Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bible Challenge- "Authority "and the Word "IF"

Good Evening to All!

It's that time again! Time for BIBLE CHALLENGE!

As usual, the verses will be given so that if you don't know the answer you can look it up with no trouble.


1. This man, both priest and king blessed Abram. (Gen. 14;18)
a) Mamre
b) Eschol
c) Aner
d) Melchizedek

2. How did David convince King Saul that he had the authority to face the giant Goliath? (1 Sam. 17:32-37 )
a) showed him a letter of recommendation from Samuel.
b) demonstrated his accuracy with a sling in target practice.
c) told him how the Lord has already delivered David from a bear and a lion.
d) successfully interpreted the king's troubling dream.

3. On the shoulder of what earthly man was laid " the key of the house of David" a position central to the king's administration (Isaiah 22:20-24)
a) Eliakim
b) Eliphaz
c) Shebna
d) Shimei

4. What authority did the keys of the kingdom of heaven bestow upon Peter?
(Matthew 16:19)

a) the authority to act as gate keeper, deciding who would be binding in heaven
b) the authority to make decisions on earth that would be binding heaven
c) the authority to gain an audience with God on behalf of whomever Peter chose
d) not specified in Scripture

5. As reported in the Gospel of Luke, what did Jesus have to say about Caesar's authority?
(Luke 20:25)

6. Why did Paul say we must obey human governments? (Romans 13:1-7)
a) because it's akin to honoring our parents
b) so the governments will be obligated to shoulder the blame for human foibles on judgment day
c) because God, the ultimate power, has ordained these lesser powers
d) Paul never taught that we must obey governments

7. What biblical author testifies that the Bible is God's inspired word and "is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, in righteousness"? (2 Timothy 3:16)
a) Luke
b) John
c) Peter
d) Paul

8. Whom did Paul instruct to pray "for kings, and for all that are in authority?" (Timothy 2:1-2)
a) Pater
b) Lydia
c) Timothy
d) Cornelius

9. Whom did Paul instruct to rebuke wrong-doers "with all authority" and to "let no man despise thee" for doing so? (Titus 2:15)
a) the church at Jerusalem
b) the church at Ephesus
c) Titus
d) Philemon

10. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors as unto them that are sent by him" was taught by whom? (1 Peter 2:13-14)
a) Jesus
b) John
c) Paul
d) Peter

I hope you enjoy these little challenges as well as I do.


I have a question for you to ponder. Our Adult Sunday School teacher brought this up to us today and I thought it was important, so I leave it with you to ponder. Have you ever thought about how big and important the word "IF" is? Anytime we encounter the word "if", it requires a response, a choice to be made. Have you ever thought about how important your choices are? As the old saying goes, " they can make you or break you. Everything we do in life is a choice. Sometimes we say, " I didn't have a choice". Yes , we did have a choice, we just didn't like them. Sometimes there are bad choices or bad choices. Yes, I know that sounds redundant, but it isn't. There are times when I don't like either or any of the choices which I have to choose from, but just the same, they are choices. For example, I had 2 choices for President. I didn't like either one, but I chose to vote for one just the same. Yes, I must live with my choice even though I may not like it. ( no mine didn't get "chosen by the majority). Anyway, I chose to vote, so that I would have the right to complain if I wanted, because if (there's that word again) someone doesn't vote and is eligible to do so, I don't think they should complain because they chose to "keep silent" .

The same goes for any choice we make. We have to contend with the choices we make in life.
Another example is :

Did you know that the word "IF" is mentioned over 300 times in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John alone? This fact shows me that it is a very important word, and tells me that God wants me to make choices. The question is will I make the Right choices? Choices should not be made lightly.

Mark 4:23 IF any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Condition and response.

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, IF any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. Condition and response.

In John 14:15, Jesus tells us "IF you love me, you will keep my commandments. Condition and response .

John 14:14, Jesus says, IF you ask anything in My name, I will do it. Condition and response.

Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, IF any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Condition and response.

Romans 8:31 What shall we say unto these things? IF God be for us, who can be against us?

These are just a few of the verses in which the word "If" is used. There are many, many more.
As I said, the word "if" is in the 4 gospels alone, over 300 times, which means it must be a pretty important little word. If it is that important to God, then how important should it be to us, to make the right decisions in our lives according to His wishes? Just a thought to ponder.......

May God Bless You All!

Love & Prayers,

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Yaya' s Changing World said...

I'll be watching for the answers to your quiz. As far as the question of "If" goes, that's some heavy-duty thinking, but you're right... it is very important. Thank you for the reminder.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Word Designer said...

I'm lovin' the IF question. Biggest word in the English dictionary, if you ask me.

Word Designer

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