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Bible Quiz: The Birth of Jesus

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1) The Old Testament has at least 300 prophecies of a savior, the "Messiah" or "Christ." Christians believe Jesus is that long-awaited Messiah. Which Old Testament book contains this prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem?

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times." (NIV)





2) Shortly before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that everyone must register for a census. Why did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to register?

Augustus decreed that all Judeans were to register at Bethlehem.

It was Joseph's place of birth.

Bethlehem was the town of Mary's ancestors.

Bethlehem was the town of Joseph's ancestors.

3) Jesus was born in a stable where animals were kept because the inn was full when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, and they couldn't find any other accommodation.

Why did Mary wrap Jesus in bands of cloth known as "swaddling clothes" ?

It had been prophesied that the Messiah would be wrapped in swaddling clothes.

It was a sign of greatness, reserved for prophets and kings.

Mary and Joseph could not afford any other clothing for Jesus.

It was a duty to wrap babies in swaddling clothes to ensure proper growth.

4) What did Mary use as a crib for baby Jesus?

A feeding trough for animals

A watering trough for animals

A cot made of straw from the stable

A crib borrowed from the innkeeper

5) Why did God arrange for His Son Jesus to be born in a stable instead of in splendor, like a king?

It served to hide Jesus from the king's soldiers who were trying to find and kill Him.

It served to deceive Satan into thinking Jesus was not really God's Son.

It showed that wealth and power are not really important.

It showed that God can make a king even of a baby born in a stable.