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May 2, 2008

i’ve started reading through doug fields and duffy robbins’ book speaking to teenagers. a review will come, but i ran across an interesting section that i wanted to share. they talk about those of us who work with students should be aiming to transform lives and not just teach knowledge. they site a specific situation where the prince of granda was imprisoned for 33 years. his guards gave him a Bible as his only thing to do. below is a list from friend’s religious and morale almanac (sited in speaking to teenagers) of the things that the prince took away from having nothing to do but read the Bible for 33 years.

  • in the Bible, the word Lord is found 1,583 times.
  • the word Jehovah, 6,855 times, and the word reverand but once in the ninth verse of the 111th Psalm.
  • the eight verse of the 8th verse of the 117th Psalm is the middle verse of the Bible.
  • the ninth verse of the 8th chapter of Esther is the longest verse; the 35th verse, 11th chapter of John is the shortest.
  • in the 107th Psalm, four verses are alike, the 8th, 15th, 21st, and 31st.
  • each verse of the 136th Psalm ends alike.
  • no word or name of more than 6 syllables can be found in the Bible.
  • the 37th chapter of Isaiah and 19th chapter of 2 Kings are alike.
  • the word girl appears but once in the Bible, and that in the 3rd verse of the 3rd chapter of Joel.
  • there are found in both books of the Bible 3,538,483 letters; 773,693 words; 31,373 verses; 1,189 chapters; and 66 books.

i agree with fields and robbins’ when they said that it is sad that someone could spend that much time with the Bible and come away with stats. perhaps there’s more to the story, perhaps the prince was already a follower of Christ and this was just a small percentage of what he did for 33 years.

regardless of all that, it got me thinking. am i working towards transformation or am i just teaching knowledge? i’d like to say that it’s always been about transformation for me, but that would be a lie. when i started off i was focusing more on education and facts than how to apply those to transform a life. i think it is a good reminder of what we’re called to do, teach students about transformation, not just Bible facts.

thoughts? 

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  1. May 14, 2008 9:51 pm

    As developer for http://www.HolyBibleTrivia.org the facts above do not get approved for bible trivia questions. Still I found this encouraging to focus more on the transformation and not just facts.

    Thanks for the message.

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