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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #3: What fruit did Eve eat?

Everybody knows the story of Adam and Eve and how they had to leave the beautiful Garden of Eden because of sin. And everyone knows the name of the fruit that they ate of, right?

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Wrong!

Over the years, I’ve seen people argue over which fruit Eve ate and while many assume that it’s a pomegranate; almost the entire world would tell you that it’s an apple. We can also thank the movies for this. Why argue when you can pick up the Bible and read the truth?

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Let’s consult our Bible:

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Genesis 3:6 (KJV)

The Bible did not mention that the forbidden fruit was an apple, pear, pomegranate, or orange for that matter. It was a fruit that came from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and we don’t know what it looked like, either. And because Eve failed to focus on her relationship with God, she fell victim to sweet talk from the devil’s sugar coated tongue. Next Sabbath, God’s willing, I hope we can dive into the fall of man.

Don’t let the devil cheat you out of your victory like he did Eve and Adam. Keep your eyes on God.

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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #2: Who cut Samson’s hair?

Samson and Delilah could’ve been a beautiful epic romantic story for the ages, had Delila felt the same way love-stricken Samson felt about her. Talk about unrequited love to the max!

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The strongest man who ever lived was a Nazirite* who possessed great strength. His source of weakness was Delilah, a cunning and deceitful Philistine woman who used her powers of deception and seduction to wear down and eventually destroy Samson.

The chief of the Philistines saw that Samson had a schoolboy crush on the beautiful Delilah and recruited her to find the source of his strength. After three failed attempts, Samson finally gave in and spilled that the secret of his superhuman strength was in his beautiful locks. Hair has always been a symbol of beauty and power in the Bible and I’ll love to look into hair sometime in the near future.

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Upon realizing that Samson spilled his heart to her, she put him to sleep on her lap and the seven locks of his hair were shaved off, thus making him weak and subdued. But who cut his hair? Many people argued that it was Delilah because he was sleeping on her lap when his hair was cut. Let’s consult our Bible:

After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

Judges 16:19 (NIV)

So it was not Delilah, but a co-conspirator who cut Samson’s hair. I remember some people arguing that it was Delilah who performed the big chop because of some Hollywood movie they had watched.

Don’t let the devil cheat you of your victory like he cheated Samson. Keep your eyes on God. 

*A Nazarite is an Israelite who was consecrated to the service of God and took on the vow prescribed in Numbers 6:2-21. The Nazarite’s vow included abstinence from alcohol, forbearance from cutting the hair off the head, and avoidance of contact with the dead.

When the period of the vow came to an end, the Nazarite will then present himself at the door of the sanctuary with 3 animals: a he-lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, a ewe lamb of the first year for a sin offering, and a ram for a peace offering. After the priest accepted these sacrifices, the Nazarite then cut off his hair at the door and threw it into the fire under the peace offering.

A Nazarite’s vow lasted only 30 to 100 days, but they were left at liberty to fix his own time. Only 3 men mentioned in Scripture were Nazarites for life: Samson (Judges 13:4-5), Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).

Sources: The KJV Bible and the Easton Bible Dictionary.

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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #1: Does Jonah actually gets swallowed by a whale?

Jonah getting swallowed by a whale is often ridiculed by people who can’t simply get behind the fact that God is all-powerful and can humble us in ways He sees fit, people who think the story is a myth and by people who don’t understand the symbolic meaning of this incident. Jonah spent three days in the fish’s belly; yes, this ties into Jesus spending three days and three nights in the earth’s belly. This is something I’ll get into later on, but if the story of Jesus isn’t true, then the story of Jonas is false.

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Back to the origin of this post. 

In primary school, we had a Religious Instructions class where all the faiths came together as one. There was one song that went: I don’t want to be like Jonah. To be swallowed by a whale. Down to Ninevah I must go. When my Savior tells me so…

I loved that song! Until I started studying the Bible and discovering the truth. So did Jonah get swallowed by a whale? Let’s consult our Bible:

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 1:17

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Jonah gets swallowed by a GREAT FISH. Not by a whale, not by a mermaid, not by the Loch Ness monster, but by a great fish. This is why it’s important to read and study the Bible. Little details like these are very important.

May God continue to bless and guide you as you seek to enrich your spiritual life.

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EDIT (31st March 2018): This is why we cross-reference.

I was wrong about Jonah not being swallowed by a whale for according to Matthew 12:40, he was “3 days and 3 nights in the whale’s belly”. I have no idea why this didn’t register with me although I would’ve eventually come back to it. Thank you, Margaret for pointing this out. 💙 Forgive me for my ignorance.

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The Bible: an introduction

People question me about the Bible. They want to know how to study it, which book to start reading from, why it is important to keep the Sabbath etc. I’ve decided to start a new segment under Bible Study/Trivia ‘Most Asked Bible Questions’ which I’ll likely schedule for future Sabbaths. 

Today, I want to introduce the Bible. So what is the Bible?

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The Bible is the inspired written Word of God and a guide for life. It is filled with warnings, encouragement, and promises aplenty. It is the world’s bestselling book of all time and also the most widely distributed book. It has been translated into over 2000 languages and it is the only book in which God reveals Himself personally. It is more than a storybook. It tells us how to live in according to God’s Word and it also tells us the consequences we’ll pay if we sin. 

The Bible has 66 books: 39 in the Old Testament; 27 in the New. 

The Old Testament begins with the Torah or the books of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy), following the historical (Judges to Nehemiah), poetic/wisdom (Job and the Song of Solomon) and the prophetic (Isaiah to Malachi). The New Testament opens with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Acts, the Pauline Epistles (Romans through Hebrews), the Epistles (James to 3 John) and Revelation. 

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There are stories which tell of love, hope, faith, betrayal, adventures, sacrifice, and miracles. We learn of the wisest King who ever lived (Solomon) and his greatest weakness (women). We learn about courage when David goes up against the giant Goliath. We learn about faith in God through Abraham. We learn about self-sacrificial love when Jesus Christ gave his life for us. 

Inspired by the Holy Spirit and authored by God, the Holy Bible has withstood the test of time. It enriches lives as we continue to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

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