Beyond Media Heroes

Where to turn when Superman doesn’t make the cut!

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Are you searching beyond Superman to find real life heroes for your kids?
Read on to find out why Superman just doesn’t make the cut in real life!
And you’ll want to check out some Heroes of the Bible—are they relevant in the world today?

When was the last time Superman saved YOUR day?

  • Is it a bird?
  • Is it a plane?
  • No—it’s Superman!

The human fascination with superheroes—with beings or objects more powerful than us—seems to extend back to the beginning of our existence!

Gods like Zeus and Apollo were worshipped because they appeared to possess
strength and abilities beyond those of people.

Heroes like Prince Charming, Batman and Mister Fantastic have always been popular attractions for young readers and viewers.

And when we grow a bit older, Clark Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise become our Knights in Shining Armour.

We want to read the latest story or catch the latest episodes so we can take a trip into a fantasy world where wrong suddenly becomes right as the star of the show appears at the perfect moment to whisk the helpless victim from the clutches of the cruel enemy.

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But, at the end of the day (or rather, the book/movie/episode) we’re left to walk away from the screen to face the same tired old issues:
• the same relationship struggles
• the same work situations
• the same financial juggling
• the same discipline issues with the kids
• the same dirty washing
• the same basket of ironing
• the same…
…what would you fill the gap with?

Where is our Hero when it really counts?

He’s a great on-screen hero for his persecuted victims—but is he a hero who can help us make it through the tough times in life? Is Superman a relevant hero in the real world?

The fact is; in the real world where we face real problems, we need real heroes.

Heroes that are bigger than Superman.

Searching beyond Superman: finding real heroes for real life

We need heroes that are:
• Real people, dealing with
• Real problems

And that’s exactly what we find in the Bible.

Heroes of the Bible

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Heroes of the Bible are different from popular media heroes—for more than one reason.

Unlike Superman, heroes of the Bible don’t have any powers that we don’t have—so they are totally relevant to real life. The heroes of the Bible find real solutions to their problems by trusting in God.

Heroes of the Bible are:
• Real people, with
• Real problems, who find
• Real solutions, when they
• Really pray, to a
• Really POWERFUL God

It doesn’t mean God has the same rescue plan as Superman.

The God shown in the Bible isn’t about short-term solutions—whisking us away from our problems or destroying the baddies as soon as they step out of line (although He’s with us all the time).

In all their distress he too was distressed,
and the angel of his presence saved them.[a]
In his love and mercy he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them
all the days of old.

-Isaiah 63:9

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The God of the Bible is about long-term sustainability. In the Bible, God shows how He doesn’t always save us from our problems straight away. Probably more often than not, God saves us in them.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

And the Bible is full of heroes that show us just how God does this.

Best of all, many of the heroes of the Bible first became heroes when they were children—so there’s no restricted audience here!

Real life heroes for general exhibition
3 case studies

Can we really relate to Bible people, who lived so long ago and had such different lives to us? Let’s take a look at some examples

Hero #1: Joseph: Sold as a Slave

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Think you’ve got it tough?

The boss is impossible?

“Colleagues” – huh! – “backstabbers”

Poor conditions. Overworked. Underpaid.

Spare a thought for Joseph who was
• sold by his jealous brothers
• lived in the foreign country of Egypt
• worked hard for his owner who lied and landed him in gaol!

What really makes Joseph different is that he maintains his good work ethic the whole time.

Eventually, his work is so commendable that he’s promoted to second-in-charge of Egypt—one of the most powerful countries in his day!

God’s Word doesn’t show that every story in our life will have a happy ending like Joseph’s (check out the story of John the Baptist in …).

The Bible does show God’s plan for eternal happiness in a perfect world where one day everything will be made right.

He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4

Joseph is a hero whose reward for doing right symbolises an eternal blessing for maintaining positive ethics in the here and now.

Joseph became second in charge of Egypt for the rest of his life on earth.

Those who choose God’s way will be princes and princesses in a perfect world for all eternity (Rev. 22:5).

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Hero #2: David: The Boy and the Giant

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David, who cares for his father’s sheep, takes some food to his brothers who are fighting in the army. He sees that everyone in the army is terrified of the giant, Goliath, who dares someone to come and fight him.

David trusts God to help him win against Goliath.

Going to meet the giant with only a slingshot and five smooth stones, our hero David topples Goliath in one go and saves his country. David is the perfect hero for showing how, with God’s help, we can stand up against the giants in our own lives.

Your giant may not be 10 feet tall, but it may be the bullying going on in your school playground—or your workplace.

So, what weapons would we use today to cope with the Goliaths in our lives Sometimes there may be no way other than the legal system.

But at other times, a little kindness may go a long way:

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:21, 22.

Hero #3: The Anonymous Hero: A Sick Little Girl

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Jairus, an important ruler in Israel, asks Jesus to heal his daughter from a potentially fatal illness. Jesus is delayed on the way, with a lady who needed healing, and the daughter dies.

Jesus tells Jairus not to be afraid, but to believe in His power—Jesus says the little girl is not dead, but merely “asleep”. Jesus goes into the girl’s room, takes the girl’s hand and tells her to stand up. The little girl comes back to life, happy and well.

Maybe you’re wondering why Jesus said she was asleep when she was really dead? Before we answer that question, let’s look at some of the other things this story is telling us.

This story shows God’s power to heal sick people—think of the lady Jesus healed on His way to Jairus’s home.

This story also shows us that God doesn’t heal everybody straight away. Sometimes people—even good people—still die, like our hero in this story.

Now, this is where the answer to our first question comes in. Why did Jesus say our hero was asleep when she was really dead?

Jesus also said this about Lazarus, whom He later brought back to life:

“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep.”

John 11:11.

Why?

Because to God, the death of those who believe in Him is only a momentary sleep.

Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessolonica:

We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him…

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:14, 16, 17.

Jesus’ words “She is only asleep” give us hope beyond this life.

Hope that those who love God and trust in Him will one day meet again in a perfect world without suffering, disease, pain or death, even if they’re sleeping for a little while now.

What do these case studies tell us?

Based on our case studies of Joseph, David and Jairus’s daughter, heroes of the Bible are:

• Real people, with
• Real problems, who find
• Real solutions, when they
• Really pray and
• Really trust in a
• Really POWERFUL God

Heroes of the Bible are really relevant today. They’re heroes kids can relate to—but that they never outgrow.

You can learn more about Heroes of the Bible (especially for kids) in the Tiny Tots Library 3-volume set!

Along with Joseph, David, and Jairus’s daughter, your kids will love to listen to stories about:

• Naaman’s slave girl
• Samuel
• Moses
• The Boy who shared his lunch with Jesus
• Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace
• Daniel in the Lions Den, and
• Esther, the Girl Queen

Why not introduce the heroes of the Bible to your kids and teach them the alphabet at the same time?

A is for Abraham, the friend of God
B is for Bethlehem, where Mary gives birth to Baby Jesus
C is for Joseph’s coat of many colours…
…and so on, right through to Z

Every time your kids think of the alphabet, they will also be thinking of a hero of the Bible!

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How about a book of World Firsts—just for kids?

• The first man
• The first woman
• The first walk through the sea…

Yes, the heroes of the Bible hold these and many more World First records! Instead of settling for second-rate heroes, give your children the best heroes, the heroes of the Bible:

You can find it all in the Tiny Tots Library, containing:
1. Bible Firsts
2. Bible ABCs
3. Boys and Girls of the Bible

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