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Bible Quick Quiz – July 2015

1. On which holy-day were the Israelites told to give their animals a rest?
See Deuteronomy 5:4 – When God gave the Israelites his commands about the Sabbath, He told them the following:-“but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your manservant, or your maidservant, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.”

2. On which holy-day do Jews today use football rattles?
See the Book of Esther 9:18-19 – After Mordecai and Queen Esther saved the Jews from the threat of destruction by Haman, a great annual festival was instituted. To this day when the book of Esther is read at the festival of Purim, football rattles are used to drown out the name Haman whenever it is read.

3. What animal had to be kept in a Jewish house for three and a half days before the Passover?
See Exodus 12:1-6 – The Passover lamb was brought into the house as God commanded and kept for three and a half days before it would be killed for the sacrifice. This would bring home to the Israelites how much they needed to repent of their sins and how great God’s mercy was in accepting the death of the lamb instead of their deaths. The lamb pointed forward to the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

4. What was to happen to the first sheaf of the harvest?
See Leviticus 23:10-11 – The Israelites were always to remember how much God had given them, so the firstfruits of the harvest were to be dedicated to God.

5. Who was lost by his parents at one of the feasts of the Jews?
See Luke 2:41-49 – When he was 12 the young Jesus was taken up to Jerusalem for the first time to a festival, – possibly the Passover. On the way back Joseph and Mary realised Jesus was missing and went back to look for him; after three days they found him in the Temple, -“ his Father’s house.”

Bible Mastermind – March 2015

1. Which pair of books in the New Testament mentions the Second Coming of Jesus in every chapter?
1 and 2 Thessalonians

2. Matthew 24 and Luke 21 talk about two major events. One is the Second Coming of Jesus, but what is the other?
AD 70 when the Jews rebelled against the occupation of their country by the Romans, and the Roman army came and destroyed Jerusalem. This was the start of the expulsion of the Jews from their land (it was completed in AD 135) just as the prophets had foretold. This exile lasted until 1948.

3. The biggest reason to expect the return of Jesus has not been mentioned in the DorridgeHope March issue. What is it? It is mentioned in Luke 21:24.
The re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was prophesied in the Bible and we are told it would be a great sign that the Second Coming of Jesus was not far away.

4. Which books of the New Testament do not mention the Second Coming? There are some, but not many.
There are 4 books of the New Testament that do not directly mention the Second Coming of Jesus – Romans, 2 Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians. There are 27 books in the NT so that means 23 directly speak about the Second Coming. It must be important!