A Few Bible Tid-Bits

I received Christ as my savior in 1972. Actually, March 22, 1972. Yeah, I’ve had my ups and downs throughout the decades. Sometimes I’ve felt like the heavens were ‘brass’ and other times God has touched me with the Holy Spirit in a way I can only describe as of ‘many waters’ flooding through my very being, though that was a very rare experience indeed.

Anyway, I’ve read the Bible many times through and I take delight in some tid-bits that I’ve put together and thought I might share just a few. Now please don’t take what I’m about to write as precise, because I’m not positive as to the accuracy, but never the less they are interesting … to me.

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Here we go:

Adam was 587 years old when Methuselah was born. Methuselah died the same year as the flood. Adam died only 26 years before Noah was born.

Noah lived after the flood 350 years. According to my calculations, that means Noah was still alive when Abraham was born. That means that Abraham was 58 years old when Noah died.

Abraham lived 175 years. Shem lived 500 years after the flood. So, according to my calculations, Shem lived 33 years after the death of Abraham. Meaning also that Shem was still living when Isaac and Jacob were born. Jacob was 67 years old when Shem finally died.

Now I doubt that Abraham ever met Noah or Shem. The Bible certainly doesn’t suggest it. But I’m curious if word had ever gotten around to Abraham, Issac and/or even Jacob that at least one or more of the survivors of the flood were still around … contemporary with them? Who knows?

Okay, that’s enough for now. Again, the numbers may not be absolutely right, but I think they’re pretty close, or at least close enough to make it interesting.

 

Why is the crucifixion of Christ unique?

I’ve been thinking lately about how Jesus suffered the horrible death of being crucified. I also thought exactly what makes Jesus’ death “so special?” Lots of people have been killed in the exact same manner, suffering immensely, some even perhaps longer than our Lord’s time on the cross. So, again what makes Jesus’ suffering unique?

I suppose we can make the point that Jesus didn’t have to do it. He stated that no one can take his life … “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself …”  Again, Jesus stated that he could call out to the Father and more than twelve legions of angels would come to rescue him if that was what he wanted.

The crucifixion of Jesus was the fulfillment of multiple prophecies as well as demonstrations of miracles such as the sky turning dark, people coming out of their graves and the ‘rending’ of the veil of the temple from top to bottom, of which significance is a subject for another time.

It’s difficult to imagine how our Lord felt through out the entire process. Fully God, yet fully man in his suffering. When Peter said that he would never forsake him, I can imagine that Jesus in his humanity really wanted to believe him. I’m sure he really wanted to believe that his friends whom he just spent three years with would be there for him … but in his deity he knew they would forsake him. How heartbreaking that had to have been. How lonely he must have felt. The powers of darkness trying to convince him that the Father was forsaking him as well. And shortly thereafter, the words of our suffering Lord, “My God, my God! Why has thou forsaken me?”

Fully God, fully a man … perfection of love in giving his life for all of humanity.

There is much more. But I think I’ll stop for now.