I had to cue my inner Discovery channel at times while reading some of the reading plans! My main thought and focus was centered on those shows you always see like “Did You Know This?” or “The Strange Occurrences Of…” I love this challenge so much because I never find a dull moment! But I’ve compiled a few things that made me do a double take while reading or at do a quick Google search to further investigate! If anything, this blog is more or less just to have some fun and inject a few interesting tidbits into your mind or make you wonder how I didn’t already know that and if that’s the case, don’t you judge me!
The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden was where it all started so of course it’s the place where God’s mysterious was begun.
Fact #1: As I go through this challenge, I try to get others involved and include them in the discussion. In doing so, I learned that not many knew there were actually two trees in the Garden of Eden. There was the Tree of Life & the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. Additional added fact, we were never to taste from the tree of life but because of Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice, we are given the chance to do just that.
Fact #2: As soon as I finished reading Genesis I was presented with the question, “Why can we never enter the Garden of Eden again?” The answer is simple. In Genesis 3:23-24 it states the Lord banished us from the Garden of Eden and on the east side of the garden, he placed a cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the tree of life.
What’s a Cherubim? Oh when I first read that portion, I was wide eyed like oh snap God has some secret agent type of stuff going on huh! So get this! A cheribum is a winged, angelic creature. Notice I said a “creature!” A cheribum can be angel like in appearance or can take the form of a lion or bull with eagles’ wings! When I found that out, my question then turned into another question; are there different types of angels?
A Neph…Say What?
My next mysterious fact comes in the form of Nephilim. Get this and tell me if it sounds familiar to varying other literature/folklore. In Genesis 6:4, Nephilim are mentioned to be children of the sons of God and humans! My immediate thought was, “wow, that’s where a lot of historic mythology comes from!” Look at the stories of characters such as Hercules or Perseus, both born from Zeus. Nephilim were said to be giants, heroes of old; men of renown.
To make things more interesting, the Nephilim were mentioned both before the great flood of Noah and after in other parts of the bible. How did they survive or did fallen angles and humans make the same mistake as before the flood?
Marching 2 at a Time
Did You Know? I’ll go ahead and mention this, I’ve read the story of Noah several times and I guess I just didn’t pay much attention but did you know there were actually more than 2 of each animal on Noah’s ark? In Genesis 7:2-4, God tells Adam to take 7 pairs of every clean animal, 7 pairs of every kind of bird, male and female. I think so many people get caught up in the abbreviated version of the story and take it to be the truth. To me, this was the perfect wake up call to do my own due diligence!
A lot of people always remember Isaac but forget Abraham had a firstborn son named Ishmael. God’s covenant would run through Isaac but promised to take care of Ishmael and make him into a nation. In Genesis 16:11-12 God says that Ishmael would be a wild donkey of a man and his hand would be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him. He will live in hostility toward all his brothers. You will see the descendants of Ishmael in later readings of the bible!
Did You Know? Many consider Ishmael to be the ancestor of prominent Arab tribes? Others believe that Ishmael would later become a patriarch and prophet of Islam later on.
Moses Shall be Special
From the moment Moses was born, he was set to be apart from others. Moses was fortunate enough to live with the Pharaoh’s daughter at a time when Israel’s sons were being killed; bold enough to not stand up for injustice when he saw his people being beaten; and fortunate enough to see God in a burning bush. Moses was able to split the Red Sea, turn water into blood, shift staffs into snakes, and deliver his people from the turmoil in Egypt. But…
Did You Know? Moses was special in how God communicated to him. In Exodus, it’s said that God would speak to Moses face-to-face as a man would speak to a friend. Moses was also allowed to see the back of God, lamenting his place as a one-of-a-kind man of God!