Did you know that Ruth was King David’s Great-Grandmother?!?!?
Ruth, as in ‘Where you go, I’ll go…’ Ruth. She’s the one. The one who was the Great-Grandma to King David. KING DAVID!!! Did she read to toddler-King David on her lap? Tell him to ‘go get a switch’ when he was naughty? Did she sing to him? Present him with horribly handmade sweaters? Why am I the only one who is freaking out about this genealogy nugget?
I figured this out while remotely completing a Ruth Bible study with Erin and the Table 8 ladies. It was early morning. I read the daily passage. I answered the questions. And then…I started outlining Ruth’s lineage. I sat in shock and then quickly shot off a text to Erin about my discovery. With different time zones, early morning revelations in Alabama translate to middle of the night texts in California. I can only imagine that Erin was giggling and shaking her head at my excitement over this shocking discovery. Apparently, this Ruth-David connection is common knowledge. Where the heck have I been?
While ecstatic about this newfound knowledge, it made me think about other connections throughout the Bible that I had possibly missed. I started researching some trivia and unusual occurrences within the Bible. Have you missed some too?
Did you know?
-Ehud was the 1stleft-handed man mentioned in the Bible (Judges 3:15)
-Dogs are mentioned 41 times in the Bible, but cats aren’t even mentioned once.
-Job stated that his wife claimed he had bad breath. (Job 19:17)
-Genesis never says Adam and Eve ate an apple, only that they ate fruit.
-Andrew was a disciple of John The Baptist before following Jesus. (John 1:35-37, 40)
-David is second only to Jesus in number of times mentioned in the Bible.
-Elizabeth, mother of John The Baptist, was a descendant of Aaron (Luke 1:5) and John The Baptist was Jesus’ cousin. (Luke 1:36)
-Miriam is the 1st woman recorded singing in the Bible (Exodus 15:21)
-Prior to the incident at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), everyone spoke the same language.
I already knew some of these, such as the relationship between Jesus and John The Baptist. Their relationship is often mentioned around Christmas when retelling of Elizabeth and Mary meeting, while both were pregnant. I knew that at some point all humans spoke the same language, but I didn’t know it was the incident at the Tower of Babel that changed our languages.
This book we study, the Word of God, it is filled with wondrous facts and illustrations of relationships. None of them are coincidences and all of them are divinely God’s plan. I love stumbling on these bits and pieces that are so perfectly overlapping. It makes me love the written word of God even more than I had previously. It makes me want to read more…study more…find more curiosities that I had previously missed. Who else is the great-grandparent to a notorious Bible figure?!?!?
Come to the porch and share something from the Bible that you have previously missed…I’m super intrigued!