A Great Adventure
by Kimberly B. Southall
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Did you know the Bible is a great adventure?
Yes, it surely is! The Bible is God's Word--His perfect message to you
and me . . . to everyone. In the Bible there are two main
sections. The first is called the "Old Testament" and the second is called
the "New Testament." The main difference between these two is that the
Old Testament was written before Jesus had come to earth as a human, and
the New Testament was written about Jesus and what He did for us.
In the Old Testament, the people who
loved and followed God were looking forward to the time when God would
send a Savior. At that time, their sins couldn't be forgiven like they
can be now. The Old Testament is full of exciting, true accounts of what
happened from the very beginning when God created the world
1-2) up until nearly the time that Jesus was born.
You can read and find out why Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden
of Eden (Genesis
3). Read about the first murder ever (Genesis
4:1-16). Read about the Red Sea being parted so that
God's people could escape through it to safety (Exodus
13:17-14:31). Read about God's people marching around
the walls of a large city just as God told them to--and then the walls
miraculously falling down so that God's people would win the battle (Joshua
5:13-6:27). Read about King David murdering a man
just so he could marry his wife--and then about David being very sorry
and turning back to follow God again
Samuel 11:1-12:25). Read about Jonah being swallowed
by a giant fish and surviving for three days before being spit back out
1-4)! The Old Testament contains not only historical
accounts of what happened, but it also contains poetry and songs written
of Songs), and predictions made by God's prophets
of things that would happen later
The wonderful thing about these predictions is that they were all true.
In the New Testament, you can read about
Jesus' birth and his ministry when He grew up (Matthew,
You can read about His miracles and what He did for all of us because He
loves us so much. He died for our sins and arose back to life again. And
because of that, we can now have our sins forgiven and have eternal life
with God. There are also many exciting adventures to read about in the
New Testament. You can read about Jesus and Peter walking on the water
14:22-33). Read about an angel breaking Peter out
of jail (Acts
12:1-19). Read about the young man who fell out of
a third-story window and died and how Paul brought him back to life again
20:7-12). Read about what will happen when this world
will come to an end (Revelation).
Read what Jesus said about the signs at the end of this age (Matthew
You will find one fascinating, true
adventure after another in the Bible. If you don't already have one, ask
for a modern translation of the Bible which is easy for you to read and
understand. (The New International Version is a good choice
for kids.) Then read, read, read! Reading the Bible is a great adventure!
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