Bad Riddles. Good Questions.

When I was a kid, growing up in church, there were a bunch of silly riddles we told each other. At the time, we thought they were hilarious but really, they are just bad puns. How many do you know? (Answers below)

  1. Which biblical character grew up without parents?
  2. How does Moses make his coffee every morning?
  3. Before Boaz became married, what kind of guy was he?
  4. Where in the Bible is the first mention of a tennis match?
  5. Who was the shortest man in the Bible?

You won’t grow much spiritually with those kinds of questions. Bible trivia can be fun to play but doesn’t bring much life change. There are, however, good questions found in scripture that do cause us to pause and reflect. The answer isn’t always straight forward or clear because it must come from us.  

  • What is this you have done? (Genesis 3:13)
  • Where have you come from and where are you going? (Genesis 16:6-10)
  • What is that in your hand? (Exodus 8:1-5)
  • What are you doing here? (1 Kings 19:1-10)
  • Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? (Job 38:1-4)

Throughout Scripture, God often questions his people, including us. If we are willing to answer honestly, God can work in our situation. Through his questions, God invites us into a conversation with him. Sometimes it takes courage to admit the truth. We are often forced to see ourselves in a new light. The good news is that God continues to love us and is willing to help us move forward.

If you want to grow a little more, take some time to read the passages above. See if God is asking any of these questions directly of you. The answers might surprise you.


  1. Joshua, son of none (Nun) Joshua 1:1
  2. Hebrews it
  3. Ruth-less
  4. When Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court
  5. Bildad, the Shoe-Height (Shuhite) Job 2:11