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wonder2i have received several comments that i need to add graphics to make this, what they say is an already awesome site even better. No commitment to do this regularly but, once in a while is okay.

i came across some thoughts that are just information thus the title “Not Sure i Knew That.” Let me say that i am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

There is only one reference to Lucifer in the scripture (Isaiah 14:12), and it does not refer to Satan or the Devil, but to the king of Babylon, who was Nebuchadnezzar at the time.

It is not true that Samson lost his strength because Delilah cut off his hair. Samson’s hair was never cut off, it was shaved, and it was not even shaved by Delilah, but by another man (Judges 16:19).

The scripture makes no mention of a snake in the Garden of Eden, it was a “serpent” that tempted Eve and convinced her to eat the “fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” A serpent in antiquity refers to any creeping thing that was especially noxious or venomous.

King Zimri had the shortest reign for a king, seven days (I Kings 16:15)

Jesus friends and family thought Jesus insane and mentally unsound, so they tried to quiet Jesus’ controversial operations with some demands or service (Mark 3:21,31).

Even though Paul wrote most of the books in the New Testament, Luke’s 2 books (Luke and Acts) make up over half of the New Testament writings.

The “swaddling clothes” that Mary put on Jesus when he was a baby (Luke 2:7) were bandage like strips of cloth wrapped around an infant to ensure that the limbs would grow straight. Not to swaddle a child would be a form of abuse (Ezekiel 16:2-4). This wrapping would aid the shepherds in identifying Jesus (Luke 2:12).

It was the practice in Old Testament days for a newly married man to be absolved from military service in Israel for one year so that he could spend time with his new bride (Deuteronomy 24:5). Whether this was to give them time to have children or, as it seems from the text, simply to “enjoy themselves”, is not clear. But perhaps the intent was that a couple could develop a close relationship for a year before having children with its great demands on the marriage relationship.

There were only 15 crimes that had the death penalty imposed upon man: premeditated murder, kidnapping, adultery, homosexuality,  incest, bestiality, persistent disobedience to parents and authority, striking or cursing parents, offering human sacrifices, false prophesy, blasphemy, profaning sabbath, sacrificing to false gods, magic and divination, rape of a betrothed woman.

Here are words and phrases that do not appear in scripture: sermon, original sin, second coming, rapture, trinity, denominations,  Jewish sabbath, Christian sabbath, immortal soul, bible, theocracy, millenium, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, the unpardonable sin, physical resurrection, end of time.

I have enjoyed looking at these things over the past few days but this is the last one for now as it’s time to move on to another topic.

wonderOkay so i have received several comments that i need to add graphics to make this what they say is an already awesome site even better. There is no commitment from me to do this regularly but as for once and a while we’ll see.

i am working on several thoughts but i am not quite ready to share these thoughts. Mean while i came across some thoughts that are just information thus the title “Not Sure i Knew That.” If your old enough to remember Arsenio Hall he would have said these are things that make you go huuuuummmmm. Oh let me say that i am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

 During the persecution of the early Christians, they communicated with each other by drawing a symbol of a fish consisting of two intersecting curved lines. When two would meet, one would draw half the symbol upon the ground with the foot. The other, to show like belief, would complete the drawing. The Greek acronym “IXThUS” (meaning ‘fish’) derives from the first letters of this early statement of belief: “Iesous Xristos Theos Uios Soter.” Meaning, “Jesus Christ God’s Son Saviour.”

Adam and Eve didn’t have just two children, as is usually believed. There were three named sons; Cain, Abel and Seth, but had an additional unspecified number of sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4). Not surprising considering Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5).

There is a great deal revealed in the scripture about angels. Angels can speak as man does, and can eat food (Genesis 18:8; 19:3,16); they are capable of direct physical combat (Genesis 19; 32:24-30, Exodus 12, 2 Kings 19:35); they are principle forces behind government powers (Daniel 10); They don’t marry in heaven (Matthew 22:30); they are capable of much mischief (Genesis 6:1-2, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6); they are limited, like men, in respect to certain things (Revelation 5:2-4); they can appear in human form (Acts 11:13, Hebrews 13:2); an angel took Lot and his family by the hand and placed them outside the city because Lot was hesitant to leave Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:5,10,16); an angel freed Peter from Prison (Acts 12:6-11). Nowhere in scripture does it mention that people turn into angels after they die. Nowhere in scripture does it mention that angels have wings. Even though angels are usually presented as feminine figures, scriptural angels are always referred to in the masculine gender.

It is usually assumed by most people that Christ is the last name (surname) of Jesus. This is not true. Christ is not a name, but a title. Last names were virtually unknown during the time that Jesus lived. In fact, last names did not appear as a regular custom until the tenth century after the Normans conquered England. Prior to that, second names were not really names at all. If anything followed someone’s name, it was usually an indication of the geographic origin or description of the man. Thus, Jesus was frequently referred to as Jesus of Nazareth. Christ is an early Hebrew word used as a title and means “the anointed one.”

i am working on several thoughts but i am not quite ready to share these thoughts. Mean while i came across some thoughts that are just information thus the title “Not Sure i Knew That.” If your old enough to remember Arsenio Hall he would have said these are things that make you go huuuuummmmm. Oh let me say that i am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

Women were blessed with the spiritual gift of prophesy also (Acts 21:8-9, Luke 2:36-38). Here are other prophetesses (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4, 2 Kings 22:14, 2 Chronicles 34:22, Nehemiah 6:14, Isaiah 8:3). But there’s also false  prophetesses (Revelation 2:20).

Pretty sure i didn’t know this? Noah’s ark rested in the seventh month (Genesis 8:4), it rested on the sabbath!  (Leviticus 23:24,27,34,39,41).

The theory that Moses wrote Genesis, and the other four books of the Pentateuch, is not supported by the internal evidence. For one thing, Moses never identifies himself as the author. For another, he is always referred to in the third person. And lastly, there is an account of his death at the end of Deuteronomy. I hardly think that a man could write about his own death.

How does this work? Godly people are not to let anyone in their house who is not godly themselves (2 John 1:10, Proverbs 24:15).

How cool is this? When “Solomon’s Temple” was being built, there was never any sound of neither hammer, axe, nor any tool heard in the Temple, because the stones were made ready before it was brought in the temple (1 Kings 6:7).

When Jesus announced there was a traitor in their midst, the apostles were so selfish that they were arguing which one of them was the greatest apostle instead (Luke 22:21-24).

Damascus, the capital of Syria, is the oldest standing city it the world, and never had mass destruction (Isaiah 17:1).

Men and women are forbidden to wear one another’s clothing (Deuteronomy 22:5, 1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

So it’s been a few days and things did not go as planned. Oh well. I am working on several thoughts one of which probably encompasses them all but will still require separate posts. I am not quite ready to begin with these thoughts so I came across some thoughts that are just for my own fyi, thus the title “Not Sure I Knew That.” If your old enough to remember Arsenio Hall he would have said these are things that make you go huuuuummmmm. Oh let me say that I am not endorsing, accepting or rejecting these, they are just…. huuuuummmmmmmms.

Wondering about the validity of the Bible? There are 66 books of the Bible. They were written on 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 different people over a period of 1500 years, on the most controversial subjects, by authors whose education and background varied greatly (kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, a tax collector, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician). There are no contradictions between them!

Need some help remembering? The Old Testament has 39 books. How can you remember that? There are 3 letters in Old; 9 letters in Testament. 3 and 9 is 39! The New Testament has 27 books. How can you remember that? There are 3 letters in New, 9 letters in Testament. 3 times 9 equals 27!

God called both Adam and Eve, “Adam”. (Genesis 5:2). This is the Law of coverture, and the reason why women take their husbands’ name. They are considered “one flesh” (Matthew 19:5-6, Mark.10:8, Ephesians 5:31).

Tattoos are forbidden (Leviticus 19:28).

What did Jesus eat? Clean Meats – Jesus ate Lamb at the Passover supper. (Luke 22:15). Fish – Jesus fed thousands of people with fish. (Matthew 14:19). Eggs – Jesus called eggs “good” (Luke 11:12,13). Butter – Jesus ate butter and honey (Isaiah 7:15).

The oldest book in scripture, the book of Job, records people sprinkling salt on eggs. Job 6:6, “Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?”

Seriously? The apostle Peter fished naked (John 21:7). Saul “stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel” (1 Samuel 19:24). Isaiah “walked naked and barefoot for three years” (Isa.20:2-4).

Paul was a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) and Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3).

Jesus taught the apostles to only preach to Jews (Matthew 10:5-6). It wasn’t until many years after his death that they were commanded to preach to the Gentiles as well (Acts 11:30; 14:27, Romans 1:6). The apostles explain why in Acts 13:46,47.

Nicely said. Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness with fig leaves which represented their own works to cover their sin (Genesis 3:7). But God demonstrated acceptable sacrifice by covering Adam and Eve with the skin of an innocent animal (Genesis 3:21). Because without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin (Numbers 35:33, Hebrews 9:22).

The earth was created in six days. However, the third day completed the fundamentals of creation work, and the fourth, fifth, and sixth days are the counterpart and repetition of the first, second, and third days, and correspond respectively.

1st day – God divides light from darkness 4th day – God makes lights in the heaven (Sun, moon, stars)
2nd day – God divides the waters 5th day – God creates life in the waters
3rd day – God creates land and vegetation 6th day – God creates life on land