Daily Devotion Bible Quiz Trivia Questions

Monday, March 08, 2021

Questions 2001 to 2100

medium Question # 2001: Which book is this from: "And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this, too, is vanity"?
Answer 1: Ecclesiastes.
Answer 2: Ecclesiasticus.
Answer 3: Sirach (Wisdom).
Answer 4: Job.

Explanation and information: Ecclesiastes 8:10-11. The vanity of earthly things is a great theme of Ecclesiastes.

medium Question # 2002: How were priests chosen in ancient Israel?
Answer 1: By heredity.
Answer 2: By casting of lots (bones).
Answer 3: By divination.
Answer 4: By calling.

Explanation and information: The priests of Israel were all descendants of Aaron. "And the priesthood shall be theirs by a statute forever. Thus you shall ordain Aaron and his sons." (Exodus 29)

hard Question # 2003: What was the primary purpose of a census for the ancient Hebrews?
Answer 1: To prepare for war.
Answer 2: To fix taxes.
Answer 3: To allot land among the tribes.
Answer 4: To ensure that all names were written in God's book.

Explanation and information: The early Hebrews did not technically have taxes, although the law of Moses made sacrificial contributions mandatory. Censuses were used to prepare for war, and only when God had ordered a war through one of His prophets.

hard Question # 2004: What was a secondary benefit of using the spiced anointing oil described in Exodus 30?
Answer 1: It controlled lice.
Answer 2: It removed oily dirt (since they did not have soap).
Answer 3: It killed bacteria.
Answer 4: It protected silver from corrosion.

Explanation and information:

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz easy Question # 2005: While in the desert, what did the Hebrews make that offended God?
Answer 1: A golden calf.
Answer 2: A statue of Baal.
Answer 3: An altar of stone.
Answer 4: Barbecued pork sandwiches.

Explanation and information: So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:1-11)

medium Question # 2006: What odd term did God often use when referring to the Hebrews, if they were being stubborn?
Answer 1: Stiff-necked.
Answer 2: Iron-willed.
Answer 3: Donkey-headed.
Answer 4: Wooden-eared.

Explanation and information: "And the Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people." (Exodus 32:11)

easy Question # 2007: According to Ephesians 4, which of the following is most important in the eyes of Christ?
Answer 1: No member of the body of the church is more important than someone else.
Answer 2: The pastor of a church.
Answer 3: A bishop.
Answer 4: An apostle.

Explanation and information: To each one of us grace was given according to the nature of Christ's gift. The body is held together by every joint and ligament, each of them supplying a needed role; and thus Christ has appointed the growth of the body, building itself up in love. (Ephesians 4)

medium Question # 2008: In Exodus 32, what did Moses talk God out of doing?
Answer 1: Destroying the entire Hebrew nation.
Answer 2: Killing Pharaoh.
Answer 3: Requiring all the Hebrew women to cut off their hair.
Answer 4: Making priests wear fur robes in the desert.

Explanation and information: "And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people." (Exodus 32:14)

medium Question # 2009: Which of the following is most likely a correct description of the ten commandments written on the stone tablets Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai?
Answer 1: They were engraved on both sides.
Answer 2: The entire text was engraved on the front; either four on one and six on the other, or five on each one.
Answer 3: The full text was engraved twice in full, once on each tablet.
Answer 4: The tablets did not contain the full text, but only a summary.

Explanation and information: "Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and on the back they were written." (Exodus 32:15)

medium Question # 2010: When Moses and Joshua came down Mount Sinai and heard a lot of noise, what did Joshua think was happening?
Answer 1: There was a battle occurring.
Answer 2: The Hebrews were having a celebration.
Answer 3: The Hebrews were cheering the return of Moses after his long absence.
Answer 4: The Hebrews were having a dispute among themselves and were about to divide into two factions.

Explanation and information: When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” (Exodus 32:17)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 2011: At the beginning of James 2, whom does James chastize?
Answer 1: People who treat rich or well-dressed church members more favorably than members wearing dirty clothes.
Answer 2: People who rush to eat the communal supper so that they can get their fill, not leaving enough for everyone.
Answer 3: People who judge the conduct of others.
Answer 4: People who believe that they can engage in immorality because Christ will forgive them for their sins.

Explanation and information: My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:1-4)

medium Question # 2012: What did Yahweh require the Levites to do, as punishment for their part in making the golden calf, in Exodus?
Answer 1: Kill a large number of fellow Hebrews.
Answer 2: Go without food for forty days.
Answer 3: Lash one another with leather thongs.
Answer 4: Walk barefoot.

Explanation and information: And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’” (Exodus 32:26-28)

hard Question # 2013: What did Moses offer to God, if He would forgive the Hebrews for making the golden calf?
Answer 1: To be blotted out of His book.
Answer 2: Never to set foot in the Promised Land.
Answer 3: To step down as the leader and become a simple herdsman.
Answer 4: To leave the Hebrews and live in the desert alone.

Explanation and information: "So Moses returned to the Lord and said, Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin — but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written." (Exodus 32:30-32) This is really the first major mention of God having a book of names.

medium Question # 2014: How did God punish the Hebrew nation after the golden calf incident?
Answer 1: He sent a plague on them.
Answer 2: The water stopped flowing from the rock and they had to move on.
Answer 3: He removed their invulnerability in battle, so that Hebrew soldiers would die like normal men.
Answer 4: He lengthened the time they would spend in the wilderness to 40 years.

Explanation and information: "Then the Lord sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made." Exodus 32:35

easy Question # 2015: Who was Mary Baker Eddy?
Answer 1: The founder of Christian Scientists.
Answer 2: The leader of the Women's Temperance League.
Answer 3: A famous religious poet in early Colonial America.
Answer 4: A religious leader who was made to leave Massachusetts Bay Colony and live in what is now Rhode Island.

Explanation and information: Mary Baker Eddy wrote "Science and Health" in 1875 and started the Church of Christ, Scientist in 1879. It was popular for many years but has seen a sharp decline in recent years. She led a very colorful life and translated, and quoted from, Hindu writings.

hard Question # 2016: After the golden calf incident, what did God make the Hebrews do while he decided whether or not he would continue to travel with them (Exo. 33)?
Answer 1: Take off their ornaments.
Answer 2: Sacrifice a bull.
Answer 3: Stay insides their tents.
Answer 4: Shave their beards.

Explanation and information: If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’” So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. (Exodus 33:44-46)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2017: In which psalm does the psalmist say that his soul thirsts for God like a deer thirsts for a water brook?
Answer 1: 42.
Answer 2: 23.
Answer 3: 87.
Answer 4: 114.

Explanation and information: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God." Psalm 42:1

hard Question # 2018: Where did Moses speak with God, while encamped in front of Mount Sinai?
Answer 1: In a temporary tent of meeting.
Answer 2: In the tabernacle.
Answer 3: In front of a burning bush.
Answer 4: At the altar of sacrifice.

Explanation and information: "Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting" (Exodus 33:7)

hard Question # 2019: What did God adamantly refuse to do for Moses?
Answer 1: Show Moses His face.
Answer 2: Give him a second wife.
Answer 3: Let Moses keep Joshua with him in the tent of meeting.
Answer 4: Allow Moses to wear ornaments.

Explanation and information: And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’. . .But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:19:22)

medium Question # 2020: How did Moses get the two stone tablets on which God engraved the ten commandments (the second time, in Exodus 34)?
Answer 1: He chiseled them before he went up Mt. Sinai and carried them up with him.
Answer 2: An angel of God chiseled them from stone on Mt. Sinai.
Answer 3: All that is said is that God gave them to him.
Answer 4: Joshua chiseled them from stone on Mt. Sinai.

Explanation and information: The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. (Exodus 34:1-2)

medium Question # 2021: Who was Martha's brother?
Answer 1: Lazarus.
Answer 2: Nicodemus.
Answer 3: Joseph.
Answer 4: Peter.

Explanation and information: When she heard that Jesus was coming, Martha went and met him: but Mary still sat in the house. And Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother [Lazarus] would not have died. And yet I still know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you." (John 19:25)

medium Question # 2022: From what book did Handel take the text for his aria, "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth", in "The Messiah"?
Answer 1: Job.
Answer 2: Isaiah.
Answer 3: Psalms.
Answer 4: Matthew.

Explanation and information: "But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will stand up upon the earth" (Job 19:23-24)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2023: What odd item of clothing did Moses begin to wear sometimes, after he came down from Mt. Sinai with the second set of stone tablets?
Answer 1: A veil.
Answer 2: A turban.
Answer 3: A multicolored belt of goat hair.
Answer 4: Gloves.

Explanation and information: When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord. (Exodus 34:31-35)

medium Question # 2024: How did the Hebrews in Exodus determine their travel schedule after they left Mount Sinai?
Answer 1: God appearing as a pillar of cloud and fire, just as when they left Egypt.
Answer 2: An angel of the Lord led them.
Answer 3: Moses led them.
Answer 4: Joshua led them.

Explanation and information: In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out — until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels. (Exodus 40:36-38)

hard Question # 2025: Which book of the Pentateuch is clearly not in chronological sequence?
Answer 1: Numbers.
Answer 2: Leviticus.
Answer 3: Exodus.
Answer 4: Deuteronomy.

Explanation and information: All of them are a bit jumbled, but the story clearly ends at the end of Deuteronomy. Numbers, the last book, starts over at the point when the Hebrews left Mount Sinai.

hard Question # 2026: According to Deuteronomy, how old was Moses when he died?
Answer 1: 120.
Answer 2: 99.
Answer 3: 154.
Answer 4: 80.

Explanation and information: Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. (Deut. 34:7)

hard Question # 2027: Where was Moses buried?
Answer 1: Moab.
Answer 2: Beth-Peor.
Answer 3: Bethseda.
Answer 4: Mount Nebo.

Explanation and information: And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. (Deut. 34:5-6)

easy Question # 2028: Which Psalm begins "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want"?
Answer 1: Psalm 23.
Answer 2: Psalm 1.
Answer 3: Psalm 100.
Answer 4: Psalm 42.

Explanation and information: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 2029: In Ephesians 6, when Paul talks about the "armor of God" metaphor, what belt does he tell us to wear?
Answer 1: The belt of truth.
Answer 2: The belt of righteousness.
Answer 3: The belt of self-control.
Answer 4: The belt of peace.

Explanation and information: Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:12-16)

medium Question # 2030: What angel is traditionally depicted with a sword?
Answer 1: Michael.
Answer 2: Gabriel.
Answer 3: Raphael.
Answer 4: The guardian angel.

Explanation and information: Michael is the only angel called "archangel" in the Bible, and he leads God's armies against Satan in the Book of Revelation.

medium Question # 2031: Which book does the phrase "Worthy is the lamb" come from?
Answer 1: Revelation.
Answer 2: 1 Corinthians.
Answer 3: Ezekiel.
Answer 4: Psalms.

Explanation and information: "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." (Rev. 5:12) The phrase originally occurs in Isaiah, but the quote in Revelation is more famous.

medium Question # 2032: Who is the "they" in the quote, "They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see"?
Answer 1: Idols.
Answer 2: Philistines.
Answer 3: Pharisees.
Answer 4: Scoffers.

Explanation and information: "Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;" (Psalm 115)

hard Question # 2033: Who said, " If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."?
Answer 1: C. S. Lewis.
Answer 2: Max Lucado.
Answer 3: St. Augustine.
Answer 4: G.K. Chesterton

Explanation and information: The quote is from "Mere Christianity":
"The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.’ A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

medium Question # 2034: Who coined the phrase (used by Handel in The Messiah) "For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
Answer 1: Paul.
Answer 2: Peter.
Answer 3: Isaiah.
Answer 4: John (the Evangelist)

Explanation and information: "We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:51-54)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 2035: Name the book: "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Answer 1: Ephesians.
Answer 2: Galatians.
Answer 3: Romans.
Answer 4: Colossians.

Explanation and information: Ephesians 3:17-19

hard Question # 2036: About how many Christians are there in the world's largest Muslim country, Indonesia?
Answer 1: 20 million.
Answer 2: 8 million.
Answer 3: 2 million.
Answer 4: 700,000.

Explanation and information: Christianity is growing quite fast in Indonesia, especially among evangelical protestants. The population of 240,000,000 is today roughly 7% Protestant and 3% Catholic.

hard Question # 2037: In Joshua 24, when he summons the elders to Shechem, he asks them to choose between Yahweh and the idol-gods of what Canaanite tribe?
Answer 1: Amorites.
Answer 2: Jebusites.
Answer 3: Pezzirites.
Answer 4: Philistines.

Explanation and information: "Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24)

hard Question # 2038: In the Gospel of Mark, which two apostles caused a jealous incident by asking Christ to seat them at His left hand and right hand?
Answer 1: James and John.
Answer 2: Peter and Andrew.
Answer 3: Philip and James (the greater)
Answer 4: Peter and John.

Explanation and information: James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." (Mark 10:35-37)

easy Question # 2039: Where did Paul first see Jesus?
Answer 1: While traveling on the road to Damascus.
Answer 2: In a closed room in Jerusalem.
Answer 3: Walking beside the Sea of Galilee.
Answer 4: During Jesus' trial.

Explanation and information: Acts 9:1-7

easy Question # 2040: As told in the Book of Acts, why did Saul convert to Christianity?
Answer 1: He was knocked to the ground by a flash of blinding light and heard the voice of Jesus.
Answer 2: He was at prayer in a closed room in Jerusalem when Christ came to him.
Answer 3: He saw God in a burning bush and a voice that told him to repent and serve Him.
Answer 4: An angel appeared to him as he slept by the road, in a dream, and he saw a vision of heaven.

Explanation and information: Acts 9:1-7

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2041: With whom do we associate Ananais?
Answer 1: Paul.
Answer 2: Peter.
Answer 3: David.
Answer 4: Moses.

Explanation and information: In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight." (Acts 9:10-18)

medium Question # 2042: What malady did Paul suffer from for several days, during his conversion?
Answer 1: Blindness.
Answer 2: Deafness.
Answer 3: Lameness.
Answer 4: Paralysis.

Explanation and information: When he was healed, it was as if "scales fell from his eyes". (Acts 9:16-18)

hard Question # 2043: Identify the psalm: "Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears Lord,who delights greatly in his commandments. His seed will be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house: and his righteousness endures for ever."
Answer 1: 112.
Answer 2: 113.
Answer 3: 56.
Answer 4: 82.

Explanation and information: Psalm 112 is a beautiful paean to the blessings of the Lord on those who follow Him.

hard Question # 2044: According to Proverbs 27, what is a nagging spouse like?
Answer 1: The dripping of a leaky faucet (or roof).
Answer 2: A dog with an old bone.
Answer 3: A shoe (sandal) with a stone in it.
Answer 4: An insect that flies around your head.

Explanation and information: "A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day."

medium Question # 2045: How many "signs" does John identify in his Gospel?
Answer 1: Seven.
Answer 2: Eleven.
Answer 3: Forty.
Answer 4: Twenty-one.

Explanation and information: John structures his Gospel around seven of Christ's miracles, which he depicts as signs that Christ is the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament.

medium Question # 2046: How many jars of water did Jesus turn into wine, at the wedding in Cana?
Answer 1: 6.
Answer 2: 4.
Answer 3: 3.
Answer 4: 12.

Explanation and information: Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." (John 2:1-11)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2047: What is the context of the origin for the quotation, "A prophet has no honor in his own land"?
Answer 1: The people of Nazareth having difficulty accepting Jesus' divinity.
Answer 2: The people of Jerusalem shouting for Jesus' crucifixion.
Answer 3: King Hezekiah exiling Isaiah from Jerusalem.
Answer 4: God telling Jonah to go to Ninevah.

Explanation and information: Luke 4:16-24.

hard Question # 2048: Whose voice did Joan of Arc follow after her divine revelation?
Answer 1: Saint Catherine.
Answer 2: Saint Bernadette.
Answer 3: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
Answer 4: The Angel Gabriel.

Explanation and information: Like Joan, Catherine was a virginal young girl when she was martyred. The other voices Joan heard were St. Margaret and the Archangel Michael.

hard Question # 2049: The Epistle of James begins by telling us that we should endure our trials as Christians, for what reason?
Answer 1: Because it develops patience.
Answer 2: Because we suffer as Christ did, with whom we are crucified.
Answer 3: Because it builds character.
Answer 4: Because it shows the world the depth of our faith.

Explanation and information: My brothers, consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience. Patience must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-3)

medium Question # 2050: Which Gospel, according to a majority of scholars, is the oldest?
Answer 1: Mark.
Answer 2: John.
Answer 3: Matthew.
Answer 4: Luke.

Explanation and information: Some scholars claim that Matthew is older, but most credit Mark as the oldest, as both Matthew and Luke appear to copy material from Mark. John was without doubt the last one written.

medium Question # 2051: Why does Matthew begin with a long, boring genealogy?
Answer 1: All of these.
Answer 2: To establish that Jesus is Jewish.
Answer 3: To establish that Jesus has royal blood.
Answer 4: To establish that Jesus has the lineage prophesied for the Messiah in the Old Testament.

Explanation and information: In order for Jesus to be fully accepted as King and Savior by Jews, Matthew must establish, immediately, that Jesus is a pure Jew, that he is descended from David and thus eligible to be king, and from the line of Abraham, Jesse and David, to show that He comports with prophecy.

hard Question # 2052: In Ezra 2, why were the sons of Hakkoz, along with several others, not allowed to become priests?
Answer 1: They could not prove that they were direct descendents of Aaron.
Answer 2: They had eaten food sacrificed to an idol.
Answer 3: They had cut their beards while living in Babylon.
Answer 4: They had taken Babylonian wives.

Explanation and information: "These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean." (Ezra 2:62)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2053: Why is the genealogy of Jesus, in Matthew 1, divided into three groups of 14 names?
Answer 1: To make it easier to remember.
Answer 2: Three is the number of the Trinity.
Answer 3: Fourteen is the number representing Jesus and the apostles, including both Judas and Matthias.
Answer 4: Fourteen is the Kabbalistic number representing Joseph.

Explanation and information: The Jews, who had very few books, were accustomed to memorizing their genealogies, and would split them into sections as a mnemonic aid.

medium Question # 2054: Which of the following names does NOT appear in Matthew 1?
Answer 1: Herod.
Answer 2: Mary.
Answer 3: Jehoshaphat.
Answer 4: Solomon.

Explanation and information: Solomon and Jehoshaphat, direct ancestors of Jesus, are named in the genealogy at the start of Matthew 1.

medium Question # 2055: In Matthew 1, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream to tell him that Mary will have a child conceived by _________?
Answer 1: The Holy Spirit.
Answer 2: God.
Answer 3: A miracle.
Answer 4: The Father.

Explanation and information: But while he was turning the matter over in his mind an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife! What she has conceived is conceived through the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to a son, whom you will call Jesus. (Matthew 1:21-22)

The connection of Christ to the Holy Spirit is a central theme of Matthew's Gospel.

medium Question # 2056: According to Isaiah 11, what would one day cover the earth "like the waters cover the sea"?
Answer 1: The knowledge of God.
Answer 2: The wrath of God.
Answer 3: The fires of a great dragon.
Answer 4: The Hebrew people.

Explanation and information: They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:9-10)

medium Question # 2057: When Jesus was born, the prophecy about a great king coming from Judea was . . .?
Answer 1: widely known in the Roman Empire.
Answer 2: believed by only a handful of devout Jews.
Answer 3: not specific as to where he would be born.
Answer 4: not believed except by inhabitants of Judea.

Explanation and information: As demonstrated by the journey of the Magi, and the writings of Roman historians, the prophecy of a great king to be born in Bethlehem was widely known, even beyond the limits of the Roman Empire.

medium Question # 2058: How many wise men does the Bible tell us came to visit the baby Jesus?
Answer 1: It does not say.
Answer 2: Three.
Answer 3: Four.
Answer 4: Five.

Explanation and information: Not long after his birth there arrived from the east a party of Magi making for Jerusalem and enquiring as they went, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? (Matthew 2:2-3) The New Testament is silent about their number, although the legend numbers them at three, probably because three gifts are specified.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2059: Which prophet, cited in Matthew, prophesies the flight of the infant Christ to Egypt and His return?
Answer 1: Hosea.
Answer 2: Isaiah.
Answer 3: Jeremiah.
Answer 4: Micah.

Explanation and information: So Joseph got up, and taking the child and his mother with him in the middle of the night, set off for Egypt, where he remained until Herod’s death. This again is a fulfillment of the Lord’s word spoken through the prophet — ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’. (Matthew 2:15-16)

hard Question # 2060: What is Ramah?
Answer 1: The place where Rachel was buried.
Answer 2: A day of fasting.
Answer 3: A town where Isaac dug a well.
Answer 4: A god of Sumeria.

Explanation and information: Then Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they were no more’. (Matthew 2:18)

hard Question # 2061: When Joseph, Mary and Jesus returned from Egypt, who was the ruler of Judea?
Answer 1: Archelaus.
Answer 2: Herod the Great.
Answer 3: Herod Antipas.
Answer 4: Caiaphas.

Explanation and information: So Joseph got up and took the little child and his mother with him and journeyed towards the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was now reigning as king of Judea in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to enter the country. (Matthew 2:21-22)

hard Question # 2062: When Matthew writes “thus fulfilling the old prophecy, that he should be called a Nazarene”, which book of the Old Testament is he referring to?
Answer 1: None.
Answer 2: Isaiah.
Answer 3: Psalms.
Answer 4: Jeremiah.

Explanation and information: Nobody knows exactly what this phrase means, as there is no known source for the prophecy.

easy Question # 2063: What was John the Baptist’s robe made from?
Answer 1: Camel hair.
Answer 2: Goatskin.
Answer 3: Wool of a lamb.
Answer 4: Untanned cowhide.

Explanation and information: Now John wore a garment of camel hair and a leather belt around his waist. (Matthew 3:3)

easy Question # 2064: What did John the Baptist eat while he was in the wilderness?
Answer 1: Locusts and wild honey.
Answer 2: Bread and water.
Answer 3: Milk and roasted grass.
Answer 4: Pizza Israeli-style.

Explanation and information: "his food was locusts and wild honey." (Matthew 3:4)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2065: Who did John the Baptist call "a brood of vipers"?
Answer 1: Sadducees who came to be baptized.
Answer 2: Pharisees who accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath law.
Answer 3: Herod and his court.
Answer 4: The Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.

Explanation and information: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:7-8)

medium Question # 2066: How did John the Baptist compare himself to Christ?
Answer 1: Not worthy to carry His sandals.
Answer 2: Like a child with a wise father.
Answer 3: A ragged child seeing a white lamb.
Answer 4: Like Aaron to Moses.

Explanation and information: I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)

medium Question # 2067: When Christ was baptized, what form did the Holy Spirit take in descending on Him?
Answer 1: A dove.
Answer 2: A tongue of light or fire.
Answer 3: A shining cloud.
Answer 4: A halo.

Explanation and information: And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him. (Matthew 3:16)

easy Question # 2068: What did Satan tempt Jesus to transform, in the wilderness?
Answer 1: Stones into bread.
Answer 2: Sand into water.
Answer 3: Bush into fire.
Answer 4: Rocks into gold.

Explanation and information: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit up into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. After a fast of forty days and nights he was very hungry. “If you really are the Son of God,” said the tempter, coming to him, “tell these stones to turn into loaves.” (Matthew 4:1-3)

medium Question # 2069: Complete the quote from Matthew 4: Jesus answered, “The scripture says ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but ________________________.”?
Answer 1: . . . by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Answer 2: . . . by the living water of the Spirit of God.
Answer 3: . . . by the manna sent by the Father.
Answer 4: . . . by the spiritual food that proceeds from true faith.

Explanation and information: Matthew 4:4.

hard Question # 2070: During the temptation of Christ, when Satan tempted Jesus to jump from the Temple, what scripture did he cite that angels would catch Him?
Answer 1: Psalm 91.
Answer 2: Psalm 81.
Answer 3: Isaiah.
Answer 4: Ezekiel.

Explanation and information: For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2071: During the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, how was the third temptation different from the first two?
Answer 1: Satan offered Jesus a gift for succumbing.
Answer 2: It did not occur in Canaan.
Answer 3: It occurred in a populated area.
Answer 4: Satan threatened Christ with harm if He did not succumb.

Explanation and information: Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)

medium Question # 2072: What practical lesson do we learn from the third temptation of Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4)?
Answer 1: Not to compromise with evil.
Answer 2: Not to judge other people.
Answer 3: Wealth is evil.
Answer 4: To keep the Sabbath holy.

Explanation and information: Christ refuses to give one inch to Satan’s temptations.

hard Question # 2073: When Jesus first began to preach in Capernaum, which tribe's land was he in?
Answer 1: Naphtali.
Answer 2: Dan.
Answer 3: Asher.
Answer 4: Judah.

Explanation and information: It was in accordance with Isaiah's prophecy: ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned' (Matthew 4:12-17)

medium Question # 2074: Where was Capernaum, in the time of Jesus?
Answer 1: On Lake Galilee.
Answer 2: On the Mediterranean coast.
Answer 3: On the River Jordan.
Answer 4: Just south of Nazareth.

Explanation and information: Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested he went back to Galilee. He left Nazareth and came to live in Capernaum, a lake-side town in the Zebulun-Naphtali territory. (Matthew 4:12)

medium Question # 2075: What was the original occupation of the Apostle John?
Answer 1: Fisherman.
Answer 2: Tax Collector.
Answer 3: Scribe.
Answer 4: The Gospels do not give his occupation.

Explanation and information: And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:22-24)

hard Question # 2076: The phrase "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" comes from which book?
Answer 1: Psalm 119.
Answer 2: Psalm 105.
Answer 3: Job.
Answer 4: Exodus.

Explanation and information: Psalm 119 is not only the longest psalm, but also the longest chapter in the Bible.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 2077: When Jesus first begins to travel around Galilee teaching (in Matthew 4), what area is NOT mentioned as a place where his fame spread?
Answer 1: The Euphrates.
Answer 2: Syria.
Answer 3: The Decapolis.
Answer 4: Beyond the Jordan.

Explanation and information: And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. (Matthew 4:25)

medium Question # 2078: What is the source of the "Doxology" ("Praise God from whom all blessings flow")?
Answer 1: An old Anglican hymn.
Answer 2: Psalm 82.
Answer 3: Psalm 19.
Answer 4: Hebrews.

Explanation and information: It is the last verse of "Awake, my soul, and with the sun" by Thomas Ken (1674).

medium Question # 2079: Where is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount found?
Answer 1: Matthew 5.
Answer 2: Luke 3.
Answer 3: Matthew 4.
Answer 4: Luke 4.

Explanation and information: It is found in Matthew 5-7.

medium Question # 2080: What is the difference between the first beatitude in Matthew and the first beatitude in Luke?
Answer 1: Matthew adds the words 'in spirit'
Answer 2: Luke adds the words 'in spirit'
Answer 3: In Matthew it is told to all twelve apostles.
Answer 4: In Luke, Jesus is sitting down.

Explanation and information: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."(Matthew 5:3)

medium Question # 2081: According to the Beatitudes, who will be comforted?
Answer 1: Those who mourn.
Answer 2: Those are persecuted for righteousness.
Answer 3: Those who regret their sin.
Answer 4: Those who hunger and thirst.

Explanation and information: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

medium Question # 2082: What does Matthew 5 tell us will become of the meek?
Answer 1: They will inherit the earth.
Answer 2: They will be called the children of God.
Answer 3: They will be heirs to the Kingdom of God.
Answer 4: They will dwell with Christ.

Explanation and information: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2083: In what century did John Wesley preach?
Answer 1: 18th.
Answer 2: 19th.
Answer 3: 20th.
Answer 4: 16th.

Explanation and information: He lived from 1703-1791. He and his brother Charles founded the Methodist Church.

medium Question # 2084: What will become of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Answer 1: They will be filled.
Answer 2: They will see God.
Answer 3: They will be called the Sons of God.
Answer 4: They will know peace.

Explanation and information: Matthew 5:6.

medium Question # 2085: According to Matthew 5:7, who will find mercy?
Answer 1: People who show mercy to others.
Answer 2: People who have true faith in Christ.
Answer 3: All who ask for it in the name of Jesus.
Answer 4: Those who are born again.

Explanation and information: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

medium Question # 2086: According to Matthew 5, why are the pure in heart blessed?
Answer 1: Because they shall see God.
Answer 2: Because they will be called the sons of God.
Answer 3: Because they will live with Christ in paradise.
Answer 4: Because the will inherit the earth.

Explanation and information: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)

hard Question # 2087: "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

Answer 1: Psalm 51.
Answer 2: Psalm 53.
Answer 3: Psalm 35.
Answer 4: Psalm 50.

Explanation and information: Psalm 51:7

medium Question # 2088: According to the Beatitudes, what blessing will come to peacemakers?
Answer 1: They will be called the children of God.
Answer 2: They will find peace.
Answer 3: Theirs will be the kingdom of heaven.
Answer 4: They will be satisfied.

Explanation and information: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2089: Proverbs 17 compares the beginning of strife to what?
Answer 1: A dam breaking.
Answer 2: A shoe slipping on a stone.
Answer 3: A lit twig.
Answer 4: A stone rolling down a mountain.

Explanation and information: "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out." (Proverbs 17:14 (NIV))

medium Question # 2090: Why does Matthew 5 say about those who are persecuted for righteousness?
Answer 1: Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Answer 2: They will be comforted.
Answer 3: They will see God.
Answer 4: They will be called the children of God.

Explanation and information: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

hard Question # 2091: Who wrote a poem about Christian martyrdom called "Easter Day"?
Answer 1: Robert Browning.
Answer 2: William Butler Yeats.
Answer 3: John Keats.
Answer 4: Oscar Wilde.

Explanation and information: "HOW very hard it is to be A Christian! Hard for you and me, . . ."

medium Question # 2092: Who did Jesus specifically mean to compare to salt, when he said "the salt of the earth" in Matthew 5?
Answer 1: The Hebrews.
Answer 2: Gentiles.
Answer 3: Romans.
Answer 4: Those who believed He was the Son of God.

Explanation and information: The salt of the earth metaphor referred to the loss of true faith among the Jews.

medium Question # 2093: What did Jesus say should be done with salt that has lost its flavor?
Answer 1: It should be thrown out and trod underfoot.
Answer 2: It should be reinvigorated.
Answer 3: It should be poured down a well.
Answer 4: It should be fed to livestock.

Explanation and information: " It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet." (Matthew 5:13)

medium Question # 2094: According to Matthew 5:14, who is the light of the world?
Answer 1: Us.
Answer 2: Jesus.
Answer 3: John the Baptist.
Answer 4: The Holy Spirit.

Explanation and information: Christ is, of course, more aptly described as "the light of the world", but the point here is the surprising attribution he made in the Sermon on the Mount. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. " (Matthew 5:14-15)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 2095: According to Matthew 5, which parts of the Mosaic Law did Christ abolish?
Answer 1: None.
Answer 2: The ritual laws.
Answer 3: The sacrifice of animals.
Answer 4: The laws that called for stoning.

Explanation and information: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven," (Matthew 5:17-19)

hard Question # 2096: What is an example of dramatic irony in the Bible?
Answer 1: For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
Answer 2: There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Job 1:1)
Answer 3: During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. (Exodus 2:23)
Answer 4: I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Cor. 1:10)

Explanation and information: We know that Christ does not expect that the Hebrews will be able to meet the standard Christ sets, but will find forgiveness in His sacrifice, but the Hebrews do not.

easy Question # 2097: In the Sermon on the Mount, what sin does Jesus tie to the commandment, “Thou shall not murder”?
Answer 1: Anger.
Answer 2: Lust.
Answer 3: Pride.
Answer 4: Greed.

Explanation and information: You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.” But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment. (Matthew 5:21))

medium Question # 2098: In the Sermon on the Mount, what does Jesus say about someone who calls his brother ‘you fool’?
Answer 1: He is liable for the fires of hell.
Answer 2: He should examine his own foolishness.
Answer 3: He must make amends.
Answer 4: Whoever hears him should correct him.

Explanation and information: Whoever says, ‘you fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. (Matthew 5:21-23)

medium Question # 2099: When Jesus spoke about lusting in your heart in Matthew 5, what did He mean?
Answer 1: We should not seek out temptation to long for it.
Answer 2: Lusting for something is the same as the sin we are lusting for.
Answer 3: Sex is the root of original sin.
Answer 4: A man sins whenever he feels lust for a woman other than his wife.

Explanation and information: The correct translation of the quote is "everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28) That is, there is no sin in feeling an automatic temptation to sin, if we are not seeking to be tempted.

hard Question # 2100: What was peculiar about the Christ sect called the Skoptsy?
Answer 1: They castrated themselves.
Answer 2: They refused to wear clothes.
Answer 3: They practiced group marriage.
Answer 4: They refused to cut their hair, fingernails and toenails.

Explanation and information: The Skoptsy were a sect in Russia, from about 1780 to 1920, who practiced self-castration (and breast removal for women) in order to avoid the temptation of lust. They would sometimes marry and have children before performing the act, which explains their long duration; however, the Communists did away with them.