Kid's Good News
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From Sherly's Desk..
David and Goliath II
Science and Bible

From Sherly's Desk...

Dear Kids,
As you know that David was a great king.  He fought many wars and won.  He was the man who saw success and saw victory after victory in his life.  What was the reason of his victory or success?

He trusted in God:
2 Samuel 22:1-3 says, "Then David spoke to the LORD the words of this song, on the day when the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.  And he said: "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence."

No matter what happened in his life, no matter how much he went through tears and pain, no matter how much his enemy pursued him, no matter how broken he was but in every moment he looked toward God.  He knew in his heart that God is his deliverer and God will deliver him from all evil.  He knew that God is the mighty shield, and stronghold of his refuge who will hide him and protect him from all destruction. 

Are you facing problems in your life?  Look to Jesus, He can deliver you from all your problems. 

He asked God's guidance in every step:z
Whenever David saw his enemy encamped around him, he asked God that whether he should go for war or not?  God gave him specific instructions. 

We read in 1 Samuel 23:1-5, "Then they told David, saying, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors."  Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" And the LORD said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah."  But David's men said to him, "Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?"  Then David inquired of the LORD once again. And the LORD answered him and said, "Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand."  And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

Further we read that David and his men were in Keilah and Saul heard that David had gone to Keilah.   So Saul said, "God has delivered him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars."   Then Saul called all the people together for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.  When David knew that Saul plotted evil against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod here."  Then David said, "O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah to destroy the city for my sake.  Will the men of Keilah deliver me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as Your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant." And the LORD said, "He will come down."  Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" And the LORD said, "They will deliver you."  So David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah and went wherever they could go. Then it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah; so he halted the expedition.  (1 Sam 23:7-13)

In both passages we see that God told David, what to do in different situations.  If David would have thought from his mind and took a decision then he might have lost his life and his men's lives.  But we see that David asked God in every step, what to do next. 

If you want success in your life you must wait for the guidance of God.  In every step you need His counsel and His will.  Only God can tell you that what to do in which time and what not to do, where to go and where not to go.

David and Goliath II

Last week we saw that David killed Goliath by the mighty power of almighty God.  One side it was a great victory for David but other side Saul became his worst enemy.  It was the beginning of his sorrows.

When Saul saw David, he asked about him saying who is this young man?  Abner, the commander of the army, told Saul, "I do not know" then Saul said, "Inquire whose son this young man is." When David returned after killing Goliath, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.  And Saul said to him, "Whose son are you, young man?" So David answered, "I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite."

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father's house anymore.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.  And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.

Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.  So the women sang as they danced, and said: "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands."  Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?"  So Saul eyed David from that day forward.

Next day the distressing spirit came upon Saul So David played music with his hand, as at other times; but there was a spear in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the spear, for he said, "I will pin David to the wall!" But David escaped his presence twice.  Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul.   Saul made David a captain over thousand and David behaved wisely in all his ways.

Saul tried to trick him and wanted to kill him but was afraid of him.  Then Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the Lord's battles." For Saul thought, "Let me not kill him, but let he be died by the hands of Philistines."  David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"  But when the time came that Merab should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.

Then again Saul promised David to give his other daughter Michal.  Saul's plan was to make Michal a snare but Saul's trick did not work this time and he had to give his daughter as David's wife. 

Science and Bible

Bible talks about the creation of man and woman in Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 2:21-23 as we read in

Genesis 2:7, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

Genesis 2:21-23, "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

These four verses of Bible talks about advanced medical science.  Moses who wrote Genesis almost 4,000 years ago while writing these things might not have fully understood the meaning of what he was writing. 

He writes in Genesis 2:7 that God made man from dust of the ground.  And Job the oldest book of the Bible says in Job 10:9-12, "Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again?  Did you not pour me out like milk, And curdle me like cheese, Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?  You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.

We read that God took the clay, made a paste, poured it like milk and curdled like cheese.  It seems God used a mold to make human being.  He allowed the clay paste to set in mold.

Today scientists agree that our body is made up of dust and water.

Then we read about the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:21-23, that says "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept"

We can see that God put him to sleep or in other words God gave him Anastasia as our modern doctors do so that patient may not feel the pain.

Then further we read, "and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man."

We read here a description of operation done in the body of Adam by God Himself as our doctors do today.  God removed the rib from Adam's body and made into a woman.  Why God took the rib, why not other parts of the body? 

Recently I read one article, "Regenerating ribs -Adam and that 'missing' rib" by Carl Wieland, First published in: Creation Ex Nihilo 21(4):46-47, September November 1999.   In this article author talks about his experience after met with an accident he had to go through series of operations to reconstruct many parts of his body particularly facial bones.

Carl Wieland writes in his article and I quote, " These operations often required using my own bone for grafting. I noticed that the plastic surgeon would keep going back to the right side of my ribcage, through the same horizontal scar, actually, to get more bone for these procedures. One day, I asked him why he hadn't 'run out of bone'. He looked at me blankly, and then explained that he and his team took the whole rib out, each time. 'We leave the periosteum intact, so the rib usually just grows right back again'.

Despite having trained and practiced as a family doctor, I was intrigued; I had never realised this before. The periosteum (the literal meaning of this word is 'around the bone') is a membrane that covers every bone -- it's the reason you can get things stuck between your teeth while gnawing on a leg of lamb, for instance. The periosteum contains cells that can manufacture new bone. Particularly in young people, 'rib periosteum has a remarkable ability to regenerate bone, perhaps more so than any other bone'.

Thoracic (chest) surgeons routinely remove ribs, and these often grow back, in whole or in part. A lot depends on the care with which the rib is removed; it needs to be 'peeled' out of its periosteum to leave this membrane as intact as possible. A major reason why the rib is the ideal situation for such regeneration is that the attached intercostal muscles provide it with a good blood supply." Unquote.

How marvelously God created everything.  God who is omniscient, who knows everything, knew it that from where He had to take bone for making Eve and it will not harm Adam.

Today medical science has discovered new technology called cloning of animal and human being.  In this technology scientist take one cell of a living organism and they can create a genetically identical copy from that tiny cell because it contains DNA that contains all the genetic information of that particular species.  So scientist can use one cell and make a copy or clone of living thing.

If a limited human being can clone or make copy of living creature then how much more wonderfully God can make a copy of Adam?  And He did it by taking a rib of Adam and by making it a woman.

I am sure that Moses was not aware of his writings containing high medical science.  Psalmist says in Psalms 139:14, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."  Yes, He made us wonderfully and marvelously.  He knows that we are only dust.  He loves us and cares for us.  He wants to bless our lives as He blessed Adam and Eve.

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