Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 24, 2021

Did NASA Computers Verify Old Testament History?

(4 Minute Read. 24Feb2021)

Scripture records some very hard-to-explain astronomical events.

One of the most perplexing is the Long Day of Joshua around 1400 BC. To prolong daylight, Joshua commanded the sun to stand still so that the Israelite army under Joshua could complete its conquest of five Amorite armies.

Here is Joshua’s record of the event:
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
“O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
(Joshua 10:12-14)

Another very unusual astronomical event occurred around 700 BC when the sun’s shadow moved backwards on a sundial (the stairway of Ahaz) for a sign to Judah’s ailing King Hezekiah that he would be healed. Scripture records that the sun’s shadow moved 10 steps backward. Depending on the sundial’s construction, a step probably represented from 1 to 30 minutes, so that time ran “backwards” for from 10 minutes to 5 hours. (Isaiah 38:1-8; 2 Kings 20:1-11)

The book of Joshua gives a detailed record of the conquest of Canaan by Israel under Joshua around 1400 BC and the subsequent division of the land among the tribes. Joshua’s account is clearly intended to be historical. Likewise Isaiah’s record of King Hezekiah’s illness, prayer, and Yahweh’s reply is a historical report.

But what are we to make of these accounts? How is it possible for the sun and moon to stand still in the sky for a full day? How can the sun move backward?

Consider how infinitely more complicated the creation of the universe recorded in Genesis 1 is than these two events. These temporary tweaks in the processes of the universe are certainly not beyond the power of the Great Creator God of the Bible who out of nothing created the sun, moon, and stars on Day Four.

Small Magellanic Cloud
One of the Milky Way’s closest galaxies

Is there any independent verification of these events? Can astronomical calculations shed any light?

NASA Computers

For decades reports have circulated in pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines that NASA computers have found Joshua’s Long Day and Hezekiah’s extra time.

Claims that astronomical calculations identified a missing day actually began in 1890 with Charles Totten, a professor of military science at Yale, in his book Joshua’s Long Day and the Dial of Ahaz. Totten based his calculation on the assumption that Creation began on Sunday September 22, 4000 BC.

In 1936 the story was resurrected in Harry Rimmer’s book The Harmony of Science and Scripture. But Rimmer provided no documentation or proof. Recent embellished versions of the story credit NASA computers with the discovery.

The NASA story runs like this. NASA astronomers were calculating positions of the sun, moon, and planets to determine safe satellite trajectories. As NASA’s computers ran to and fro over the centuries, they suddenly locked up because they hit a missing day in time. Celestial bodies were not properly situated; they were one day off in position.

Nobody could resolve the problem till one Christian scientist remembered from Sunday School that God had made the sun stand still for a day. Reportedly his skeptical colleagues reworked the data and found the missing time in Joshua’s day was 23 hours and 20 minutes. This left a discrepancy of 40 minutes which continued to abort the program.

Then the Christian remembered how God gave Hezekiah on his deathbed a sign that He would heal him by making the sun’s shadow go back ten degrees. This supposedly provided the remaining 40 minutes and now the computer program ran perfectly.

Despite its appeal, this NASA computer story is a hoax. It is not true.

The originator of the story was Baltimore engineer Harold Hill who published it in October 1969 and later repeated the story in his 1974 book Living Like a King’s Kid. Despite numerous requests, Hill never provided any documentation, and NASA has officially denied the story.

Is the NASA Computer Story Possible?

Is the story even possible? No, such verification is not mathematically possible. Using Newton’s laws of motion, astronomers can backtrack and show where celestial bodies should have been on any given day in history. But there are no historical records of precisely where they actually were at exact times on specific dates many centuries ago in order to compare with backtracked results.

To detect a missing day, it’s necessary to have a known checkpoint in time prior to the missing day. Another known checkpoint would be needed between Joshua and Hezekiah. These reference points must be known accurately with respect to position and time both by historical records and astronomical computations in order to verify “missing” or “extra” time.

Such known checkpoints do not exist. Eclipses are potential checkpoints, but the earliest recorded eclipse is 1217 BC, almost two centuries after Joshua. And ancient historians did not record the timing of eclipses within an accuracy of minutes as would be necessary for the story to be true.

Scientists do not know the exact sun and moon positions prior to Joshua’s and Hezekiah’s events. It is therefore impossible to compute changes from such unknown positions to compare with today’s known positions in order to see whether there is a “missing” day.

These astronomical events of Joshua’s and Hezekiah’s day certainly occurred. But the story of NASA computers finding these time periods is completely false. It’s an urban legend.

However, is there any historical evidence of these events? How could they have physically occurred? Read next week’s sequel Did the Sun Stand Still? to learn more about Joshua’s Long Day and Hezekiah’s Sundial Sign.

Questions to Ponder

1. What approach do you take to Biblical reports of miracles that are difficult to explain?
2. Will you “ask, seek, knock” (Matthew 7:7) for the Great Creator’s help with a seemingly impossible problem?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Did the Sun Stand Still? (coming next week. . .)

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Wednesday February 24, 2021 A.D.

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel. (Joshua 10:13-14)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 17, 2021

Remembering Hershel Shanks

(2 Minute Read. 17Feb2021)

Hershel Shanks

Hershel Shanks (1930-2021), the founder and long-time editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, died earlier this month on February 5 at age 90.

Shanks is best known for his pioneering role in communicating Biblical archaeology to laymen. He started the quarterly magazine Biblical Archaeology Review in 1975. He continued as editor-in-chief for 43 years through 2017.

Shanks graduated from Harvard Law School and worked as a lawyer for three decades, including arguing a case before the US Supreme Court. The magazine he founded was appropriately known as BAR in light of its initials and his legal background.

BAR is a colorful bi-monthly magazine that explains scholarly Biblical archaeological research in everyday language for a popular audience. Within ten years of its birth, the magazine had 110,000 paid subscribers. By the early 2000s, it numbered 250,000 subscribers.

Here is Shanks’ own account of the start of the magazine: How BAR Was Born.
A brief overview of BAR’s history by one of its early staffers and eventual publisher is here: Raising the BAR.

Free the Scrolls

Using BAR, Shanks initiated a public campaign to “free the Dead Sea Scrolls” starting in 1985. The scrolls had been discovered beginning in 1947 in caves near Qumran on the west side of the Dead Sea. But a small group of scholars had custody of them for study and had kept them secreted. After more than 40 years, only a few of more than 900 scrolls had been published.

The monopoly over the scrolls was broken in 1991 when scholars began publishing pictures of the scrolls and Shanks published two volumes of scroll photos. It made the scrolls available to scholars worldwide.

Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls is Hershel Shanks’ own account of his crusade to open up the Dead Sea Scrolls to scholars worldwide. It tells of his adventures and conflicts with governments, relics hunters, and dealers as he fought to free the scrolls.

BAR: An Outstanding Publication

I have enjoyed BAR articles for many years as it covers archaeological discoveries with clear explanations, helpful diagrams, and full-color pictures. BAR delights both the mind and the eye.

Even though BAR does not take a “This is God’s Word” approach to the Bible, it does value and respect the Bible as a reliable historical source. BAR makes Biblical archaeology appealing and meaningful to the interested Bible reader as it supplements understanding of Bible times.

Questions to Ponder

1. What part of the Bible makes you curious about archaeological findings?
2. Do you have a “pet project” that could be applied to benefit Jesus’ followers?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalms 119:160)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 10, 2021

2021 Valentine Quiz Answers

(5 Minute Read. 10Feb2021)

Last week’s Valentine’s Day Quiz consisted of 12 questions about Christian marriage and love in the Bible to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, a day when romantic and marital love is celebrated. It is an especially appropriate time to review marriage vows and to recommit to faithfulness — one woman with one man for life.

If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, click 2021 Valentine Quiz to take the quiz before you look at the answers below.

Here are the 12 original quiz questions followed by answers and explanations. Links to supporting Bible verses are included with each answer for the Bible questions.

Questions & Answers for 2021 Valentine Quiz

1. What did Adam say when he first saw Eve?
A. “Wow! Oh man! I’ll call her woman [wow-man].”
B. “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”
C. “She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
D. “She shall be called Eve, because she will be the mother of all the living.”
E. B and C
F. B and C and D

Answer: E. B and C (Genesis 2:21-24)
When Adam first saw Eve, he said the quotes in B and C in that order. Later he named her Eve after they had sinned by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:20).

2. Who told wives to obey and respect their husbands and told husbands to love their wives as themselves?
A. James
B. John
C. Peter
D. Paul

Answer: D. Paul (Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19)
The Apostle Paul instructs wives to be subject to their husbands in everything and to see to it that they respect their husbands. He tells husbands to love their wives as their own bodies, nourishing and cherishing them. Peter adds that husbands are to honor their wives so that the men’s prayers are not hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

3. Why did David’s wife Michal despise her husband, violating the principle of respect that Paul would express a thousand years later?
A. David married another wife Abigail while fleeing from Michal’s father King Saul.
B. Michal saw David wildly dancing as the ark of the Lord was brought to Jerusalem.
C. Michal saw David pretending to be insane to escape Achish the king of Gath.
D. Michal saw David send Uriah to his death to cover David’s adultery with Bathsheba.

Answer: B. Wild dancing (2 Samuel 6:14-23)
It seems likely from the passage that Michal’s punishment for despising her husband was life-long barrenness.

4. Who stayed married to the same woman for at least 130 years?
A. Adam
B. Methuseleh
C. Noah
D. Abraham

Answer: A. Adam
Adam and Eve had their son Seth when they were 130 years old (Genesis 4:25; 5:3). See How Long Did Adam Live and How Many Children Did Adam Have?
Nothing is said in Scripture about Mrs. Methuseleh. Noah had three sons starting at age 500. He entered the ark with them and their wives and Mrs. Noah at age 600, but nothing is said about how long he and Mrs. Noah were married (Genesis 5:32; 7:6-7). Abraham’s wife Sarah died at age 127 (Genesis 23:1-2).

5. How did Abraham’s servant Eliezer happen to pick Rebekah for Isaac’s wife?
A. Rebekah was the prettiest girl in the city.
B. Rebekah was from the wealthiest family in the city.
C. Eliezer rescued her from bullying shepherds at a well.
D. Rebekah voluntarily watered his camels without being asked.

Answer: D. Voluntarily watered his camels (Genesis 15:2-4; 24:1-4; 24:10-61)

6. Who in the Bible married an Ethiopian woman?
A. Noah
B. Ham
C. Moses
D. David

Answer: C. Moses (Numbers 12:1-15)
Moses’ siblings Miriam and Aaron criticized him for marrying a Cushite woman. Cush is the Bible’s name for the region that used to be called Ethiopia — today’s southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Cush was the first of the sons of Ham (son of Noah) and the father of Nimrod who founded Babel and Nineveh (Genesis 10:6-12).
Moses married Zipporah during his 40-year sojourn in the desert prior to the Exodus. Zipporah was the daughter of Jethro, priest of Midian. It is not clear whether Miriam and Aaron were referring to Zipporah or to a subsequent marriage. Habakkuk’s association of Cush and Midian may support the Cushite wife being Zipporah (Habakkuk 3:7).

7. Who was given his cousin in marriage as a reward for capturing a city?
A. Joshua
B. Othniel
C. Joab
D. David

Answer: B. Othniel (Joshua 15:13-19; Judges 1:11-15; 3:9-11)
Othniel, the first of Israel’s judges, was the son of Caleb’s younger brother Kenaz. Caleb gave his daughter Achsah to Othniel for his wife as a reward for capturing the Canaanite city Kiriath-sepher.

8. Who told his father regarding a woman, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me”?
A. Isaac
B. Jacob
C. Judah
D. Samson

Answer: D. Samson (Judges 14:1-3)
It did not turn out well.

9. What did David pay King Saul in order to marry his daughter Michal?
A. 10 talents of gold
B. 100 shekels of silver
C. 100 suits of armor
D. 200 pieces of Philistine flesh

Answer: D. 200 pieces of Philistine flesh (1 Samuel 18:20-29)
King Saul specified the bride price for his daughter Michal to be 100 Philistine foreskins, hoping to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. David and his men killed 200 Philistines and doubled Saul’s asking price.

10. Who was commanded by God to marry a harlot and be a good husband to an unfaithful wife?
A. Isaiah
B. Ezekiel
C. Hosea
D. Amos

Answer: C. Hosea (Hosea 1:2-3; 3:1-3)
Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was to be a vivid picture of how God was faithful to the unfaithful nation of Israel that whored after false gods.

11. Who was commanded by an angel to marry a specific woman?
A. Moses
B. Abraham
C. Gideon
D. Joseph

Answer: D. Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25)
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to take Mary as his wife and that her pregnancy was from the Holy Spirit.

12.How did Protestant Reformer Martin Luther meet his wife Katharina in the 1500s?
A. She was a nun that he helped escape from a convent.
B. She was a parishioner in his church in Wittenberg.
C. She was a student in his theology course at the University of Wittenberg.
D. She was a cook and nurse he met during his stay at Wartburg Castle.

Answer: A. Escaped nun
Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) met Katharina von Bora (1499–1552) in April 1523. She was one of 12 nuns he helped escape from a convent by smuggling them out in fish barrels used for herring. Within two years, Luther had arranged homes, marriages, or employment for all the nuns except Katharina. She told Luther’s close friend and fellow reformer Nikolaus von Amsdorf that she would marry no one except Luther or von Amsdorf.
In 1525 at age 41, Luther began a happy marriage to 26-year-old Katharina. Luther had long condemned on Biblical grounds the celibacy vows required for priests by the Roman Catholic Church. His wedding defied the Catholic Church and served as a strong endorsement of clerical marriage. Luther wrote, “Suddenly, and while I was occupied with far different thoughts, the Lord has plunged me into marriage.” He also said, “My Katie is in all things so obliging and pleasing to me that I would not exchange my poverty for the riches of Croesus.” Katharina bore Luther six children and respectfully called him “Sir Doctor” throughout her life.
Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation on October 31, 1517, by posting his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Permission to Use

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Questions to Ponder

1. What episode of Bible history do you find most romantic?
2. How many quiz questions did you get right? Which question did you find hardest? Which was the most interesting?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequel:
2021 Valentine Quiz

Read the sequel:
2022 Valentine Quiz (coming February 2022)

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Wednesday February 10, 2021 A.D.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE; AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 3, 2021

2021 Valentine Quiz

(3 Minute Read. 3Feb2021)

February 14 is Valentine’s Day. It honors the third-century Christian martyr Saint Valentine who ministered to Christians persecuted by the Roman Empire. He was executed on February 14, 269 AD.

Valentine’s Day has come to be a day to honor and celebrate love, particularly romantic and marital love. It is an especially appropriate time to review marriage vows and to recommit to faithfulness — one woman with one man for life.

Here, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, are 12 questions about Christian marriage and love in the Bible. Answers with comments will appear in next week’s blog post,
2021 Valentine Quiz Answers.

12 Quiz Questions for Valentine’s Day

1. What did Adam say when he first saw Eve?
A. “Wow! Oh man! I’ll call her woman [wow-man].”
B. “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”
C. “She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
D. “She shall be called Eve, because she will be the mother of all the living.”
E. B and C
F. B and C and D

2. Who told wives to obey and respect their husbands and told husbands to love their wives as themselves?
A. James
B. John
C. Peter
D. Paul

3. Why did David’s wife Michal despise her husband, violating the principle of respect that Paul would express a thousand years later?
A. David married another wife Abigail while fleeing from Michal’s father King Saul.
B. Michal saw David wildly dancing as the ark of the Lord was brought to Jerusalem.
C. Michal saw David pretending to be insane to escape Achish the king of Gath.
D. Michal saw David send Uriah to his death to cover David’s adultery with Bathsheba.

4. Who stayed married to the same woman for at least 130 years?
A. Adam
B. Methuseleh
C. Noah
D. Abraham

5. How did Abraham’s servant Eliezer happen to pick Rebekah for Isaac’s wife?
A. Rebekah was the prettiest girl in the city.
B. Rebekah was from the wealthiest family in the city.
C. Eliezer rescued her from bullying shepherds at a well.
D. Rebekah voluntarily watered his camels without being asked.

6. Who in the Bible married an Ethiopian woman?
A. Noah
B. Ham
C. Moses
D. David

7. Who was given his cousin in marriage as a reward for capturing a city?
A. Joshua
B. Othniel
C. Joab
D. David

8. Who told his father regarding a woman, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me”?
A. Isaac
B. Jacob
C. Judah
D. Samson

9. What did David pay King Saul in order to marry his daughter Michal?
A. 10 talents of gold
B. 100 shekels of silver
C. 100 suits of armor
D. 200 pieces of Philistine flesh

10. Who was commanded by God to marry a harlot and be a good husband to an unfaithful wife?
A. Isaiah
B. Ezekiel
C. Hosea
D. Amos

11. Who was commanded by an angel to marry a specific woman?
A. Moses
B. Abraham
C. Gideon
D. Joseph

12.How did Protestant Reformer Martin Luther meet his wife Katharina in the 1500s?
A. She was a nun that he helped escape from a convent.
B. She was a parishioner in his church in Wittenberg.
C. She was a student in his theology course at the University of Wittenberg.
D. She was a cook and nurse he met during his stay at Wartburg Castle.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Permission to Use

In the past, some readers have asked permission to use my quizzes with Sunday Schools, Bible study groups, or other applications. I give permission for such use provided the source website is included. For this quiz, please credit the quiz to the Bible-Science Guy Blog at 2021 Valentine Quiz, https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/2021-valentine-quiz/.

Click Bible-Science Guy Quizzes for a complete list of links to all my quizzes.

Questions to Ponder

1. What episode of Bible history do you find most romantic?
2. Which question did you find hardest? Which was the most interesting?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the sequels:
2021 Valentine Quiz Answers
2022 Valentine Quiz (coming February 2022)
2022 Valentine Quiz Answers (coming February 2022)

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Wednesday February 3, 2021 A.D.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND SHALL CLEAVE TO HIS WIFE; AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 27, 2021

Baptism & the Flood

(2 Minute Read. 27Jan2021)

Jordan River baptismal site in Israel

I have witnessed or participated in many baptisms over the years. Often a brief exposition of a Bible passage accompanies the baptism.

But there is a Bible passage on baptism that I have never heard expounded at a baptism ceremony. Can you guess what it is?

It is a New Testament passage that refers to what is probably the most challenged and scorned book of the Old Testament. And it references one of the most amazing events of world history — which many people refuse to believe happened — despite there being over 200 versions of the event among people groups worldwide.

Can you think of the passage to which I’m referring?

Here is the oft-ignored passage:
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all time, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which He also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison, who once were disobedient when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you — not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience — through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:18-22)

The Apostle Peter clearly believed in the Great Flood, in Noah, and in the Ark — so much so that he grounded his teaching about baptism on that history.

Peter compares safely passing through the Flood waters with the rite of water baptism saving people. He specifies that the baptismal salvation is not the result of washing with water but rather what the rite signifies — an appeal to God through faith in the resurrected Son of God.

It’s a missed opportunity that churches don’t habitually include 1 Peter 3:18-22 at every baptism. The brief passage is acutely relevant, and it would underscore Genesis and its historicity. With so few Bible verses specifically about baptism, you’d think this Scripture would not be repeatedly overlooked.

Questions to Ponder

1. What does baptism mean to you?
2. What Bible passage do you hear used most often in baptismal services?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday January 27, 2021 A.D.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 20, 2021

Science Begins with God

(3 Minute Read. 20Jan2021)

Did you know that many scientists are irrational and illogical?

You may think that claim is quite a stretch, even for a creationist like me. But this article will explain why it is true.

The word science literally means knowledge, and knowledge begins with God.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Which of these two positions is irrational and which is rational?
– Believing the universe and all it contains was created by God
– Believing the universe and all it contains is the result of random chance evolutionary processes

Many scientists and atheists think belief in creation is irrational. But if the universe, including man’s mind, is the result of random chance, how can conclusions of human brains be trusted? How do you know the thinking processes have “evolved” correctly? Belief in a randomly evolving universe is logically self-refuting.

Logic and reason only make sense in the Biblical worldview where there is a rational Creator Who made both man and his mind. Truth, knowledge, logic, understanding, and reason are only possible within the Biblical worldview. Those who acknowledge the existence of truth are implicitly borrowing from the Biblical worldview.

Scientists strive to understand how the universe works. They look for patterns or laws that describe its operation. This search for truth makes sense in the Biblical worldview because the Great Creator ordered His creation (as describe in Genesis 1) and upholds it by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). “Laws of science” are the result of the Creator’s work: He thought them up; He set them up; He holds them up.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. (Proverbs 3:19)
He upholds all things by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3b)
In Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17b)

Man’s scientific search for truth is based on his brains and his senses. Because these were created by God, man can rely on his sensory information and on mental deductions from that information.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.
(Proverbs 20:12 ESV)

Scientists work to distinguish truth from error, but this presupposes the existence of truth. There is no foundation for truth in a randomly evolving universe. In that setting, what is deemed “true” one day may be “false” the next. Truth only exists by fiat of the Great Creator.
For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is God!), who formed the earth and made it (He established it; He did not create it empty, He formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right. (Isaiah 45:18-19 ESV)
The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

Without the universe being grounded in the Great Creator, no one can have any basis for confidence in observations or deductions. Nothing can be known with certainty about a randomly evolving universe. In reality, science is not possible except within the Biblical worldview.

Without the Creator, the process of reasoning is not available to prove anything — including whether He exists. In fact, even if one somehow “scientifically” showed that Biblical creation is wrong and somehow “scientifically” proved the random evolution of the universe, no rational basis would even exist for trusting those arguments.

The enterprise of science depends implicitly on the truth of the Creator God as revealed in the Bible. There is no getting around it!

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you regularly thank God for your Creator-given ability to think and reason?
2. Do you regularly thank the Creator of Truth for the senses He gave you to make observations and discern truth?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday January 20, 2021 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 13, 2021

Homeschooling During a Plague

(3 Minute Read. 13Jan2021)

Question:
Who is the world’s most famous person to be homeschooled?

Hint #1:
This person is famous but not as an author, general, politician, or celebrity.

Have you guessed the person I mean without looking at the answer below?

Hint #2:
This person was not an academic but rather a day laborer.

Do you know the answer yet?

Hint #3:
As a youngster and as an adult this person impressed and even flummoxed the intellectual leaders of his country.

Have you guessed the answer yet? Here is the last hint before giving the answer.

Hint #4:
This person lived in the first century A.D.

Do you know the answer now? Here it is.

Answer:
Jesus of Nazareth
It is not Biblically explicit that Jesus was homeschooled, but it is highly likely. He and most of His disciples grew up in rural Israel where most children and youths were taught life skills and vocational skills at home by their parents. Jesus no doubt learned to be a carpenter (Mark 6:3) from His adoptive father, Joseph the carpenter (Matthew 13:55).

Pictured here is a wooden plaque from our home. Young Jesus is in His simple home environment, learning from His earthly parents in the ordinary, comfortable process of life. Mary holds a scroll from which she explains something to her young Son. Joseph is at work at his carpenter’s bench. Jesus surely learned many essential lessons of knowledge and character from His parents including learning carpentry skills and about life as a man from His carpenter father Joseph.

Our Great Creator understands how intense parenting is. Our Good Shepherd hears the petitions of each weary and stressed mother and father. His mercies are new every morning, and to him who lacks might he increases strength. (Lamentations 3:22-23; Isaiah 40:29)

Due to the China Plague, many parents have been forced into what is now for so many essentially involuntary homeschooling. While we pray to Him for aid and rely on His presence, it is also apt to savor the solemn calling delegated to parents. What Scripture is relevant to today’s homeschooling necessity?

Moses gave homeschooling instructions to the Israelites in the wilderness when he ordered,
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

The Apostle Paul expressed home education instructions this way:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 ESV)

The assignment described by Moses and Paul is consistent with having your kids around you a great deal. Transmitting the truths of the Great Creator is supposed to happen all along the course of routine daily life. “It is exhausting,” you say. Yes, it does sound like that in the verses which command us to do it. Repeat God’s Words to them; repeat them diligently, wherever you are, all the time.

It cannot be done without humble reliance on the One who made your child, chose your home destination for him, and promised to multiply your simple steps of faith and obedience. Look to Him, and He will make what you offer sufficient and satisfying.

In Psalm 145 King David encouraged the generational transfer of knowledge about God. This is what parents are to do on a daily basis.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall shout joyfully of Your righteousness. (Psalms 145:3-7)

My wife has a plaque in our front hall displaying a favorite quotation from William Bradford‘s history, Of Plymouth Plantation:

It was answered, that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages.

If your child’s Creator entrusted you with teaching His identity and His glory, you can embrace more mundane subject matter like language and mathematics. If the Ruler of the universe has asked you to teach your child to pray, you can teach your child practical communication skills for earthly life. If the Merciful Redeemer has directed you to love your children, and to lead them to faith in Jesus, you can embrace confidently facilitating their down-to-earth progress.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

The parenting/homeschooling task requires all you’ve got to give, but He is right in it with you. You are under His yoke for a task of His calling, and it is high privilege. Ask Him for a new glimpse of its joy and glory.

By God’s grace and mercy, we homeschooled all seven of our children from birth through high school well before the China Plague hit. And we can affirm that that the task is doable with Christ’s daily help. It is intense, but it is a delightful adventure and an effective process. All seven are now competent, tax-paying adults.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is the most important thing to teach a child?
2. What can you do today to support and encourage an overwhelmed parent?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday January 13, 2021 A.D.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 ESV)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 6, 2021

Best of 2020

(4 Minute Read. 6Jan2021)

Best of 2020
Get a weekly dose of sanity here
and strengthen your grip on truth!
Read the Bible-Science Guy blog to stay
bolted to truth in a lie-based culture.

Did the Bible-Science Guy Blog inform you, challenge you, and perhaps even spur you to action in 2020? I hope and pray that it did.

I published 53 weekly blog posts on Wednesdays in 2020. For a list of links to the 2020 posts, click
Bible-Science Guy 2020 Posts.

Here, solely for the glory of God, are some statistical highlights for the blog for 2020. Following the stats, don’t miss the recap of the Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2020.

Blog Stats for 2020

In 2020, 76,328 readers from 202 countries viewed the Bible-Science Guy Blog 121,152 times. Followers of the blog numbered 1,192 at year’s end.

The Top Ten countries in descending order of total views in 2020 were United States (74,429 views), United Kingdom (5,572 views), India (5,482 views), Philippines (5,182 views), Canada (5,064 views), Australia (3,449 views), South Africa (2,851 views), Nigeria (1,389 views), Singapore (1,103 views), and Germany (930 views).

Wednesday was the most popular day of the week to read the blog in 2020 with 16% of the blog views occurring on that day. This means viewership is fairly evenly spread throughout the week, since an equal distribution of views throughout the week would have 14.3% per day of the week.

The 53 new articles for 2020 for the Bible-Science Guy Blog averaged 1,389 words each, about a 4-minute read. October was the busiest month of 2020 with 8,603 readers and 12,607 views.

The Bible-Science Guy Blog started in October 2007. Click Why Do I Write the Bible-Science Guy Blog? to learn my reasons for the blog. It now comprises 757 posts, 87 newspaper articles, and 10 tab pages for a total of 854 items. During 2020, exactly 500 of these 854 items were viewed at least 10 times each. Over the life of the blog, 484,326 readers have viewed the blog 831,645 times, as of the end of 2020.

The ten articles with the most views during 2020 were all published in prior years. Of the 126 articles with 100 or more views during 2020, only 6 were published in 2020. Thus 120 of the most-viewed articles were published in previous years. This illustrates the enduring relevance of the Bible-Science Guy blog articles. New posts were also received by email by 984 weekly subscribers, but reading the articles in email is not tallied in the statistics for readers and views.

Here are the 10 articles that had the most views during 2020, listed with original publication dates.

1. How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 11,654 views.
2. Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth (Nov 23, 2016) – 9,817 views.
3. Science in the Bible – Quarantine (May 24, 2017) – 4,685 views.
4. Tower of Babel – What Did It Look Like? (Mar 20, 2013) – 3,999 views.
5. Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 2,829 views.
6. Did Jesus Believe in Adam? (Oct 7, 2015) – 2,692 views.
7. How Many Children Did Adam Have? (Apr 6, 2016) – 2,681 views.
8. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden? (Jan 13, 2016) – 2,673 views.
9. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle (May 17, 2017) – 2,660 views.
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics  (Apr 26, 2017) – 1,930 views.

 

Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2020

Below are my choices for the 12 Best Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts from 2020, listed in order of publication date. I chose the posts I liked best — the ones I found most interesting, most important, or best written. Other factors that influenced selection included the number of reader views, likes, and comments.

Luke Does Apologetics with a Pen (January 15)
Peter tried to defend Jesus with a sword, as he cut off someone’s ear. Luke presented and defended the claims of Jesus with his pen. Truly, Luke’s pen is mightier than Peter’s sword! This is the ninth of a series of 10 blog posts on Apologists in the Bible including Elijah, Peter, Paul, John, Jesus, Job, Matthew, David, and Moses.

Remembering a Giant (February 19)
This giant is a man who exerted prodigious influence — not only in his own day, but also on succeeding generations. He was not an athlete or a politician. He was not a general or a movie star or a musician. This “giant of influence” was simply a theology professor and co-author with Dr. Henry M. Morris of the book The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications. He was one of the founders of the modern creationism movement that called the church back to believe a literal Genesis.

The Great Questioner (March 18)
During His life on earth, Jesus asked far more questions than He answered. Of the over 300 questions Jesus asked in the Gospels, which would you pick as His most important question?

Why the Virus? (April 1)
How could a loving God permit such a plague and pestilence as the China virus? How could He allow so much suffering and death? Are such evil tragedies proof that there is no God? To answer these questions, this post covers these three topics:
1. Purpose of Evil
2. Cause of Evil
3. Fix for Evil
This is the second of nine articles on the China virus that plagued the world in 2020. It was the most viewed post of those published in 2020. The first virus article was The Eden Virus which contains links to the entire virus series.

Hope I have enough firewood!
Where did this wood come from?

Claim Checking (July 1)
Fact-checking has become a buzz word, but it is an invalid concept. Facts are facts and do not need to be checked. If something is not true, then it is not a fact. The term that should be used is claim-checking. Most “fact-checkers” are really claim-checkers. And every claim-checker has a bias; no claim-checker is completely objective. For the most critical issues of life, how can a claim be checked?

Out of Thin Air! (August 12)
From toothpicks to telephone poles, from treasure chests to coffins, from firewood to fine furniture, wood’s uses are innumerable. But where does the solid wood material of a tree come from? It doesn’t just come out of thin air, does it? This article is one of the All-Time Top Ten posts on my blog.

Too Good To Be False (August 19)
Jesus’ character sets Him apart as a man like no other man ever. There’s more to the Gospel reports of Jesus than just His teachings and miracles. Jesus’ character is unique in world history — it is too consistent, too well integrated, and too good to be false or contrived. Tom Gilson‘s fresh and fascinating book Too Good to be False was released in August 2020.

Who Am I To Say? (September 9)
When discussing the Great Creator or Biblical truth, people sometimes say, “I agree with what you said, but who am I to say?” That’s actually a very good question that needs a clear and compelling answer. We live in a day and age of hesitancy and reluctance to unequivocally proclaim truth. Is there such a thing as truth? How can you be sure?

If God Wanted . . . (September 23)
What “If God wanted . . .” expressions have you heard recently? Are any of them true, or are they only humorous? What God wants is not obscure or tricky.

Adoration of the Magi
by Rogier van der Weyden
(Click to enlarge.)

The Ten Commandments (September 30)
Obeying the Ten Commandments would tremendously improve the life of all mankind, both individually and collectively. Most legislation would be unnecessary, and most social and political problems would disappear. Examples are included.

Sovereign! (November 4)
Does God appoint all the rulers of the world, even wicked ones? If so, why? How should Christians respond to wicked rulers?

Christmas Spoiler Alert (December 2)
Can you find the tiny spoiler in Rogier van der Weyden’s 1455 Adoration of the Magi painting?
Hint: The spoiler points to a fundamental secret of Jesus’ life.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which is your favorite of all the 2020 Bible-Science Guy Articles? Why? (It does not have to be one from this Best of 2020 list.)
2. Which do you think is the best article to share with unbelievers to stimulate their consideration of Jesus of Nazareth?
3. Which do you think is the best article to share with believers to spur them to honor, worship, and glorify the Great Creator?
4. What topics would you like to see addressed in 2021?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Peruse the other Best of Bible-Science Guy lists:
Top Ten Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts 2007-2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014
Best of 2015
Best of 2016
Best of 2017
Best of 2018
Best of 2019

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Wednesday January 6, 2021 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 30, 2020

Hope for the New Year

(3 Minute Read. 30Dec2020)

New Year Blessings to all readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

2021 will soon be here — before we know it.

I do have good memories of big blessings scattered throughout the past year despite its profusion of plague, turmoil, trouble, and disappointment. Thankfully, I have sound reason and solid evidence to hope next year will be one of fulfillment and joy.

The word hope appears in English versions of the Bible 130-150 times depending on nuances of translation. Vigorous encouragement to hope is a preponderant theme echoing throughout the Scriptures. Roughly half of the references to hope occur in the Old Testament and half in the New Testament.

The foundation for the believer’s hope is that the Great Creator is in detailed control of His creation and He loves His people.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32 KJV)

Two thousand years ago, hope for the broken human race burst into the world with the first breath of a baby in a manger. It was the birth of hope, and that hope has endured.

Matthew said Isaiah prophesied of Jesus, “In His name the Gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:21)

Jesus of Nazareth is the hope of all peoples and nations. He is the One to whom we look in faith, confidence, and hope for the future — for this life and for the life to come.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
(Colossians 1:21-23 ESV)

Despite the continuing danger of the China Plague in the New Year and despite the temptation to fear that it arouses, the resounding message of Scripture is one of hope — not fear. Disciples of Jesus should heed what Yahweh told the prophet Isaiah in a time of great national distress some 2700 years ago.
For the LORD spoke thus to me with His strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.
(Isaiah 8:11-13 ESV)

The Psalmist likewise urged hope in God in times of trouble:
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. (Psalms 43:5 ESV)

Yahweh is in complete control of His universe, and therefore believers have hope and confidence.
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.
(Lamentations 3:37-41 ESV)

Jesus, who gave His life as a ransom, calls men to repentance from sin. He offers everlasting life to all who trust in Him. (John 3:16-18)

That is the truth that should fill our hearts and minds with hope, thanksgiving, and worship throughout the New Year.

May the blessings of Christ abide with all readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog throughout the New Year.

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Questions to Ponder

1. How would you personally complete this statement? “I have hope for the New Year because …”
2. What person’s example lifts your heart to hope in the midst of turmoil?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday December 30, 2020 A.D.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 23, 2020

Joy to the World

(2 Minute Read plus video. 23Dec2020)

Creche

Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas Blessings to all readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

Despite 2020 being a year full of turmoil, trouble, and disappointments, the year ends on a high note as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the One born to die.

But why are you and I the underlying reason for the season?

It is because you and I are sinners, and Jesus was born to die to save you and me from sin and death.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

After Eden Word Became Flesh

Jesus came to call men to repentance from sin and to give His life as a ransom for them. He came to give everlasting life to all who trust in Him. (John 3:16-18)

That is the truth that should fill our hearts and minds with thanksgiving and worship throughout this Christmas season.

Many men have sought to be god. But only one God, the true and only God, has sought to be man.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8)

This truth is heralded in the cherished Christmas hymn Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley (1707–1788), author of some 6,500 hymns. Here is its sixth verse:

Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

The Great Creator Himself has rescued His creation — starting with its pinnacle, man — by Himself becoming a man. No wonder we urge joy to the world: the Lord is come!

The much-beloved Christmas hymn Joy to the World is by Isaac Watts (1674–1748), recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody.” The hymn is based on Scripture passages including Psalm 98 and Psalm 96:11–12 along with Genesis 3:17–18.

According to Hymnary.org, Joy to the World is the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. Second is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

The hymn Joy to the World emphasizes how all of creation joyously welcomes its Creator and King. Here is a majestic YouTube video of the hymn with lyrics, choir, and orchestra. Can you hear the allusion to Genesis in the third verse?


 
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Questions to Ponder

1. Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season. How do you plan to honor Him?
2. In what sense are you and I the reason for the season?
3. Can you think of someone who needs to understand the reason for the season? Do you have a plan to explain it?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday December 23, 2020 A.D.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

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