Magnetic shield

Magnetic shield –

Job 37:18 “Hast thou with him spread out the sky, [which is] strong, [and] as a molten looking glass?” A magnetic shield is a protection that breaks meteors to pieces and deflects radiation back into the stratosphere like a mirror. A looking glass is a mirror. They were made of polished bronze in Job’s time. The surface was always hard and highly polished. Much of the radiated heat and ultraviolet light is reflected away by this shield. If it were not, then disastrous damage would result. The existance and significance of this means nothing to Job, but it means something to us because we know by our research that the shield is a necessary part of the barrier we need against assault from outer space. By mentioning it, God issues his challenge directly at the scientists who know of it.

Earth's magnetic field

Lightning

Lightning over small town

38. Lightning –

Job 26:30 “Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.” The lightning involves the release of atoms from the cloud caused by turbulence and friction. Lightning is only one inch wide but twenty million volts and ten thousand amps and hotter than the surface of the sun. The cloud sends out a trickle of a charge, a plasma filament toward earth, that travels one hundred meters and then pools for a fraction of a second, then sends another for a similar distance which pools and builds. When it reaches one hundred meters from the ground the earth sends a plasma filament to make contact and then the strike is initiated. The flow of electrons is from the cloud to the earth but the discharge starts from the earth and the light therefore seems to go back to the cloud. Men have been researching lightning for two hundred years and are no closer to answering the questions it poses.

The energy produced is so intense the light can penetrate the darkness at the bottom of the sea. So the depth is made aware of the intensity of the event. The noise involves the flash breaking the sound barrier which is eleven hundred and twenty five feet per second, or twelve hundred and thirty six kilometers an hour.

It suggests a spectacle on a grand scale. It is a parable. The rain begins to fall softly. The clouds build up and become more-dense. You see a flash of lightning that sends a finger pointing down at the earth. Seconds later there is the most frightening noise. It sends terror in all who do not know of it. And everyone takes notice.

 

Stormy sea

The wind

Sailing ship

40. The wind –

Job 28:25 “To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.” Three hundred years ago it was confirmed scientifically that air and wind have weight. At the same time the study of hydrodynamics gave insights into ship design and hydraulic systems. It was not until, the late nineteenth century that Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics combined into the discipline of fluid dynamics. In this verse of Job we are told that they should combine, because they are part of the same. Scientists were wise enough to draw that conclusion, finally.

The weight of clouds can reach astonishing proportions. For example, a cumulonimbus cloud, commonly known as the thundercloud, can contain up to three hundred thousand tons of water. The global weight of air and water are in critical balance. If these were much different than they are, then life as we know it would not survive.

 

Sunlight

Sunlight –

Ecclesiastes 11:7 “Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:” This is not a throw away observation. It is a precise scientific statement, and though science can give details to it we cannot say it in a better way than Solomon put it. Solomon is precisely and scientifically correct.

It is known in medical circles that bright light in the sunlight spectrum is needed to treat seasonal depression. We know therefore that exposure to sunlight has benefits to people’s mood, for some it is more pronounced than for others. Sunlight is ‘sweet’ and ‘good’ in that it makes people feel good. In context Solomon shows he understands the link between dull light levels and lack of exposure to sunlight, and depression called the black dog.

 

Teresitas beach. Tenerife island, Canaries     Plage de Biarritz au petit matin, Pays Basque.

Thermodynamics

Building work at Ground Zero

Thermodynamics –

In science there is what is known as “a fundamental law of physics” which says, “all transformations of matter that result in the production of energy are a result of degeneration,” that is a breaking down from the complex to the simple.

What this means is that every system left to itself changes in such a way as to approach a definite and final state of equilibrium. So substances diffuse from concentrated solutions to dilute ones, heat passes from hot bodies to cold, water seeks its own level.

There is a remarkable statement made in the light of this law. It is found in Romans 8:21 which reads; “The creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (or bondage of decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” All creation is subject to a law which is holding it captive, and from which it will one day be released. That law is called the bondage of decay, a process by which all forms of energy degenerate.

Now I need not remind you the law of thermodynamics that defines this scientific fact is a product of the increase of knowledge of the last one hundred to one hundred and fifty years when industrialization made it essential that scientists come up with these laws that can be applied to life on the planet. We use thermodynamics in locomotion, power and energy transfer, it is an essential part of our world. Nowhere in the Universe is there a process where energy builds up from the simple to the complex. It is always a process of degeneration.

This scientific fact was mentioned by Paul two thousand years ago when he wrote his letter to the Romans, so the question is; how did Paul know about it?

 

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Clean and unclean animals

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Clean and unclean –

In Deuteronomy 12:15 they are told: “Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart. 16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.” Mention of the unclean and clean eating makes it clear that there is not always a medical issue in the matter.

And it is not only important to know what we can eat, but what we should avoid. And so Deuteronomy 14:7 tells us: “Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you. 8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase. 9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: 10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. 19 And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.” There could be dangers of infection, or dangers of the extinction of the animals and creatures, or just restrictions that have no meaningful reason to us now. Many generations needed to be told.

It is interesting to note that the sons of Abraham both Jewish and Moslem place rigid restrictions on their diet in line with these instructions. One day, statistics will indicate if there are health benefits enjoyed by those who follow these rules. For now it testifies to the all knowing God who can give advice like this.

Leprosy

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Leprosy –

This disease is known in many cases to be contagious, and we separate the Leper from people so they are unable to endanger others. In Leviticus 13:46 God tells Moses “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.” This was said at a time when medical science knew nothing about contagion or what might cause it. People could see that those who live in close quarters with the one who has Leprosy contract the disease, so they kept way. But this instruction to Moses assumes a knowledge of the disease. The separation is to last for the rest of his life, or while ever he has the disease. Since it was a disease that affects the nervous system and the sufferer felt no pain in their extremities, the fingers and toes were lost and great disfigurement occurred. They were obliged to stay in isolation until declared they were unclean to all people who came near. God alone knew of the need to put these people outside the camp for the consequences were so acute for anyone coming in contact with them

Waste treatment

industrial pipes

Waste treatment-

In Deuteronomy 23:12 It tells us: “Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad.” This provision concerns sanitation. Today we pump effluent away to the treatment plant and process it so it can be used for fertilizer and land fill. But the method prescribed by God was: 13 “And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee.” It is buried as a waste treatment measure, and to prevent flies from spreading disease ridden germs. Over time it is rendered harmless to humans and animals. We are acutely aware of the dangers that lurk in untreated waste products, but in the days of Moses it was necessary to inform them of the correct way to deal with it. God is the only one who knows of the problems, and he claims to be the one who informs them.

 

None of these diseases

Woman with vertigo. Young patient suffering from dizziness

None of these diseases –

In Exodus 15:26 God tells Israel: “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” The diseases they would avoid are the ones they could know nothing about until medical science experimented enough times to discover the reasons for the disease. They must complete all quarantine and washing and processes that we know today ward off these diseases. If they do depart, or if they use static water and not running water, then the result will not guarantee their safety. They had to diligently do it, whether they knew what it was for, or even if they thought it might not be necessary, and they could rest assured they would not have the heartache the other nations suffered.

 

Circumcised

Circumcised

As a mark of the covenant God made with Abraham he instructed him to have his children circumcised. They would carry this mark with them all their days and it would testify to their connection to God. In Genesis 17:12 God says: “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.” We need to note that the eighth day is critical to the health and well-being of the child. Because the blood clotting agent vitamin K is not formed in the child. Also normal blood clotting requires prothrombin which is at one hundred and ten percent of normal levels on the eighth day after birth. So it would seem that the eighth day is the right time to perform this operation. When we couple this information with the observation that Jewish women manage to avoid cervical cancer much more than women whose men are not circumcised and we have advice from God that saves the lives of many wives and mothers. Medical science now has a serum that inoculates against cervical cancer, a great cause of early female deaths in our world. It would be nice if we knew what God knows about medical science.