"By the skin of my teeth." The Book of Job gave our language this wonderful phrase meaning "escaped, but just barely." (It's from Job 19:20.) Scattered throughout the Bible are several colorful stories of hair's–breadth escapes. See how much you know about the Book's people–some good, some bad–who barely escaped from some hairy situations.
- What Christian escaped an angry Jewish crowd by being let down in a basket from the city walls of Damascus?
- What future king of Israel escaped death by dodging the spear thrown at him by the reigning king?
- When a violent storm caused the death of Job's children, how many people escaped the tragedy?
- In Genesis, the king of Sodom escaped his attackers by hiding in what unpleasant place?
- Which Gospel records that at the time of Jesus' arrest, a young man escaped the soldiers by slipping out of his garment and fleeing naked?
- Who warned Joseph to take Mary and the infant Jesus to Egypt to escape the wrath of baby–killing King Herod?
- What book records a man murdering his 70 brothers, except for one who escaped by hiding?
- Who let David down through a window so he could escape the murderers sent by King Saul?
- King Rehoboam, the tactless son of Solomon, had to flee in his chariot to escape a mob that was about to do what to him?
Who Said That?
"God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance." (Hint: Genesis.)
What Is Your Favorite Old Testament Story?
- 23% Joseph and his brothers