How do you do on quizzes?
I used to enjoy watching a game show called Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? And, just so you know, many weeks, I was NOT smarter than a 5th grader!
This week, let’s play Are you smarter than a Christian 5th grader? Keep your score sheet and let me know how you did!
Q.1 How many languages was the Bible written in?
The Bible was written in three languages. Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, which was the language the original readers spoke. Ezra and Daniel are written in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek, the commonly-spoken language of the time.
Q.2 How long did it take to write the books of the Bible?
The Bible was written on three continents over a period of about 1500 years. 1,000 years to write the Old Testament, 50-75 for the New Testament with a 400 year gap between the Old Testament and the New.
Q.3 Who wrote the Bible?
This is a trick question. 40 authors contributed to the Bible – but, there is only ONE author, God. He used 40 people to write down what He told them. Moses is given credit for the first five books of the Bible. Half of the Psalms, a good chunk of Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes were probably penned by kings or royalty. Other parts of the Bible are written by farmers, fishermen, a tentmaker, homeless prophets, a doctor, a professional scribe, vocational musicians, and pastors.
Q.4 How many languages has the Bible been translated into?
The King James Bible contains 788,258 words. The full Bible has been translated into 532 languages, and partially translated into 2,883 languages.
Q.5 How many copies of the Bible are there?
It’s the best-selling book in history, with total sales exceeding 5 billion copies. Over 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year.
Q.6 Why do we read the Bible?
The words in the Bible are so we can be filled with the Spirit and be full of life. Reading the Bible should make you feel more alive, confident in your faith and ready to demonstrate Jesus to the world.
Q.7 Do you read the Bible or just dust it?
Many households own multiple Bibles, but the real question is … are you reading it?
Aside from obediently checking it off your list under the category of “Good Christian”, the purpose of reading the Bible is to get to know to the Author. To understand the words and ways of God. By reading God’s word, we get to know God’s character, feel His love and see His compassion.
John 6:63 says, “Jesus says, … ‘The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.’”
No matter how much trivia you know ABOUT the Bible, the real question is how well do you know the Author? Do you know Jesus as Savior and Lord? (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 1:15, Acts 4:12)
Do you know God the Father as the One True God? (John 17:3, Isaiah 42:5; Ephesians 1:11, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 Chronicles 17:20, 1 Corinthians 8:6)
Have you experienced Holy Spirit in power as Guide, Teacher, Comforter, Bringer of Peace, or Filler of Joy? (Romans 15:13, John 14:26, John 16:7-15)
Girlfriend, we read the Bible so that God can reveal himself to us and lead us to an abundant life trusting him.
What are you reading in the Bible and how is it informing you about God’s character and love toward you? Leave me a comment below.
Verse for today: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Prayer: Lord God, reveal yourself to me in your word. Show me who you are and how I can trust you more. I get so many confusing signals from the world, I need you to put the thoughts in my head and your words in my ears. In Jesus Name amen