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Ezra-Esther Bible Test
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List, in order, the five divisions of the Old Testament.
4. Major Prophets
5. Minor Prophets
List, in order, the four main events of Genesis 1-11.
4. Tower of Babel
List, in order, the four patriarchs of Genesis 12-50.
What is the main event that takes place in Exodus 1-19?
The deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt takes place in Exodus 1-19.
In Exodus 19-40 God gave Israel the _____ __________ and the __________.
10 Commandments, Tabernacle
In Leviticus we see that in order to worship God there has to be __________ and __________.
Numbers is about the __________ of a rebellious people.
The theme of Deuteronomy is to __________ and __________.
The primary message of Joshua is that __________ gave Israel the land of Canaan.
The theme of Judges is the downward __________ of Israel's national and spiritual life into chaos and rebellion against God, showing the need for a Godly __________.
The purpose of Ruth is to highlight God's grace through a __________-__________.
The purpose of 1 Samuel is to highlight two major events: the establishment of the __________ in Israel (ch. 8-12); and the rise of __________ to be king after Saul (ch. 16-31).
In 2 Samuel, David unified the nation by making __________ the capitol and the singular place of worship.
In 1 Kings we have the record of the __________ of the kingdom, and 2 Kings records the __________ of the kingdom.
Chronicles focuses on the line of __________ for the purpose of giving hope for the coming Messiah.
Ezra tells of the __________ from Babylonian captivity and the rebuilding of the __________.
Nehemiah is about the rebuilding of the __________ around Jerusalem.
Esther's main point is that despite __________, "God's absence," and Israel's moral wickedness, God has not abandoned His __________.
The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther describe people who lived in __________ __________ and show that God is __________, even in the darkest hours of His children.
difficult times, present
Ezra and Nehemiah were most likely __________ book originally.
What do Ezra and Nehemiah cover?
Israel's history right after Babylonian captivity
Who were most likely the authors of Ezra and Nehemiah?
What made Persia the leading power in the world?
King Cyrus conquered Babylon
Why was Cyrus an enlightened leader?
He rejected the idea of exiling conquered people and allowed them to return home and practice their religion.
Who led the group returning from Babylon? How many people went?
While Israel was in exile, what did the people of Babylon do? Why was this bad?
moved into Jerusalem, whenever the Israelites moved back they met Babylonians living in their homes
What act did Sheshbazzar do to show he trusted the Lord?
He had the people set up an alter for the Lord and pray and make sacrifices to him
Why was there mixed emotions about the new rebuilding of the temple?
those who had seen the one Solomon built wept because it was so much grander
After the foundations of the temple were laid, it wouldn't be worked on again until how many years?
Why was there a delay in rebuilding the temple?
the Jews were facing opposition, especially from Samaria
The Jews considered themselves faithful to the law of __________.
Why didn't the Jews regard Samarians as God's people?
they had intermarried with other nations
The people celebrated the completion and dedication of the temple through whose leadership?
The people rejoiced and celebrated the __________. They the Lord because He had finished the __________ He had started.
What is evident in the stories of Ezra 1-6?
God was at work softening the hearts of the kings to allow Israel to rebuild the temple. He had not forgotten His people.
The return and rebuilding was only accomplished because of the __________ God gave Israel in the eyes of __________.
When does the story of events involving Ezra take place?
What did Ezra love?
the Law of the Lord
Ezra traveled from __________ to __________ to teach the Law.
Why didn't Ezra ask for help when taking the dangerous trip to Jerusalem?
he was showing that God would protect him
Who asked for help right away when going on a dangerous trip?
We are responsible to seek God for ourselves and............
make decisions based on OUR relationship with Him; we shouldn't base it off of someone else's relationship with the Lord
What was Ezra's response when he heard that the Jews were marrying foreign women?
grief and prayer
Why was marrying foreign women bad?
pagan wives would influence her husband into idolatry
What was the people's response to Ezra's grief?
they repented and sent away their foreign wives (there is a debate whether this was right or wrong)
Whenever we are looking into a matter, we have to look at what __________ of Scripture says about it.
Ezra helped preserve..........
God used Ezra to preserve..........
His own people
Ezra set his heart to __________, __________, and __________ God's law. This should be the desire of all believers as well.
study, practice, teach
God used Ezra to preserve the __________ of Israel even though it wasn't done how we might've expected.
Who most likely wrote the book of Nehemiah?
Ezra copying from Nehemiah's journal
In Ezra we saw the _____________ aspect of the return; in Nehemiah we will see the _____________ aspect of the return.
Ezra was a _____________; Nehemiah was a _____________.
Nehemiah's ministry began around ______ years after Ezra journeyed to Jerusalem. This was almost _______ years after the first exiles were allowed to return to Israel.
Nehemiah had _____________ been to Israel before. He would have been a _____________ of one of those whose heart God did __________ stir to return to Israel when the 42,000 left to rebuild the temple.
never, descendant, not
Nehemiah served as a _____________ to King Artaxerxes.
How did Nehemiah respond when he heard that Jerusalem was in ruins?
wept, mourned, fasted, prayed
Just as Nehemiah called on God in his time of _____________, we also should call on God in our time of _____________. He hears our prayers and cares for our burdens and needs.
When Nehemiah prayed, he:
1. _____________ God,
2. _____________ sin,
3. And asked things of God that were based on God's promises in _____________. (last one IMPORTANT)
praised, confessed, Scripture
Nehemiah asked king Artaxerxes if he could return to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the _____________ around Jerusalem. Not only did the king let Nehemiah go but _____________ him in the work. After getting permission, Nehemiah asked for _____________ from the king which would ensure safe passage in the travels back to Jerusalem from Persia.
walls, encouraged, letters
Who did the king send to protect Nehemiah?
officers and horsemen
Ezra hadn't asked the king for protection, but Nehemiah did. Both men were responding to what the Lord was doing in their _____________. The Lord led them to make _____________ decisions in similar situations.
Why was rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem difficult?
many people didn't want them built
Though Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem made swift progress, they encountered significant _____________ from their enemies.
What did Nehemiah do to ensure everyone's safety?
prayed, posted guards, armed the workers
Nehemiah served as a _____________ governor. This was a period of building and _____________ for the people living in Jerusalem.
What made Nehemiah a good leader? (I would memorize 3 of these)
1. He did not follow the example of previous governors.
2. He did not permit his assistants to act as if they were more important than the people.
3. He acted in all things out of his reverence for God.
He devoted himself and his assistants to the work.
He paid personally the expense of feeding 150 Jews plus guests.
He did not accept the governor's food allotment.
Nehemiah refused to put heavy _____________ on the people. (Remind you of what Rehoboam did wrong?)
Where did Nehemiah's good policy of a governor come from?
A person's relationship with God will determine how the person _____________ other people. God intends for our _____________ to Him to affect every part of our life: our school, our family, our friends, jobs, etc.
Just as Nehemiah had a great work of rebuilding the wall before him, we also have a great work before us. God has given us the great responsibility of sharing the _____________ of Christ with all the world. When we live selfishly, thinking only of ourselves, we harm the work of God. When the _____________ (all believers) sees its purpose as proclaiming Christ, then we have the opportunity to work together and make Him known.
Amazingly, Nehemiah and his workmen finished the walls in ______ days because God helped them.
Nehemiah had helped to rebuild the wall but more importantly, he had helped to preserve _____________ and promoted true _____________ of the Lord.
Just as Nehemiah faced much _____________, those walking in obedience to Christ will face much _____________ in this life.
The book of Esther continues the ___________ of Ezra and Nehemiah. What is this message?
message; even when God's people are living outside of Israel because of their disobedience, He still loves and cares for them
What is the setting of Esther?
Susa (Persia's capitol)
Esther takes place during the reign of who?
Why is Esther unique?
it is the only book that never mentions God's name
Even though He is not mentioned, you cannot read this book without coming away knowing ___________ was the one working through the ___________ to bring about His ___________.
God, events, purposes
What is the main purpose of Esther?
to show God's providence
Providence literally means "___________." It is used to refer to God's ___________ and ___________ of all things to bring about His purposes.
foresight, preserving, governing
__________ and __________ are the only two books named after women.
The new beauty queen of Persia. A Jewish orphan raised by her cousin, Mordecai.
Persia's top appointed official. He plots the extermination of the Jewish race.
Esther's cousin. Used by God to save His people. Hated by Haman.
King of Persia. One of the most powerful men in the world.
Not mentioned but still the director of history, leading from the shadows, protecting his people.
Esther replaced queen __________.
After basically a 12 month ___________ contest, God caused ___________ to find more favor with the king than any of the other women.
The king doesn't know that Esther is a __________.
Why did Mordecai think Esther had become queen?
to convince the king not to have the Jews killed
God's purposes will be ___________ whether we obey Him or not. But if we obey, we will get to ___________ in the glory of what He is doing and will be rewarded in ___________ for our obedience. If we disobey, we will miss out on the ___________ He is doing, and we may even be punished for our disobedience.
completed, share, Heaven, work
How does Esther risk her life?
by going to the king without permission to tell him Haman's plot
The story ends showing how the king overturned his own decree to allow the Jews to be killed through making a new law which allowed the Jews to ___________ themselves. Instead of the Jews being attacked and killed, the ___________ attacked and killed their enemies. The victory was celebrated by a feast called ___________.
defend, Jews, Purim
Esther shows that God's name doesn't need to be directly ___________ to be able to clearly see His ___________ at work.
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