Amazing Bible facts: part seven

17 07 2013

Satan is mentioned 18 times in the Old Testament, but he is never called the devil until the New Testament.

Paul performed the last recorded miracles in the Bible (Acts 28:7-9).

The Father spoke to Jesus audibly 3 times: at His baptism (Mt 3:17)(Lk 3:22), at the Transfiguration (Mt 17:5)(Mk 9:7)(Lk 9:35), and just before Jesus went to the cross (Jn 12:28).

Jesus healed 10 men who had leprosy, but only one returned to thank Him (Lk 17:12-19).

It is often said that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, but nowhere does the Bible say this. (Some believe this idea may have come from the Jewish Talmud, which said the city of Magdala had a reputation for prostitution.)

Of the 55 verses in Malachi, 47 are God speaking. This is the highest percentage of any Old Testament prophetic book.

Moses had 2 sons: Gershom (Ex 2:21-22) and Eliezer (Ex 18:3-4).

At least one idol was kept in David and Michal’s house (1 Sam 19:12-13,16).

According to Jewish tradition, Isaiah was killed during the reign of the evil Manasseh, when he was put into a hollow log and sawn in half. (see: Heb 11:37)

Under Roman law, a Roman citizen could not be flogged or crucified. Paul was a Roman citizen, so he could not legally be flogged (Acts 16:37-38) (Acts 22:24-29). Tradition says he was martyred by beheading in 67 A.D. on the Ostian Way.

Our word ‘excruciating’ comes from the Latin word ‘cruciare’ meaning ‘to crucify.’

Only two people were embalmed in the Bible: Jacob (Gen 50:1-2) and Joseph (Gen 50:26).

The time between when Joseph was sold into slavery and he saw his brothers again was just over 20 years (Gen 37:2)(Gen 41:46,53-54)(Gen 42:3).

When we use the word ‘but,’ it is usually in a negative sense. However, when the Bible uses ‘but,’ it is often in a positive way. See: (Gen 50:20)(Mt 6:33) (Ps 73:26)(Rom 5:8)(Rom 6:23). (Several studies have been written on this called ‘Great But’s In The Bible.’)

2nd Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 are almost identical.

The sign above Jesus on the cross was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (Lk 23:38)(Jn 19:20).

Joseph wept 7 times (Gen 42:24)(Gen 43:30)(Gen 45:2,14-15)(Gen 46:29)(Gen 50:1,17).

The time period between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension was 40 days (Acts 1:3).

Paul uses the word ‘grace’ within the first 5 verses of each book he wrote. Paul also gives ‘thanks’ in the 1st chapter of 11 of his 13 books.

Judah gave his first son (Er) to marry Tamar. God killed him for being wicked. Then Judah gave his second son (Onan) to marry Tamar. God killed him too for being wicked. Judah would not give his third son to marry Tamar, but later unknowingly had sex with her, thinking she was a prostitute. She bore him twins. (Gen 38:6-26).

God miraculously caused the sun to stand still in the sky, providing light for 24 hours straight (Josh 10:12-14).

As a sign to Hezekiah, God caused the sun’s shadow on a sundial to go back ten degrees (Isa 38:7-8).

In response to King Belshazzar’s contempt for the holy things of God, God sent a “hand” which wrote a message on the wall. The King was terrified. Daniel told him the message said he would die. He was killed that night. (Daniel 5)

Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land because he disobeyed God (Num 20:2-13) (Deut 34:4), but many scholars believe that when he appeared with Jesus on the Mount Of Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-9)(Mk 9:2-8), that the mountain was in the Promised Land.

As far as I can find, there are 9 people in the Bible with 2 letter names: Er,son of Judah, Ir – (1 Chr 7:12), Og – (Num 21:33), On – (Num 16:1), So – (2 Kin 17:4), and four men named Uz – (Gen 10:23)(Gen 22:21)(Gen 36:28)(1 Chr 1:17).

There are also 7 cities with 2 letter names: Ai – (2 cities named Ai) (Gen 12:8) (Jer 49:3), Ar – (Num 21:15), No – (Ezek 30:15), On – (Gen 41:45,50), Ur – (Gen 11:28,31), Uz – (Job 1:1).

In (Ps 72:6) it mentions grass that has been mowed.

The well called ‘Jacob’s Well’ (Jn 4:6), where Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-26) was, according to tradition, built by Jacob centuries earlier (possibly after he bought that land in Gen 33:18-19). That well can still be seen today in the Palestinian village of Tell Balata!

In (2 Sam 12:1-14), the prophet Nathan confronted David about his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband by telling him a parable. After hearing the parable, David became angry and said the man in it should die, and make restitution ‘fourfold.’ It turned out David was the man in the parable, and the ‘Fourfold’ restitution he ‘prophesied’ about himself sadly came true. For the one man he had killed (Bathsheba’s husband), he later had 4 sons die: (2 Sam 12:15-19) (2 Sam 13:28-33)(2 Sam 18:14-15) (1 Kin 2:23-25).

A FEW OTHER INTERESTING NON BIBLE FACTS: The 39 Psalms we don’t know the authors of are called ‘orphan’ Psalms. Tradition says James was called ‘Old Camel Knees’ because he spent so much time on his knees in prayer. The biggest church in the world at this time is in Seoul, South Korea. It has approximately 800,000 members! There are approximately 350,000 churches in the Unites States. A funny line I heard: ‘Want to make God laugh?’ ‘Tell Him you have a plan.’ The Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee which flows into the Dead Sea. It should be noted that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on the surface of the Earth. Because of its high content of salt, it has no fish, and it is impossible to sink in it. Dalmatia (2 Tim 4:10) was a city that was part of the Roman Empire located near Macedonia. Some logically believe this is where Dalmatian dogs originated. ‘Goodbye’ is actually a contraction of the phrase ‘God be with ye.’ It is reported that 20% of the people give 80% of their money in churches.

HAVE ANY MORE INTERESTING BIBLE FACTS? COMMENT BELOW, STATING WHERE TO FIND THEM IN THE BIBLE.

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