Hypothesis 21

Deducing Gravity

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

(Job 38:4-7) ESV

We use the change from formless to formed, the appearance of the orientation under and above, and the analogy of a drawing compass having a focus and circumference to deduce that gravity was created on the second day.

It’s not hard to imagine that the creation of gravity could have brought about these changes but we need to examine the scriptural context of what happened on the second day to see if the concept of gravity is part of the meaning of any of the Hebrew words that occur in the text. This gives us a predictive testable hypothesis.

Predictive Testable Hypothesis 21

  • IF the initial ordering of creation was the inception of gravity,
    • AND this caused the deep to change from formless to spherical,
  • THEN the concept of gravity will occur in scripture in the context of the 2nd day.

Gravity as a Process

Mass sinks in time, into stratified layers of sediment: a solid core on fire in the darkness, sunk in the shadow of death.

(Job 28:3) MP Technical Paraphrase

Hebrew Gravity Concepts

UsageHebrewTransliterationScripturePost
Descendingיֹ֝רְד֗וֹתyoredotProverbs 7:27
He hath establishedמֵכִ֥יןmechinJer. 10:12, 51:152/4
Settethשָׂ֤םsumJob 28:32/5
Setteth fastמֵכִ֥יןmechinPsalms 65:62/4
Thereof fastenedטָבַעtabaJob 38:42/3
They sankוְצַלְמָֽוֶתtsalmavethExodus 15:102/5
To sink, sankיִמַּ֣ךְmakakEc. 10:182/4
Were settledטָבַעtabaProverbs 8:252/3
– A doctrine of gravity is extensively developed in the OT Hebrew.

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