Following on the hidden info in Genesis, and in part related to that, I discovered there are science lessons within the bible and given to some famous names too! Job got the best one coming towards the end of his trials, but David had a few too given the incredible information held in some of his psalms. We read so many of those superficially without thought of the reality of what we’re reading about.
The following is taken from Chuck Missler’s teaching on Genesis where he outlines God’s science lesson to Job better than I ever could.
Allusions Included in Job 38:
- The rotation of the earth 12-15
- The springs and pathways of the sea 16
- The breadth of the earth 18
- The travel of light 19
- The dividing of light 24
- The source of rain, and ice 28-30
- The universal nature of physical laws 33
- Electrical communications 35
- Hydrological cycle (evaporation, circulation, precipitation ): Job 28:24-27; how do clouds stay aloft? Air, wind, have weight; water weighs more than air; how is it supported?
- Space/Time/Mass universe: “He stretcheth out the north over empty space, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). The “morning stars singing” at the foundation of the earth? (Job 38:7).
5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“…foundations”: Even today we only beginning to understand the fabric of space, the nature of matter, and space-time, etc. “Sons of God”: These were not “the lines of Seth!” Bene Elohim, is always used of a direct creation of God; here, angels.
Now God turns to the most prominent feature of the planet: the sea (75% of the earth’s surface…).
8] Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9] When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10] And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11] And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
What controls the tides within bounds? (The greatest geophysical upheaval ever was the flood of Noah. We’ll review it in Gen 7-8). By another geophysical upheaval, He “braked up” for the flood waters a “decreed place” and they were forever “shut up” in the deep ocean beds opened up to receive them: The earth’s isostatic balances now preclude another global deluge (Ps 104:6-9).
12] Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; The precession of the earth causes the sun to rise in a different place each morning according to the seasons.
13] That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14] It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15] And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
16] Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
There are fresh-water springs in the sea… how did the writer know this?
17] Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Death is still a mystery to us. Science has not really made a dent there
18] Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
Thanks to satellites, this one has been cornered.
19] Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
What is light? It’s nature is still illusive (wave? or particle?).
20] That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21] Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
22] Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23] Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Is this a reference to the role of eschatological hailstones (Josh 10:11; Ex 9:22-26; Isa 30:30; Ezek 13:11, 13; 38:22; Hag 2:17; Rev 16:21) or is this also a hint of some physics yet to be discovered? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? How is light diffracted? Why are stars “red shifted”? All meteorological phenomena are derived from the light from the sun: the evaporation of water, the clouds, and photosynthesis, etc. Even our most elaborate computer models fail in this area.
24] By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25] Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
Fractals and Chaos Theory are topics in advanced mathematics…
26] To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27] To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
Why is there beauty in the desert? Or in the depths of the sea where there is no light to see it? Why are flowers beautiful? (They serve no teleological purpose: bees are color blind!)
31] Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32] Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33] Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Pleiades: or, the seven stars: Heb. Cimah; Orion: Heb. Cesil? There are only two constellations in the heavens that are actually gravitationally linked: the Pleiades and Orion. The other groupings are of stars that are actually quite distant from each other and only appear to be a grouping… How did the writer know this?
34] Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35] Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
37] Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38] When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
And so on… So for anyone who wants to deny God’s Hand in creation perhaps you’d like to equally answer ALL these questions – answering a few is no more than Chuck has shown our current scientific knowledge is capable of, but answering all of them requires the One who determined them to do so. Someone made a comment recently about how those in Jesus’ time couldn’t have known anything about science, yet Job was penned a couple of thousand years before Jesus arrived on the scene, and again I maintain that in both times God was absolutely communicating with His people – in Old Testament times through the prophets, but also to ‘ordinary’ people like Job, Abraham, Jacob etc, and then through Jesus while He walked the earth.
But what I do find really fascinating is the fact that God alone provides wisdom and knowledge to man, and has always done so, while allowing vain, arrogant and sinful man to suppose it comes from himself or the stars or the earth or wherever (so long as its not God it will do!). And here we are in this generation seeing the biggest explosion of knowledge almost ever since the beginning of time, which makes me once more look up in awe at the magnitude of the One True God who is interested in His creation and continues to provide for our needs but also our enjoyment. And we know from scripture there’s probably a fair bit yet more knowledge He will permit man to learn before calling it a day on this sinful planet and closing the door for redemption.
Many people when faced with the Gospel message often ask about those who will never hear it because of their location or language barrier – God states that creation itself with indict them, so perhaps you should also start looking a little closer at it. And finally for those who still insist on clinging to evolution and man made theories (as well as every other reason to reject the Gospel) – God has a word for you too:
Matthew chapter 13 verses 11 & 12 : “Then He (Jesus) explained to them, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.”