Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Fish and all kinds of merchandise. Nehemiah 13:16 "Men from Tyre who lived in Jerusalem were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise and selling them in Jerusalem on the Sabbath to the people of Judah."
By now, you should have figured out that the significant animal is the fish. As Jesus said, Christians are to be fishers of men to bring them into the kingdom of God. So, the next time you eat a fish sandwich or Fish and Chips, remember that fishes are so much more significant than just a meal. Humans in God's eyes are fish as well, to be caught into his net of love.
Jesus' three days in the tomb. Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
None of these. This question has some scientific basis. Jonah 1:17 "But the Lord provided a GREAT FISH to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights." The three animals mentioned here are all mammals, not fish. Tricky, eh?
5th. Birds were created that day as well.
Fish. Luke 24:42-43 "They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate it in their presence."
Fish. The fish was chosen due to the many associations of fish with Jesus, including those you see in the other questions, and also because Greek for fish is 'Ixthis' (pronounced as Ichthis), and each of the Greek letters stood for something related to Christ, thus becoming an acronym for "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour"
EDITOR: since the first century the spelling of the word 'ixthis' has been changed in regular useage in churches to 'ichthus'.
2. This was not the only miraculous feeding Jesus performed. After this feeding, there were twelve basketfuls of leftovers. On another occasion, Jesus fed the 4,000 with seven loaves and a few small fish, and there were seven basketfuls of leftovers. In both cases, the number does not include women and children.
To pay the temple tax. Matthew 17:27 "But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." At that time, the temple tax was two drachmas worth.
Matthew 4:19. This was said to the two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew as they were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. Jesus said this to call them to be his disciples.
153. John 21:11 "Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn."
|The visit of the Magi or wise men following the birth of Christ is mentioned only in Matthew with no mention as to their number. However, the Western Christian church has traditionally given three names to these nativity figures. What are the three names these mysterious figures are known by?||Christianity and the Bible in Threes
Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar. These names are based on two Greek manuscripts, not a part of the Bible. Jeroboam, Ahaziah, Joash, Baasha, Jehoram, and Menahem are actually all monarchs who ruled over either Israel or Judah, as relayed in the books of Kings and Chronicles in the Bible. Asher, Nephtali, and Zebulun are three of Jacob's sons as relayed in the Bible.
Methodism, Presbyterianism, Lutheranism. Each of the incorrect choices includes one non-Protestant denomination such as Catholicism and Messianic Judaism.
|Jesus had an inner group of disciples who experienced several important events that the other disciples did not. Who are these three? (This question could also likely be asked as: which three disciples are mentioned the most in the Gospels?)||Christianity and the Bible in Threes
Peter, James, John. For example, when Jesus underwent the transfiguration, "After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves." (Matthew 17:1, New International Version) Similarly, not long before his arrest, "[Jesus] took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled." (Mark 14:33)
3 John, 2 John, Philemon. The five shortest books are:
1. 3 John has 219 words.
2. 2 John has 245 words.
3. Philemon has 335 words.
4. Jude has 461 words.
5. Titus has 659 words.
Notice that they are all in the New Testament. The exact word counts vary from translation to translation.
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers. The Pentateuch are the first five books of the Old Testament, referred to in the Jewish tradition as the Torah. Notice the Latin root word "penta," which means "five." These five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
|I'll start with a fairly straightforward question. While the Trinity is never officially laid out in the Bible, it has become a fundamental doctrine of Christianity. Which group of three entities is typically described as making up the Christian Trinity?||Christianity and the Bible in Threes
Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Tertullian is most commonly given credit for first coining the term or using it in reference to this idea. Most Christian denominations believe in the idea of the Trinity though it is often difficult to understand how the three are separate while being the same. There are some denominations that outright reject the idea of the Trinity.