He bowed the heavens and came down;(Psalms 18:9-12 & 2 Samuel 22:10-13) English Standard Version
thick darkness was under his feet.
He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
We have to account for a passage in Psalm 18 where the Bible tells us that God is in both 1) thick darkness and 2) has brightness before Him, at the same time and in the same context.
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He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.(Psalms 18:9-12) KJV
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew; And He was seen upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.(2 Samuel 22:10-13) NKJV
If heaven, the firmament, is a sphere of rigid crystal then we can resolve several passages of scripture which describe heaven, or pieces of heaven, as literally rigid crystalline structures.
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And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46) KJV
Jesus wasn’t forsaken, but his separation from God the Father by total darkness was a picture of two things:
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Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. (Matthew 27:45) KJV
Another picture that we have which is part of the symbolism of Christ on the cross is that darkness came upon the world in the middle of the day. Things on Earth are patterned after things in the heavens.
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The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.(Genesis 1:2) ESV
The nature of free will is such that an individual can choose light or darkness. How can there be free will unless a choice is available? The Lord had to create a universe in which darkness exists.
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And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.(Genesis 1:4) KJV
On rare occasions we encounter someone who has an inkling of what we’re doing, harmonizing science with the Bible, and they ask an intelligent question about it. The intelligent question was this:
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Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!(Isaiah 5:20) ESV
The parallels between light and good vs. darkness and evil are stated throughout scripture. Isaiah laments people who try to make you believe that good is evil and evil is good, and who put darkness for light.
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For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.(1 John 5:7) NKJV
We’re going to go off the deep end which we found at the bottom of a rabbit hole: we’ll draw a direct connection between the Holy Trinity and particle physics. By doing so we arrive at a theory of first cause.
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declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’(Isaiah 46:10) ESV
The Bible is consistent throughout because it combines spiritual concepts, like good and evil, with their physical expression in space and time as light and darkness. It describes their permanent physical separation.
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He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.(Job 28:3) KJV
Darkness: לַחֹ֗שֶׁךְ – choshek
- fut. – to be or become obscure, dark.
- to darken, make dark, obscure.
- to cause darkness, Ps. 139:12; Je. 13:16.
- adj. masc., pl. obscure, mean, Pr. 22:29
- masc. dec. 6c. –
- calamity, misery.
- ignorance, Job 37:19.
During the formation of planet Earth, the action of the particles moving to form the core of the Earth is pictured in the sense of sinking into darkness and obscurity.
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