by Leo Reynolds
The story is told that when the man we call “the Father of Oceanography,” Matthew Fontain Maury, read Psalm 8 the aforementioned phrase stuck in his mind. He later sought to confirm the idea and eventually wrote The Physical Geography of the Sea in 1855. It was the first textbook on modern oceanography.
The state of Virginia erected a memorial to him that cites this passage. Isaiah 40:22, some people have claimed that the Bible supports the “flat earth theory.” But this passage declares that God sits upon the “circle of the earth.” Job 38:13-14 conveys the idea of the earth rotating on its axis: “the earth…is turned as clay to the seal.” In Luke 17:34-36 the worldwide event of Christ’s return is being discussed.
The scientifically significant fact is that these verses allude to the various time zones around the world long before the earth’s rotation was understood by scientists. Note that when Christ comes, some will be enjoying night time sleep while others are working in preparation for the day’s baking (typically morning) and others are working in the field (typically afternoon).
One of the directors of Standard Oil Company read in Exodus 2:3 how Moses was placed in an ark “daubed with slime and pitch.” He then sent the company geologist Charles Whitshott to determine if there was still oil in that region.
The discovery of oil led to Standard having immense success well operations in Egypt. (Tan, Paul L., Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, p. 191.) The practice of medical bleeding as a treatment (often with leeches) was common until the middle of the 19th century.
Historians believe that George Washington’s bleeding caused his death. (Thayer, William R., George Washington, 1922, p. 240) Ironically, by his bedside was a Bible that stated in Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Linguists have determined that all the earth’s peoples must have originally shared a common language.
That is exactly what the Bible declared in Genesis 11:1. The concept of embodied in the laws of thermodynamics: the constant of the universe’s mass/energy and the universal tendency towards decay and disorder are clearly articulated in Ecclesiastes 3:14 and Romans 8:21-22.
Jonah wrote that there are mountains on the bottom of the ocean floor (Jonah 2:5-6). Only in the last century have we found that there are towering mountains and deep troughs in the sea. In Job 38:16 God challenged Job to find the “springs of the sea.”
But the ocean is so deep that almost all the ocean floor is in total darkness and the water pressure becomes enormous. It would have been impossible for Job to have explored the “springs of the sea.”
Until recently, it was thought that oceans were fed only by rivers and rain. Yet in the 1970s, with the help of deep diving research submarines that were built to withstand the pressure, oceanographers found springs on the ocean floors. Much of the Old Testament Leviticus law is comprised of health-related restrictions involving diet, cleansing, and quarantine.
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