Bible Stories You Don’t Hear in Sunday School
• The Urim & Tummim
The ancient Isrealite priest wore a breastplate with many stones. The most sacred of the stones were the Urim & Thummim which were used to directly communicate with YHWH (God). Urim means “light,” and Thummim “perfection.”
• Melchizedek, the immortal priest
The Bible talks about Melchizedek in three different books; Genesis, Psalms & Hebrews. Here is the most insightful passage:
Hebrews Chapter 6: 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews Chapter 7: 1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,
2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”
3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
An obscure dead sea scroll refers to Melchizedek as, “Elohim”, which is the same name the used for God in the book of Genesis.
• Elisha was the protege of Elijah and both of these guys were very mystical and “magical”. Apparently Elisha wasn’t necessarily the nicest person. In one story, Elisha curses a group of 42 kids who were making fun of him for being bald. When Elisha cursed them in the name of God, 2 female bears attacked and killed the children. Perhaps this was a case of Elisha not realizing the power of the name Yahweh.
• The Sons of God in Genesis 6 is certainly the most mysteriously fascinating Bible story. This passage describes what sounds like angels (the sons of God) mating with humans. The offspring of this union produces giants called the nephilim!… where do you think Goliath came from? This nephilim story is going to be a huge part of a major new Hollywood movie coming out next year called, Noah… can’t wait. Also see The Book of Enoch.