How well do you articulate the facts stated in the Bible? There are surprising beliefs often repeated but are totally inaccurate compared to what the Holy Scriptures declare.
One story often told is the story of Noah’s Ark and the instructions God gave Noah concerning the salvation of the animals. Many stories share how the animals came on the ark two by two.
Even skeptics scoff that the species of animals would require more than two to maintain.
But that isn’t what the Bible says regarding only “two” of each animal. Genesis 7:2 clearly states, “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female”.
The instruction is “sets of two by seven” of clean beasts, or 14 if you actually used sheep. Unclean animals as classified as sets of two, or four of each unclean which would total four, or four hogs. There were a lot more animals on the ark than traditionally thought.
Noah sacrificed one of each of the clean beasts once the ark landed on Mount Ararat according to Genesis 8:20, so if there were only two of each type of clean beasts, there would be only one left according to what many erroneously believe. There had to be more than just two of every animal.
A perplexing statement regarding truth emerges in the story of Job when Job reacts to the multiple tragedies that befell him which destroyed his children and eliminated his possessions. Job declared, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord”. This quote is repeated even today to help believers cope with the loss of a loved one. After all, it is in the Bible.http://hanginoutwithgod.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-lord-giveth-the-devil-taketh-away-chapter-4/
Unfortunately, there are things in the Bible truly stated, but not necessarily is it a statement of truth. Job was sincere in his assessment of what took place, but he was sincerely wrong. God gave to Job, but it was Lucifer that took it away. John 10:10 substantiates this by saying “the thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy, I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”. If God took it away by what Job said, then God is a thief. Either Job’s declaration is wrong or God indeed is a thief.
The “Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” sounds like a spiritual standard, but it is quite inaccurate.
The story of Abraham and Sarah does not escape what many conceive to be a Biblical standard regarding marriage and what is allowed. God ordained man and woman to represent marriage and no other variation to God’s standard is given. Typically one way for any process is disclosed without variations.
God delayed granting his promise of a male child to Abraham and Sarah, so Sarah took it upon herself to tell Abraham to have a child with her handmaiden Hagar. It sounded like a great idea to Abraham, however God never instructed nor gave permission for such action. God never in Abraham or Sarah situation or any other marriage arrangement instructed anyone to have multiple wives. Stretching the standard of God’s word was done during Biblical days.
Submitting to God’s will was something Jesus demonstrated while agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane. Going to the cross was not something Jesus wanted to do, but he was obedient to the Father even unto death.
Jesus declared, “let this cup of poison pass from Me”, and inquired if there was any other way for God’s plan of redemption. Ultimately, Jesus said, “Not My will, but Thine be done”. Jesus told Peter that He could pray to the Father and God would dispatch twelve legions of angels. The angels would be used to erase existence and to start creation over again if God desired. There was no option B in God’s plan.http://www.ibelieveinangels.com/Bible-Studies/angels-among-us.html
This act of Jesus to submit to the will of the Father befuddles those thinking Jesus willingly wanted to separate Himself from the Father for the first time in eternity, something He agonized dreadfully, so much so that He perspired great drops of blood. Submitting to God’s will when one does not want to is the most powerful example of setting aside your own will.
Jesus could not better demonstrate the attribute of dying to self.