Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.

(Exodus 14:16) ESV

If you’ve ever studied biology, biochemistry or chemistry you may have noticed that practically all introductory textbooks in those subjects have a chapter on water at or near the beginning. It’s obligatory.

Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.

– From The water in you

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

It’s not possible to build a knowledge base in any of those subjects without understanding the importance of water. We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) remember many years ago being hired to compile the index for a Biochemistry textbook. When we got to the chapter on water we got the sense that the authors were going through the motions. They wrote it because they had to, not because they wanted to. They were no doubt enthusiastic about metabolism or DNA replication, but the publisher wasn’t going to budge on one thing: there had to be a chapter on water. We got the impression that people don’t want to deal with water because it’s so ubiquitous and essential that it shouldn’t need to be explained.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

We don’t want to write about water either. What can we say that hasn’t been said? It’s an odd paradox. We think we know so much about water, but perhaps we know very little. Water is more than H2O. Water is more than essential for life. Water is the physical manifestation of cause and effect, the essence of free will.

Which brings us to this question: If God made the Red Sea stand like a wall on either side of the Israelites, and given that we’re more water than anything else, could God control us? And, if He could, why doesn’t He?

We’re growing such a sizable body of work that we have to think about water in terms of categories now, but it’s appropriate since the thing which we call water has a history and future which is that of all creation.


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