Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week of September 25, 2016

We're talking about wonder in WOW on Wednesdays.  I think we need new words for the concepts of "big" and "small," don't you?

I remember watching this video in high school.  It completely floored me.  Mind you, this video was produced two years before I was born!  I think we'll need to mention a couple more videos to bring us up to speed on current science.

I believe this is a more up-to-date version of the 1977 video above.

This video is not a journey through the universe but, rather, an exhibition of both observable and theoretical existence at various powers of ten.  In other words, it's more of a comparison of size.

While I would argue that our Biblical writers had no clue about any of this (probably not able to think past the first few powers of ten), their wonder of wisdom was spot-on:

[YHWH] created me
     at the beginning of his way
     before his deeds long in the past.
I was formed in ancient times,
     at the beginning before the earth was.
When there were no watery depths,
     I was brought forth,
     when there were no springs
     flowing with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
  before the hills, I was brought forth,
  before [the Elohim] made the earth
     and the fields
  or the first of the dry land.
I was there when he established
  the heavens,
  when he marked out the horizon
     on the deep sea,
  when he thickened the clouds above,
  when he secured the fountains
     of the deep,
  when he set a limit for the sea,
     so the water couldn't go beyond
       his command,
  when he marked out
     the earth's foundations.
I was beside him as master of crafts.
  I was having fun,
  smiling before him all the time,
  frolicking with his inhabited earth
  and delighting in the human race.

Proverbs 8.22-31 (verse 12 establishes the voice of "Wisdom" here).

Isn't it an amazing thing that we, being so small and insignificant in comparison of things, can imagine and discover multiple existences at multiple powers of ten?  More than that, our Biblical writers were contemplating existence prior to what we have observed to be the Big Bang--the idea that all of known space, time, and matter started at a single-point, super particle of unimaginable energy over 13,000,000,000 years ago and is not only expanding but accelerating!

What is it in us that enables such wonder?  "I was having fun, smiling before him all the time, frolicking with his inhabited earth and delighting in the human race."  That's how our writer understood Wisdom.  It was there "at the beginning of his way, before his deeds long in the past."  

You and I--we are not only made of the stuff of exploding stars.  We live, move, and have our being (Acts 17.24-28) in God's master craftswoman--Wisdom--whom God created before there was such thing as "creating" and who, when creating us, had fun and found delight in manifesting us.  You and I--we are made of Wisdom.

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