Bible Jeopardy 5

I tried to make these questions a mix of easy and hard so that both adults and kids can have fun with them. Answers are at the bottom.


1. After assassinating Sennacherib, Adramelech and Sharezer escaped into the land of this mountain, where Noah’s ark also came to rest. (Isaiah 37:38)

2. Hagar, who is in slavery with her children, corresponds to this mountain in Arabia, where Moses received the Law. (Galatians 4:25)

3. In Deuteronomy 27, the tribes of Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin stood on this mountain to bless the people. Later, the Samaritans had their rival temple on this mountain. (Deuteronomy 27:12 ESV)

4. In 1 Kings 18, Ahab gathered all the prophets of Baal together at this mountain, where Elijah called down fire from heaven to burn up his sacrifice. (1 Kings 18:20 ESV)

5. A nice view of Jerusalem can be seen from this mountain where Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple in Matthew 24.


Miracles – name who did the miracle based on a quotation.

1. “Immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. (Acts 3:7, 8 ESV).   

2. He cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. (Exodus 7:10)

3. He was caught up by the Spirit and was found at Ashdod after baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch. (Acts 6)

4. He was annoyed because a girl with a spirit of divination kept following him, so he cast it out of her.

5. “The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes” after this man “walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him.” (2 Kings 4:35 ESV)


Rulers of Israel and Judah

1. When she saw the king standing by his pillar, and the captains and trumpeters, she tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” (2 Chronicles 23:13 ESV)

2. A wounded prophet with a bandage over his eyes told this king of Israel that he was a soldier who had let a prisoner escape from his keeping, thereby rebuking this king for letting Ben-Hadad escape from him. (1 Kings 20:38 ESV)

3. Azariah the priest, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, opposed this king when he tried to burn incense before the Lord. God afflicted him with leprosy. (2 Chronicles 26:17 ESV)

4. When he stretched out his hand against a man of God, saying, “Seize him,” his hand dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself, and the altar cracked and all the ashes poured out. (1 Kings 13:4 ESV)

5. His companions put their garments under their feet, blew their trumpets, and proclaimed this man as king after he had been secretly anointed by Elisha (2 Kings 9). He was famous for driving like a madman, and was the grandson of Nimshi.



1. This man’s wife made a dummy with goat’s hair to fool the soldiers of the king, while he escaped out the window. (1 Samuel 19:12)

2. He escaped from Damascus when “his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.” (Acts 9:25 ESV)

3. An angel told this man, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” (Genesis 19:17 ESV)

4. This man, “one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, escaped and fled after David” when Doeg the Edomite killed the priests of YHWH at Nob. (1 Samuel 22:20 ESV)

5. A messenger told this man, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” (Job 1:14, 15 ESV)


1. The soul of this man “was knit to the soul of David, and he loved him as his own soul.” (1 Samuel 18:1 ESV)

2. Jacob’s term of employment “seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for” this woman. (Genesis 29:20 ESV)

3. This man’s relatives sent to Jesus, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” (John 11:3 ESV)

4. This NT epistle opens with an address to “to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.”

5. This man’s soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. (Genesis 34:3 ESV)


1. When this man was forty years old, “he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.” (Genesis 26:34-35 ESV)

2. 1 Corinthians 7:33 says that the married man is anxious about these sorts of things, for instance, how to please his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:33 ESV)

3. 1 Timothy 5:11 says that these people, “when their passions draw them away from Christ, desire to marry.”(1 Timothy 5:11 ESV)

4. In what is perhaps the first interracial marriage in the Bible, Moses married a woman of this nationality, equivalent to modern-day Ethiopia. (Numbers 12:1 ESV)

5. “As if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, this man took for his wife the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, namely, Jezebel. (1 Kings 16:31 ESV)


Babies (not necessarily in baby carriage)

1. A Levites woman saw that this baby was beautiful, so she hid him three months. (Exodus 2)

2. This woman said, “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44 ESV)

3. Psalm 139 compares God’s forming the body of a baby inside its mother’s womb to this sort of craft.

4. This man writes that Jesus appeared to him, “Last of all, as to one untimely born.” (1 Corinthians 15:8 ESV)

5. Even though he was blind, the prophet Ahijah knew that the footsteps at his threshold were the wife of this king, and he prophesied that her unborn child would die as soon as she entered the city of Tirzah. (1 Kings 14)



1. Eighteen people died when this city’s tower fell, even though they were not worse offenders than any others who lived in Jerusalem. (Luke 13)

2. The first ever mention of an ivory tower is in this book, where it is used as a simile for a woman’s neck.

3. Migrating people from the east used brick for stone and bitumen for mortar. God came down to see this structure that they were building. (Genesis 11)

4. According to Proverbs 18:10, this is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10 ESV)

5. Having burned 1000 people alive in the Tower of Shechem, this man tried to use the same trick against the tower of Thebez, but was killed when a woman dropped a millstone on his head, crushing his skull. (Judges 9)



1. The psalmist says that he will fear no evil, even though he walk through this valley. (PSALM 23)

2. As part of Isaiah 40’s project of making “straight in the desert a highway for our God,” this is what will be done to every valley.

3. In Joel 3, Jehovah tramples out the grapes of wrath and judges the multitudes in this valley.

4. Ever since King Josiah defiled this valley, it was no longer used as a place of sacrifice to Molech, but as a constantly-burning garbage dump, which is why Jesus used it as his image of Hell. (2 Kings 23:10)

5. The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side when David defeated Goliath in this valley. (1 SAMUEL 17)



1. Proverbs 16:31 says that hair of this color is “a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. (Proverbs 16:31 ESV)

2. Hair of this kind of animal was used to make curtains for a tent over the tabernacle (Exodus 36:14), and also as a wig for a decoy of David.

3. Jesus warns you not to swear by your head because you cannot make a single hair do this. (Matthew 5:36 ESV)

4. It weighed two hundred shekels by the king’s weight when it was cut off once a year. (2 Samuel 14:26 ESV)

5. In Song of Solomon 4:1, the Shunnamite’s hair is compared to these animals leaping down the slopes of Gilead.



1. The temple tax, like most money in OT Israel, was denominated in this currency, standardized by an official weight kept in the sanctuary. (Exodus 30:13)

2. In Jesus’ parable, both those who worked for only an hour, and those who had “born the heat of the day” received this much money, in keeping with their agreement with the vineyard owner. It was also the coin for paying taxes to Caesar. (Matthew 20:10 and 22:19)

3. A handkerchief wrapped up a single one of these coins for the servant who knew that his master was a hard man, reaping where he had not sown. But two other servants made capital gains of 1000% and 500% respectively. (Luke 19)

4. In Matthew 18, the unforgiving servant owes his master 10,000 of these rather large weights of silver or gold.

5. The poor widow in Mark 12:42 put in two mites, which amounted to one of these Roman coins. There were 4 of them in a denarius.



1. He tried to bribe Peter to give him the ability to lay hands on people and give them the Holy Spirit.

2. This woman gave King Saul a morsel of bread and a fatted calf after she had summoned up Samuel’s ghost for him.

3. This Jewish magician tried to keep the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus from believing he message of Paul in Acts 13.

4. These were the names of Pharaoh’s magicians, according to 2 Timothy 3:8.

5. He is called the “chief of the magicians” and the king says that , because “the spirit of the holy gods is in” him and that “no mystery is too difficult for” him; therefore he asks him to interpret his dream, addressing him by the Chaldaean name Belteshazzar. (Daniel 4:9 ESV)













Sora’s Communication from Leyte

On Friday, our family prayed together, then the kids and I laid hands on Sora and asked the Lord to watch over her and bless her work. Krys M., the director of the birth clinic here in Davao then drove Sora to the airport. She went first to Manila, where she stayed overnight because weather had delayed her flight. Then on Saturday, she boarded a plane to Tacloban, the capital of the province of Leyte. From there, she got a ride to Dulag, a smaller town where she will be working with a team of Filipina and international midwives in a field birth clinic. It is situated in a school building that was de-roofed by the super typhoon last year; though the building now has some roofing, the clinic is still in tents. There are 6 Filipina midwives and international volunteers, including a midwife from Poland and one from New Zealand.

Sora texted me that traces of the typhoon’s devastation are still everywhere. She also said that she has no internet (expected), and that her cell phone only has reception in a certain 3-foot square. We texted for a while in that spot, but I’m not expecting further regular communications.

Instead, Sora will be writing in a paper notebook with a pen and taking photos with her phone, and she will blog about the four weeks when she returns. If she texts me anything further before then, I’ll of course post it.

“My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist!”

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Ezekiel shoots a jump shot in happier days. He’ll be sitting on the bench for the rest of the season.

Basketball is not intended to be a contact sport. Unfortunately, during team practice today Ezekiel’s little finger made contact with the ball and he came home with a swollen pinkie that was jutting out at an odd angle, which he could not straighten or move without extreme pain. After icing it and hemming and hawing a little bit we headed to the ER of one of the private hospitals in town (it was late enough in the evening that no clinics or doctor’s offices would be open.)

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Who needs a lead apron for a little old hand x-ray?

The ER  experience was smooth, easy, and efficient, an incredible contrast to understaffed, overcrowded ER at the public hospital where we usually bring any patients who need transport for higher-level care. Ezekiel was unquestionably the healthiest patient there but we were still seen immediately. Within half an hour of arrival we had paid for our x-ray (in the Philippines, you pay first and then get treated: that’s why there’s no wait time in the ER) and Ezekiel was getting zapped. The radiology tech was surprised when I asked him to put the apron on my kid for just a hand x-ray.

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Probable diagnosis: chip fracture. (They x-rayed the uninjured hand too to compare but I only got a photo of the first one.) No orthopedists in house at 7 pm so Matt’s going to take him back tomorrow.

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The ER doctor offered to admit him so he could have first crack at the ortho in the morning rather than having to wait around in the outpatient clinic (Seriously? Seriously! “Since there is a fracture, we are allowed to admit him.”) This was obviously overkill so I said we’d just come back tomorrow. They settled for immobilizing the hand and finger (which Ezekiel considered excessive), telling us to keep icing, and writing a prescription for mefenamic acid which we probably won’t bother with since the swelling is fairly minimal (post title notwithstanding) and he’s not in pain unless he tries to move his finger.

The most remarkable part of the whole thing (besides being in and out and home in about an hour and a half, half an hour of which was spent driving?) Total bill for ER visit with x-ray: 823 pesos. (At today’s exchange rates, that’s USD$18.39.) Plus $0.65 for the bandage. Except… that this is at the expensive private hospital that very few families can actually afford to go to. It’s still hard to fathom that what seems like such a small amount to us is an insurmountable barrier to care to so many others.

Overseas Filipino Workers


image credit: the kaya collaborative

It is a truism that the Philippines’ biggest export is people. The number of Filipinos overseas is more than 10% of the Philippine population, and money sent from overseas workers to family members back at home represents more than 10% of the national GDP.

A few months after we arrived, one of the other missionary families asked if we’d be interested in a part-time cook — they loved the woman who was cooking for them but she really wanted full time work and they didn’t need her for that many hours. We agreed and soon grew to greatly appreciate Helen’s cooking and baking as well as her honesty, industry, and cheerful attitude. Helen was a grandmother and her income helped support an extended family including an aging father and a 10-year-old grandson for whom she was the primary caregiver. Some years before, Helen had responded to the recruiting advertisements and gone to Kuwait as a domestic worker on a two-year contract. It wasn’t long before she discovered that all was not as advertised. Her story is not an unusual one: overseas Filipinas working as domestic servants are frequently exploited and even abused. Helen left her first employer and was able to find another job “under the table” in order to keep sending money back to her family in the Philippines. She was reported for working illegally and spent months in a Kuwaiti jail before returning to the Philippines.

Helen eventually left us for a better job in Manila. A few months later, we learned that the sister-in-law of one of our apartment complex’s security guards was planning to go overseas to work, leaving her husband and two young children in hopes of better financial security for her children’s schooling and future. Her brother-in-law was trying hard to dissuade her: even if she were to get a “good” job with a reputable agency, she would not see her family for several years. It did not take much persuasion for us to offer her a job with our family. Of course, this solution is not generally available for the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Filipina mothers who leave their children behind to work overseas, believing this is the best choice they can make for their families.

Getting a good job here in the Philippines is difficult. Because of an abundance of workers, the job market is saturated and even college-educated workers often struggle to find employment or make a liveable “middle-class” income. Employers can pick and choose and job specifications, especially for retail work, almost always list specifications that would be quite illegal in the U.S.: “Must be female, over 5’2″, and under 25 years old.” (To work at a grocery store check-out counter.)

Mary, one of my former patients, texted me today to tell me she was planning to apply to work overseas. She is 26 and had been working at the grocery store where I usually shop, so I saw her regularly. Her contract had expired and despite her experience and work ethic she was not going to be hired back again because she was “over the age limit.” She saw overseas work as her only option now.

“Maguol ko sa akong mga anak … wala ko trabaho wala sila makaon,” she texted. (I will be sad for my children but if I don’t work they are not able to eat.)

(She is still looking for a job here in Davao as well though she is running up against the “age limit” in many of the retail jobs for which she is qualified; please pray with me that she will find something.)