Snowflakes, Bees, and His Creative Word Part 1
The Word of God is more phenomenal than one could ever imagine. His will and ways are thoughtfully communicated in the form of language in the scriptures as well as are confirmed mathematically, geometrically, and are evidenced in all He has created.
since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made ~ Romans 1:20
"There is a language in nature that speaks of the existence of God. It is the language of order, beauty, perfection, and intelligence. Some time ago a scientist told me that when he gave serious thought to the majestic order of the universe and its obedience to unchanging law, he could not help but believe in God. He had become aware that God was speaking through nature" ~ Billy Graham
The patterns of nature in the created world as well as their mathematical and geometrical expressions are well noted in the worldly understanding of math and science and is attributed in the secular to either the process of evolution or, if you watch certain cable or satellite networks, they will tell you all this intelligence came from aliens.
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? ~ Job 12:7-10
Some of these discoveries are well known to cult religions who prostitute this knowledge by adding mystical and prophetic interpretations to these revelations and thereby end up worshiping the creation rather than the creator.
Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater. The realities of geometry and mathematics confirming what we read in the text of God's Word is evident and worth marveling at as well as solidifies the faith that we proclaim and hopefully lend to us some application to these truths
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” ~ Isaiah 6:3
I see his blood upon the rose
And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.
I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice—and carven by his power
Rocks are his written words.
All pathways by his feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree. ~ Joseph and Mary Plunkett
God has designed His Word and world in such a way that no matter how you slice and dice it truth is revealed and confirmed over and over again.There are a plethora of treasures to be discovered and mined in this spectacular and privileged God-given resource of His written word and the created world.
Lets begin with the snowflake. The snowflake is certainly something many have marveled at especially since the invention of microscopes. The ability to magnify a flake of snow has revealed the uniqueness of each one. This can be a lesson for us that by studying closely the Word of God intricate treasures can be revealed.
O magnify the Lord with me... ~ Psalm 34:3
The snowflake contains an even more profound revelation concerning that of how God's Word works in reference to the created world which I hope the remainder of this article will explain
Have you entered the treasury of snow? ~ Job 38:22
His Word Brings Order out of Chaos
Isaiah 55 will be the foundation scripture for both parts one and two of this presentation. Snow in the following portion of scripture is animating for us God's word accomplishing something. We will look at how the organizational formation of a snowflake is much like how God's spoken Word can bring order out of chaos. As you may notice I have coupled, in parenthesis the Genesis account that mirrors this very example.
as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there...So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; (...and God said) It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please (...and God saw...that it was good)~ Isaiah 55:11 / Gen1
"Grant me intention, purpose and design -- That's near enough for me to the divine" ~ Robert Frost
The Ordering and Organization of a Snowflake
A snowflake is water that is crystallized and forms into a unique hexagonal (6 sided) shape which testifies to the biblical account of the heavens and the earth being created in 6 days and representative of God's work via His Word.
A bit of explanation and visual of this process is described as such, when water is in its liquid state its molecules are in a chaotic arrangement and tumble around at random. (much like the darkness and void "in the beginning", as well as our lives without Christ) When water is resurrected into a cooler atmosphere above it is transformed by the organization of its molecules into hexagonal patterns as it freezes. which images for us how the Word of God can transform our lives through the resurrected Word of God that is Christ.
Elihu Job's friend describes this scientific the process in the natural quite correctly in this statement
From the breath of God is frost given, And the breadth (widely spaced) of waters is straitened (constrained and narrowed)~ Job 37:10
God's breath is animating for us the crystal forming process of water vapor condensing as it cools. "The breadth of waters" is describing the once warm water molecules that are spaced widely and randomly apart and then are "straitened" which in Hebrew translates more correctly constrained and narrowed which so accurately describes how when cooled, the molecules begin to closely pack together, as modern science would describe, and are no longer random but form extremely ordered intricate designs..
What an excellent visual of the creative attribute of Gods speech bringing order out of chaos. Not to mention the stunning wisdom of the ancients. Dim witted cave men they were not!
The earth was without form (chaotic), and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.Then God said... ~ Genesis 1:2-3
Anne Marie Helmenstine also writes a similar descriptive process in reference to the formation of snow flakes...
water molecules arrange themselves in pre-determined spaces and in a specific arrangement to fit the spaces and maintain symmetry (3)
From this description of the process we understand that the created world animated by the snowflake was specifically arranged and pre-determined by God Himself as well is maintained by Him.
by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,...and by him all things consist (are held together) ~ Colossians 1:16-17
upholding all things by the word of his power ~ Hebrews 1:3
The Mathematical and Geometrical Agreement
As we recall the foundation of the snowflake is hexagonal and representative of His creative Word. Shapes can be described in mathematical terms as well. Should it be surprising to us that the Word of God can be communicated in mathematical terms too? It is of no coincidence that all of these expressions are agreeing with each other as well as giving us testimony and visual dimension to His communicated truth.
Just a note that this is not numerology as in the worship and mystical interpretation of numbers. it is simply mathematical and geometrical facts that offer yet another dimensional layer to God's already communicated truth. It's like viewing the truth in 3d.
A bit of explanation about how words in scripture are communicated numerically may be useful. It is first important to realize that the ancient Hebrews did not have a separate numbering system and therefore letters were representative of numbers and that is how they did math. The first letter would have been 1 the second 2 and so on. It was discovered that by adding or multiplying the number/letters of Words or phrases in the scriptures common themes were associated with certain numbers as well as could formulate geometric patterns. By understanding that words represented by number can form geometric shapes we might be able to see how God's Words did frame the worlds. God's speech was not an abra cadabra magical event it was a very scientific occurrence.
This makes the intelligence of God particularly stunning in that the master mathematician could design a written text that could contain and express mult-dimensionally and in perfect harmony His Word and truth as well as the function of it.
He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding. ~ Jeremiah 51:15
The prophet Jeremiah tells us that God established (ordered and prepared) the world by His wisdom. We see this accomplished in Genesis chapter one via His spoken Word. By this we are informed that His Words have substance as well as power.
Luke records in reference to the the one who was before all things (Col 1:17) and by whom all things were made (John 1:3)
his word was with power ~ Luke 4:32
The Hebrew word for wisdom as is referred to in Jeremiah 51:15 in the above mentioned scripture text, is chokmah and its letters added together ordinally (Ex. 1,2,3...) equal 37 which is a hexagonal number meaning 37 dots arranged together forms a hexagon as shown on the right. It is the foundation from which snowflakes form and gives image of the wisdom with which God created all things.
The Hebrew word for wisdom chokmah, added together standardly, is 73 and is considered a star number again because the number of dots form a star pattern.
Can we see the earth represented by the hexagon which can form a sphere as shown in an earlier image above, and the heavens represented by the star confirming He created it all, the heavens and the earth, not just verbally but mathematically and geometrically. There is nothing mystic about God. He makes perfect sense out of what is seemingly random.
And what does this have to do with a snowflake you might ask? The snowflake which includes both number patterns 37/73 above can be represented by the number 373 and is a fractal expression of a snowflake. A couple of significant Biblical phrases that also add up to 373 are
of snow ~Proverbs 31:21
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty ~ Proverbs 29:4
The Greek word Logos when expressed numerically also values at 373
In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ~ John 1:1
The very first sentence in the Bible that sums up creation add up to 2701 which is the equivalent of 37x73
The number 3 in scripture is consistent with themes of things that are solid, real, and substantial and as exhibited in 3 dimensional objects. It also exhibits the realities and substantialness of the spirit realm.
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (spirit)...By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God...he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him ~ Hebrews 11:1,3,6
Faith is a real substantial substance God who is spirit and His Word are real and solid as a rock substantial.
He only is my rock and my salvation ~Psalm 62:2
The number 7 in scripture speaks of fulfillment, satisfaction, and completion. This is evidenced and imaged by the seventh day of the created universe when God saw all that He made and it was good. The very first sentence in the Bible consists of 7 Hebrew words expressing the summarizing the fulfillment of the creative events that follow.
As Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin might say..."HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!
By all this we can see that the Word of God is full of integrity and creative power in so many fascinating infinite ways and details that are real, substantial, and full of satisfying substance.
The next experience I am about to share continues and substantiates the hexagonal foundation of crystal formation and God's created order of things via His Word.
22 Degree Halo and Hexagonal Ice Crystals
April 10, 2014 our church hosted a Jews for Jesus presentation on Christ in the Passover, with the actual Passover being the 15th of April The young lady who presented lodged at my home the night of the presentation. We arrived at my home after dark and when I stepped outside the car and looked up at the sky the moon was encircled fully and thickly with a halo. I looked it up and discovered that this is a natural occurrence when light from the sun or moon is refracted through "hexagonal" ice crystals and is known as a 22 degree halo in description of the deviation of angles through these ice crystals. As I looked this up I couldn't help but recall the 22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph-bet and the Bible Wheel discovery
The Hebrew aleph-bet which the Old Testament is constructed with consists of 22 letters. The entire written Word of God itself contains 66 books which is 22 x 3 If you laid out these books in a linear fashion and rolled them up three times like a scroll you would have a circle that consists of 22 spokes each containing 3 books of the Bible each as shown in the diagram above. Notice that each spoke is headed with a letter of the Hebrew aleph bet. Each spoke is spectacularly and consistently themed with aspects of the pictographs representing it in each of the books included in a particular spoke.
And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. ~ Ezekiel 1:26-28
Let There Be Light
The 22 degree halo gives us the visual of God's sent light refracting through the wheel of His Word illuminating the darkness.
God said, “Let there be light~ Genesis 1
Just as a bonus the chart to the right will show that the bible rolled into a 3 fold (spiritual credibility) scroll this way also divides the books up neatly into their respective categories and its divisions form the shape of the top of a cross.
Honestly how can a book spanning so much time with so many authors make this happen? It's because there really is only one author namely God Himself who orchestrated it all.
A bit of bonus info relevant to hexagons and creation...It has recently been discovered that Saturn has a hexagonal storm on its North Pole. It is the sixth planet from the Sun and is known as Shabbatai by the Jewish people in reference to the Sabbath day of rest that honors God's 6 days of creative work. What an image in that the 6 planets revolve around the sun repesenting that all of our days and work should revolve around the Son Jesus the light of the world whose work on the cross made us new creations.
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation ~ II Corinthians in Christ
The storm is thought to be bordered by some kind of jet stream. Once again we see the stamp of God imaging in space His creative patterns and power as well as containing and ordering chaos. He is in control of all things and sovereign
The whole creation is nothing but the visible curtain behind which radiates the exalted working of God’s thinking - Abraham Kuyper
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard
Their measuring line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world ~ Psalm 19:1-4
Did you catch the measuring line part? Everything He does is precisely calculated as well as evidenced and displayed in all that He has made.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that..
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. ~ Hebrews 11:3
These formations of hexagonal structures are further revealing to us how Gods Word has creative integrity and is geometrically sound and expressed as is stated once again..
He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding. ~ Jeremiah 51:15
This is why all will be..
without excuse ~ Romans 1:20
God's existence and plan of salvation will be shown to have been evident in so many ways I would suspect that many may be asked how could they have possibly missed it?
It also appears that with the things of God...they are only revealed to those who sincerely seek Him. Which follows the theme in our foundation scripture of Isaiah 55. May I conclude Part One with this...
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon ~ Isaiah 55:6-7
This concludes the Snowflake exhibit of the Word of God. Part two will explore what the honeybee has to show us about God's Wonder filled Word and creation.
"Your Word Oh Lord is Eternal..." Mercy Me
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