And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.(Mark 6:41-44, 48) ESV
We’ve found an instance when a miracle had an effect on the weather of a region, as nature was subjected to a significant thermodynamic manipulation.
We’ve written at considerable length about the miracle known as the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus attempts to teach physics to people who don’t know what physics is.
As Jesus fed 5,000 people with bread and fish, which seemed to materialize out of thin air, he settled an issue about Moses and the children of Israel who ate manna for 40 years. Manna didn’t come from Moses. Moses didn’t have the power or the energy to make manna appear.
And then Jesus makes food appear as a way of saying, “I am more than Moses.” Energy wasn’t created or destroyed, it was transformed, and we can hypothesize that the energy needed to do this caused a thermodynamic weather system to form.
In the discussion we speculate that Jesus was using a form of nucleosynthesis to form the atoms and molecules of bread and fish from the energy in the surrounding atmosphere. If our premise is correct then one could reasonably expect that the air temperature dropped in a region around the event sufficient to supply the energy needed to feed 5,000 people.
So we got to thinking about what would be the likely consequence of causing a rapid drop in temperature over a fairly good sized stretch of terrain. It would cause an area of low pressure to form. The wind moves from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. This gives us a predictive testable hypothesis.
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- IF the pressure dropped in the region around the 5,000
- AND resulted in the formation of an area of low pressure,
- THEN the next thing we read about should be some really strong winds.
Guess what? The next thing that happens is that the disciples fear for their lives in a storm at sea for the wind was against them.