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Use this simply amazing Christian object lesson to capture student's attention and demonstrate how our God is a God of order and not confusion - even when it comes to mathematics!
Theme: God is very orderly and not the author of confusion; therefore, we can trust Him and have peace. This can even be seen through the beautiful symmetry fo mathematics.
Christian Object: One or all of the following math demonstrations.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:33: NIV "For God is not a God of disorder but of peace."
NAS "for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints."
KJV For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."
[I include three different versions because they all say this so beautifully.]
Bible Lesson: There are many things of which we can be certain of each day, such as the sun rising, gravity holding us to the earth, and 2 + 2 = 4. God is the author of all. Because He is a God of order, we can trust Him and know that He is in control. This can bring great peace to our lives and can be seen through the amazing use of numbers!
Demonstrate the following: [This is REALLY cool. If you're like me, I had to get the calculator out just to see if it really works; it does!]
The Beauty of Math
1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321
1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 +6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
123456 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
1234567 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
12345678 x 9 + 10 = 1111111111
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
And how about this symmetry? Brilliant, isn't it?!
1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321
Use this Christian object lesson using math to build a discussion on how orderly the world of mathematics is. Ask students if they believe this happened by chance or accident? Explain how God is a God of order and therefore the Creator of order. There are many avenues this discussion could take you.
Although this Bible verse is dealing primarily with the order of the Church, the verse is a statement of an ultimate truth about God -
He is a God of order and not confusion.
This can be seen in His creation, in our bodies, in history, and even in mathematics. What a wonderful revelation that God even uses the world of numbers to teach us Christian object lessons about Him!
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