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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (SITTING IN DESPAIR)

Sitting on the ground symbolized sadness and distress. So this is another image from Isaiah that expresses the fate of the nation of Judah if she continued on her present course (read Isaiah 3:24).

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (SEALED AND SURE)

These were some of the same religious who had succeeded in having Jesus executed. They started thinking that His disciples might remove the body from the tomb and claim that Jesus had been raised from the dead.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (BARABBAS, NOT JESUS)

At the annual celebration of the Passover in Jerusalem (see note on Matthew 26:19), the Roman governor released on Jewish prisoner who was selected by the people. This was a gesture of goodwill to the Jews, who resented the Roman occupation of their country.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (A BOUNTIFUL RETURN)

This may refer to sowing grain in flooded areas. Or it could refer to ships that carry goods over the seas to distant places for sale or trade.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (SIGN OF THE SHOE)

Naomi’s deceased husband. Elimelech, had some land in Bethlehem that she had been forced to sell because of her poverty conditions (Ruth 4:3). Elimelech had a relative who, as his next of kin, had the right to buy back or redeem this property to keep it in the family.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (A HUT ON THE ROOF)

This verse uses humor to show that no house is big enough to accommodate two people who don’t get along. If the husband and wife are always quarreling, each one could say with equal justification to the other, “I would rather be living up on the roof than in this house with you.”

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THE BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (HANGING BY THE HAND)

This verse refers to the humiliation of the nobility of Judah by the army of Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem. Were these princes, or nobles, executed and then hung up by their hands as a public example? Or were they tied and hung up by the hands as a form of torture? We don’t know.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (BOLD ACCESS TO THE KING)

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As a person become famous or rise to a high position, he limits his accessibility to others for his own protection. Many kings of Bible times, for example, could not be approached by anyone but their most trusted adviser. The Persians had a law that anyone who came into their king’s presence without his permission could pay with their lives (read Esther 4:11).

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (JEWELRY FOR ISRAELITE WOMEN)

God promised Moses that when the Israelites were released from slavery, their women would carry from the land jewelry of silver and gold given to them by the Egyptians.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (AN ETERNAL CROWN)

Crowns were worn by kings as symbols of authority and power (2 Samuel 1:10). James compared the believer’s inheritance of eternal life through the atoning death of Jesus Christ to a crown.

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