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Can You Name the Biblical Miracle From Three Clues?
By: Tasha Moore
7 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
You'll be quite pleased with this Bible quiz. Most, but not all, of the miracles that we chose for you to savor were performed by Jesus. Old Testament prophet Elisha also champions many of the miracles showcased here. And we don't fail to mention miracles that were unsuccessful. Take time to absorb these streamlined miracles facts.
When most people think of miracles, they think of Jesus, and for good reason. He is the sole inspiration for Christianity and the mega example that believers seek to follow. Much of Jesus's ministry involved teaching others, especially his disciples, to garner enough faith to perform miracles themselves. Jesus unleashed some rather abrasive lessons among his intimate 12 in the process. And why not? Jesus was a master of his craft and expected nothing less from those who chose to follow him.
As you take this Bible test, you'll notice a pattern regarding how, when and around whom Jesus chose to perform miracles. Compassion was a huge motivator for Jesus to do his wonderful deeds. He had about as much compassion for his close friends as he did for strangers willing to experience his "crumbs" of mercy.
May you gain inspiration from the miracles you encounter on this test!
Pharaoh pursued the Israelites. Moses stretched out his rod. Israelites were encamped by the sea. Do you recognize the miracle by these clues?
Exodus submits that although Pharaoh released the Israelites from bondage, he and his soldiers still went after them. The Israelites had encamped by the sea when Pharaoh drew near. But Moses told them, "See the salvation of the Lord." Then he lifted his rod, stretched his hand and divided the Red Sea.
Jesus's mother was present. They ran out of wine. A marriage occurred. Can you identify the correct biblical miracle based on these three clues?
Jesus, his mother Mary and his disciples were present in Cana at a marriage where the wine ran out. John's gospel records Mary's words to Jesus: "They have no wine." After Jesus ordered servants to fill water pots, they carried them to the governor who said, "Thou hast kept the good wine until now."
Many came from Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. A man sick with palsy was presented. Someone passed through a housetop. Do you know this miracle?
Luke 5 describes the miracle where people from Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem went to Jesus, who was teaching. "Men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy." Because of the crowd, the men let him down through the top of the house. When Jesus saw this, he healed the sick man.
Lazarus was sick unto death. Mary and Martha asked for Jesus's help. What biblical miracle describes Lazarus as laying dead for four days?
Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters, sent word to Jesus that their brother was sick. When Jesus arrived to help, Lazarus had lain in the grave for four days. John 11 confirms that after he prayed, Jesus summoned Lazarus with a loud voice: "Lazarus, come forth." Lazarus emerged from his tomb.
Jesus entered Jericho. A blind man sat by a highway, begging. The blind man cried out over and over. Try to guess the miracle?
When Bartimaeus, a blind man, saw Jesus in Jericho he cried, "Have mercy on me," according to Mark 10. The man cried over and over until Jesus called for him: "What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?" Bartimaeus begged for his sight, and Jesus replied, "Thy faith hath made thee whole."
A 12-year-old girl dies. Jesus says, "Maid arise." Jarius falls down at Jesus's feet. What miracle is this?
Jarius, a synagogue ruler, begged Jesus to heal his 12-year-old daughter who was about to die. Luke's gospel reports that Jarius's daughter died immediately thereafter, but Jesus tells Jarius, "She shall be made whole." When Jesus reaches the girl, he says, "Maid arise," and she arose.
A great tempest was at the sea. Waves covered a ship. Men said, "What manner of man is this ..." During which miracle does all of this occur?
Jesus slept in a ship as a storm raged outside. Matthew 8 specifies that fearful disciples awoke him saying, "Lord, save us: we perish." Jesus replied, "O ye of little faith," before he rebuked the winds and the sea, calming both. Men "marveled" saying, "What manner of man is this?"
A man in a synagogue had a withered hand. Do you know when the Pharisees asked if it was lawful to heal on the sabbath? Jesus asked if it was lawful to do well on the sabbath. Try to guess the miracle when this all transpired?
In Matthew, the Pharisees ask Jesus if it is lawful to heal on the sabbath, as Jesus was poised to heal a man with a withered hand in a synagogue. Jesus replied, "Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days," before telling the man to stretch forth his hand, which was "restored whole."
A widow had only a pot of oil. When did the widow borrow empty vessels? A creditor threatened to take the widow woman's sons. Can you guess the miracle when this all happened?
A widow woman asks Elisha for help saving her sons from creditors because her late husband had left a debt. In 2 Kings, Elisha instructs her to "borrow vessels ... not a few," and to put oil in each vessel. The woman obeys to find her oil has increased so she could sell the oil to pay her debt.
There was a legion of demons. A man with unclean spirits dwelt among tombs. When did swine choke in the sea?
In Mark 5, a demon-possessed man living among tombs at Gadarenes meets Jesus. The man worships Jesus saying, "What have I to do with thee[?]" Jesus tells the unclean spirit, "Come out of the man[,]" and he orders the spirits, identified as "Legion," to enter swine that drowned in the sea.
The hour had come for the Son of man to be glorified. It had been said: "Father, glorify thy name." There was a voice that sounded like thunder. Can you name the miracle when all this took place?
John's gospel specifies that Jesus speaks to disciples Andrew and Philip declaring, "The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified." Jesus then says, "Father, glorify thy name," before a voice thunders from heaven replying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
It all occurred over three days. There wasn't enough food. Bread and fish were blessed. When did this happen?
Mark 8 explains that a multitude followed Jesus for three days, but had nothing to eat. Jesus "took seven loaves, and gave thanks" before he blessed "a few small fishes," all of which was set before the people. "So they did eat, and were filled." The number "that had eaten were about four thousand."
When did disciples tell Jesus there wasn't enough food? Passover was near. At what miracle were loaves and fish served?
John 6 gives an account of a time when Passover was near and a mass of people followed Jesus up a mountain. Disciples informed Jesus that there was a lad who only had "five barley loaves, and two small fishes," which Jesus then multiplied to feed 5,000 people. They all ate and had some left over.
This miracle materialized in the midst of wind. There was a lot of water. A disciple asked to mimic his master. What happened?
In Matthew 14, disciples were in a boat battered by the waves because of the wind, and one mile from land. After he had prayed, Jesus walked on the sea toward the boat. Seeing this, Peter said to him, "Bid me come unto thee on the water." After Jesus said "Come," Peter "walked on the water..."
A woman was sick. Jesus's garment was touched. A certain fountain dried up. What miracle transpired?
Mark's gospel explains what transpired after a woman with "an issue of blood twelve years" touched Jesus's garment. She had said to herself, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." Immediately, "The fountain of her blood was dried up" and she was healed.
Do you name the miracle that takes place at a Pharisee's home? Bread was eaten. An ox was used as an example. Can you guess this miracle story?
According to Luke 14, at a Pharisee's home Jesus met a man with dropsy, whom Jesus healed. Jesus had asked the religious authorities, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?" He then said, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit" and won't rescue it on the holy day?
A man fell on his face asking for healing. Jesus touched a pleading believer. Jesus ordered a healed man to seek a priest. What miracle do these hints describe?
A leper fell on his face, begging for Jesus to heal him. Luke 5:12 states the sick man's request: "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Jesus touched the man saying, "I will: be thou clean," and the leper was healed. Jesus then commanded him to "shew thyself to the priest."
A man was blind. Jesus spat. The pool of Siloam was necessary. These are the elements of what biblical miracle?
In John, disciples ask Jesus of a man, blind from birth, who had sinned, the man or his parents. Jesus says, "Neither ... but that the works of God should be made manifest..." Jesus spat, made "clay of the spittle" and anointed the man's eyes. The man "came seeing" after washing in the pool of Siloam.
It transpired at a shore. There was a popular prophet present. People desired to touch a garment. Are you confident that you know this miracle?
At a shore in the land of Gennesaret, people recognized Jesus and ran to him carrying "in beds those that were sick." According to Mark 6, people desired to "touch if it were but the border of his garment." And those who touched "were made whole."
Do you know the miracle that happened in the city of Nain? A widow had just one son. Jesus touched a bier. Try to guess the miracle?
Near the city of Nain, Jesus saw a widow carrying her only son's body. In Luke 7, Jesus tells her, "Weep not." While touching the funeral bier, Jesus says, "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise." The boy "that was dead sat up."
Jesus was at a synagogue. A man was unclean. Jesus was recognized. When did all of this take place?
Mark 1 offers the story of Jesus teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum, where there was "a man with an unclean spirit," who cried, "Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us?" Jesus rebuked the spirit, telling it, "come out of him," and the spirit "torn him" and came out of the man.
Jesus said "thy ... liveth." Someone was "sick unto death." What was the second miracle at Cana of Galilee?
While in Cana, Jesus met a nobleman who had a son sick unto death at Capernaum, according to John 4. The nobleman asked Jesus for help, and Jesus said, "Go thy way; thy son liveth." Later, the man's servants confirmed to him: "Thy son liveth."
Spit was involved. Two were hand in hand. What ordeal was to be kept secret?
At Bethsaida Jesus led a blind man out of town by the hand. Mark 8 asserts that Jesus "spit on his eyes" and touched him twice, asking "if he saw ought." Eventually Jesus restored the man's sight, but with the warning: "Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."
One disciple was separated from the rest. A kiss was planted, and a body part was severed. Can you identify the miracle here?
In John 18, Jesus is with 11 disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas enters with a group of people and he kisses Jesus to identify him. Peter cuts off Malchus's right ear, and Luke 22 reports that Jesus insists, "Suffer ye thus far" before touching the ear, healing Malchus.
There was pollution. Elisha requested a new cruse. Can you identify the miracle when a prophet threw salt?
Second Kings presents the story of Elisha requesting a "new cruse" of salt after men of Jericho had reported polluted water. The men complied with the request before Elisha cast the salt in the waters, saying, "I have healed the waters, there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land."
Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon. A daughter had an unclean spirit. A Greek woman fell at Jesus's feet during the moments when ________ ?
In Mark, at Tyre and Sidon a Syrophenician woman falls at Jesus's feet, asking that he cast the devil from her daughter. Jesus says, "it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto dogs." She was willing to "eat of the children's crumbs," and for her faith he healed her daughter.
The devil possessed a man. The name of Beelzebub was invoked. Do you know the miracle when people spake, "Is not this the son of David?"
Matthew offers the story of the blind and deaf mute who was possessed of the devil. Jesus "healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw." The people were amazed and said of Jesus, "Is not this the son of David?" Pharisees insisted that Jesus performed the miracle by Beelzebub.
It was the sabbath. There was an 18-year sickness involved. Something was "made straight." Is it a challenge for you to choose the right miracle?
Luke 13 recounts the narrative of "a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years." While teaching in a synagogue, Jesus met the bent woman who "could in no wise lift herself up." Jesus said, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." Jesus laid hands on her and, "She was made straight."
When did a multitude of sick people lay by the pool of Bethesda? An angel went down at a certain season. A man had an infirmity for 38 years.
A group of sick people lay about the pool of Bethesda, in John 5. An angel "troubled the [pool] water" and the first to step therein was cured. A man with infirmity of 38 years did not enter the waters. Jesus tells him, "Rise, take thy bed and walk," and the man, who was healed immediately, walked.
Can you guess the miracle from these hints: A child was born. A barren woman conceived. Elisha experienced hospitality.
Elisha desires to reward the Shunammite woman for showing him hospitality, in II Kings 4. Although her husband was old and she was barren, Elisha declares to her, "Thou shalt embrace a son." She later bears a son who falls ill and dies. After Elisha prays, the child sneezes and opens his eyes.
A captain of a Syrian king participated in this miracle. A maid encouraged her master. Humility was required. Can you identify what took place?
In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, a leper, was captain of the Syrian king, and his wife's maid, an Israelite, suggested that Elisha "would recover him of his leprosy." Naaman first sent for help by way of the king of Israel, but then the man humbled himself to seek Elisha directly, and, "His flesh came again..."
Given these clues, can you figure out the miracle: A transfiguration took place. Disciples failed to heal. Jesus chided incompetency.
Matthew 17 confirms that Jesus rebuked the devil in a man's epileptic son, "and the child was cured from that very hour." However, the man first had brought his son to the disciples, who could not cure the boy, and Jesus said, "O faithless and perverse generation ... how long shall I suffer you?"
This miracle materialized at the lake of Gennesaret. Simon Peter's ship was used. Simon launched "out into the deep." What occurred at the lake in this instance?
In Luke, Jesus boards Simon Peter's ship at the lake of Gennesaret, and asks that he "thrust out a little from the land." Jesus then commands that Simon, who hadn't caught fish, "Launch out into the deep and let down ... nets for a draught." Simon complies and "their net brake" from the huge catch.
There were tight living quarters. Construction was planned. Trees played a major role. Try to quickly choose the miracle?
In II Kings 6, at Jordan Elisha and the sons of the prophets cut down trees to build a bigger living space. "[A]s one was felling a beam," his ax fell into water. Elisha threw a stick into the water to retrieve the ax, "and the iron did swim."
There was a famine in the land. A pot of pottage was served. What miracle included gourds from a wild vine?
During a famine, Elisha requests of his servant a pot of pottage for sons of the prophets, in II Kings 4. Wild gourds were put in the pottage, and one of the men cried that death was in the pottage. Elisha threw meal in the pot so that the people could eat, "[a]nd there was no harm in the pot."
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