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By D. A. Woodliff


Who Am I?

Who are these Old Testament people?

  1. 1.
    1. a.

      My father was very old when I was born.

    2. b.

      My brothers hated me because I was a favorite son.

    3. c.

      I became an important man in a land not of my birth.

    4. d.

      I forgave my brothers for the hate they bore me.

  2. 2.
    1. a.

      I, a Moabitess, married a Bethlehemite.

    2. b.

      I loved my mother-in-law and chose to stay with her after the death of my husband.

    3. c.

      My new husband was a good-hearted farmer.

    4. d.

      I am the great-grandmother of King David.

  3. 3.
    1. a.

      There is a book about me in the Old Testament.

    2. b.

      Satan was jealous of me and tried to turn me away from God.

    3. c.

      I suffered many afflictions and lost my children and possessions.

    4. d.

      God delivered me and blessed me for my faith in Him.

  4. 4.
    1. a.

      As a lad I slew a giant whom most men feared.

    2. b.

      I was an accomplished musician.

    3. c.

      The king’s son was a very good friend of mine.

    4. d.

      One of my sons was considered a very wise man.

  5. 5.
    1. a.

      When I was alive, the world was very wicked.

    2. b.

      God asked me to do a very difficult task for Him.

    3. c.

      I lived through a terrible, long storm.

    4. d.

      An olive leaf was a sign that my family and I could leave the unusual home that I had built.

Answers:

(1) Joseph—see Genesis 37, 39–45; (2) Ruth—see Ruth 1–4; (3) Job—see Job 1–2, 12, 19, 42; (4) David—see 1 Samuel 16–17, 20, 1 Kings 3–4; (5) Noah—see Genesis 6–8

Double Letters

Listed here and hidden within the fiery chariot are double-letter words found in the Bible. Find them by reading up, down, backward, forward, and diagonally: Aaron, adder, Anna, Assyria, Barabbas, bee (twice), bless, blood, Canaan, cassia, cattle, chaff, commandments, darkness, decree, door, err (twice), feet, flood, Galilee, gall, heel, Immanuel, Isaac, kneel, manna, Messiah, moon, Passover, pillar, Priscilla, Rabbi, reed, reel, robbed, room, Sabbath, sapphire, scroll, see (twice), seed, sinner, staff, transgression, tree (twice), wedding, weep, written.

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Answer:

a double portion of thy spirit (2 Kgs. 2:9).

Common Sayings

Many of our common sayings come from the Bible. A few of them are depicted here. First, write the saying on the blank below its illustration. Then write the number of the saying next to the Old Testament scripture from which it originated. You’ll have to be as “sharp as a two-edged sword” (Prov. 5:4) to succeed, but remember that “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong” (Eccl. 9:11). Try finding other sayings from the scriptures.

Common sayings

Scriptures

___ a. Genesis 4:1–12 [Gen. 4:1–12]

___ b. Exodus 2:15–22 [Ex. 2:15–22]

___ c. Deuteronomy 32:8–10 [Deut. 32:8–10]

___ d. 1 Samuel 13:13–14 [1 Sam. 13:13–14]

___ e. Job 19:7–20

___ f. Ecclesiastes 1:9 [Eccl. 1:9]

___ g. Isaiah 40:12–15, 28–31 [Isa. 40:12–15, 28–31]

___ h. Isaiah 52:7–8 [Isa. 52:7–8]

___ i. Jeremiah 31:27–31 [Jer. 31:27–31]

Answers:

(1) g—“a drop (in the) bucket,” (2) i—“sour grapes(s),” (3) e—“the skin of my teeth,” (4) f—“there is (nothing new) under the sun,” (5) h—“see eye to eye,” (6) c—“the apple of his eye,” (7) a—“my brother’s keeper,” (8) d—“a man after his own heart,” (9) b—“a stranger in a strange land.”

Power Break

To break a string, or even a fishline, with nothing but your hands, follow these simple instructions:

  1. 1.

    Wrap one end of the line around your right hand exactly as shown.

    Power Break
  2. 2.

    Grasp the remaining line about 2′ (60 cm) from the intersection (X), and wrap it around your left hand a few times.

  3. 3.

    Curl both hands into fists, and simultaneously yank to the right with the right hand and to the left with the left hand. The line will break at X.