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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (PAUL’S SIMPLE NEEDS)

Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy while imprisoned in Rome. Timothy planned to visit him soon, so Paul asked him to bring these three items when he came.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (A TAX FOR THE TEMPLE)

An annual tax, required of every Jewish male, was designated for maintenance and support of the temple in Jerusalem. Perhaps the temple officials who collected this tax approached Peter about paying it because Jesus and His disciples were hard to pin down. Their teaching and healing ministry kept them moving from place to place.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (IDOLS IN THE TEMPLS)

In a vision the prophet Ezekiel saw the temple of the Jewish people in Jerusalem. He was shocked to see on its walls paintings or sculptures of unclean animals that God’s people were not supposed to eat (Leviticus 11:1-19).

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (GET READY FOR THE KING)

Roads of Bible times were little more than paths, rough and crude by modern standards. When a king traveled, his servants would go ahead of him, removing stones, filling in low places, and straightening curves so the king’s journey would be more pleasant.

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NO HELP FROM STARGAZERS

The words astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators refers to people who studied the stars and the movement of the moon in order to foretell the future. This practice was especially popular among the ancient Babylonians.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (DUST ON THE HEAD)

Hushai was a friend and supporter of King David. During Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sam 15:30). Hushai expressed his sorrow over David’s exile by tearing his clothes (Gen 37:34) and throwing dust on his head.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (SAMSON’S RIDDLE)

In an age without television or other leisure-time pursuits, the people of Bible times often used riddles as a form of entertainment. Like Samson, they would pose a puzzling or mystifying question or problem and see who could figure it out.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (MARKS OF PERSECUTION)

In Paul’s time, slaves were branded with distinctive marks to show that they belonged to their masters, much as cattle are branded in modern times (Psa 40:6). Paul declared that his body bore marks from the persecution he had endured in Christ’s service. These showed the he belonged to the Lord Jesus.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (RAISED THE THRID DAY)

Jesus was in the tomb only about thirty-six hours (from late Friday afternoon until early Sunday morning)-not three full days as some people might conclude from Paul’s statement that He was raised on the third day.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EXECUTION BY SAWING)

This verse appears in the famous “roll call of the faithful” chapter in Hebrews. The writer pays tribute to the people of past generations who remained faithful to God, in spite of great persecution.

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