Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Strange and Interesting Bible Facts


1) Have you ever wondered what God’s spirit is like?  Isaiah 11:2 gives us a great description of God’s Spirit. This verse says, And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him (Jesus) The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. So what is God’s Spirit like? It is full of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, and the knowledge and fear of the Lord. Wow! Lord, I pray you pour your Spirit out upon us!

2) Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet and the book of Jeremiah makes it clear why he has this title. It is a depressing book filled with the details of a difficult time in Israel’s history. But it ends with a glimmer of hope that is often missed. In the last 4 verses of the book, Judah’s exiled king, Jehoiachin is released from prison and lives the rest of his days in peace. This no doubt brought hope to the exiled Jews because Jehoiachin was of the line of David from whom they believed a messiah would come. And in fact, we find Jeconiah (another name for Jehoiachin) in Matthew 1:12 listed in the genealogy of Christ. – Even amidst great adversity, God is faithful!

3) The wicked prophets living during Micah’s time did not want Micah to speak truth about the calamity to come. Micah talks about this in Micah 2:6 where he complains that the people tell him not to speak out. But Micah bravely spoke out anyway, unpopular as it was. And consequently, Jerusalem (the Southern Kingdom) was spared because King Hezekiah listened to Micah’s warnings but Samaria (the Northern Kingdom) did not listen and was destroyed.

4) The book of Matthew tells of numerous mountains:The mountain where Jesus was tempted (Matt 4:1-11), the mountain where He gave the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1-16), the mountain where He worked the miracle of the feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish (Matt 15:29-39), the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-9), the Mount of Olives where He told of His second coming sometimes called the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24:1-31). And in the very last verses of Matthew from a mountain, Jesus claims all authority in heaven and earth as He sends His disciples into the whole world in a passage known as the Great Commission (Matt 28:16-20).