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Math Storytelling

Math Storytelling

September 25th is Math Storytelling Day. Math is part of what we study in school. It’s amazing how numbers can be part of a story (The Three Little Pigs) and how often numbers are used in the Bible. Ten Commandment, twelve disciples, three persons in one God, a forty-day flood, and other numbers are part of familiar Bible stories.

Jesus told a story about two sons, one who said, “No” and the other said, “Yes.” But then they each did the opposite of what they said. Jesus also told a story about workers a man hired. Every hour he hired more workers and at the end of the day he paid each man the amount of money agreed upon. Those who worked all day grumbled it wasn’t fair and Jesus said the owner could pay those who worked fewer hours the same if he chose to do that. The numbers in each story cause us to think and wonder about God, how He works in our lives, and how we respond.

Have fun with math and stories this week:

  • Math word problems may seem hard in school but they are also a type of math storytelling. It helps to picture what’s in a math word problem.
  • Think of a story you like and numbers in it. Tell it at a family meal.
  • Share stories with your family and see which ones have numbers in them.

God’s Special Message

Use the secret math code to find a message from God. To find the real letter, use the chart. Each two-number code is from the column 5-6-7-8-9 and the row 1-2-3-4. So 53 = G.

  1 2 3 4
5 F R G L
6 O S W V
7 D N E Y
8 B I H M
9 P T A U







ANSWER: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

By: Karen Whiting ( is an international speaker, former TV host, author of 25 books, and a mathematician. Check out more family fun with her book 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families.

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