Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
( Job 38:1-6 )
The deep was teeming with life, but the light was now obscured. Darkness returned. It was now necessary for God to bring about a permanent physical separation of light from dark. God created gravity.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
( Proverbs 8:27 )
We think of earth as down and the sky as up. Heaven above and hell below. Whatever happened on the 2nd day has to allow for the eventual formation of heaven and hell. These are not spiritual concepts.
Firmament: רָקִ֖יעַ r
- רָקִ֖עַ ] to stamp with the feet.
- II. to stamp, tread down, 2 Sa. 22. 43.
- III. to stretch, spread out, expand.
- Pi. I. to beat into thin plates.
- II. to cover with metallic plates, Is. 40. 19.
- Pu. part. beaten or spread into plates, Je. 10. 9.
- Hiph. to stretch out, expand, Job 37. 18.
- רָקִ֖יעַ m. d. 3 a, the expanse. Vulg. firmamentum.
- m. pl. plates of metal. Nu. 17. 3.
- (for the people is spread abroad)
- pr. name of a town in Judea, 1 Ch. 2. 44.
Davidson Analytical Chaldee and Hebew Lexicon page DCXCII
And I saw as it were a sea of
glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the
beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
( Revelation 15:2 )
Accepting the firmament as a sphere of rigid crystal on the edge of space solves many scriptural and physics problems. The King James is the only Bible from which an accurate cosmological model may be deduced.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
( Genesis 1:6 )
Conservative Christians have an extensive doctrine for why the King James is the Bible you should use. It’s tedious and unnecessary. If your Bible doesn’t have the word firmament in Genesis 1:6 then it’s not a real Bible.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. ( Romans 8:18-25 )
The discipline it took to get through this month deepened my understanding. My earnest expectation is that if I apply the same discipline to writing in February as I did in January then my understanding will deepen more.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. ( Psalm 90:12, 17 )
If we commit to fulfill God’s minimum expectations, and He promised to meet our needs, then whatever work meets our needs and allows us to fulfill his expectations is the work he established for our hands.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. ( Philippians 4:8 )
By the grace of God I am intellectually and physically free. I get to think about whatever I want and decide how I spend my time. There are few constraints. I should be mindful not to squander this freedom.
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. ( Isaiah 45:18 )
By the end of the first day light was trapped in a watery mass teeming with biological life. It was the primordial soup. The first day produced the written word: the Bible encoded as replicating DNA.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 4:4-7 )
I have been writing about science and the Bible for over 20 years. Things are coming together in a way that makes more sense than ever. Yet today we can pause and reflect before making the next step.