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Honey was common in Bible History. It was the primary source of sugar for the ancient Israelites. It was also used in baking, to make mead (a fermented beverage), and was sometimes mixed with wine. The Ancient Egyptians also used honey as an embalming substance. Honey is mentioned widely through The Bible:
"Then their father Israel [see Children of Jacob and Coat Of Many Colors] said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift - a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds." (Genesis 43:11)
"Then He said, "I Am The God [see The Logos and Rock Of Ages] of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." [see Stairway To Heaven] At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey - the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites." (Exodus 3:6-8)
"Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" Samson said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle." (Judges 14:18) (see Samson And Delilah)
"Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, "Cursed be any man who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!" So none of the troops tasted food. The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground. When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out, yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath. But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened." (1 Samuel 14:24-27)
"In those days John The Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [see The Kingdom of God] is near." This is He who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for The Lord, make straight paths for Him.'" John's clothes were made of camel's hair [see Ships Of The Desert], and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey." (Matthew 3:1-4)
"But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as He announced to His servants the prophets." [see Prophecy]. Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land." So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey." I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings." (Revelation 10:7-11)
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This Week's Bible Quiz
1. What was the only sign that Jesus said would be that He was the Savior?
2. What was Judas Iscariot paid for betraying Jesus Christ?
3. How did Judas Iscariot die?
4. On what Biblical holy day was Jesus Christ sacrificed?
5. What is the name of the place where Jesus was arrested?
6. What was the name of the high priest to whom Jesus was taken?
7. Who was forced to carry Jesus' cross after He had been beaten so badly that He couldn't carry it Himself?
8. Were others crucified with Jesus?
9. What was the name of the man who buried Jesus' body in his own tomb?
10. Did Jesus rise from the dead, exactly as He said that He would?
For the answers to this December 28 1999 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page