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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!

Bible Mastermind – February 2015

1. Who went with Moses to visit Pharaoh to demand the Israelites should be allowed to go and worship God?
Exodus chapters 3 and 4 describe how God appeared to Moses when he was a shepherd in the wilderness and told him that he was to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave. Moses was very reluctant to do this, since he was afraid that he might still be wanted for murdering an Egyptian slave overseer 40 years earlier. So God told him that his older brother Aaron would meet him and go with him to speak to Pharaoh

2. What was the first miracle Moses did to show Pharaoh God was with him?
Exodus chapter 5 tells us that when Moses and Aaron first went to speak to Pharaoh they did not do any miracle, but simply asked for the people of Israel to be allowed to go and worship God. This led to Pharaoh making the brick-making of the Israelite slaves more difficult. When they returned to Pharaoh in chapter 7, Moses threw his wooden staff onto the ground where it became a snake. However Pharaoh was not impressed, because his magicians produce snakes from sticks by trickery.

3. The first few plagues affected both the Israelites and the Egyptians. Which was the first plague which only affected the Egyptians?
After the first three plagues, God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that the next plagues, a plagues of swarms of flies everywhere, would only affect the Egyptian areas and not the land of Goshen where the Israelites lived. You can read about the plagues in Exodus chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. The remaining plagues affected only the Egyptian population.

4. What was the last great plague which persuaded the Egyptians to let the Israelites leave?
Pharaoh was a very stubborn man; – after the later plagues he often said the people of Israel could go only to change his mind as soon as the plagues ended. In Exodus chapter 11 the last terrible plague is described. All the firstborn children and cattle of the Egyptians would die.

5. What did the Israelites have to do to escape this last plague, how is this remembered today and what has it got to do with Jesus?
In Exodus chapter 12 the Israelites were told to take a lamb and after three days to sacrifice and eat it. The blood was to be used to mark the doorposts of their houses as a sign of their obedience to God’s commands. They were also to pack all their belongings, to make bread without yeast to eat on the journey an to be ready to leave Egypt for good.
This was the very first Passover feast, because the angels of God “hovered over” the houses of the people of Israel to protect them from the plague. Every year in the Spring Jews all over the world remember this by holding their own Passover feasts, with the Passover Lamb at the centre of their meal.
Jesus is described in the New Testament as “The Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.” Like the Israelites we have to have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus and to be ready to obey God’s call to repent, be baptised and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.