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WEEK 48 BIBLE LIVE QUIZ Ps. 123—127, Ezekiel 41:1—48:35, Daniel 1:1—9:27

Ps. 123—127

1. Ps. 123 says that like servants or slaves, we are to keep our eyes fixed on who? V2. God our Master

2. God sees our sin and weakness, but instead of contempt, judgment, or scoffing, Ps. 123’s writer asks God for what? V.3, mercy

3. Ps. 124 teaches that the Lord can always make a way for us to escape from our enemies, comparing us a bird escaping from what? V7, a hunter’s trap

4. Can you sing the words of Ps. 125:2? “As the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds and protects his people…”

5. Ps. 125:12 says that “the wicked will not rule the godly, for then the godly might be forced to do wrong.” We know this will be true in eternity, but what profound principle does this set forth for us on earth? We are not obligated to obey evil laws (but we may have to take the consequences of our disobedience, both earthly and eternal)

6. Ps. 126 celebrates the return of Jewish exiles to what city? V.1, Jerusalem

7. According to Ps. 127:1, the workers work in vain unless the Lord builds it. What is it? House

8. Ps. 127:3 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord”. Which children does the verse mean? All, no qualifiers (I sometimes wonder if we won’t someday regret all our efforts to stifle the conception and birth of children—even birth control)

Ezekiel 41:1—48:35

1. In the final eight chapters of Ezekiel, the prophet gets a vision of what two aspects of Israel that are totally changed? The Temple and the land distribution

2. In ch. 43, Ezekiel sees something return to Jerusalem and the Temple that drives him to bow with his face in the dust. What is it? 43:2, The glory of the Lord (Shekinah)

3. From what building did Ezekiel’s river of healing (or river of life) flow? 47:1, From the Temple threshold (past altar)

4. Why was the river called the river of healing or river of life? 47:9, gave life wherever it flowed (trees, fish, etc.)

5. What famous Sea was radically changed by the river of healing? 47:10, the Dead Sea

6. In the last words of the book of Ezekiel, Jerusalem’s name is changed to what? 48:35, The Lord is There

Daniel 1:1—9:27

1. The first six chapters of the book of Daniel record history (Daniel’s story), while the last six chapters record what? His visions and messages

2. For 70 years, Daniel served the kings of four great empires. Name one of the emperors he served? Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus the Persian

3. What Babylonian emperor destroyed Jerusalem? 1:1, Nebuchadnezzar

4. In Dan. 1, what four young Hebrew boys were taken from Israel to be trained for civil service in Babylon? Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego)

5. Daniel and the three other young men mentioned in chapter 1 were all from what tribe of Israel? 1:6, Judah

6. THE NAME GAME: Can you give the meaning of either name of the four young men deported to Babylon? Belteshazzar = “Bel protect his life” (main Babylonian god, also Marduk); Daniel = “God is my judge”; Shadrach = “under the command of Aku” (the Babylonian moon god); Hananiah = “the Lord shows grace”; Meshach = “who is like Aku?”; Mishael = “Who is like God?”; Abednego = “servant of Nego/Nego” (or Nabu, god of learning and writing); and Azariah = “the Lord helps”

7. What Babylonian name was Daniel given? 1:7, Belteshazzar, meaning “Bel” (also called Marduk) “protect his life”

8. Instead of eating the rich food and wine on the palace menu, the four Hebrews asked for a ten day test to show that they would be just as healthy as the other boys. What did they eat for ten days? 1:12, vegetables and water

9. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that disturbed him, so he asked his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers to do what? Hint: The answer is NOT to interpret his dream. 2:2, he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed (then the interpretation)

10. When the palace magicians, etc. could not tell him his dream, what did Nebuchadnezzar order? 2:12, execute all wise men

11. After Daniel was given time to determine what Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed, he went to his friends and asked them to do what? 2:17-18, pray for him, asking God to show him the dream

12. What was the first thing Daniel did after God revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to him? 2:20, praised God

13. What did Daniel tell King Nebuchadnezzar that he had dreamed? 2:31, Huge statue of gold, silver, bronze, iron, with feet of iron and clay. Rock strikes and destroys statue, then becomes a mountain that fills the earth.

14. What five empires did the statue represent? Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greece, Rome, and diverse smaller kingdoms, some weak and some strong

15. What did the huge boulder which became a mountain represent? 2:44-45, God’s eternal kingdom

16. After Daniel successfully told Nebuchadnezzar his dream and its interpretation, the emperor honored both Daniel and his God. Why did he honor Daniel’s God? Because Daniel had made it clear that his God deserved all the credit

17. Clearly Nebuchadnezzar had not become a convert to Daniel’s God, though, because in ch. 3 he built a gold statue, requiring that the leaders of all his subjects bow and worship the statue. How tall was the statue? 3:1, 90’ tall and 9’ wide

18. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the idol, what did Nebuchadnezzar decide to do with them? 3:11 and 15, Throw them into a burning furnace/oven (probably a kiln for baking bricks)

19. How do we know that the three young men did not know for sure that God was going to deliver them from the flames. 3:18, they said even if God didn’t rescue them, they would not worship the idol

20. How many men did Nebuchadnezzar see in the oven, and how did he describe one of them? 3:25, a son of the gods (Aramaic)

21. In Dan. 4, Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a mighty tree which is cut down to a stump and roots for seven periods of time. What did Daniel tell the emperor about his dream? 4:24-26, Nebuchadnezzar would go insane for seven years, then be restored to his throne and power

22. What lesson was God teaching Nebuchadnezzar (and us) by allowing him to go insane? 4:26, heaven rules, God is sovereign

23. Where do we get the modern phrase, “The handwriting is on the wall”? 5:5, Belshazzar’s feast, hand appeared and wrote message of doom for him and his kingdom

24. When none of Belshazzar’s wise men could give the meaning of the handwriting, who remembered Daniel? 5:10 the Queen Mother

25. The cups that Belshazzar was using at his drunken party were taken from where? 6:23, Temple

26. What were the words that the hand wrote on Belshazzar’s wall, and what did the words mean? 5:25, “Mene, mene, tekel, parsin”. Mene = numbered, Tekel = weighed, and Parsin = divided

27. What Medo-Persian king defeated Belshazzar and made Daniel a supervisor of his affairs? 6:1, Darius the Mede (not Darius I of Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, or Darius II (the Persian) mentioned in Nehemiah

28. Jealous administrators influenced Darius to sign an irrevocable law that they knew Daniel would not obey. What was the decree? 6:6, no prayer to anyone but Darius for 30 days, on penalty of the lions’ den

29. How long was Daniel in the lions’ den? 6:19, one night

30. In ch. 7, what four beasts appeared in Daniel’s vision? a) Lion with eagle’s wings, b) Bear with three ribs in mouth, c) Leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads, and d) Beast with iron teeth, ten horns (arrogant little horn emerges), etc.

31. What kingdoms did the four beasts of ch. 7 represent? a) Babylon, b) Medo-Persia, c) Greece (Alexander), and d) points to both Rome and the end times (little horn possibly the anti-Christ)

32. Daniel’s vision of ch. 8, gives more detail about the Medo-Persian empire, followed by the Greek empire. What two animals symbolized these two great powers? 8:3-7, Ram (2 horns) and Goat (one large horn broke, then four smaller horns)

33. Although no sin was ever attributed to Daniel, in ch. 9 what pronoun does he use repeatedly to confess sin? 9:8-11, we

34. The 69 weeks of Dan. 9 have their beginning point at what important Jewish event. 9:25, decree to rebuild Jerusalem

35. Starting at 457 BC (the year Artaxerxes I decreed Ezra to rebuild Jerusalem), and adding 483 years brings us to AD 27 (after adding 1 year for the year “0” between BC and AD). What did Jesus do in AD 27? Baptized and began public ministry

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