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Gideon is listed, in the Bible, as an outstanding example of someone who exercised great faith in God (Hebrews 11:32). He needed, however, to experience EIGHT miracles before his faith was strong enough to battle the mighty Midianites (Judges 6 - 8)! Two of these miracles, which he requested, involved a fleece placed on a threshing floor (Judges 6:36 - 40). The Eternal even proactively gave him one final miraculous assurance that his victory was guaranteed (7:9 - 15)!
While all humans are sinners, some in the Bible indulged in evil far more than others did. Our pick for greatest Old Testament sinners includes the Egyptian Pharaoh who refused to free God's people, King Ahab of Israel and his wife Jezebel, Kings Ahaz and Manasseh of Judah, and Haman (who sought to mass exterminate the Jews). In the New Testament, chief sinners include Herod the Great and son Antipas, Judas Iscariot, Simon Magus, Saul, and the end time Beast and False Prophet.
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At least seven Old Testament Bible books discuss the existence and activities of Satan. The book of Job has the most Old Testament references with fourteen. "Satan" is mentioned by name 56 times in God's word. "Devil" is used 61 times in the KJV Bible translation, with all references occurring in the New Testament.
Rome and the Word
It was not until 1250 that the Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo. His divisions, though not always accurate, persists to this day and are in most modern translations.
The Bible mentions at least eleven distinct Roman provinces and at least eight geographical regions within the Empire. The most referenced provinces in the New Testament are Judea and Macedonia.
Silver and Gold
Scripture mentions gold 417 times while silver is referred to 320 times. Although in modern times silver can be found more abundantly than gold it was not always the case. In the Middle East, before 500 B.C., the metal was harder to find than its golden counterpart was. This may be why, when the Bible comments on the wealth of Abraham (Genesis 13:1 - 2, 24:35) or stating what the children the Israel took from the Egyptians (Exodus 3:22, 11:2), silver is listed before gold.
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Did you know that more than one edition of the King James Bible was printed in 1611? The first edition correctly states in Matthew 26:36 that Jesus came with his disciples to Gethsemane. The second edition erroneously states it was Judas. This misprint, and others which occurred in the books of Leviticus, Ezra, Micah and Ezekiel, were later corrected. The shortest book in the Bible is 3John, which contains only 299 words.
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Here is a good question for your next Bible study class. Who named one of his children after something women wear? Job, after enduring the many trials that came his way, was blessed by God with three daughters and seven sons (replacing those Satan killed, Job 1:18 - 19, 42:13). His third daughter he called Kerenhappuch (Job 42:14), a name that means "horn of cosmetics" or "horn of antimony." Antimony was a rock that was commonly pulverized into powder then used to highlight a woman's eyebrows and eyelids. It is also interesting to note that the Bible lists only the names of Job's daughters (the other two are Jemima and Kezia) and does not name any of the sons.
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