March 18 – Thoughts About God For My Grandkids

March 18

 

Bible Reading: Luke 1:1-23 

Topic Summary:

 

Sometimes we make sharing the Gospel with another person into a difficult task.  It’s really not that hard.  We just tell what we know…and how it has changed our life.  The best way for your kids to learn how to share their faith…is by watching you.  Who have you told about Jesus, lately?

 

Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:

 

Mathematics amaze me.  Okay, actually, it confuses me.  Math class was not my best class when I was in school.  But it still amazes me.  As someone said, “I know just enough to be dangerous.”  Let me show you some really cool facts about math.  Did you know that…

  • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented in Roman numerals.
  • 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  • (6 × 9) + (6 + 9) = 69
  • There is not enough space in the known universe to write a googolplex on paper. A googolplex is 10 to the power of a googol, or 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 100. If you tried to type it out on your computer…it would not have enough memory.
  • The most popular favorite number is 7. The runner up is 3.
  • 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 3628800 seconds. The exact number of seconds in 42 days, or 6 weeks.
  • Take any four-digit number, follow these steps, and every time you will wind up with 6,174.
  1. Choose a four-digit number (the only condition is that it has at least two different digits).
  2. Arrange the digits of the four-digit number in descending then ascending order.
  3. Subtract the smaller number from the bigger one.
  4. Repeat.

Eventually you’ll end up at 6174, which is known as Kaprekar’s constant. If you then repeat the process you’ll just keep getting 6174 over and over again.

Example: I choose the number 2018

Descending order-8210; Ascending order-0128

8210 – 128 = 8082

Descending order-8820; Ascending order-0288

8820 – 288 = 8532

Descending order-8532; Ascending order-2358

8532 – 2358 = 6174 (It worked…and it will work every time)

  • There are 52! ways to shuffle a deck of cards. The “!” mark means factorial.  That means multiplying 52x51x50x49…and continue all the way to x1. That would equal…

80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000 ways.  No wonder I never win at Solitaire.

  • Let’s say that you’re on a television game show. There is one grand prize that you can win but it’s hidden behind one of three closed doors. The other two doors have nothing. You are asked to select one of the three closed doors. Once you choose a door the host opens one of the remaining two doors that does not contain the fabulous prize. The host then asks if you’d like to switch your choice to the one other unopened door. Do you switch? Statistically, you should because there is a 66.6% chance the other door is correct and only a 33.3% chance your door is correct. Most people will argue that there is a 50/50 chance of having the correct choice so switching is irrelevant. But you actually had a 66.6% chance to choose the wrong door, to begin with.
  • Choose any four-digit number and multiply it by 73, then multiply the result by 137. The result will be the four-digit number that you had chosen…repeated twice.  I’ll let you do this one, yourself.
  • If you fold a standard piece of paper in half 103 times, the thickness of it will be greater than the size of the observable universe. 42 folds would be the distance to the moon. 53 folds would be the distance to the sun.
  • FOUR” is the only number in the English language that is spelled with the same number of letters as the number itself.
  • 40 when written “forty” is the only number with letters in alphabetical order, and “one” is the only number with letters in reverse alphabetical order.

Cool stuff, huh?  I guess what amazes me about math and numbers is that the same mathematical formula works the same way and gets the same answer…every time.  If you multiply 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 you get 12,345,678,987,654,321.  Look at the answer.  Do you see anything unusual?  It is a palindrome number…that means that it reads the same way forwards or backwards.  And here is what is cool…it works the same way every time that you multiply a number made up of “1s” by the same number…11 x 11 (121), 1 x 1 (1).  Every time.  Every single time.  Without exception.  Math is so cool!  Math is so…exact.

 

But let me tell you something that you don’t ever, ever want to forget.  Not only is Math exact…but the Bible is exact, as well.  And that is important.  Because in the Bible…we find God’s plan for us to be saved from our sins and His instructions for our lives.

A guy named, Luke, wrote one of the four Gospels in the New Testament.  The others were written by Matthew, Mark, and John.  The Gospels are the story of the life of Jesus.  Luke was not a Jew.  He was a Gentile.  Basically, from the perspective of the people who lived in Israel during the days of Jesus you were either a Jew…or, not a Jew.  A Jew was a person who was of the Jewish religion and faith.  Jesus was a Jew.  If you were not a Jew…you were a Gentile.  A Gentile was a person who practiced any other religion.  Easy, right.  While Luke was not a Jew, but a Gentile…he did believe in Jesus as his Savior…the Savior of the whole world, Who came through the Jewish people.  Luke was a follower of Jesus and God led him to write a Gospel so that he could tell other Gentiles about Jesus.  You see, he thought like a Gentile…because he was one.  So, when he wrote his Gospel, he wrote it in such a way that his Gentile friends would understand it.  How did he do that?  Well, since they were not Jews, they were not familiar with a lot of things that a Jewish person would immediately know without even having to think about it.  Luke explained many of those things to his Gentile friends.  In fact, he even names one of his Gentile friends (Theophilus) and tells him that he is writing this Gospel so that he would “know the exact truth about the things you have been taught”.  Did you see the word “exact”?  The word “exact” means…yeah, you know it…”exact”.  Luke tells him that he has carefully, diligently researched all of the facts so that he can write down “exactly” what happened in the life of Jesus from before He was born until He went to Heaven.  “Exact” means that there is no doubt, no uncertainty.

Why would Luke want to be so “exact”?  Because he wanted to present the Gospel, the life and message of Jesus to his Gentile friends in such a way that they too would also accept Him as their Savior.  You see, Jesus is the Savior of the whole world…Jew and Gentile alike…it makes no difference.  He came to save us all.

So, what does that mean for you and me?  I want my friends to be saved, too.  I want them to accept Jesus as their Savior and to go to Heaven.  In fact, many times I have told people that I have one main goal in life, one purpose…to go to Heaven and to take as many people with me, as possible.  I hope that you want to do that, too.  But if we are going to share the Gospel with them, if we are going to tell them about Jesus…then we need to be “exact”.  In other words, we need to tell them in a way that clearly and correctly presents the truth about Jesus…and, in a way that they will understand.  Think about it.  How can you best tell your friends about Jesus?  It’s really pretty easy.  Just get the facts “exact”…and then tell them in a way that makes sense to you.  If you can understand it…chances are that they can too.  Are you ready?  Good.  Now, go tell someone that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their life.

 

Love you more than bunches and bunches,

Granddad

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