Friday, January 7, 2011

How "Wise" Are You? (Christmas Quiz)

(I meant to post this quiz in December, but I'll do so now instead of waiting until next December.)

These questions are all about the story of the wise men (Matthew 2:1-18). Warning: Read the questions carefully. A few are quite tricky.

QUESTIONS
  1. The wise men arrived in Judea after Jesus had been born.
  2. The Bible says that there were three wise men.
  3. The wise men went directly to Bethlehem when they arrived in Judea.
  4. The wise men were kings.
  5. The Bible says that the wise men traveled on camels during their journey to Judea.
  6. The wise men gave three gifts to Jesus on the night of His birth.
  7. After finding Jesus, the wise men realized that Herod wanted to kill Jesus and went home another way.
  8. The biblical text hints that Jesus might have been as old as two when the wise men found Him.
  9. When Herod asked the chief priests and scribes where the Christ was to be born, they quoted the prophet Isaiah.
  10. The wise men found Jesus in a house.

ANSWERS
  1. TRUE. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem” (v. 1).
  2. FALSE. It’s usually assumed that there were three wise men because they gave to Jesus three gifts. They have even been given names: Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior. But the Bible doesn’t say how many wise men there were.
  3. FALSE. “Wise men from the east came to Jerusalem” (v. 1).
  4. FALSE. As early as the third century, the wise men were considered kings, fulfilling Psalm 72:11, “All kings will bow down to him.” However, the Bible never says the wise men were kings.
  5. FALSE. They might have traveled on camels, but the Bible doesn’t say.
  6. FALSE. The wise men did give three gifts to Jesus, but they did not give them to Him on the night of His birth (v. 1).
  7. FALSE. The wise men did not realize Herod’s evil intentions on their own. They were warned by God in a dream (v. 12).
  8. TRUE. “When [Herod] saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under” (v. 16).
  9. FALSE. They actually quoted Micah’s prophecy recorded in Micah 5:2 (v. 6).
  10. TRUE. It appears that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in Bethlehem when the Wise Men found them. “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother” (v. 11).