Today is Memorial Day, a time we remember those who lost their lives for our country.

My favorite serviceman is still alive – my father-in-law. He fought in World War 2 and is one of the dwindling number that is left. I saw one estimate that 16,112,566 people served during the war. The number still living is now down to is estimated 545,000 with an estimated 360 dying each day. My father-in-law will be 98 this year, still is active in his church and in making people laugh. He deciphered codes in the Navy and for awhile was stationed in Chatham, Cape Cod – where he met a young girl who grew up in town. Truly their love story makes you smile (and if you get a chance to meet them, ask them to share it with you.) So to my father-in-law and to others who have fought for our country – Thank You.

I thought I would put up two mathematical puzzles today. The first one is fairly easy – the second one is more difficult. Your kids could do them or you could do them together. And thanks to J.C. Gillette for being my puzzle proofer! He says they work!

## Puzzle #1

Start with the number of books in the Bible.

Divide by the number of Testaments in the Bible.

Add the number of sheep the shepherd had *after* he lost one (Luke).

Subtract the number of days it rained on Noah.

Subtract the number of books in the Old Testament.

Subtract the number of days Jonah was in the fish.

Divide by the number of loaves the boy had. (John)

Divide by the number of great lights God created.

Subtract the number of the day God created those great lights.

**Your final answer should be the number of ways a person can get to heaven.**

This one is harder. (I will randomly include the verses where you find the answers at the bottom – but see how many you can get without looking them up.)

## Puzzle #2

How old was Noah when the earth flooded

Add the number of Solomon’s proverbs.

Subtract how many men Moses sent to war from each tribe.

Subtract how many men Samson struck with a jawbone.\

Subtract how many men were with David.

Divide by the number of Haman’s sons.

Subtract how many men Absalom got to run before his chariots and horses.

Subtract how many years the man had been an invalid.

**Your final answer should be the number of Christ’s disciples.**

(Answers found here in random order: Judges 15:16; 1 Samuel 30:9; Genesis 7:6; John 5:5; 1 Kings 4:32; 2 Samuel 15:1; Numbers 31:6; Esther 9:10.)

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