Special Sub-Topic: Biblical Deaths - How Deadly Accurate Are You? #4
|What notable Old Testament character died on the top of a mountain with the Israelites mourning his passing for 30 days?|
Aaron. Aaron is the correct answer. According to Numbers 33:39, Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor. Scripture states he died on the first day of the fifth month of the 40th year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. After his death, Moses removed Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar. According to Numbers 20:22-30, in the NIV Bible, "when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, all the Israelites mourned for him thirty days." Aaron, of course, was the brother of Moses and Miriam. He was instrumental in leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. The death of Miriam is reported in the same chapter as well.
|What judge of Israel, noted for his strength, single handed caused the collapse of a temple, killing himself and a large number of Philistines?|
Samson. The story of Samson is one of the most colorful ones in the Old Testament. According to Scripture, his long hair was the secret to his strength and when his locks were cut by Delilah, he lost his power. However, with his hair partially grown back, Samson had his final hurrah in the 16th chapter of Judges as he used his remaining strength to get revenge against the Philistines who had taken him captive. While the Philistine rulers were offering "a great sacrifice" to Dagon their god, it was decided to bring out Samson for "entertainment" purposes. A crucial mistake was made when Samson was placed by the pillars that supported the temple. Judges 16:30 states: "Samson said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!' Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived."
A children's joke goes like this. Question: Who was the best actor of them all in the Old Testament. Answer: Samson -- he brought down the house.
|Fill in the missing name from 1 Samuel 4:18, in the NIV Bible: "When he mentioned the ark of God, _______ fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years."|
Eli. Eli is the correct answer. According to 1 Samuel 4:15, Eli was 98 years old and was basically blind when he died. Eli was startled by news his two sons Hophni and Phinehas were dead and the Philistine army had captured the ark of God from the Israelites. Scripture states that as soon as Eli had heard about the capture of the ark of God, he fell backward off his chair and died of a broken neck.
|Abigail is described as intelligent and beautiful in Scripture and she became the wife of David after her first husband, described as surly and mean, was struck dead by the LORD. What was the name of her husband?|
Nabal. According to Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:25, Nabal was not only wicked but his name meant "Fool". He might have been surly and mean, but he certainly had his comeuppance. After being rude and obnoxious with David's men, Nabal was struck dead by the LORD, as per 1 Samuel 25:38. Shortly after Nabal's death, Abigail became David's wife. The same chapter states David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel.
|Eglon, described in Scripture as the "very fat" king of Moab, was killed by a left-handed judge of the Israelites. What's the name of the judge who thrust a sword into the king's stomach?|
Ehud. Ehud is the correct answer. According to Judges 3:15, Ehud was a left-handed Benjamite who was the son of Gera. The same passage describes Ehud as a "deliverer" from God. The second judge of Israel is known for killing Eglon, the "very fat" king of Moab. Scripture goes into some gory details about the king's death. Judges 3:20-22, in the NIV Bible, states: "Ehud then approached him (Eglon) while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, 'I have a message from God for you.' As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly. Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it." Under Ehud's leadership, the Israelites killed 10,000 Moabites and there was peace in the land for 80 years, according to Judges 3:29-30.
|What prophet was suffering from an illness and, just before he died, had Jehoash the king of Israel shoot some arrows with his bow?|
Elisha. The correct answer is Elisha. The account of the death of Elisha is recorded in Kings 13:14-20. However, just before Elisha died, he was visited by Jehoash, king of Israel. In verses 15-18, Elisha instructed the king to get a bow and some arrows and to fire shots out of an east window and also to strike the ground with the arrows. As a result of the king's actions, Elisha was able to boldly predict the king would score a victory over the Arameans in an upcoming conflict. In verse 20, Elisha died.
|The following is from 2 Chronicles 18:34 in the NIV Bible: "All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died." What is the name of the king of Israel who died?|
Ahab. Ahab was one of the most despised kings in the Old Testament with his death reported in 2 Chronicles 18:28-33. According to Scripture Ahab and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, entered battle against the king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. Apparently, word had leaked that the king of Aram had ordered his chariot commanders not to fight against anyone else but Ahab, the king of Israel. So Ahab entered the battle in disguise while Jehoshaphat wore his royal robes. 2 Chronicles 18:31-34, in the NIV Bible, tells what happened next: "When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, 'This is the king of Israel.' So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him. God drew them away from him, for when the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel, they stopped pursuing him. But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the breastplate and the scale armor. The king told the chariot driver, 'Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I've been wounded.' All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died."
|According to the seventh chapter of Acts, who was the first martyr of the early church?|
Stephen. Stephen is the correct answer. There's no doubt he was a bright and dynamic leader in the early church. The sixth and seventh chapters of Acts tell of his demise. This even though the death of James, one of the original 12 Disciples, rates only one sentence in the 12th chapter of Acts. Stephen was stoned to death, according to Acts 7:54-59. Incidentally, his execution was overseen by Saul, who would later go on to become known as Paul and serve as an apostle to the Gentiles.
|In a parable in the 16th chapter of Luke, Jesus tells of a rich man and a helpless beggar who both died. What was the name of the beggar who was so helpless even the dogs would come and lick his sores?|
Lazarus. Lazarus is the correct answer. The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus appears in only the Gospel of Luke, as per chapter 16, verses 19-31. Scripture tells of Lazarus and the rich man dying, with Lazarus ending up by the side of Abraham and the rich man in a place of torment. When the rich man requests that Lazarus come and dip the tip of his finger in water and cool his tongue, Abraham tells him this is not possible because there is a "great chasm" and no one can cross over it.
|True or false: According to the 27th chapter of Matthew, after Jesus was crucified, the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.|
t. Yes, it's true, according to Scripture. Matthew 27:50-53, in the NIV Bible, states: "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus' resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people."
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