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The Depth Of The Sea

Drowning is loss of life caused by immersion in water (usually). It's a tragedy that happens to many people each day all around the world (earth's surface is about 70% water). The ancient world also knew drowning as a means of capital punishment. In the time of the New Testament it was used by the Syrians, and the people of Israel were familiar with it themselves - Jesus Christ referred to execution by drowning in His warning "whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6 RSV)

"the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth"

The greatest drowning during Bible History was of course The Flood:


"And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; the waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, cattle, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm upon the earth, and every man; everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark." (Genesis 7:19-23 RSV) (see also How Big Was Noah's Ark?)

Perhaps the second-most famous Biblical drownings were Pharoah's troops at the time of the Exodus:

"Then The Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen." So Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its wonted flow when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled into it, and The Lord routed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not so much as one of them remained." (Exodus 14:26-28 RSV)

On at least two occasions, some of the apostles, some of whom were fishermen (whose foremost occupational hazard was drowning) were miraculously saved:

"And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea [i.e. The Sea Of Galilee], so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep. And they went and woke Him, saying, "Save, Lord; we are perishing." And He said to them, "Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?" Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?" (Matthew 8:24-27 RSV)

"But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately He spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear." And Peter answered Him, "Lord, if it is You, bid me come to You on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." (Matthew 14:26-33 RSV)

Fact Finder: What is the most abundant element in the universe? How was it involved in the flood in the time of Noah? How will it be involved in the future "flood" that will cover the entire earth?
See Hydrogen

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