Bible Challenges

by David J. Stewart
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Quizzes, Puzzles and Riddles

 Challenge #1 - "Who Am I?"

The following riddle was written by a woman in California, USA, over 100 years ago in the late 1800's. The answer is one word, five letters long, and appears only four times in its various forms in the Authorized King James Bible. Have fun and don't peek at the answer until you give up!

God made Adam out of dust,
     But thought it best to make me first:
So I was made before the man,
     According to God's holy plan.
My whole body God made complete,
     Without arms or hands or feet.
My ways and acts did God control,
     But in my body He placed no soul.
A living being I became,
     And Adam gave to me a name.
Then from his presence I withdrew,
     For this man Adam I never knew.

All my Maker's laws I do obey,
     And from these laws I never stray.
Thousands of me go in fear,
     But seldom on the earth appear.
Later, for a purpose God did see,
     He placed a living soul in me.
But that soul of mine God had to claim,
     And from me He took it back again.
And when this soul from me had fled,
     I was the same as when first made;
Without arms, legs, feet, or soul,
     I travel on from pole to pole.

My labors are from day to night,
     And to men I once furnished light.
Thousands of people both young and old,
     Did by my death bright lights behold.
No right or wrong can I conceive;
     The Bible and its teachings I can't believe.
The fear of death doesn't trouble me;
     Pure happiness I will never see.
And up in Heaven I can never go,
     Nor in the grave or Hell below.
So get your Bible and read with care;
     You'll find my name recorded there.



Challenge #2 - A Bible Quiz

  1. How many books are there in the whole Bible?
  2. How many books are there in the Old Testament?
  3. How many books are there in the New Testament?
  4. In which Testament would you look for the Sermon on the Mount?
  5. In which Testament would you look for the story of Jonah and the great fish?
  6. How many of the New Testament books are called the Gospels?
  7. In what book of the Bible would you read about Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego?
  8. What is the first book in the Bible?
  9. What is the last book in the Bible?
  10. If you opened the Bible in the middle, what book would you find?



Challenge #3 - What Relation?

How are the following Bible characters related?

  1. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4, especially v.8)
  2. Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 21, especially v.3)
  3. Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38,39)
  4. Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:2)
  5. Moses and Aaron (Exodus 4:14)
  6. Eunice and Lois (2 Timothy 1:5)
  7. Peter and Andrew (Matthew 4:18)
  8. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)
  9. Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 42:3,4)
  10. David and Absalom (2 Samuel 18:33)



Challenge #4 - Who Was He?

There was a man who went one day
On top a Joppa house to pray,
And while he waited for his meat
He dreamed he saw a great big sheet
Let down from heaven, and inside
Fowls and creeping things did ride,
The one who prayed was told to eat,
For God had cleansed this "common" meat.
      Who was he? (Acts 10)



Challenge #5 - Bible Acrostic

The first letter of each answer forms the name of one of the great Jewish feasts.

  1. That which we are to do without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  2. The man God knew would command his household after him (Genesis 18:19)
  3. A bird God notices as it falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29)
  4. A church mentioned in Revelation (Revelation 3:1)
  5. The number of times Christ offered up Himself for sin (Hebrews 7:27)
  6. That which Jesus calls Himself in John 15:1; "the true___________"
  7. A man who kissed his brother who had wronged him (Genesis 33:4)
  8. The last book in the New Testament.



Challenge #6 - A Word Hunt

You are to hunt for ten words of five letters each and all beginning with the letters RO. Each word is described or defined to help you guess it, and you may check your answer by looking for the word in the Bible verse given.

  1. Large stones. (Jeremiah 4:29)
  2. Parts of a house. (Matthew 23:6)
  3. Man of a certain nationality. (Acts 22:29)
  4. Garments. (Luke 20:46)
  5. A way to cook meat. (1 Samuel 2:15)
  6. Parts of a tree. (Mark 11:20)
  7. To waken. (Genesis 49:9)
  8. The opposite of smooth. (Isaiah 40:4)
  9. Kingly. (Esther 5:1)
  10. Large twisted cords. (Acts 27:32)



Challenge #7 - Who Was He?

Once a little babe was drifting
In a basket all alone,
When the king's fair daughter found him-
Wished to have him for her own.
So she found the baby's mother
For his nurse that very day
But when he had grown to manhood,
He his people led away.
      Who was he? (Exodus 2)



Challenge #8 - Scrambled Bible Names

Can you figure out these Bible names by rearranging the letters?

  1. Jaileh    _ _ _ _ _ _
  2. Henteps    _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  3. Ulpa    _ _ _ _
  4. Bamhara    _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  5. Lisas    _ _ _ _ _
  6. Anho    _ _ _ _
  7. Raash    _ _ _ _ _
  8. Nana    _ _ _ _
  9. Ossem    _ _ _ _ _
  10. Utist    _ _ _ _ _



Challenge #9 - A Bible Town Acrostic

The name of Jacob's youngest son.
(Genesis 35:18)
A stone that told what God had done.
(1 Samuel 7:12)
A saint who showed great unbelief.
(John 20:24)
One who to God poured out her grief.
(1 Samuel 1:15)
A man to save his life who fled.
(Genesis 19:18-22)
A queen who filled another's stead.
(Esther 2:17)
A king who had God's witness slain.
(Matthew 14:3-11)
And a man whose prayers stayed the rain.
(1 Kings 17:1)
He lived the longest here below.
(Genesis 5:25)
      Initials give a place you know.



Challenge #10 - How Many Do You Know?

  1. Do you know the city in which Jesus lived as a boy? (Luke 2:39-40)
  2. Do you know who is called the "Weeping Prophet"?
  3. Do you know the name of the first Christian martyr? (Acts 7:54-60)
  4. Do you know where the ravens fed Elijah? (1 Kings 17:5-6)
  5. Do you know the names of the two people who were never born?
  6. Do you know the names of the two people who never died?
  7. Do you know in which book of the Bible the name of God is not found?
  8. Do you know who told Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again"? (John 3)
  9. Do you know who turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back? (Genesis 19:15, 26)
  10. Do you know what is "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword"? (Hebrews 4:12)



Challenge #11 - Hidden Books of the Bible

The names of sixteen books of the English Bible are hidden in the text of the following paragraph. Can you find all sixteen of them?

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu. Kept people looking so hard for facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others, it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. One little lady says she brews a cup of tea, so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete.  Relax now for there are really sixteen names of books of the Bible in this story.