Amazing and Unexplainable Things in the Bible

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Real-life miracles, signs, and wonders—all in here! How can a dead person come back to life? How did Jesus and Peter walk on water? How did two little fish and five loaves of bread feed thousands? We don't know, but they are all miracles found in the Bible. Examine the facts as you develop a whole new understanding of the awesome wonder of God with Amazing and Unexplainable Things in the Bible. It's action and adventure straight from the pages of the Bible! As part of the 252 series for boys—based on Luke ...

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Overview

Real-life miracles, signs, and wonders—all in here! How can a dead person come back to life? How did Jesus and Peter walk on water? How did two little fish and five loaves of bread feed thousands? We don't know, but they are all miracles found in the Bible. Examine the facts as you develop a whole new understanding of the awesome wonder of God with Amazing and Unexplainable Things in the Bible. It's action and adventure straight from the pages of the Bible! As part of the 252 series for boys—based on Luke 2:52—these high-energy, fast-paced stories will encourage boys in their quest to be smarter, stronger, deeper, and cooler as they develop into young men of God. Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

Explores miracles mentioned in the Old and New Testaments and why they are amazing, and suggests how the lessons of these inexplicable events can be applied to one's daily life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310706533
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 1/16/2004
  • Series: 2:52 Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up, Rick Osborne really liked Superman. Superman did what was right, he did cool things that other people couldn't do, and he never quit. The Bible is full of great Superman-type stories where God helps good guys battle evil guys with his awesome supernatural help. By telling these stories, Rick loves to help boys see the real-life superhero that God wants each of them to be. Rick lives with his family up north in Canada, closer to where Superman built his fortress.

Ed Strauss lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and three tween-aged children. Ed is a freelance writer with a passion for Biblical apologetics and fantasy fiction. Apart from writing, Ed enjoys biking and exploring nature.

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Amazing & Unexplainable Things in the Bible


By Rick Osborne Ed Strauss

Zondervan

Copyright © 2004 Rick Osborne and Ed Strauss
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-70653-X


Chapter One

Extra! Extra! God Creates Planet Earth

Some people can't imagine God creating everything in six days (Exodus 20:11). That means the entire earth, the seas, the mountains, the animals, and the plants in only 144 hours. That's about three seconds to design and put together an elephant, one second for a mosquito, and so forth. However! When you think of how infinitely powerful and wise God is, the amazing thing is that he didn't create everything in three seconds! You know what multitasking is, right? It's when your mom does three things at once? Well, God can multi-multi-multi-multitask. Think about it. He can hear and answer everyone who is praying all around the world - and run the whole universe - at the same time. It probably wouldn't have been a big deal for him to build an elephant and a mosquito at the same time.

Oh ... He Also Made the Universe

On day four God wanted lights in the sky, so he created the sun and moon. Then the Bible says, "He also made the stars" (Genesis 1:14-16). It wasn't as if God said, "Whew! I spent the entire day making one sun and one little moon. I've got a few minutes left; why not make all the galaxies full of mega-billions of stars?" No, day four was Galaxy Day. The sun and the moon were part of the whole shebang. Our Milky Way Galaxy contains more than one hundred billion stars, and there are billions of galaxies like ours in the universe! Think of how huge God must be to make everything!

Life's DNA Blueprint

The blueprint for all plant and animal life is found in its tiny DNA helix. Every part of a Venus flytrap-from its dew production to its fly-gobbling digestive system-was written in its DNA. As incredibly small as human DNA is, every bit of information on how to form arms, legs, lungs, hearts, and brains is written in it. And did you know that all the information about your entire body is in one itsy-bitsy, tiny cell in a flake of your skin? Each cell is made up of DNA, and each DNA helix is made up of molecules, and molecules are made up of atoms, and atoms are made up of electrons, protons, and neutrons, and protons and neutrons are made up of even smaller particles called quarks. God made all these details.

Guy from Dirt, Girl from Rib

God said, "Let the land produce living creatures" and it did. Then God created Adam from dirt, too. But when it came to Eve, dust just wouldn't do. God took one of Adam's ribs and made a woman from it. (See Genesis 1:24; 2:7, 21-22.) Was this the world's first cloning? DNA engineering? The first order for take-out ribs? No, it was just a weird miracle. That's right: girls are weird miracles. Seriously, however, humans are truly amazing! Grab an encyclopedia about the human body, and you'll be amazed at how our billions of cells work together. Our nervous system, digestive system, and all the muscles, bones, and organs are so complicated and mysterious that science is still scrambling to understand them.

God-Made Instincts

When God created people and animals, he gave them instincts. Doing things by instinct means you do them without thinking. The desire to guzzle down a huge glass of fluid after a hot day skateboarding is an instinct. God hardwired that desire right into your brain.

It's the same with animals: God didn't just make them different on the outside. He wired them differently on the inside as well. Read Proverbs 30:24-28 to see how God made ants to be naturally organized, or how coneys (rock badgers) instinctively know where to build homes. God gave different animals unique instincts. For example, he didn't give your cat the instinct to swim furiously upstream in a raging river. That's salmon stuff. He didn't give dogs the instinct to build nests in trees. That's a bird thing.

Speaking of birds, God put the migration instinct in lots of bird brains. They wake up one morning, it's cold, they look at each other, ruffle their feathers, maybe shiver a bit, shake a leg, then they just take off and fly thousands of miles to spend winter in the warm South. Jeremiah said, "The stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration" (Jeremiah 8:7). Though they don't know how they know, they know it's time to go.

God made people warm-blooded: we stay more or less the same temperature all day. He made reptiles cold-blooded. So how do snakes warm up? Simple. Rocks soak up heat fast, so snakes slither on top of sunshiny rocks to get all toasty. God told them to do that (Proverbs 30:18-19). "Cold? Get yourself up on that rock, buddy."

God puts spiritual instincts in people, too-he gave us a deep instinct to seek spiritual things. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has also set eternity in the hearts of men." God gave us a conscience to instinctively know the difference between right and wrong. "The requirements of the law are written on their hearts" (Romans 2:15). Instincts? Yeah, they're cool stuff.

Solomon, one of the smartest guys who ever lived, said that the fear of God was the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). Solomon knew a lot about God and life. He learned those things when he studied creation-the plants and animals God had made. Solomon's key to figuring things out was to start with God. His first assumption was that God made everything and that he made things to serve his purposes. Solomon realized that everything God made came from his heart and therefore you could learn about God's character by studying nature. Want to be smart? Then remember that God made everything you'll ever learn about in life.

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Excerpted from Amazing & Unexplainable Things in the Bible by Rick Osborne Ed Strauss Copyright © 2004 by Rick Osborne and Ed Strauss. Excerpted by permission.
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