Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Interesting Bible Facts, Part 2.

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 and Father of the 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 Abraham, by faith, reasoned that God was able to raise Isaac up from the dead. He even told his servants that Isaac would be back (Genesis 22:5). The act of Abraham sacrificing his son is symbolic of the Father sacrificing Jesus, His only begotten Son.

Abraham and Isaac

When Jesus announced there was a traitor in their midst, the apostles were so selfish that they were arguing which one of them was the greatest apostle instead (Luke 22:21-24).

Even though Peter saw, with his own senses, tremendous evidence that Jesus was the Messiah, he says the words of prophesy are more certain, and are more to be trusted, than are the senses. In 2 Peter 1:19, Peter is referring to the transfiguration that happened in Matthew 17:1-8.

The greatest threat to the Christ's assembly is to come from among the leaders in the assembly (Acts 20:28-31).

It is not sufficient that we merely confess our sins (Mark 1:15), we must also forsake them (Isaiah 55:7) and sin no more (John 5:14; 8:11).

The works you do bear witness of you and of whom you are led and sent (John 5:36; 10:35). Every man’s destiny is determined by deeds done in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:12; 22:12). 

Every act of life, no matter how secret, will be judged (Job 42:2, Ecclesiastes 12:14, Luke 12:2-3, Romans 2:16). Every word we speak will be judged as well (Matthew 12:36-37) because it is an index to our heart and thoughts (Matthew 12:34).

A messenger of Satan was sent to Paul to keep him from exalting himself (2 Corinthians 12:7). And pride is what allowed Satan to sift Peter (Luke 22:31).

Damascus, the capital of Syria, is the oldest standing city it the world, and never had mass destruction (Isaiah 17:1).

Jesus could have had 12 legions of angels when he was arrested, but then scripture would not have been fulfilled (Matthew 26:53).

Men and women are forbidden to wear one another's clothing (Deuteronomy 22:5, 1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Baptism happened during the Old Covenant also, and they had the same spiritual meat and drink as Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).

The Baptism of Jesus (painting)

In the Old Covenant, people also confessed their sins to the Lord and were forgiven (Psalm 32:5).
Jeremiah never married (Jeremiah 16:1-2).

Job speaks of a future resurrection from death (Job 14:13-15), and he knew Jesus would walk on the earth in the latter days and that he would see God some day (Job 19:25-27 ). And in the very last verse of the book of Job, in the Septuagint, it says, “And Job died, an old man and full of days: and it is written that he will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up.” David speaks of his soul being redeemed from the grave (Psalms 49:15).

Job (painting)

2 Kings 2:23-24 is a curse on the youths of Bethel. For it was Elisha's character, as God's prophet, that the children abused. They bade him "go up," reflecting on the taking up of Elijah into the sky (2 Kings 2:1,11). The prophet acted by Divine impulse. If the Holy Spirit had not directed Elisha's solemn curse, the providence of God would not have followed it with judgment. The Lord must be glorified as a righteous God who hates sin, and will reckon for it. Let young persons be afraid of speaking wicked words, for God notices what they say. Let them not mock at any for defects in mind or body; it is at their peril if they scoff at any for well doing. Let parents train them up well, and do their best to drive out the foolishness that is bound up in their hearts.

Elisha (icon)

Today, the meaning of the word "believe" has been weakened. In the eyes of most, it has become a mere acknowledgment of a certain fact. To many, it has nothing to do with obedience. But in 1 Peter 2:7, the words "believe" and "disobedient" are represented as opposites. In other words, to believe is to be obedient, while unbelief is synonymous with disobedience. The Scriptures exhort "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). As a result of the way we view the word "believe", many think that all they are required to do is believe that Jesus existed and died at Calvary, and they are in good standing with God. If this were the only requirement, the demons would be in good standing with Him (James 2:19). But there is no salvation for them! "Faith" is Greek word #4102, pistis. This word comes directly from a primary verb peitho.
Servants of God should look upon worldly wealth with a holy contempt (2 Kings 5:15-16).
The use of cosmetics for women is recorded in 2 Kings 9:30.

Christians are not to fear any man (Psalm 56:4; 118:6, Proverbs 29:25, Hebrews 13:6, Matthew 10:28).

A good tree brings forth good fruit, a bad tree bad fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). Galatians 5:16-26 describes these fruits. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 describes these bad trees.

To follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves (Matthew 16:23, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23-24, 2Timothy 2:13) and die daily the death of self (1 Corinthians 15:31).

God revealed His will through prophets (Amos 3:7, Hosea 12:10, Hebrews 1:1) because sin is such an integral part of man himself that man cannot bear the presence of God (Exodus 20:18-19).

Women were blessed with the spiritual gift of prophesy also (Acts 21:8-9, Luke 2:36-38). Here are other prophetesses (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4, 2 Kings 22:14, 2 Chronicles 34:22, Nehemiah 6:14, Isaiah 8:3). But there’s also false prophetesses (Revelation 2:20).

Deborah, the Prophetesse (painting)  

Noah’s ark rested in the seventh month (Genesis 8:4) and it rested on the Sabbath. (Leviticus 23:24,27,34,39,41).

Noah (painting)

Nations that forget God will be turned into a living hell (Psalm 9:17), a place of darkness.

Moses lacked faith (Exodus 3-6), but was willing (Exodus 3:11,13; 4:1,10,18(lied),25). 

Moses and the Burning Bush (mosaic)

Just like Moses (Exodus 4:10), Paul did not have excellent speech either (1 Corinthians 2:1, 2 Corinthians 10:10; 11:6).

As far as authority is concerned, first is God, then comes Christ, then the man, then the woman (1 Corinthians 11:3).

The Apostle Peter, shortly before he died, referred to Paul’s Epistles as Scripture and in such a way as to indicate that at least the beginning of such a collection had already been made (II Peter 3:15-16).

Saint Peter (icon)

We’re not to take away from or to add to God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, Jeremiah 26:2, Revelation 22:18-19).

Jesus is heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2). Christians are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Christians have obtained this inheritance (Ephesians 1:11).

God ruled over all the heathen nations and not just Israel (2 Chronicles 20:6).

Jacob had a dream about a ladder that reached to heaven with the angels of God ascending and descending on it, with the Lord standing above it (Genesis 28:12-13). This foreshadowed Jesus’ statement that heaven would open up with the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man (John 1:51). Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28). This foreshadowed the nation of the true Israel, Jesus Christ, because Israel is another name for Jesus (Matthew 2:15, Hosea 11:1). Israel is the chosen servant of God, and Jesus is the chosen servant of God.

 Jacob's Dream (painting)

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