Amazing Bible facts: part five

19 06 2013

Have you ever put your fingers in your ears and made some loud noise (like ‘na,na,na na,na’) when you didn’t want to hear what someone had to say? The Jewish leaders did this when Stephen was speaking. They were so upset, they killed him (Acts 7:57-58)!

When the apostle Philip found the Ethiopian eunuch, he was reading out loud from the book of Isaiah (Acts 8:30). He was converted a short time later (Acts 8:27-40).

In (Acts 19:23-41), it speaks about a great riot that occurred in Ephesus. Apparently, it started slow, but ‘soon the whole city was in an uproar’ (Acts 19:29). What I find funny is that verse 32 says that most of the crowd didn’t even know why they were there or shouting.

Epenetus was the first convert to Christ from Asia (Rom 16:4).

There were 276 people aboard the boat that was shipwrecked while taking Paul to Rome (Acts 27:37). (However, none of the people aboard died in that shipwreck as Paul prophesied.) After being shipwrecked, Paul and the rest of his shipmates swam to an island called Malta, where Publius was the chief official (Acts 28:7).

After being shipwrecked and swimming to the island of Malta, Paul, his shipmates, and the islanders decided to start a fire. As Paul was getting ready to lay sticks on the fire that he had gathered, he was bitten by a poisonous snake that was in the sticks. All around thought he would die, but when he did not, they decided he was a god (Acts 28:1-6).

The 5th commandment says to ‘honor your father and mother’ (Ex 20:12). But, did you know that the next sentence says if you do, God promises to prolong your days?

Timothy’s mother was named Eunice and his grandmother was named Lois (2 Tim 1:2-5). ‘Beth’ is the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It also represents a ‘house.’ In this context, it is used to describe over 40 different places in the Bible.

Naomi’s husband (Elimelech) and 2 sons (Mahlon and Chilion) all died within a period of 10 years (Ruth 1:1-5).

The name of Ruth’s first husband was Mahlon (Ruth 1:4-5, 4:10). After he died, she later married Boaz (Ruth 4:13).

King David was Ruth’s (the book of Ruth) great- grandson (Ruth 4:21-22)(Matt 1:5-6).

When the pregnant Mary (mother of Jesus) went to see her pregnant cousin Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) (Lk 1:39-56), she had to travel approximately 70 miles on winding and hilly roads. The journey probably took 3 or 4 days!

Sarah died when she was 127 years old (Gen 23:1), 37 years after she had given birth to Isaac (Gen 17:17).

Stay with me here, this is a long and tricky one! After his wife Sarah died at 127 years old (Gen 23:1), Abraham remarried a lady named Keturah with whom he had 6 sons (Gen 25:1-4). He would have been more than 137 years old when he married her (Gen 17:17). Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born (Gen 21:5). Isaac married Rebekah when he was 40 years old. He prayed to God on her behalf because she was barren, but they had to wait 20 years to have children (Gen 25:19-26). If Rebekah had not been barren for 20 years, Abraham would have been having children at over 140 years old at the same time his son Isaac was having them at 40 years old! However, there is no record saying for sure they didn’t have kids at the same time (when Abraham was 160 years old). Abraham was 175 years old when he died (Gen 25:7). Isaac was 75 years old and Ishmael 89 years old when they buried their father Abraham (Gen 21:5) (Gen 16:15)(Gen 25:7).

In the Bible, Cain spoke directly to God, however, Abel never did (Gen 4:6-15).

At one time, Zechariah carried 2 staffs. He named them ‘Beauty’ and ‘Bonds’ (Zech 11:7).

Approximately 29 musical instruments are mentioned in the Bible.

The king of Babylon looked at an animal’s liver to determine the future (Ezek 21:21).

As Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane hours before His crucifixion, He was under such extreme stress that His sweat became like ‘giant drops of blood falling to the ground’ (Lk 22:44). The medical term for this is ‘hematidrosis.’ (Only Luke, the physician, mentions this happening to Jesus.)

There were 8 weapons used in the Bible to fight with: Ax, Bow & Arrow, Club, Dagger, Mace, Sling, Spear, Sword.

Three types of Arks are mentioned in the Bible: Noah’s Ark (Gen 6:14-16), Moses Ark (a small type of basket that the infant Moses was placed in)(Ex 2:3-6), the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:10-22).

Jesus was on the cross for 6 hours (Mk 15:25,34-37).

The only time the word ‘grease’ is used in the Bible is in (Ps 119:70).

The Bible says to ‘wait on God’ 54 times. Men first began to ‘call upon the name of the Lord’ in (Gen 4:26).

How many times have you been asked, ‘If you could have one wish, what would it be?’ God basically offered this to Solomon, and Solomon asked for ‘an understanding heart.’ This pleased God and Solomon was given more wisdom than any man in history (1 Kg 3:5-14).

Isn’t it interesting that Pharaoh ordered every newborn Israelite boy to be drowned in the Nile (Ex 1:22), then many years later Pharaoh’s Egyptian army was drowned when the Red Sea swept over them (Ex 14:26-28)? When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they did so at night, with a ‘pillar of cloud’ providing light for them to see (Ex 14:19-27).

God brought the plague of locusts upon Egypt, and also parted the Red Sea with a strong east wind (Ex 10:19)(Ex 14:21). The first time the word ‘love’ is used in the Bible is when Isaac spoke about loving food (Gen 27:4).

The Psalms mention the heart 122 times. 33 books of the Bible mention angels. Jairus’ daughter was 12 years old when Jesus brought her back to life (Lk 8:40-56).

You know that scene we often see where Joseph and the pregnant Mary are going to Bethlehem, and Joseph is walking while leading a donkey on which Mary is riding? The Bible never says Mary was riding a donkey (she may have walked).

Have you ever noticed that dogs are always spoken of unfavorably in the Bible? They are compared to prostitutes (Deut 23:18), greedy men (Isa 56:10), and evil men (Phil 3:2)(Rev 22:15). Did you know that in Bible times, dogs were despised?

When Jesus told Nicodemus that we must be born again (Jn 3:1-3), it was at night.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, speaks in 15 verses in the Bible (190 words). Her last words are significant, ‘Whatever He (Jesus) says to you, do it.’ (Jn 2:5)

The word ‘Christian’ is used 3 times in the Bible (Acts 11:26)(Acts 26:28) (1 Pet 4:16).

Angels are mentioned in 34 books of the Bible.

Jacob had 4 wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah (Gen 29:24-29)(Gen 30:4,9). They had 13 children.

God had the first spoken words in the Bible, ‘let there be light’ (Gen 1:3).

Jesus stayed up all night praying before choosing His 12 disciples (Lk 6:12-13).

The 1st animal sacrifice in the Bible was a sheep (Gen 4:2-4). The first war took place at the Valley of Siddim (or Salt Sea) (Gen 14:2-3).

The word ‘faith’ is used 245 times in the New Testament, but only 2 times in the Old Testament.

There are 14 Jonathan’s mentioned in the Bible.

God’s first prophecy in the Bible was to the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve (Gen 3:14-15).

Paul uses the word ‘joy’ more in Philippians than any other Epistle. It was written while he was in prison.

Peter’s father was named ‘John’ (or Jonas in Aramaic)(Jn 1:42)(Jn 21:15-17).

The law that Moses wrote was to be read every 7 years during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut 31:9-13).

The Ethiopian eunuch that Philip witnessed to was the Secretary Of The Treasury for Ethiopia (Acts 8:26-40).

Acts, the longest book in the New Testament never uses the word ‘love.’ (Acts and 2 Peter are the only New Testament books that don’t.)

The hyssop plant was used to sprinkle lamb’s blood on the top and sides of the doorframe during the Passover (Ex 12:22). The hyssop plant was also used when giving Jesus a drink while He was on the cross (Jn 19:29).

Have you ever felt like you are the only person left who is standing for the truth? There is a term for this: ‘An Elijah Complex.’ Elijah felt this way and God told him, ‘… I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.’ (see: 1 Kin 19:11-18)

Israel’s first 3 kings each reigned for 40 years: Saul (Acts 13:31), David (1 Kin 2:11)(2 Sam 5:4-5), Solomon (1 Kin 11:42).

The covering for the tabernacle was made out of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers’ skins above that (Ex 26:41)(Ex 36:19).

Deborah, the only female judge of Israel, used to hold court under what was known as ‘the palm tree of Deborah’ (Judg 4:4-5).

END OF PART FIVE, WATCH OUT FOR PART SIX.

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21 06 2013
Battleship

You said there were 8 weapons used in the Bible, but you overlooked Sampson using a jawbone of an ass and Shamgar using an ox-goad as weapons.

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