Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Interesting Bible Facts, Part 1.

The 66 books of the Bible were written on 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 different people over a period of 1500 years, on the most controversial subjects, by authors whose education and background varied greatly (kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, a tax collector, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician). And there are no contradictions between them.

The Old Testament has 39 books. How can you remember that? There are 3 letters in Old; 9 letters in Testament. 3 and 9 is 39! The New Testament has 27 books. How can you remember that? There are 3 letters in New, 9 letters in Testament. 3 times 9 equals 27.

God called both Adam and Eve, "Adam". (Genesis 5:2). This is the Law of Coverture and the reason why women take their husbands’ name. They are considered "one flesh" (Matthew 19:5-6, Mark.10:8, Ephesians 5:31).

Adam and Eve

God wrote the Ten Commandments a second time (Exodus 34:1), because Moses broke the first set of stones (Exodus 32:19; 34:1). This 2nd set was placed into the wooden ark (Deuteronomy 10:1-5). 

The ten Commandments in Hebrew

The Ten Commandments in English

The Ten Commandments were written on both front and back (Exodus 32:15).

The law of Moses was copied upon stones also (Joshua 8:32; 24:26).

The story of Joseph accounts for the Israelites coming into Egypt (Genesis 37-50), while that of the Exodus accounts for their going out of it (Exodus 1-20).

Man’s time on earth is appointed (Job 7:1, Ecclesiastes 7:17). It’s appointed to men once to die, then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

The scripture does not say, "Money is the root of all evil". Money is the root of no evil, nor is it an evil of any kind. But, "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). Only the love of it is evil. To love it is to covet it (Exodus 20:17 - the 10th Commandment).

Enoch was the first prophet to utter a prophesy about the 2nd coming of Christ and this was before the flood of Noah (Jude 1:14-15).

Enoch and Noah

It is a shame for a man to have long hair (1 Corinthians 11:14). It is a glory for women to have long hair (1 Cor.11:15).

Tattoos are forbidden (Leviticus 19:28).

The rainbow was created to remember the covenant between God and every living creature (Genesis 9:14-16) after the flood.

What did Jesus eat? Clean Meats - Jesus ate Lamb at the Passover supper. (Luke 22:15). Fish - Jesus fed thousands of people with fish. (Matthew 14:19). Eggs - Jesus called eggs "good" (Luke 11:12,13). Butter - Jesus ate butter and honey (Isaiah 7:15).

The oldest book in scripture, the book of Job, records people sprinkling salt on eggs. Job 6:6, "Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt or is there any taste in the white of an egg?"
The apostle Peter fished naked (John 21:7). Saul "stripped off his clothes also and prophesied before Samuel" (1 Samuel 19:24). Isaiah "walked naked and barefoot for three years" (Isa.20:2-4).

Believers in Christ are suppose to greet each other with a kiss (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, 1 Peter 5:14). And we are to kiss in other situations also (Proverbs 24:26, Solomon 1:5). Even Moses greeted his brother Aaron with a kiss (Exodus 4:27), and his father-in-law with a kiss (Exodus 18:7). 

The Tree of Life, from the Garden of Eden, is now in the midst of the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7).

The purpose of marriage is not only for procreation, but to prevent fornication (1 Corinthians 7:2).  

The scripture says that homosexuality is caused by a willful choice of a depraved person (Romans 1:26–27).

2 Timothy 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." This is one of the great promises in Scripture.

Saint Paul was a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) and Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3).

Saint Paul

The earth was created in six days. However, the third day completed the fundamentals of creation work, and the fourth, fifth, and sixth days are the counterpart and repetition of the first, second, and third days, and correspond respectively.

There’s only one Archangel, named Michael (Jude 1:9). Gabriel is not an archangel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21, Luke 1:19,26). The Archangel Michael might be Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16, John 5:28-29, Daniel 12:1, Revelation 12:7). Daniel 10:13,21 refers to Michael as being "one of the chief princes". Jesus is a Prince (Isaiah 9:6, Acts 3:15; 5:31, Revelation 1:5).

The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni

Ezekiel 37:12-14 speaks of God causing Israel to come up out of her graves, and giving them their own land, and how God will put his spirit in them and make them live. Which shows how death means spiritual death, not just physical death. They were referred to as "dead men," (Isaiah 26:19) and their restoration to Palestine was spoken of as a resurrection. The graves were opened when Cyrus gave them release from Babylon in order to return home. This captivity was symbolic of the captive state of the New Testament saints during the last days of fleshly Israel. They were oppressed and persecuted until the very end of that second Babylon (I Thessalonians 2:14-16). The fall of Babylon (Israel) and the resurrection of the saints to their homeland, the new heaven and earth, are the basic theme of God's final revelation to man. As with national Israel in ancient Babylon, the release or deliverance of the saints from Israel (Babylon) was the opening of the graves and the bringing forth of all into judgment (John 5:28-29). Jesus was obviously talking about spiritually dead men burying a physically dead man in Matthew 8:21-22 and Luke 9:59-60. Also read Romans 6:13, Ephesians 2:1,4-5, Colossians 2:13; 3:3, 1 Timothy 5:6, James 5:20. The whole point of these passages is to explain that, "the body without the spirit is dead" (James 2:26).

Jesus taught the apostles to only preach to Jews (Matthew 10:5-6). It wasn’t until many years after his death that they were commanded to preach to the Gentiles as well (Acts 11:30; 14:27, Romans 1:6). The apostles explain why in Acts 13:46,47.

Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness with fig leaves which represented their own works to cover their sin (Genesis 3:7). But God demonstrated acceptable sacrifice by covering Adam and Eve with the skin of an innocent animal (Genesis 3:21). Because without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin (Numbers 35:33, Hebrews 9:22).

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8; 146:3). God wants us to trust Him alone (Psalms 40:4; 56:11; Proverbs 29:25). God is no respecter of persons (2 Samuel 14:14, 2 Chronicles 19:7, Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, 1 Peter 1:17). 

Matthew 7:12 is the Golden Rule.

The teaching of Jesus, that we should love our enemies (Matthew 5:39,44), is not a new commandment. It was a quote from the Old Testament (Exodus 23:4-5, Proverbs 24:17-18, Proverbs 25:21-22).

For eighty year Moses sought permission from his father-in-law before beginning his divinely-commanded return to Egypt (Exodus 4:18). Ruth pledged total obedience to the mother of her dead husband; seeking her leave before doing the simplest, most logical thing (Ruth 3:5). Most Old Testament prophets looked like failures. Jeremiah was branded a traitor (Jeremiah 38:4-5). Elijah was a fugitive (1 Kings 18:10; 19:2-3). Many were ridiculed. Few managed to slow the moral landslide (Isaiah 6:9-13). Some may not have understood their own prophecies (Daniel 8:26; 12:8-9, 1 Peter 1:10-12, compare John 11:51). But their heavenly assignment touched none of these things. They were simply God’s mouth-pieces. Results were not their responsibility.

Methuselah, the son of Enoch, and grandfather of Noah, was the oldest man of whom we have any record, dying at the age of nine hundred and sixty-nine years, in the year of the Flood (Genesis 5:21-27; 1 Chronicles 1:3).

Methuselah (stain glass)

Chastisement is a token of love (Hebrews 12:6).

When "Solomon's Temple" was being built, there was never any sound of neither hammer, axe, nor any tool heard in the Temple, because the stones were made ready before it was brought in the temple (1 Kings 6:7).

Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (painting)

Isaac, Israel, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist were all born to women who had been barren. (Genesis 18:11; 25:21-26; Judges 13:3; 1 Samuel 1:20; Luke 1:7, 13). 

Wisdom and knowledge is the fear of the Lord (Job 28:28, Proverbs 1:7,29). The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13), and by the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6).

In biblical times, fishermen fished with nets and hooks, called angles (Isaiah 19:8, Amos 4:2, Habakkuk 1:15, Matthew 17:27). They also broiled fish (Luke 24:42).

Scripture says the glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is their gray hair (Proverbs 20:29). Also, there is nothing wrong with a bald head: Leviticus 13:40-41, "And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean. And he that hath his hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he is forehead bald: yet is he clean."

In Genesis 11, the people said, "let us make a name for ourselves and build a tower." And God said, "If they are unified in language and able to accomplish this, nothing will be impossible for them." So, God confounded their language. When people are trying to build a name for  themselves and are communicating as one, unity is disastrous. When stupidity is the motive, unity is catastrophic. When self-aggrandizement is the motive, unity is devastating. A group of proud men and women united in evil can accomplish hell on earth.

"To serve me," Jesus declared, "you must deny yourself and take up your cross" (Luke 9:23-26; 14:27). Carrying one’s cross involves nothing less than anguish and devastating humiliation. It is suffering inflicted as a direct result of serving God; torment you could avoid by compromise. Jesus wasn’t looking for adherents; he was looking for martyrs. He wanted not admirers but imitators - volunteers who could shoulder a gibbet of pain. The person more concerned about his neck than the exaltation of God, is unworthy of ministry. Many are called, but few rise to the challenge. ‘Let me first establish my business.’ ‘Let me first raise my family.’ ‘Let me first ...’ Not surprisingly, few are chosen (Matthew 22:14, Luke 9:59-62).

Those who shrink from hardship or danger shrivel up inside; dead, long before their hearts stop. The easy path leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). If Jesus suffered for us when we didn’t deserve it, how can we refuse to suffer for him when he does deserve it? If your God is not worth suffering for, you don’t know the God or Jesus.

Joseph planned on breaking the engagement when he found out that Mary was pregnant with Jesus (Matthew 1:19).

God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-2) as a test of faith, because he lacked faith to trust God’s power to bring him a son from the womb of his wife (Genesis 16:1-3). So, to justify himself killing his son, Abraham figured God would resurrect Isaac to fulfill His promise that Isaac would be heir to a country (Genesis 15:4,18). Hebrews 11:17-19 records how 

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