Posts Tagged ‘Not So Trivial Bible Trivia!’

Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner!

Congratulations are in order for Nath @ Reformed Geek (or at least his wife) for correctly answering the most recent trivia question. The prize: my slightly increased respect. Hard to come by. Really.

God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.” So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab. But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.” (Numbers 22:20-22)

Although Scripture tells us that Balaam arose and went with the men sent from Balak, we do not explicitly know what he intended to do. Clearly Balaam had not yet realized who he was dealing with. He likely thought of the God of the Jews as yet another deity (actually demons) who could be commanded (apparently). He thought he could get God to curse Israel despite God’s insistence that they were blessed.

I believe that God was angry with Balaam because he was not yet submitting in terms of the message to be delivered. After the incident with Balaam’s donkey, I believe that God and Balaam reach and “understanding” (read: “Don’t mess with me.”), and Balaam is allowed to proceed.

Well done, Nath et al!


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Not so trivial Bible trivia.

From the files of “Stuff I’ve Been Studying Lately” is a Bible-stumper that is great fodder for conversation. A lot of you cried foul over the precise wording of the last trivia question (OK, so a hole is not technically an object, but a thing), so I’ve tried to be a little more clear. This question regards a seeming paradox in Scripture, with several possible solutions. After you all guess it, I’ll tell you how I have resolved the apparent difficulty.

Q: What is the one instance in the Bible in which “apparently) God is angry with someone for following a direct command?

I’m waiting.

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Not So Trivial Bible Trivia!

So the other day, I say to the Irish Calvinist “Hey! You’ve got to check out this photograph from the Hubble telescope. It’s unbelievable!” To this he says, “I’m not much of a space guy.”


Like, “I dig the ocean and lakes and stuff, and also dirt, but I’m not much on trees.”

OK. Consider this as coming from the guy who, when speaking of being invited out for some time boating on a lake said, “I’m not much of a water guy.” Funny feeling: If I posted a photo of a galaxy that looked like a basketball, he’d be all over it. For the record, he repented and glorified God for His incredible creation.

Now on to more serious things. I am wary of overwhelming you all with my massive intellect, so I’ve been doing a few new things to both lighten the load, and help bring you all up to my level. These things would include the “Pseudo-Scriptural Scalp-Scrathcher of the Day”, and “Earth-shattering Axioms”


Q: Who sleeps better, the poor man or the rich man? and why?

(Hint: Credit will only be given to those who answer with the Scriptures.)


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