Last week's "million missing facts" theme here at Inkwell Inspirations got me thinking about all those "missing" or hidden, facts in the most popular book of all time, the Bible.
Have you ever been reading along, happily stumbling through some obscure section of the Old Testament (you know, those places where your pages are still stuck together?) and happened across something so strange you find it hard to believe it's in there?
Food (well, maybe appetizers) for thought from the Bible today...
- God told Isaiah to walk around buck naked for three years as a sign to the people. (Isaiah 20:2-3) And what was that little thing God asked you to do that you said was "too embarrassing?"
- Ezekiel was instructed to lie on his left side for 390 days, then on his right side for 40 days. (Ezekiel 4:4-6) He was cool with that, but when the Lord told him to cook his meals over a fire made from human dung, he begged for mercy and got cow chips instead. Hmm ... suppose that's anything like mesquite-grilled? (Ezekiel 4:12-16)
- When God blows His nose, watch out! He turned the Red Sea into Jello (or holy snot?) with one blast of his nostrils. (Exodus 15:8)
- Rachel was willing to trade a night with her husband Jacob for some mandrake root her nephew gathered. According to a legend included in the writings of Jewish historian Josephus, the root, which formed human-like shapes (kind of like potatoes) was said to scream when it was dug up, and the scream would kill anyone who heard it. Also known as Satan's apple, if ingested, mandrake is a sedative, a hallucinogen and an anesthetic. Also used as a laxative. A valuable herb, references to mandrake appear in music and literature from Shakespeare through Harry Potter, to a song by Deep Purple. (Genesis 30:15-16)
- Moses married an Ethiopian woman, and the interracial marriage stirred up dissension with his sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron. (Numbers 12:1)
- The six pots of water Jesus turned into wine at the wedding in Cana held between 20 and 30 gallons each (John 2:1-11 Amplified). That's somewhere between 120-180 gallons of wine. In addition to what the wedding party had already consumed. I bet they would have liked the idea of a cash bar at those receptions!
- The inhabitants of the isle of Crete were known as "always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." Paul confirms this nasty rumor in Titus 1:12-13, writing to the young church leader he'd left there to evangelize the island. The other thing Cretans were known for? Bull riding, or bull fighting. In fact, the Greek myth of the Minotaur and Theseus in the labyrinth, hails from the isle of Crete. Sounds like the Wild West, doesn't it?
- Sweating blood, as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44), is an actual physical condition called hematidrosis, which occurs when an individual experiences such intense physical, mental, and emotional pressure the capillaries just below the surface of the skin burst and blood seeps through the pores. I will not say "I'm stressed out" anymore.
Goofy question: What are pastors called in Germany?
ANSWER: German shepherds.
March brings our first reader-suggested theme: March Mashness. The idea is to combine two things that don't seem to go together, like Elijah and washing machines, ice cream and concrete, puppies and jackhammers... you get the idea. It's going to be fun, crazy, and challenging, but to do it right, we need your help. We want your mash-up suggestions. You can use people, places, things, concepts... the only real limit is your imagination. The ones that spark our creative flames will be used during the theme week. Please leave a comment on this post (just click on the word "comments" below. A new window will pop up for you to comment in) and share your wildest combinations!Blessings,
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