I Didn't Know That!

Call this a Quiz. Call this a Bible Study. It is both. I have arranged this study in a quiz format, with the questions appearing first, and the answers following. To find the answer and a few facts to go with them, read the passage of Scripture.

All the facts in these questions are taken from King James Version of the Bible. Some of the facts are quite unusual, others not too well known, while still others are just plain interesting.

1. What were the Hebrew names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three of the men brought to Babylon, from Judah, in the days of King Nebuchadnezzar? And what was Daniel's Chaldean name? Daniel 1:6 & 7

Answer: In Daniel, chapter one, we learn that in the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came and besieged Judah, carrying away vessels from the house of God. He also carried away many young men--the best of the land. Among these were Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah and Daniel. He gave them all Chaldean names.

Daniel 1:6 & 7 "Now among these (those carried away into Babylon) were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: .....Shadrach;...Meshach;....Abednego....(and) he gave unto Daniel, the name of Belteshazzar."

2. When Nineveh repented, its residents put sackcloth not only on themselves, but also on all the ________________. Jonah 3:8

Answer: We all know the story of Jonah, and how he refused to do what God said, taking a boat ride instead. We all know how God sent the storm, and eventually Jonah was cast into the angry sea where God had prepared a big fish to swallow him. We all know that the fish got pretty sick of him after three days and threw him up onto the shore. We all know that Jonah then went reluctantly to Nineveh, and that the people repented.

But did we know this? That not only did the people repent, clothing themselves with sackcloth (the clothes people wore, showing repentance), but they also put sackcloth on all the animals. Jonah 3:8. "But let the man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands....Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?"

3. Mordecai acted as Esther's father, but did you know that he was really her _________? And that her Hebrew name was Hadasah? Esther 2:7.

Answer: Esther 2:7 ...Mordecai was really Esther's Cousin. "And he (Mordecai) brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother." Mordecai was in the service of King Ahasuerus. (In the NIV he is called King Xerxes, but since this study is taken from King James Version of the Bible, I am referring to him as King Ahasuerus, as he is called here.)

When Queen Vashti was disgraced before the king, the king put on a contest to find a replacement for her. Mordecai knew that Hadasah was very beautiful, so he entered her into the contest. Esther eventually became queen and saved her people, the Jews, from destruction. Read the book of Esther. It is a short book, and very interesting.

4. What was Joshua's name before Moses changed it? Numbers 13:16

Answer: Numbers 13:16 "And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua."

I wanted to make certain that this was really the "Joshua" we all know, so I read further. Joshua 14:6 mentions Joshua, the son of Nun, and cross references back to 13:8, where he was called Oshea, the son of Nun.

5. A battle was won because ____________ held his hands up to God. While his hands were stretched out, Israel prevailed. When he put his hands down, Amalek prevailed. But his hands became tired so they brought a stone for him to sit on....What two people held his hands up so that he could continue his intercession to God for the people of Israel? Exodus 17:11, 12.

Answer: Exodus 17:8-13 This is an interesting story. Moses, on many occasions interceded to God for the people of Israel. This time God instructed him to send men out to fight with Amalek. He went to the top of a hill with the rod of God in his hand.... "And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed." "And Aaron and Hur stayed (held) up his (Moses') hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun....And Joshua discomfited (won over) Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."

6. What unusual thing happened to the sun for a whole day while Israel fought the Amorites, during a battle led by Joshua? Joshua 10:20-14.

6. Joshua 10:12-14. "Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon: and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon....And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. ....So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day....And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel."

During this battle Israel fought in the light, while the Amorites fought in the dark. And of course, Israel won! In all these stories we see how God provided for, or looked after His people. God never changes. If He could be with the young men of Judah when they were stolen from their land; if He could bring repentance upon a whole city, sparing them destruction; if He could save a whole nation by the fearless obedience of a beautiful woman; if He fought for the Israelites, sparing them extinction through the generations, then why should we doubt His hand upon our daily lives?

Isn't God wonderful?

Helen Dowd.


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