Simple Questions & Answers

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1. Simple questions and answers

This article is a series of simple questions, asked by kids, and their Biblical answers. Let’s begin!

2. How old was Noah when the flood came?

According to Genesis 7:6, Noah was 600 years old when the flood came:

genesis 7:6

Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

The Bible does not clearly say how long it took Noah to build the ark, but we do know that Noah died at the age of 950:

genesis 9:28-29

After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.

So, Noah lived to be one old dude!

3. Why did God choose Noah?

At this time in history, God was grieved that He had made man on the earth because all of the thoughts of man were only evil all the time:

genesis 6:5-6

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

Unlike the rest of humanity, however, Noah found favor in God’s eyes because he was a righteous man:

genesis 6:8-9

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

9 This is the account of Noah and his family Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

This doesn’t mean that Noah was sinless, but in his heart, Noah desired to please God, and so God, because of His mercy, chose Noah to build the ark and to keep the human race alive, along with all the animal kinds.

4. How did God know to pick Jesus?

Since mankind could only be saved from sin by someone who was sinless, and since He could only be saved from death by someone who had mastery over life and death, there really wasn’t a choice at all. Jesus was the only One who could have saved us from our sin.

It is important to understand that Jesus was not simply a man whom God chose, but is in fact the Son of God and truly, is God Himself. Jesus has always existed. He was not created. He is God the Son. As Jesus said in John 10:30...

john 10:30

“I and the Father are one.”

When we understand that Jesus has always existed and that He is part of the Trinity Godhead. Below is more Scripture to support this:

john 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Here, Jesus is called “the Word.” It says that He was there in the beginning; that He was with God and that He was God. It also tells us that Jesus is the Creator. Jesus Himself explained that He had always existed in this passage:

john 8:58

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

Before Abraham was (past tense), I Am (present tense)! When we understand that Jesus is God, it is very simple to understand why God could only have sent Jesus to save us.

5. How can a bug shoot fire?

This whole question refers to the Bombardier Beetle, which can shoot burning gas out of its backside as a defense mechanism.

God created this beetle with two little chambers inside of its body. Each chamber is full of a liquid that is fine on its own, but when it mixes with the other liquid, it explodes! When the Bombardier Beetle gets spooked, the muscles in its abdomen push the liquids out of these two chambers into another chamber, where they mix and then spurt out of the beetle at a fiery hot 212 degrees!

The reason we’re talking about this beetle is because the Bible mentions a fire-breathing creature called the Leviathan in Job chapter 41:

job 41:18-21

Its snorting throws out flashes of light;

its eyes are like the rays of dawn.

19 Flames stream from its mouth;

sparks of fire shoot out.

20 Smoke pours from its nostrils

as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.

21 Its breath sets coals ablaze,

and flames dart from its mouth.

While some people claim that this passage is poetic and that no such fire-breathing creature could exist, the existence of the Bombardier Beetle proves that God did create living things that can spout fire, meaning that there is no reason to doubt that the Leviathan was not a crocodile or alligator, but a fearsome fire-breathing dinosaur of dragon-like creature!

6. If Jesus had scars on His hands, feet and side, would He have scars from the crown of thorns and the flogging too?

We know that Jesus definitely still had the holes in His hands after He was raised from the dead. We know this because He asks Thomas to put his fingers into the holes so that Thomas would stop doubting:

john20:24-29

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

We can see that the wounds in Jesus’ hands and side were still present after Jesus was raised from the dead. It seems very likely, then, that the wounds in His feet, the wounds from the crown of thorns, and the flogging wounds were still there too.

It also seems likely that those scars, while no longer bleeding, will remain evident to us in Heaven as a reminder of the sacrifice our Savior made for us!

7. Could Adam and Eve climb the trees?

Sure. Why not? God had only given Adam two directives. First, he was to work the garden (which was not toilsome at the time). Second, Adam was not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil:

genesis 2:15-17

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

There was no command against climbing the trees. So, if Adam or Eve had wanted to, they could have climbed the trees, and may even have needed to climb them to get their fruit. The Bible doesn’t tell us one way or another whether Adam and Eve climbed the trees, but they certainly could have!

8. Did David have any brothers or sisters?

Yes. The Bible tells us how many brothers and sister David had, and also tells us their names:

1 chronicles 2:13-16

Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son was Abinadab, the third Shimea, 14 the fourth Nethanel, the fifth Raddai, 15 the sixth Ozem and the seventh David. 16 Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah’s three sons were Abishai, Joab and Asahel.

In this list of Jesse's sons, seven sons are listed, along with two daughters. But the Bible tells us that Jesse had eight sons:

1 samuel 17:12-14

Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. 13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

Shammah and Shimea are actually variations of the same name, so Shimea was the same person as Shammah; his name was simply spelled differently in different parts of the Bible.

For some reason, however, although Jesse had eight sons, we only know the names of seven of them:

Eliab, Abinidab, Shimea/Shammah, Nethanel, Raddai, Ozem, and David. We don’t know why the eighth son is not listed, but it is possible that his eighth son died before having children. In such cases, a son might not be listed in the genealogy.

9. If the world was sinless, would there still be accidents?

Probably not. The reason I say this is that most accidents are caused by people not paying attention, or by the failure of a piece of equipment or of something in nature.

In a sinless world, there would be no curse to cause decay or death. See below:

romans 8:19-22

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

Since we know that decay is the result of the curse of sin, then we can expect that there ill be no decay in a sinless world. Therefore, there could be no accidents caused by something breaking or falling apart.

As for accidents caused by human error such as not paying attention, I would again say that our bodies and minds would also not be subject to decay or failure, which makes it seem unlikely that there could be accidents in a sinless world.

The good news is that, as Romans 8:19-22 say above, in eternity with God, there won’t be sin or decay, and therefore death, pain, suffering, or accidents!

10. Conclusion

Kids have all kinds of questions, and it is a good thing when they ask, because it means they’re thinking about the Bible and what it all means to them. So, keep the questions coming, and praise God for giving us His Word to provide the answers!