‘Coincidences’ from the Bible

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Me and God, Science, The Bible

If you know me a little bit, you know that one of the things that puzzles me and excites me about studying the Bible is the hundreds of ‘coincidences’ that seem to suggest someone very very intelligent was behind the whole writing of the 66 books across 1,500 years through so many authors…. Here’s one that I came across recently:

Background: Most of the book of Genesis tells the story of individuals and their related families and stories (From Adam ~4,000BC, through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph). At the end of the Genesis, Joseph and his family (around 85 people total) move into Egypt (around 1,700BC).

The book of Exodus picks up the story and relates how, a couple of hundred years later, this family has reproduced greatly and becomes a nation of a few million people living in Egypt -now as slaves. The book of Exodus continues relating the story of this nation leaving Egypt towards their new land. After they cross the red sea, God meets with their leader Moses and gives him instructions on how this nation –Israel is to do business (political and religious structure if you will).

Scholars debate as to the time of writing of the book of Exodus but there are opinions pointing to as early as 1,400BC to as late 600BC. The oldest manuscripts found by archeologists date as far back as 300BC

The event in history: So what!? You may ask. The book of Exodus tells us that God gave specific instruction of how the Israelites should set up their camp (~1,440BC), divided into families and tribes (it includes numbers for each one of the tribes very exactly). It also describes where, in relation to the cardinal points, should they be located (N, S, E, W, NW, etc) –all around the Levites and the Tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelled.

It makes it a somehow boring reading; all of the complex Hebrew names and numbers. However, if you were to actually make a model of what the camp looked like based on those specific instructions, and fly on a helicopter above and take an aerial look, this is what you would see:

The ‘coincidence’:

Very interesting coincidence for a book that was written at the very least ~400 years; at best, 1,400 years  before Jesus –the ultimate Tabernacle of God’s presence and, as argued by Christians, the center of the Bible’s story from cover to cover, was even born.

coincidence” is not a kosher word

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Comments
  1. By the way, some Bible verses to look up and see if this is true: Exodus 25-27, 36-38, Genesis 41:37-41, Genesis 48, Genesis 29, 35, 46, 49; Exodus 1; Numbers 1:1-15, 1:20-43:2; 2:7, 10, 13, 26, 34; Deuteronomy 27, 33; Joshua 13ff; Judges 5; 1 Chronicles 2:1, 2:3-8, 12, 27; Ezekiel 48, Revelation 7. Numbers 2, Ezekiel 1:10, 10:14, Revelation 4:7 Numbers 2:3, 10, 18, 25.

  2. Pastor Zach says:

    Very interesting

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