One of my favorite places to be at is the sea or the ocean. The mysteries it holds are numerous; although it is beautiful, it can be dangerous. There are many depths that man hasn't even explored, that is what primarily makes it astounding; that is why one of the slowest developments in our understanding of the earth happen in this area. Here are verses which have unveiled a beautiful fact about the ocean:
Psalm 18:15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
Job 38:16 Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Well, I have already spoken a bit about the book of Job in the previous post, but here is a bit about Psalm: the longest book in the Bible, a poetic book, consists of five separate books, the chapters have a variety of authors(some known, others unknown) and the book was written in a period between 1410BC to 450BC. Psalm 18(the one mentioned above) was written by David at around 1010BC and 970BC.
While these two ancient books written by ordinary people beautifully illustrate the unknown mysteries of the great depths, when did our modern scientists and explorers realize and establish this?
Oceanology itself began fully around the early 19th century! This is relatively 'young' science, however, an ancient book holds all there is to know about it. To be more precise, underwater hot springs were discovered around 1917. 1917! Did the author of Job just make a lucky guess years and years ago? The uneven surface and valleys and hills underwater were also a part of modern scientific discoveries that were made possible because of the extensive use of seismic and ultrasound waves. How have these recent understandings already claimed their places in archaic books?
Here are more astounding, jaw-dropping verses:
Ecclesiastes 1:7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again
Job 36:27-29 For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist, Which the clouds drop down apour abundantly on man. Indeed, can understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?
Ecclesiastes is a poetic book that was written in Jerusalem before 931BC, by the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon. The (hydro-logic) water cycle, a complex and recent discovery, is explained in the above verses with simplicity and a lot of clarity. The vivid imagery used makes it easy for the people of the time to comprehend this principle.
However, scientists, once again, realized this a lot later! Although scientists were at work with different theories on the water cycle for years, in the 16th century, a scientist named Bernard Palissy was responsible for combining the existing theories to present our modern hydro-logic cycle. Isn't this mind blowing! This fact is indeed one of my favorite!
Moreover, the God of the Bible, is an unchanging God of order, logic, purpose and consistency; this is at the core of our modern-day science!
This finally, brings us back to the 'HOW?'. Well, as I mentioned in the previous post, it is because the Bible is 'God breathed'. It is literally the word of God; how else will you explain its accurate, precise presentations of modern scientific facts! It is 'Inspired', 'Inerrant' and 'Infallible'! May I take this opportunity, to urge you to please take the Bible seriously, it can be trusted! Explore God's word with the right attitude and you will find these mysteries and many more unveiled to you; trust me, its not just a book with 2D words on it, these words are living words of God!