Amazing Bible facts: part four

4 06 2013

Jehiel the Gershonite was the first person put in charge of the Temple treasury (1 Chr 29:8).

Joab’s house was located in the wilderness (1 Kg 2:33-34).

There were 30,000 Israelites (plus other non- Israelites) who helped build God’s Temple. They worked in shifts, 10,000 worked for one month, then they had 2 months off (1 Kg 5:13-14).

The construction of God’s Temple began 480 years after the Israelites had come out of Egypt (in the 4th year of Solomon’s reign)(1 Kg 6:1). Some of the side chambers of God’s Temple were 3 stories high (1 Kg 6:5-8).

The walls of God’s Temple were made with cedar wood and the floor with cypress wood (1 Kg 6:15). When God’s Temple was dedicated, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep were sacrificed by Solomon (1 Kg 8:62-63).

Solomon had even more wisdom than Ethan the Ezrahite, and the sons of Mahol (Heman, Calcol, and Darda)(1 Kg 4:29-31)!

Solomon had 12 officers (district governors) over all of Israel. Two of these, were married to his daughters: Ben-Abinadab to his daughter Taphath and Ahimaaz to his daughter Basemath (1 Kg 4:7,11,15).

Nobody ever offered more spices as a present than the Queen of Sheba gave to Solomon (1 Kg 10:10) (2 Chr 9:9).

(Prov 30:24-28) says four animals are exceedingly wise: ants, coneys, locusts, and lizards.

God appeared to Solomon 3 times (1 Kg 11:9-13).

Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, had 18 wives and 60 concubines. With them, he fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters (1 Kg 11:21).

Zimri was king for only 7 days when he killed himself (1 Kg 16:15-18).

When a group of soldiers was led into Samaria, the king asked Elisha if he should kill them. Elisha replied no, but instead feed them. The king threw a great feast and then sent them on their way. They never bothered Israel again (2 Kg 6:20-23).

There was such a bad famine in Samaria that 2 ladies agreed to kill their sons and eat them to have food… The first day, they ate one ladies son, then on the 2nd day, when they were to eat the other ladies son, she hid him (2 Kg 6:25-29).

No one was sorry when King Jehoram died (2 Chr 21:18-20).

After the temple of Baal was destroyed, the Israelites used it as a latrine (2 Kg 10:26-28).

Hazael, the king’s servant, killed his master and king Ben-Hadad, and became king in his place (2 Kg 8:14-15). Oddly though, he named his son after him (2 Kg 13:3), who later became king himself (2 Kg 13:24).

A city in Egypt was named Memphis (Hos 9:6).

King Uzziah loved the soil (2 Chr 26:10). During the simultaneous reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II, there was a very destructive earthquake (Amos 1:1). (Also see: Zech 14:5) Modern geologists have also confirmed this.

Isaiah was married to a woman referred to only as ‘the prophetess’ (Isa 8:3). He had at least 2 sons with her named Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Isa 8:3) and Shear-Jashub (Isa 7:3).

The men of Lud (Lydians) were famous as archers (Isa 66:19). King Sennacherib was assassinated by 2 of his sons, who then ran away, leaving a third son to reign in his place (2 Kg 19:36-37)(2 Chr 32:21).

King Manasseh was buried in his garden (2 Kg 21:18).

God would not allow Jeremiah to get married (Jere 16:1).

Sadly, in the later years of his life, Solomon had places built to worship the heathen gods Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Milcom. These places were still present over 300 years later when Josiah was king. Josiah destroyed them (2 Kg 23:13-14).

King Josiah was only about 13-14 years old when he became a father (connect these verses to figure this out: 2 Kg 22:1, 2 Kg 23:31, 2 Kg 23:34-36).

Also, Jehoiachin, who would have been Josiah’s grandson, was 18 years old when he became king, and he already had ‘wives’ (2 Kg 24:8,15).

God said He has 4 dreadful judgments: sword (war), famine, wild beasts, and plague (Ezek 14:21). (How many of these are we seeing today?)

In approximately 588 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem (2 Kg 25:1)(Jere 39:1-2)(Jere 52:4). The moment it began, God told Ezekiel, who was 100’s of miles away, about it (Ezek 24:1-2). Ezekiel wore a turban (Ezek 24:16).

Papers placed in an earthen jar lasted for a long time (Jere 32:14). (This is how the Dead Sea Scrolls were stored when we found them 1000’s of years after they were written.)

Jonathan the scribe had his house turned into a prison (Jere 37:15, 20).

When 70 men were brutally killed at Mizpah, their bodies were thrown into a cistern that King Asa had made about 300 years earlier (Jere 41:4-9)(1 Kg 15:16-22).

King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue of himself that was 90′ high and 9′ wide (Dan 3:1). God said the house of Judah should hold fasts in the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months (Zech 8:19).

It took Nehemiah and the exiles who returned to Jerusalem 52 days to rebuild the wall around the city that had been destroyed (Neh 6:15).

Nehemiah had a brother named Hanani (Neh 7:2). David had 6 brothers and 2 sisters (1 Chr 2:13-16).

Both Joab and Amasa were commanders of David’s army. They were also his nephews (1 Chr 2:15-17). David’s best friend Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth. He was also known as Merib-Baal (1 Chr 8:34)(1 Chr 9:40). He became crippled in both feet when he fell at 5 years old while fleeing with his nurse (2 Sam 4:4).

When Elizabeth became pregnant with the baby John The Baptist, she went into seclusion for 5 months (Lk 1:24). John The Baptist wore clothes made from camel hair (Mt 3:4).

Nazareth was built on a hill (Lk 4:16,29).

One of the women who followed Jesus was Joanna. Her husband was the manager of the evil King Herod’s household (Lk 8:2-3).

The prophet Zechariah was martyred between the altar and the Temple (Lk 11:51) (Mt 23:35). There was a tower in Siloam (located in the southern part of Jerusalem) that fell and killed 18 people (Lk 13:4). There was also a ‘pool’ in Siloam that is mentioned in (Jn 9:7). It was built hundreds of years earlier by King Hezekiah (2 Kg 20:20)(2 Chr 32:30).

Jesus taught from a boat 2 times: (Mt 13:1-3)(Mk 4:1-2) and (Lk 5:1-3). Do you remember where Jesus and the disciples were in their boat crossing the Sea of Galilee in rough weather and Jesus calmed the sea? Did you know that other boats were with them? (Mt 8:23-27)(Mk 4:35-41)(Lk 8:22-25)(See: Mk 4:36)

When Jesus cast the demons out of a demon possessed man into a herd of pigs, they went into about 2000 pigs (Mk 5:13).

Mark recorded Jesus as saying that 2 sparrows sold for a copper coin (Mk 10:29). However, Luke tells us in recording Jesus’ words that you could get a bargain deal if you bought 5 sparrows. They only cost 2 copper coins (Lk 12:6-7)!

When Jesus approached the disciples’ boat while walking on water, they had been rowing for about 3 or 4 miles (Jn 6:19).

John The Baptist never performed a miracle (Jn 10:40). The disciple Thomas was also called Didymus (Greek meaning the ‘twin’) (Jn 11:16) (Jn 20:24).

Bethany, home to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (close friends of Jesus), was only about 2 miles from Jerusalem (Jn 11:18).

Jesus’ disciples carried 2 swords (Lk 22:38).

King Herod and Pontus Pilate, who had been enemies, became friends during their persecution of Jesus (Lk 23:12).

Pilates’ judgment seat was located at a place called ‘The Pavement’ or ‘Gabbatha’ in Hebrew (Jn 19:14).

Standing near the cross as Jesus was dying were 4 women; 3 of them were named Mary (Jn 19:25).

When the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee, and told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, they hauled in 153 fish (Jn 21:1-11).

The field where Judas Iscariot committed suicide was named Aceldama or ‘The Field of Blood’ (Acts 1:19).

The Holy Spirit was given at 9 a.m. on the Day Of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4,15).

The east gate to the Temple was called ‘Beautiful’ (Acts 3:2,10).

Barnabas, whose name meant ‘Son of Encouragement’ was also called Joseph (Acts 4:36).

END OF PART FOUR, WATCH OUT FOR PART FIVE.

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