Here are a few interesting facts that are in the Bible. Many of us may have missed these connections or never realised they were there. Enjoy reading them and marvel at the intricacies.
1. The book of Genesis starts out with the three words, “In the beginning”. It then goes through a series of next days to describe the creation of the world from nothing as well as the creation of new life. It talks about “the light” and “the dark”. On the seventh day, God rests.
The book of the Gospel of John also starts out with the three words, “In the beginning”. It then goes through a series of next days (John 1:29, 35, 43) to describe “the light of the world”, Jesus Christ, who leads us out of darkness and gives new life to the world. On the seventh day (the third day after the fourth day, John 2:1) there is a wedding feast, with Jesus creating water from wine.
2. Moses and the Israelites came out of the water of the Red Sea and went into the desert (Exodus 15), where they were tested by God regarding their faith. They wandered for 40 years, but failed the test. Deuteronomy 6 and 8 talks about this sojourn and testing.
Jesus came out of the waters of Jordan following his Baptism (Matthew 3) and went out into the desert to be tested by Satan (Matthew 4). He was in the desert for 40 days Jesus passed the test by quoting the scripture from Deuteronomy 6 and 8 (6:13, 6:16, and 8:3).
3. Jesus Christ was born in the town of Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread”. In the manger, His mother used a feeding trough for a crib (Luke 2).
Jesus Christ later claimed to be the “Bread of Life” (John 6:48), and said that we had to “eat his body” to have life (John 6:53). At the Last Supper, Jesus consecrated a piece of bread and said – “This is my Body” (Mark 14:22).
4. In Isaiah 60:6, Isaiah predicts that those from Sheba will bring gold and frankincense to the King, whom they will praise.
In Matthew 2:11, the three Wise men bring gold (symbolizing royalty), frankincense (incense is used for worship), and myrrh (used for burial) and worship Jesus.
5. Joseph, in the Old Testament, was forced to go to Egypt in Genesis 37:28 (his brothers sold him as a slave). God’s purpose in this was so that Joseph, later on, would befriend the King (Pharaoh) and save Israel. Joseph received messages in dreams, and could interpret them. Joseph’s father was named Jacob.
Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, in Matthew 2:14, was forced to go to Egypt (to save Jesus from Herod). God’s purpose in this was so that Joseph would save the King (Jesus) as well as Israel. In Matthew 2:13, Joseph receives his message to go to Egypt in a dream. Joseph’s father was named Jacob.
6. In 1 Kings 1:37-38, King Solomon, the son of King David, rides a mule while the people rejoice and proclaim him to be their new King.
In John 12:13-14 and Matthew 21:7-9, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on an ass, while the people proclaim him to be the son of David and the King of Israel.
7. In Psalm 22:1, David says “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm 22:16 says “They have pierced my hands and my feet”. Psalm 22:18 also talks about casting lots for his clothes.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ repeats “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”, after they pierce His hands and His feet (Matthew 27:46), and the Roman soldiers cast lots for the clothes of Jesus (Matthew 27:35).
8. In Genesis 22, Isaac carried wood up a hill that was to be used for his sacrificial death. His father Abraham was stopped from killing Isaac by God. Abraham says that God Himself would provide the sacrificial lamb.
In Matthew 27, Jesus carried wood up a hill (Golgotha) for his own sacrificial death. Jesus is the Lamb of God who was sacrificed in our place.
9. In Exodus 12, the Jews celebrate the first Passover by killing and eating an unblemished and spotless lamb, and then they smear its blood over their door with a hyssop branch. They also had to eat bitter herbs. This saved their first-born from the angel of death.
In John 19, Jesus Himself is sacrificed as the new spotless Passover lamb (Pilate said “I find no guilt in him (John 18:38)) and His blood now saves us from death. In John 10:7, Jesus says that he is the door for His sheep. The Roman soldier used a hyssop branch to give him bitter vinegar to drink. Jesus, the Lamb of God (John 1:29) then says in John 6:53 that we have to eat His flesh to have life in us.
Sheril Mathew, ACC representative