Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nativity Quiz

QUESTIONS

Here is a quiz to see how well you know the biblical account of Jesus' birth.
  1. On what kind of animal did Mary ride from Nazareth to Bethlehem?
  2. What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
  3. How long was Mary in Bethlehem before she gave birth?
  4. Where in Bethlehem was Jesus born?
  5. How much did baby Jesus cry?
  6. How many angels were present at Jesus' birth?
  7. How many kings came to pay tribute to baby Jesus?
  8. What time was it when the wise men showed up on the night of Jesus' birth?
ANSWERS

Let see how you did.
  1. A donkey? The Bible doesn't say. Luke 2:4 simply says they "went" from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
  2. Luke 2:7 says, "There was no room for them in the inn." But no innkeeper is mentioned. Actually, the Greek word for "inn" can be translated "guest room" (Luke 22:11). So the "inn" was probably very different from our present day motels.
  3. People usually assume that Jesus was born on the first night Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. But Luke 2:6 states, "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born." We are not told how long they had been there.
  4. Most people think Jesus was born in a stable. However, there is no mention of a stable. We do read that Jesus was "placed in a manger" (Luke 2:7). A manger was a feeding trough for animals, so wherever Jesus was born, animals were present.
  5. The song "Away in a Manger" says, "The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes." But if Jesus cried as an adult (John 11:35), surely He cried as a baby.
  6. Angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem, but we don't read that any angels were visible at the place of Jesus' birth.
  7. First, they were not "kings"; they were "magi" or "wise men." Second, though tradition says that there were three wise men, the Bible doesn't give us a number. We only know that they gave Jesus three gifts.
  8. Most nativity scenes have the wise men present on the night of Jesus' birth. Actually, they probably arrived in Bethlehem some time later. Matthew 2:11 says they found the "child" (not baby) Jesus in a "house" (not outside).
Here is a video we showed in today's worship service that goes well with this quiz.