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In the book of Genesis we read the account of how God created the first man, Adam, and then created a bride for him our of one of his ribs, “The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave
names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called `woman,’ for she was taken out of man” (Genesis 2:18-23 NIV)
John, the apostle, is the only gospel writer to give account of the spear thrust into the side of Jesus to verify that He was, indeed, dead. Each gospel writer had a reason for writing and each selected accounts of Jesus to fit what they were writing about; Matthew wrote about Jesus as King, Mark as Jesus as servant, Luke as Jesus as Son of Man, John as Jesus as God as man. Therefore, the account shows us that Jesus had indeed died and because He was dead they did not break His legs
fulfilling the scripture that none of His bones should be broken. The blood and water flowing from His body gives us the image that from His body flows blood for atonement, water for purification. With His own body Jesus joined these two together, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. However, there is one more truth that needs to be addressed and to address it we need to understand that Jesus is the Last Adam, “So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45 NIV).
Now if a bride was made for Adam from his rib or, literally, a wound in his side then for the Last Adam, Jesus, a bride would have to be made the same way. Therefore, John, writing to show Jesus as God made man, gives us the account of the spear being thrust into the side of Jesus and from this wound the church, the bride of Christ is born.
Child of God – Paul tells us, “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones” (Ephesians 5:30 NKJV). These are the same words spoken by Adam when Eve, his wife, was presented to him. We are bone of Jesus’ bone and flesh of His flesh, made in His image and likeness. Not only in the natural but born again in the spiritual. We need to live by the nature of God and not by the nature of man. We need to see that we are a new creature not shackled by the sins that used to beset us but the express image of Jesus who lives in us so that we may be His love to all men and draw them to Him.
Lord, thank you for make me a participant of your divine nature. For giving me the privilege of being a member of your flesh and bone. Lord help me to die to my selfish inclinations and motives. Help me to live in the glorious liberty that you have given me through your Spirit. Free from the power of sin in me, to give you glory with my actions and be an instrument of love in your loving hands. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
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***Special thanks to Rick Roberson of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***
Nancy Rue has worked as a public school teacher, church youth director, theater workshop developer and camp director. She has written more than eighty books for young people, including the beloved Faithgirlz! Sophie series, The Skin You’re In and Everybody Tells Me to Be Myself but I Don’t Know Who I Am. Nancy lives with her husband and two dogs in Lebanon, TN.
About Faithgirlz!: Faithgirlz! is a collection of books, Bibles and resources designed to provide transformational Christian experiences for tween girls. Faithgirlz! encourages honest tween-girl empowerment by providing engaging, relevant, high-quality offerings, helping tween girls understand their world, learn biblical teachings, become closer to God and grow into godly teenagers. Faithgirlz! offers excellent content and contributions from leading Christian tween writers and spokespeople including Nancy Rue, Melody Carlson, Kristi Holl, Naomi Kinsman and more. Faithgirlz! is also supported with a website (www.Faithgirlz.com), Facebook page and mother and daughter live events across the country.
SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special, and contributor Nancy Rue helps them do just that in the revised edition of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible. As a leading tween expert, Rue teaches girls that the Bible is real and relevant and, best of all, that the story of God and His people is also their story. Girls can now grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime, in their language, for their world.
The new Faithgirlz! Bible was developed especially for girls ages 9 to 12. Everything in it is written with a tween girl’s experience in mind, and it features the most popular Bible translation in the world, the New International Version. The features explain hard-to-understand things in the Bible and guide girls to put the Scripture to work in their own lives. The Faithgirlz! Bible focuses on sharing faith with friends and gives real ways for girls to do that.
Each book of the Bible has activities that make God’s Word more relevant than ever. And, of course, because it was developed for Faithgirlz! readers, they can expect to find it jam-packed with customized content and artwork that really makes the Bible stand out. Girls will love the cool design, the interactive features and the feeling of knowing that God’s Word is there for them whenever they need it. Some of the features included are:
· Book Introductions—Girls will read the who, when, where and what of each book of the Bible.
· Dream Girl—Girls will use their imaginations to put themselves in the story.
· Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—Girls will see for themselves what they have in common with women of the Bible.
· Words to Live By—Girls will discover great Bible verses for memorizing.
· Oh, I Get It!—Girls will find answers to Bible questions they’ve wondered about.
Nancy Rue says, “I hope the Faithgirlz! Bible will help girls grow a friendship with the Bible, their own relationship. It asks questions, asks them to think and challenges them to apply what they’re learning. That’s how they’ll find a deep, personal relationship with God, rather than just by following rules or saying what they’ve been told without really thinking about it. Rules are important, of course, but they only make sense when they really believe the message of the Scriptures. That’s what this Bible is about.” The Faithgirlz! Bible is the perfect Bible to support girls in their journey into the “beauty of believing.”
The main edition of the Faithgirlz! Bible is hardcover, but it is also available in two Italian Duo-Tone designs. For better portability, there is also an NIV Faithgirlz! Backpack Bible. This compact edition does not include the in-text features that the full-size edition has, but it does have twelve full-color pages of Faithgirlz! fun, the words of Christ in red and a ribbon marker. An ebook version is also planned for electronic use.
List Price: $27.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 1504 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Rev Spl edition (March 6, 2012)
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