©Mickey Cox 1999 A Soldiers Bible

This is a story about a soldier in the North African Campaign in World War II. After heavy fighting, the man returned to camp. The men were asked to take out their Bibles or Prayer Books. The Chaplain noticed one soldier looking at a deck of cards. After the service, he was taken by the Chaplin to see the Major. The Chaplain explained to the Major what he had seen. The Major told the young soldier he would have to be punished if he could not explain himself.

He had neither a Bible or a Prayer Book so he would use his deck of cards and explained:
"You see, Sir, when I look at the ACE, it tells me that there is one God and no other."

"When I see the '2' it reminds me that there are two parts to the Bible, the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW TESTAMENT."


"The '4' reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS; MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, and JOHN."

"When I seen the '5' it tells me of the FIVE UNWISE VIRGINS who were lost and that the five were saved."

"The '6' makes me mindful that GOD CREATED THE EARTH IN JUST SIX DAYS, and GOD said that it was good."

"When I see the '7' it reminds me that GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY."

"As I look at the '8' it reminds me that GOD DESTROYED ALL LIFE BY WATER EXCEPT FOR EIGHT PEOPLE, Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their three son's wives."

"When I see the '9' I think of the NINE LEPERS that GOD healed. There were ten lepers in all, but only one stopped to thank him."

"The '10' reminds me of the TEN COMMANDMENTS carved in stone by the hand of GOD."

"The 'JACK' makes me remember the Prince of Darkness. Like a roaring lion, he seeks to devour those that he can."

"When I look at the 'QUEEN' I see THE CHURCH, THE BRIDE OF JESUS."

"As I look at the last card 'THE KING' it reminds me that JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS, and KING OF KINGS."

"There are 365 spots on a deck of cards, and that is the number of days in each year."
"There are 52 cards to a deck and that is the number of weeks in a year."
"There are 12 picture cards and that is the number of months in a year."
"There are 4 different suits in a deck and that is the number of seasons in a year."

And so the young soldier then said to the Major, "You see, Sir, my intentions were honorable. My deck of cards serves as my BIBLE, my PRAYER BOOK and my ALMANAC. Most importantly, my deck of cards reminds me that I need my Lord 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months a year and that I should always Pray for others."

(May you never look at a deck of cards the same way.)

Reprinted with thanks to The Contender, Paradise Christian Academy Newsletter, May/June 2000, Las Vegas Nevada. As found and submitted by Mrs. H. Rumph, from the internet. Author Unknown, but appreciated.

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