TREASURES FROM THE BIBLE

Hidden deep within the pages of the Bible are noteworthy, interesting and sometimes surprising facts. Here is a collection of ironic, witty, and explanatory treasures that can be found in the Bible. You just have to look for them:

  1. Why were the sons of Aaron decreed by God to be the priests? One possible answer is genealogy. Let's put together the following Scriptures:

    Now notice the genealogy of the sons of Aaron. They are descendants of both the priestly tribe of Levi and the royal tribe of Judah.

  2. In Joshua 2, Rahab in faith protected the Israelite spies. Her immediate reward, in Joshua 6:25, was to be spared from death when Jericho fell, and to become part of the Israelite community. But she gained an even greater reward (and I can think of no greater reward for her than this): She married Salmon, and her son was Boaz. So she is in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, as seen in Matthew 1:5 (see above).

  3. Likewise, Ruth was rewarded for her faithfulness. She married Boaz, and was the mother of Obed. She was King David's great-grandmother. So she was also in the line of Jesus (Matthew 1:5, see above).

  4. Jesus once said "You don't know what you are asking!" Why did He say this? Let's find out:

  5. There was a reason Jesus let the woman anoint Him with the perfume before the crucifixion:

  6. Matthew 27:46-47 - About the 9th hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" - which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."

    We know He wasn't calling Elijah. And we do know that Jesus was very forsaken at the time. But Jesus had another much more important reason to say that. Let's look at the facts:

    Read Psalm 22. It's in there!

  7. Too many non-Christians believe that, because Jesus was crucified, that He failed His mission on earth. But Scripture says that Jesus didn't fail:

  8. What's the lawyer's favorite verse? Try Hosea 10:4 - They make many promises, take false oaths, and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.

  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark sounds like a wonderful adventure. Wouldn't it be great to find the Ark of the Covenant? But it won't ever happen. Scriptures tells that it is not lost. It's gone.

    Because we have the Holy Spirit, we don't need the Ark of the Covenant. But we will see it again. Revelation 11:19 shows the ark in God's temple in heaven.

  10. How did the Al Qaeda suicide attacks get into this page on Bible treasures? Islamics claim that martyrs for Islam will get 70 virgins in the afterlife. But they also claim that Allah is the same as our Christian and Jewish God. But if Allah is God, something bothers me (beside God's dislike of polygamy and promiscuity). The Bible contradicts the Islamic version of the afterlife for a martyr:

    It seems the resurrection body won't have any sexual equipment. So just WHAT is the Islamic martyr who gets the 70 virgins supposed to do with them? Will he adorn his dwelling with them?

    Here's a thought: Maybe it's really a threat, intended to discourage martyrdom. Maybe those 70 virgins are supposed to constantly nag the Islamic martyr throughout eternity.

  11. Was the first hazardous cargo route in the Bible? Yes, it was. It was the road from Gath and Ekron to Beth-Shemesh. The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant in a battle. But it was causing them constant trouble, including rats and tumors. So they decided to send it back to Israel.

  12. God doesn't like big government. In the following verses, recognize that a king was the only form of government generally known in Biblical times. So the restrictions on a king also apply to other governments:

  13. Would you believe that the U.S. Congress is mentioned in the Bible? It is, in Isaiah 28:10,13:

     10 For it is:
    
           Do this! Do that!
           A rule for this! A rule for that!
           A little here, a little there.
     

    That's what they do to us. So God's word becomes strange to them:

     13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
    
           Do this! Do that!
           A rule for this! A rule for that!
           A little here, a little there,
    
        so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.
     

    The greedy politicians who covet our incomes will get their just judgment in the end.

    Another translation has a similar take on this:

     10 For it is:
    
           Do and do, do and do,
           Rule on rule, rule on rule,
           A little here, a little there.
     
  14. There are a lot of cases in the Bible where God did something, and later undid it:

  15. The Bible even tells us why we have to work:

  16. How many miraculous water partings are in the Bible? One at the Red Sea? No, we have to count the Jordan crossing in Joshua too. But there are actually two more.

    That makes 4 times when waters parted.

  17. How many times did God alter time, or physical effects that depend on time?

  18. Maybe some Biblical figures DID know about the truths about nature:

  19. When did Peter confess that Jesus is the Christ?

    If Peter was thinking about the Feast of Tabernacles, it would be the first day of the feast. Working backward from that indicates that Peter confessed Christ on the Day of Atonement, fulfilling the purpose of that commanded special day.

  20. Why were shepherds the first people to be told of the birth of the Messiah (Christ)?

    Of course there were shepherds at the birth of the Lamb of God.

  21. Why were non-Jewish magi from the east told of the birth of Jesus?

    This is yet another indication that the Gentiles are also included in the salvation of Jesus.

  22. People make a choice that causes them to have homosexual cravings, but the choice they make is NOT deciding to become homosexual.

    It is the choice to worship created things (instead of God) that causes homosexual cravings. So the recent increase in worshiping nature, the earth, and the environment could explain the sudden increase in homosexual activity.

  23. But even such grievous sins as homosexuality can be forgiven, if you genuinely turn away from the sin:

  24. Finally, a verse about treasures, that indicates two different treasures in one phrase:

I hope you enjoyed these treasures that I found within the pages of the Holy Bible. May God use them to truly inspire you.

Jesus Christ