Thursday, August 6, 2015
|Last word in the Bible:||Amen (Rev. 22:21)|
|Longest word (and name):||Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)|
|Shortest verse:||John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”)|
|Longest verse:||Esther 8:9|
|Shortest book (number of words):||3 John|
|Longest book:||Psalms (150 chapters)|
|Middle books:||Micah and Nahum|
|Longest chapter:||Psalm 119 (176 verses)|
|Shortest chapter (number of words):||Psalm 117|
|Number of times the word “God” appears:||3,358 (It appears in every book except Esther andSong of Solomon.)|
|Number of times the word “Lord” appears:||7,736|
|Number of different authors:||Over 40|
|Number of languages the Bible has been translated into:||513—have full Bible|
2,817—have some portion of the Bible
(as of 2014)
|Number of new Bibles distributed (sold or given away) in the U.S.:||About 168,000 per day (as of 2001)|
The Old Testament has…
- 39 books
- 929 chapters
- 23,214 verses
- 593,493 words
- Longest book: Psalms
- Shortest book: Obadiah (3rd shortest book in the Bible)
The New Testament has…
The Bible is an integrated message system, the product of supernatural engineering. Every number, every place name, every detail every jot and tittle is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Truly, our God is an awesome God.
It is astonishing to discover how many Biblical controversies seem to evaporate if one simply recognized the unity the integrity of these 66 books, penned by 40 authors over thousands of years.
It is remarkable how many subtle discoveries lie behind the little details of the text. Some of these become immediately obvious with a little study; some are more technical and require special helps.
In the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is a love story, written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.
Are There Secret Messages in the Bible?
I believe that anything that is hidden is hidden only because a person has refused to humble themselves and repent before God. Jesus says “nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17) “for whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open” (Mark 4:22).
What might be unseen or not understood can be seen and understood with the Holy Spirit as Paul tells the church at Corinth “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor 2:14). This is why “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18).
What is hidden or secret can be revealed by God’s Spirit so there are no secret messages that God would ever hide from His own children. He makes evident those things we need to know but for those who have refused to repent and humble themselves, He will not give them His Spirit and without His Spirit, they cannot ever understand the mystery of the gospel. God is not unfair. He will save those who submit to Him in all humility and confess their sins to Him and trust in His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ but to the unbelievers who remain proud and unrepentant, the gospel will remain foolishness to them because they can’t see their need for the Savior. This reflects what James wrote “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (4:6).
God gives to the humble His Spirit and the understanding of His Word but He is opposed to or resists giving anything to those of a proud mind. God cannot work with those who are full of pride for how can God fill anyone who is already full of themselves?