Returning to our examination of the tactile qualities of space and it’s malleability, we find Scriptural glimpses of just this. In a number of places we find clear, unequivocal evidence referencing His shaping of the heavens.
The power in simple, “empty” space would amaze you. Consider this: if a cubic centimeter-sized vacuum is dropped to a temperature of absolute zero (-459.67 degrees below zero), all atomic movement ceases. Even so, there is still a certain degree of detectable, irreducible thermal energy radiating from it. What can this be if all atomic energy has stalled?
As one can tell, even a few simple words in the Scriptures, just a few short phrases – here in Genesis in particular – can convey dramatically more information that we may at first anticipate.
Atmospherically, a canopy would effectively produce a series of very particular climatic effects. There would, for instance, be a global stabilization of atmospheric conditions, promoting tropical to subtropical temperatures across the planet. Further, there would be very little wind. The high humidity of those conditions would manifest itself in the mornings and evenings as dense fogs and mists. As strange as that first sounds, it gets a bit stranger yet as there would be no atmospheric precedent for rain on the land! The only precipitation would be found above bodies of water, directly above regions of high evaporation.
Embracing mayim as pure water – as opposed to some fervent plasma – has led a number of commentators to suggest the existence of an early atmospheric canopy. There are many researchers in the field of creation (the Institute for Creation Research, for instance) that speculate, both from linguistic analysis and physical evidence, that there was a “canopy” of sorts in the atmosphere in the early earth. Many canopy theorists postulate that this structure was global, encapsulating the planet within a densely-packed atmospheric region of vapor or condensation.
There are generally four basic states of matter accepted within physics: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. While most of us are quite reasonably familiar with the first three, the fourth – plasma – is rarely encountered in our day-to-day lives. Plasma is essentially a material state that precedes the formation of true, assembled molecules, being composed of ions and free electrons. Plasmas would present themselves quite a bit like a gas, but in reality they are truly distinct.
I just want to take a moment today and wish you all a merry Christmas! I pray that it’s a blessed one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandising and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!
Merry Christmas 2018
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The gifts of the Wise Men hold significance in and of themselves. As we are told in the scriptures (Matthew 2:11), the Magi presented the young Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Apart from the general richness of these gifts, there is vast meaning hidden within each, and certainly this was understood by those who presented them to the Messiah.
The Magi, the official title of those grand Wise Men of old, is actually a Latinized version of the Greek magoi, a word which itself has been borrowed from an earlier Persian word for a specific sect of priests. These Media-Persian priests formed an important – and hereditarily-specific – role in their native kingdom, not only overseeing the continuation of vast religious insights, but also playing a particular role in matters of state (including the election of the king of the realm).
Over the next few days, as we head forth toward Christmas, I thought it appropriate to set the current study of Genesis on hold and look to something a bit more festive. In that light, I’m going to take the opportunity to share some thoughts that were formerly posted here on FOUNDRY4 concerning those historic Wise Men of the Bible. I pray you enjoy these next few posts, and also that as that glorious day draws near, we all remember with grateful hearts the ultimate reason for our celebrating: Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all who put their faith in Him.