Monday, February 3, 2014

Strange and Interesting Bible Facts

Isaiah 28:21 says, “The Lord will rise up.  He will be rousted to do His deed; strange is His deed. And to do His work; alien is His work.”(ESV) Strange & alien indeed! We often find ourselves believing that when God works, things will run smoothly, when the truth is God’s work often seems strange and alien to the way we think things should go. But the good news for writers is that God’s strange & alien work makes great stories!
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarm -leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.” These words were penned by Alisha Hoffman in 1887. Where in the Bible did Alisha get her inspiration? Where do the words, “the everlasting arms” appear? They appear in  Deuteronomy 33:27 which says, “The eternal God is a dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
The book of Lamentations is poetry based on the Hebrew alphabet, which consists of 22 letters. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of Lamentations have 22 verses, each starting with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Chapter 3 has 66 verses with each Hebrew letter repeated 3 times before moving onto the next letter. The last chapter, chapter 5, is written free style. An interesting note: Chapters 2, 3 and 4 reverse the order of the Hebrew letters ayin and pe so only chapter 1 follows the usual sequence precisely. Why? Perhaps only God knows.
Good Advice: In Nehemiah 5:7, Nehemiah says, “And I consulted with myself...” When I first read this verse it struck me as funny. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was wise statement.  In the prior verses, Nehemiah is distraught. As he contemplates what to do about his situation, he consults with himself…good idea! Perhaps if we spent more time consulting with ourselves and less time acting without thinking, our lives would run more smoothly. 

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