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Paul Schneidmill


My wife, son, and I like to play the “Jeopardy” game show that comes on television.  My daughter hasn’t caught on yet to this delightful way to learn and exercise your knowledge and memories regarding a huge plethora of subjects like the rest of us Schneidmills have.  


I’m always amazed at the amount of knowledge the contestants know and can recall.  I’m also always amazed at the amount of knowledge I know about stuff I never really learned about nor am interested in doing so.  The mind, I’m told, has an amazing capacity to store and remember information that is important and/or vital to people.  It also (as I can verify) has an amazing capacity to store and remember stuff that most folk wouldn’t think of retaining.


The majority of the categories on Jeopardy have to do with subjects that have a wide-range of information; subjects such as art, geography, history, language, literature, mathematics, politics, religion, sports, etc., and the categories that can be derived from these subjects are phenomenal.


A few years ago, I developed and constructed a “Bible Jeopardy” game for use at a Church Christmas banquet.  My version was similar (somewhat) to the game on television but undoubtedly hugely under a television studio budget.  I made a Jeopardy board that worked on the same principle (sort of) as the show (except it was operated manually) and my wife, Debbie, was the host.  I called her “Debbie Trebek,” but my baby, my wife, looks way better than Alex Trebek does.  (Mr. Trebek, if you’re reading this, I do not apologize!)


Our game had categories such as, “Animals in the Bible,” “Mountains Mentioned in Scripture,” “Name that Prophet,” “Oh, The Places They Went,” etc.  The contestants did well, even in Final Jeopardy, and we all had a wonderful time.


If I ever get to do that again, I’m tempted to put in a category called, “How Much Is That?”  The category will be along the lines of a mathematical category in that contestants would have to provide answers in the form of a specific amount to win the points assigned to the question.


I can’t really submit this category because no one, and I mean no one, would be able to answer the questions correctly.


Let me show you why.  At this point, I’m assuming you’ve seen or are at least familiar with the show, so observe if you will, a round played using the category.  We’ll have an imaginary host and three imaginary contestants. 


HOST:  “The category is “How Much Is That.”  Using the emphasized word or phrase found in the Scripture answer; provide the amount in the form of a question.  All Scripture passages will come from the King James Version.  If you’re ready, let’s play.” 


1st CONTESTANT:  “I’ll take “How Much Is That” for 200.”


HOST:  “Exodus 34:6 – “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” (Contestants look puzzled…no one rings in…times runs out)


HOST:  “Contestant Number One, you still have control of the board, pick again.”


1st CONTESTANT:  “Let’s do “How Much Is That” for 400.”


HOST:  “Psalm 119:89 – “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Contestants are silent…no one rings in…times runs out)


HOST:  “Contestant Number One, you’re still in control, pick again.”


1st CONTESTANT:  “I’ll try that category again for 600.”


HOST:  “Jeremiah 31:3 – “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Again, there is silence…time runs out)


HOST:  “This category appears to be difficult for all of our contestants.  Number One, pick again.”


1st CONTESTANT:  “How Much Is That” for 800.”


HOST:  “Matthew 9:37 – “Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;” (Same thing happens)


HOST:  “What’ll it be Number One?”


1st CONTESTANT:  “Let’s finish the category.  “How Much Is That” for 1000.”


HOST:   “John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (No one answers, time runs out and the game ends)


Even though difficult, we can learn and know the responses to our imaginary Jeopardy game.  We just can’t get the answers here, because the answers are “out of this world,” and even though the game was imaginary, it is completely true that the capacity of the heart of God that is for all people; cannot be measured.


In closing, I would like to pray for you, the reader, just as the Apostle Paul did for the readers of his epistle to the Church of Ephesus, centuries ago. 


I pray, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19, KJV)      



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