The contents of the Word of God never cease to astound me. I’ll never forget one of the first times this ever happened to me… I was a young guy in Lexington Baptist College doing an assignment for a class.
This assignment led me to read Isaiah 40:22 – “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, …(Isa 40:22)
“Whoa, wait a minute”, I mentally said to myself. Here, the Bible is making a very plain statement of fact that the earth is a globe and not flat. No big deal, right? We all know this is true.
But there was one big problem with this…. Isaiah 40 was written 2700 years ago in approximately 700 – 750 BC (give or take a few years). The first recorded teachings (apart from the Bible) that THEORIZED the earth was round were written by Greek philosophers over 200 years later. The roundness of the earth was not PROVEN until Magellan’s voyages in 1500 AD. So in other words, what the Bible stated as fact in 700 BC; man did not prove until over 2000 years later.
This is one event that solidified my reliance on Holy Scripture as truly being the very Words of God. How could any man know this long before mankind had discovered it? The answer was very plain… no man could know this…. only God could have revealed it to mankind. Truly, the Bible is God’s Word!!!
The following is a list of other scientific “discoveries” first stated as fact in the Bible. Please note that in each case, science did not theorize, nor prove these truths, for many years after God had already revealed them to mankind in His Word…
- Job 26:7 – the earth is suspended in the heavens by gravity. It is not resting on the back of a turtle, elephant or other animal. This was stated 2800 years before gravity was discovered.
- Gen 7:1 – fountains, springs, or wells exist on the ocean’s bottom. The first of these were discovered in 1977.
- Eccl 1:6 – the existence of the trade winds. Most people believe was first discovered by mankind in 1840s
- Isa 45:12 – the universe is constantly being “stretched out” (expanding) – First theorized in the 1960s and 1970s
- 2 Sam 22:16 – there are “channels” (valleys) in the bottom of the ocean – First proven in the early to mid 1900s.
- Psa 8:8 there are ocean “paths” (currents) under the surface of the ocean – First discovered in the 1800’s
- Job 36:27-28 – the water cycle exists in nature – discovered by man 300 years ago.
These are just a few of the many different scientific truths that our great God choose to reveal to mankind. Do a google search of “scientific discoveries in the Bible” to get much more information about the above discoveries and many, many more.
All of these discoveries are examples of science’s “coming late to the ball”. Kinda like the white rabbit of Alice In Wonderland fame; the worldly scientists of today are always late for the discovery of important events, so they run around like chickens with their heads cut off! (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDO5ea8MwgY).
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 2:2-3)
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
After looking at the different scientific truths revealed in the Bible, the truthfulness of Col 2:2-3 is clearly displayed. Our God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge.
Just think, we have the precious Word of God that comes from a God that knows all things!! What a wonderful blessing it is to know we have the ultimate source of wisdom and knowledge at our finger tips. We should take His Word very seriously and spend time reading and studying it! (Psa 40:8, Psa 19:8-11, Pro 2:1-5)
For those who are saved, His Word is a guide book for us to aid us in our daily walk of life. (Psa 119:105)
For those who have never received God’s gracious salvation, the Word is the only source of life for a sin sick soul. (John 6:62-71)
(Please note: in our next blog installment, we’ll be looking at two scientific truths the Bible reveals that many scientists still do not accept as truth. We will also study the result of their denial of these truths on all mankind.)
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May the Lord bless your study of His Word. Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”