “wait” is in two thirds, 67%, of the Old Testament books, while “wait” barely gets past halfway, 52%, of the New Testament books.  Here is the leap that may not be logically valid … Since Jesus arrived, much of the need to wait is gone.  Sure, we are still waiting for His return.  We mustn’t lose our focus on the waiting that we have been commanded to do.  In fact, we are to prepare and expect Christ’s return, not sit around idly and wait.

And with that waiting, we must be patient, because Jesus even said Himself that He does not know the time, only the Father (Matthew 24:36).  We could argue that point, as many have already, but Jesus is saying to those on earth when He was here, that there are variables involved and only God the Father knows how it will play out.  I think that is based on the rebellion, repentance cycle, with God showing mercy when people repent.  Note that when Elijah prophesied on how the kingdom under Ahab would collapse, Ahab ripped his robes in humility.  For that one act, the curse intended for him was passed to his son.  The End is coming, and the only validity to those who say that the End is coming soon is our world’s seeming lack of any concern about what God has to say about things.  Would anyone today rip his robes in humility?

Wait.  The End may be very near, and to those who love the Lord, that’s a good thing.

Bible References:

 QuestionBible ReferencesAnswers
1Noah waited forty days after the tops of the mountains were visible, long after the earth was flooded.  He then sent out a raven and the raven returned.  For the first use of the word “wait” in the NIV, how long did Noah wait before he sent out the dove for the first time?Genesis 8:10 
2When the dove came back with an olive branch, Noah waited again.  How long did he wait and what happened to the dove the second time?Genesis 8:12 
3After Pharoah demanded that the Israelite slaves make brick and also gather their own straw, who was waiting on the Israelite overseers to return from their meeting with Pharoah?Exodus 5:20 
4A woman who has bled due to this event must wait thirty-three days to be considered ceremonially clean.  They cannot touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary.  What event?Leviticus 12:2-4 
5When Moses commanded the people to celebrate the Passover on a specific day, some people asked what if they were ceremonially unclean, for example, having touched a dead body.  What did Moses say that he must then do before answering them?Numbers 9:8 
6The tiny town of Ai had bested Joshua’s army due to one person’s sin.  Once Joshua had purified the camp and sought God’s renewed favor, he set up an ambush between two cities/towns and then waited.  Which two cities/towns?Joshua 8:9 
7After Ehud had thrust a sword into the obese King Eglon’s body, he left, carefully locking the doors behind him.  When Eglon’s servants returned, why did they wait before getting a key and unlocking the door?Judges 3:24-25 
8As a total change of pace, the first mention of the word “wait” in the New Testament was as a servant waiting on the master.  In three parts, who was the “servant”? Who the ”master?” And what the circumstance?Matthew 8:14-15 
9Who had been waiting for the kingdom of God and boldly asked Pilate for Jesus’ body?Mark 15:43 
10Who was a devout man who was waiting for the consolation of Israel?  The Holy Spirit revealed that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.Luke 2:25-26 

My wife may have been taunting me when she adopted Psalm 27:14 as her favorite verse.

The one time that I did not wait was when I left the Army.  I had an interesting four years in the military, three of them in western Europe.  I had many successes and looking back on my career, I had at least three, if not four of the best bosses that I ever had.  At least there was mutual respect.  I had two of the worst bosses, but that can be saved for another day.

But I came back from Europe with one thing in mind, to spend my last eight months of active duty looking for a job on the civilian side of things.  I spent most of my leave time going on job interviews.  I only had one interview trip that did not produce an offer, but my wife and I decided that the party lifestyle in the greater New Orleans area was not the lifestyle we wanted for our children anyway.

As it turned out, I had four job offers.  I could go back to the company that I left when I went into the Army.  That was protected by law.  But they gave me the worst offer based on what I told them my interests were, worst location, most demanding job when my engineering calculation skills were rusty, etc.  My second offer was supposedly to do what I was already good at doing in the Army.  They offered the most money.  They placed me in the southeast United States.  The offer was from a company that I had dreamed of working for.  And they offered a management position after the three-year project was complete. The third job offer was dropping me back to entry level pay with no consideration of my masters’ degree or my seven years of experience, including supervision of over 200 unionized workers on two different continents.  The fourth job offer was to stay where I was outside Boston, MA and take over for the Facility Engineer who was leaving.  But the problem there was that Ronald Reagan had just taken office and he froze all government hiring until he had things figured out.  Of course, I could stay in the Army as a fifth choice.

I prayed and prayed and there was no shower of meteorites like Charles Stanley once saw to signal that he should take the job offer.  I was getting no clear vibes from anything or anyone.  But that second job offer looked so good.  Was it a no brainer?  I came down to the wire.  I was within two months of my discharge date from active duty.  The “dream” job in South Carolina called to say they needed an answer within a week’s time because others wanted that job too.

In frustration, I prayed to God that I could no longer wait for an answer from Him.  My heart was with job offer number two.  Was it that moment that things changed, or was Satan behind the dream job all along?  But everything that I was promised, other than the monetary offer, was a lie.  No chance to do what I had done in the military.  In fact, those that were doing what I had done were so “trusted” no one was allowed to question their mistakes, mistakes that turned a three-year project into a five-year disaster, eventually turned into success when I spent the last eight months fixing the mistakes that others had made.  No chance of a management position.  They wanted to fire me as a scapegoat for those mistakes made by others.  My “dream” job had become a nightmare and darkened the prospects of ever succeeding in my career thereafter.  I became great at reinventing myself, with God’s help along the way.

That may sound like a complaint, but it put me where God wanted me to be, humbled and a lifelong career of overcoming long odds against me, just to squeak by.  Will I angrily ask Jesus, ‘Why?,’ when I see Him at the pearly gates?  No, I will be so glad that He welcomes me home for the subject to ever come up.

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The Answers:

 QuestionBible ReferencesAnswers
1Noah waited forty days after the tops of the mountains were visible, long after the earth was flooded.  He then sent out a raven and the raven returned.  For the first use of the word “wait” in the NIV, how long did Noah wait before he sent out the dove for the first time?Genesis 8:10Seven days
2When the dove came back with an olive branch, Noah waited again.  How long did he wait and what happened to the dove the second time?Genesis 8:12Seven days and the dove did not return to the Ark.
3After Pharoah demanded that the Israelite slaves make brick and also gather their own straw, who was waiting on the Israelite overseers to return from their meeting with Pharoah?Exodus 5:20Moses and Aaron, and the overseers were not pleased with them.
4A woman who has bled due to this event must wait thirty-three days to be considered ceremonially clean.  They cannot touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary.  What event?Leviticus 12:2-4After giving birth to a son and on the eighth day bringing the son to be circumcised.  Note the birth of a girl is two weeks followed by sixty-six days.
5When Moses commanded the people to celebrate the Passover on a specific day, some people asked what if they were ceremonially unclean, for example, having touched a dead body.  What did Moses say that he must then do before answering them?Numbers 9:8Wait until the Lord gives him the answer.  Note: the answer was essentially for people considered unclean and for those travelling outside their family land would celebrate the Passover one month later.  But not celebrating Passover was a big no-no.
6The tiny town of Ai had bested Joshua’s army due to one person’s sin.  Once Joshua had purified the camp and sought God’s renewed favor, he set up an ambush between two cities/towns and then waited.  Which two cities/towns?Joshua 8:9Between Bethel and Ai.  Note: this location is mentioned nine times in the Bible, first in Genesis 12:8.  Since Bethel means the house of the Lord and Ai is a place of ill favor after Joshua’s defeat, this location might be considered between good and evil, or at least between a rock and a hard place.
7After Ehud had thrust a sword into the obese King Eglon’s body, he left, carefully locking the doors behind him.  When Eglon’s servants returned, why did they wait before getting a key and unlocking the door?Judges 3:24-25Being the king of Moab, Eglon’s palace had an “inner room” where he could relieve himself.  They waited too long.  By the time they got a key and found the king dead, Ehud was long gone.
8As a total change of pace, the first mention of the word “wait” in the New Testament was as a servant waiting on the master.  In three parts, who was the “servant”? Who the ”master?” And what the circumstance?Matthew 8:14-15The “servant”: Peter’s mother-in-law
The “master”: Jesus
The “circumstances”: Jesus had just healed her of a high fever and she got up and waited on Jesus.
9Who had been waiting for the kingdom of God and boldly asked Pilate for Jesus’ body?Mark 15:43Joseph of Arimathea. A prominent member of the Council
10Who was a devout man who was waiting for the consolation of Israel?  The Holy Spirit revealed that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.Luke 2:25-26Simeon

I am thinking that questions 7 and 10 are the obscure questions.

Whether you did well on this quiz or, ummm, not so well, for the first video.  Here is Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and Wesley Pritchard with the Gaither Homecoming Crowd singing Teach Me, Lord, to Wait.

And here is the Lincoln Brewster singing While I Wait …

And here is John Waller singing While I’m Waiting.  The video shows scenes from Fireproof.

And here is I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130) sung by Shane & Shane.

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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