Summer Quiz

When I was a child my Mother would give us a phrase she believed to be Biblical and we would have to search the scriptures of her most Holy Bible to see if truth or not? We only had one Bible then. That was the Family Bible. Now, most of us in our homes have many as well as online Bibles. Therefore, we should find truth fast. Yes, very fast in all areas of our life.

OK, let’s try it. Here’s my phrase!
“When I talk the “o serpent bites.”


True or False? And, why do you believe it to be either truth or a false statement?

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26 thoughts on “Summer Quiz

  1. Oh boy, I love this interactive stuff! But I haven’t studied for this pop quiz! I will need to search for my answer!

  2. “When I talk the ‘o serpent bites.'” Matthew 15:17-19 says: “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart-that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.”

    I’m wondering if this could support “True”, for the answer?? Does this give me a passing grade teacher??? Or do I need to study some more?

  3. And look at Matthew 15:10-11. “Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. ‘Listen’, he said, ‘and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”

  4. Look what I found over in Proverbs. (23: 30-35) “It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, ‘They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”

  5. Those are great verses Needles.
    I say the phrase is true and this is the verse that came to mind to back up what I believe. It’s from James 3:5-8:
    “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
    See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
    We talk with our tongues…it is a fire of iniquity, unruly, evil and full of deadly poison…just like a poisonous snake. And I don’t like snakes either…no I hate them.

  6. “and you will say crazy things.” And another translation NKJV says, “your heart will utter perverse things.” This confirms your Matthew 15 passage, Needles. Gee, the heart is a mess with a little to much wine or strong drink. I hear so much about addictions today and from Proverbs it is like a poisonous snake bite. And the sting of it is like a viper. No, no, no, I don’t like snakes either, Needles. Dear me, vs 35 of pr 23 says and they want to awake and have another drink.

    Hum, deep it is…

  7. O my Debi, are you sure the Bible says all this? if so, wonder why we let our words get out of control? Better not get near this fire! When I read this I think of the many out of control fires in our nation that destroys forest, homes and business alike. It has no respect for anything in it’s path. We may be the fire with our tongues all too often. We maybe the poisioness snake that bites or we get bitten. And, what does the viper do?

  8. Psalm 140 :3 David says of the God-haters, ” They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. ”
    I found this on line about vipers.
    Notes: “These vipers are distant cousins to North American “copperhead” snakes. . They are known as lazy snakes. Malayan Pit Vipers don’t get out of the way when they sense someone coming. After they bite they’re often found in exactly the same spot. These snakes are so dangerous when handled because they are not consistent with their behavior. One day they will be calm. The next, or the next 10 minutes – they will violently strike lightening fast.Their preferred habitat is under dry leaves, wood, or rocks. They are active during the night mostly, especially while raining. Nickname: Finger rotters. If they get you in the finger – you’ll likely lose part of your finger without immediate care.”
    I suppose one could lose their good name, good reputation, good standing when the venomous bite of gossip goes forth to destroy those of whom it is spoken.
    It sounds like the venomous, destructive bit of the untamed tongue that James talks about .

  9. “And, what does the viper do?” According to Acts 28:3 it can latch onto your hand. That’s what it did to the Apostle Paul on the island of Malta. The fire drove it out of its hiding from under the wood and it went for Paul. Makes me think of the fire of God exposing mouths and deeds and driving those who think they are undercover out into the light. All that viper knew to do was to latch on to the holy man of God. But what did that holy man do? He just shook it off and kept on going forth in his ministry that he had been called to do by God.

  10. Look at this scripture: “Dan will be a snake beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path that bites the horse’s hooves so its rider is thrown off.” Gen 49:17

    Dan represent a tribe, right?

    This is a very interesting quiz. When I talk, does the o serpent bite? Hum, has anyone figured out if it ever happens to them?

  11. About Dan being a tribe…according to Gen 49:16…yes, with an explanation of what Dan will do as a tribe: “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.”
    The words, “so its rider is thrown off” make me think that deceptive, lying words used by another are meant to ‘throw’ the hearer off. The idiom ‘throw off’ according to free dictionary means: “to interrupt and confuse someone; to mislead someone”.
    Our words have a lot of power…power to harm or bring death to or power to heal and bring life and light. Whether accurate or not, my perception is pretty black and white on life or death words. If we walk in the Spirit we will have godly words of life from the Father of Life. If we don’t walk in the Spirit I think our words are harmful or useless…from the father of lies, the serpent. I don’t always walk in the Spirit, though I believe I strive to. I sin with my words whenever I am not honest, when I speak an angry word at someone, etc. So, “Have I figured out if it ever happens to them?” I would say, yes.

  12. Debi, so interesting and I think exciting to dig and drill in God’s Word. You have stated that you at times have sinned with your word. I surely have. And, I believe all without exception if they speak they have. Now, whom really gets the bite when we strike as a serpent? The sad part if we follow Needles original comment above and MG’s def. of viper I think we would find the addiction, enslavement to, lurking in our heart.

    Needles writes from above and quote from scripture, “the words you speak come from the heart-that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.”

    Looks like some work to do?

  13. The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;” Gen.3:14. What had the serpent, that viper, done? He lied. He slandered God. He was the mouthpiece of the Prideful Lucifer (satan). And the Lord God cursed him. The Bible says that God hates all liars. So is my mouth speaking “the serpent’s bite”? When I am with certain people do I act one way, all charming and out-going but with others do I act sullen and confrontational or another way? Is phoniness a lie?
    So we all sin with our words and there is much to be done. The more we delve into this, God’s Word, the more conviction and earnestness to change is revealed.

  14. I guess the following promise is a no brainer, if in fact, my mouth is speaking opposite God’s.

    “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart”
    (Psalm 37:4, AMP)

  15. The thinking, the heart, and the mouth sure are woven together either for success or failure.

    If you notice there are two kinds of thinking. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).

  16. Your example, Sara, of two kinds of thinking make us realize how powerful a thought is…that they can make or break us and construct who we are should motivate us to have them under control and, healthy. A pattern like like we are instructed to follow in Phillipians 4:8 seems helpful: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

  17. Sara, your comment about the two kinds of thinking are confirmed by the Scriptures. James 1:8 says, “For being as he is a man of TWO MINDS hesitating, dubious, irresolute, she/he is unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything he/she thinks, feels, decides.”
    I heard a Bible teacher the other day confirm what we have been learning and studying in our lessons….”An ADDICTION begins with a thought. The thought leads to a feeling (emotion) the feeling leads to an act or action or acting out”
    But the root is the THOUGHT.

  18. We often hear the expression ‘bite your tongue’. It seems to me that it may be better for some of us whose hinges are loose in our mouths to practice this if the woven together of ‘thinking, heart and mouth’ that Sara writes of has not yet produced a beautiful, holy tapestry.
    Maybe better our tongues get a bite than we get or give one from the serpent.

  19. Also, think how prosperous we would all be if our thoughts were focused on the good we want for ourselves and others. I think prayer was given to us as a gift to help us focus on the good and pure. I have heard it said don’t spend so much time telling the problem to God as telling Him and others how great He is. Seems like the psalmist gave many good examples of this. He would tell God the problem and then tell God how big He is and just how little David was.

    Great thought when we think of little David and Great Big God!

  20. Thinking more on what Sara said above, I see when David faced Goliath, he was facing the devil himself and spoke out to him and all around who could hear how mighty His God was using affirmations such as “LORD Almighty”, “the God of the armies of Israel” and “the battle is the LORD’s”!
    Seems to me this is an effective way to “resist the devil” that James 4:7 tells us to do. When I looked up the word resist, one meaning was: “To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of.”

  21. And we tell God how great He is by reciting His mighty feats, not only back to Him but to tell them to others. God gave us examples of this in His Word, as when He spoke about Himself…”I Am the God Who delivered you out of Egypt with a mighty Hand.” “I Am the God Who brought you over the Red Sea on dry ground” God spoke of His mighty works in the desert for 40 years as He delivered the Israelites. These are just Some examples. He is our Healer, our Deliverer, our Savior. All these and more He has proclaimed about Himself.
    God’s Word really commands us to humble ourselves before a mighty God that He may lift us up IN DUE TIME. When is the “DUE TIME”? We wait for the lifting up…..When, Lord? When will we be able to do the the mission of the ministry You have given? I suppose the ‘due time’ is when we (I) have humbled ourselves not only before God but before our brothers and sisters, (not always looking to gain the advantage over someone) and the leadership God has placed us under. That means being obedient, being submissive to the Word, and to our overseers and doing what it says….not thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. Jesus said in Mark “If anyone wants to be FIRST, he must (FIRST) be the very last and the servant of all.”
    These are hard lessons to learn for proud flesh, as I am painfully finding out. Keeping my mouth shut when I want to spout…wow!! that is a biggie. But remembering that God will oppose the braggart and give GRACE to the one who” KEEPS HIS/HER TONGUE FROM EVIL”
    So, back to the original premise of this blog about the viper’s bite… without prayer and determination to become humble before the Lord ( and the Body of Christ) in ALL things my tongue will always become the tongue of ready ‘SPITE-ER’ and not the tongue of a ready writer of praises to our God.

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