Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 20, 2017

Of Plants and People

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On our recent hikes we have marveled at the abundance of different plants the Great Creator made for the benefit of people and animals.

Here is a picture of many different plants in a northern fen that we walked through recently. It includes several carnivorous pitcher plants as well as grasses, mosses, ferns, tree branches, and leafy plants of different types.

These are only a few of the huge cornucopia of plants the Great Creator made on Creation Day Three:
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day. (Genesis 1:11-13 NASB)

The mind-boggling variety, diversity, and complexity of these plants is testimony to the Great Creator‘s genius. Every single green leaf in this picture and each of the millions upon millions of leaves in the fen is an amazing little energy-conversion factory that takes carbon dioxide from the air and light from the sun and produces both oxygen for breathing and energy in the form of sugars stored in plants.

Plants in a Northern Fen

Even now biologists do not fully understand photosynthesis, the process whereby plants convert sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into sugars, starches, fats, and oxygen. This provides food for people and animals along with renewed air, as the oxygen is released into the atmosphere. Without photosynthesis, the sun’s energy would be useless and life could not exist.

Photosynthesis is the primary supply source for the oxygen we breathe. It also produces all the organic compounds and most of the energy needed for plant and animal life. God’s provision of food, energy, and oxygen through plants via photosynthesis is so abundant that we take it for granted and rarely think about it or thank Him for it.

Chlorophyll, the green pigment in leaves, is an essential part of photosynthesis. Sunlight hitting chlorophyll molecules causes them to vibrate and emit charged electrons that energize the sugar-making process in the leaf. Chlorophyll molecules absorb the red and blue parts of sunlight and reflect the green. That’s why leaves look green.

Model of chlorophyll molecule

Model of the chlorophyll a molecule
Mg – green, N – blue, O – red,
C – black, H – white

Chlorophyll is a highly complex molecule comprised of magnesium (Mg), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H) atoms. It exists in multiple forms in nature. The most common plant form is chlorophyll a with molecular formula C55H72O5N4Mg.

For a plant to make a chlorophyll molecule requires at least 17 different enzymes, each of which is itself a complex molecule. The complicated chlorophyll molecule did not arise by chance. It was designed by the benevolent Great Creator for the benefit of His creatures, animals and people.

Photosynthesis involves hundreds of chemical reactions among many different complex molecules occurring in the correct order at exactly the right times. Yet many scientists insist on believing it all developed gradually by accident, instead of acknowledging the work of the intelligent Great Creator who designed the process for the benefit of plants, animals, and people.

Chlorophyll and photosynthesis testify of a Designer and Creator, for they could not have arisen by chance accident. If any single part were missing, the whole incredibly complex system would be useless.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you consciously thank the Great Creator for the beauty and benefits of plants?
2. How do leaves demonstrate the overwhelming abundance of the Great Creator?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday September 20, 2017 A.D.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3 NASB)

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Responses

  1. How marvellous are the works of His Hands in all creation! The more we learn about the infinitely complex design in everything we find, the more we see His invisible attributes being manifested to mankind. I have tried to ‘formulate’ an ‘equation for life’, taking into account as many known factors as possible that are required for complex and sentient life to exist, and the odds just keep increasing! Conservatively I believe that the odds of ‘everything just happening by chance’ are 1 in 10 to the power 2 million…. I prefer my odds, just 1 in 1 that God IS, that He is exactly Who He says He is, and that He will do exactly what He said He would do.

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