Jun 21, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Bizarre Biblical Facts That Will Totally Blow Your Mind!

The Bible is a fascinating book with many different intriguing and fun facts hidden within its hallowed pages. Often, we find outselves referring to the same passages and soundbites for encouragement and hope. This is no bad thing! But sometimes, it is interesting to look in the far-flung, somewhat bizarre corners of the sciptures to find out some crazy facts! Beliefnet.com highlights 5 great ones! 

1. It contains the oldest person to ever live
"While only mentioned a few times in scripture, Methuselah held a strong lineage in the Bible. As a descendant from Adam and Noah's grandfather, he was the most elderly man on record having lived 969 years. "Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died." Genesis 5:27."

2. An army of 185,000 was destroyed in one night
"In Isaiah 37, Hezekiah takes his troubles with Sennacherib, king of Assyria, to God in prayer. God answers with a sign and promise that Sennacherib will not besiege or invade Jerusalem by sending an angel to put 185,000 Assyrian soldiers to death overnight."

3. The sun moved backwards and even stood still
"Hezekiah was witness to another one of the Lord's miraculous works when God made the sun move backwards in Isaiah 38:8, "I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway on Ahaz." So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down."  The Lord also made the sun stand still at the request of Joshua in his fight for Israel, "So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.  The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down for about a full day." Joshua 10:13"

4. A donkey has a chat with a man
"Numbers 22 tells the story of Balaam, a man who was hired by Balak, king of Moab, to cuse the Israelites. However, God intervened in the most amusing way -- through the talking donkey he was riding!  "Then the Lord opened the donkey's mouth, and it said to Balaam, "What have I done to make you beat me these three times?" Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now."  The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day?  Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his swoard drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown." 

5. A GIANT Bed
"There once was a man so large, that he needed a 13 foot bed, "King Og of Bashan was the last survivor of the giant Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than 13 feet long and six feet wide. It can still be seen in the Ammonite city of Rabbah." Deuteronomy 3:11"

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