6 Stories from the Bible You May Not Know

flower-606980_1280The Bible has many wonderful stories offering hope, wisdom and insight to who God is and His provision of Jesus as the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. While we are familiar with many stories we learn in church, there are many more in the Bible overlooked and I want to share a few of those with you.

1. Korah – We find Korah in Numbers 16 leading a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. He believed that they had gone too far and acted as though they were greater than everyone else, when in all actuality, Korah was jealous of Moses and Aaron’s positions held. Korah was chosen by God to be near him, serve in the Lord’s tabernacle and minister to the people. He had a great place in ministry given to him but He desired the positions of Moses and Aaron instead. Korah stirred up the community against them and the Lord intervened in a very big way. The Lord caused the ground to open up and swallow all those involved in the rebellion against Moses and Aaron in addition to their whole households and everything they owned. Once swallowed whole, the ground closed up over them.

2. Deborah, Barak and Jael (Judges 4)- Deborah what a prophet who Israelites would go to for judgment.  One day she sent for Barak the son of Abinoam and told him the God of Israel commanded him to call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. There, God would call out Sisera along with his chariot and warriors and He would give Barak victory over them. However, Barak would only go if Deborah went with him. Due to this,  he received no honor for the Lord’s victory over Sisera and Sisera’s life would instead end at the hands of a woman. Sisera sought refuge in the tent of Jael. She was hospitable to him, gave him milk and a blanket to rest. Once he fell asleep, she drove a tent-peg through his temple and into the ground taking his life.

3. Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) – Even though many know of this story some details of the story are overlooked. Genesis 11:1 says, “At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words.” That’s amazing, at one time all people spoke the same language and it’s when selfish ambition got in the way language was confused.  They were united in all aspects of self-interests and God wasn’t too happy with that so He confused their language.  With no way to communicate or understand each other, the building stopped and they ended up scattered all over the world.

4 Hezekiah’s life extended (2 kings 20) – Hezekiah became deathly ill and the prophet Isaiah was sent to give him a message from the Lord, “…..Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.” Upon hearing this, Hezekiah turned and faced the wall to pray. Before Isaiah had even left the middle courtyard, the Lord sent him back with a new message, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the temple of the Lord. I will add 15 years to your life…..” Upon hearing this Hezekiah asked Isaiah what sign the Lord would give him to prove His word.  Isaiah gave Hezekiah a choice for the sign he wanted to see from the Lord. The Lord then caused the shadow to move backward 10 steps on the sundial of Ahaz.

5. Ehud (Judges 3:12-31)- Ehud was chosen by the Lord in response to rescue the Israelites from the reign of King Eglon.  King Eglon was very fat and Ehud was sent to deliver the tribute money they owed. Ehud, a left-handed man from the tribe of Benjamin made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot in length and strapped it to his inner thigh, keeping it hidden as he brought the tribute money to the king. Ehud, upon delivering the money went back to the king claiming to have a message from the Lord.  When the king rose from his seat, Ehud plunged the dagger into the king’s belly and it became lost beneath the king’s fat. The dagger was left inside the king and Ehud escaped through the latrine.

6.King Josiah (2 kings 22-23) – King Josiah became king at the age of 8. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. In his 18th year as king, Shaphan read the Book of Law to King Josiah. Upon hearing what was written in the Book of Law, he tore his clothes in despair. King Josiah renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence and pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws and decrees with all his heart and soul and he did just that. He’s a wonderful testament of hearing God’s written Word and putting his faith in action after He knew truth.

While there are many more stories in the Bible that I could tell you about, God’s written Word is the best way to explore these stories and more. I hope these stories will guide you to His word and uncover more stories you might not necessarily know about and study them further.

 

 

 

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