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Friday, May 27 2011

The Waves Of Creation

King David is usually thought of as a shepherd, or a warrior of the hills and deserts of Judea. But David was also well-familiar with the sea; the coast of the vast and powerful Mediterranean Sea is only a relatively short distance from anywhere in the land of Israel. David recognized the power of Creation, and of the Creator (see Christ The Creator), wherever he witnessed it, including at sea - as he wrote in his Psalms.

"89:9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them." (Psalm 89:9 KJV)

"93:4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." (Psalm 93:4 KJV)

"107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof." (Psalm 107:23-25 KJV)

The Holy Scriptures David used the waves of the sea as an analogy for how the LORD is the original "life preserver" from all sorts of "waves," including those of man (see also The Bible And The Mob).

"22:1 And David spake unto the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 22:2 And he said,

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from Violence. 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears." (2 Samuel 22:1-7 KJV)

Even David's famous twenty-third Psalm includes "still waters" (i.e. waters are still because the waves have been made calm) out of a dangerous world.

"23:1 A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)

"The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea"

Although popularly, and erroneously, portrayed otherwise, the Holy Scriptures plainly say that the dividing of the sea at the time of the Exodus was actually done when "the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night" (Exodus 14:21 KJV; see In The Day Of The East Wind and The Night Crossing). The waters were divided by a wind-held wave. The LORD again spoke of it, later, in Isaiah i.e. "I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared."

Parting Of The Sea

"51:15 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. 51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people." (Isaiah 51:15-16 KJV)

The ancient people of God, by recognizing the Creator, and holding to His Word, were far ahead of "scientists" of centuries later (see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible). For example, Job described such things as plate tectonics ("Which removeth the mountains, and they know not") which is responsible for earthquakes ("Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble"). They all recognized that the dynamic powers of Creation, and of the Creator, are what makes "the world go around" - and the waves to roar (see also Stormy Weather).

"9:5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south." (Job 9:5-9 KJV)

The prophet Jonah was used as a prophetic object lesson of the Christ, i.e. "12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40 KJV; see also The Nineveh Prophecies). Jonah's three days and three nights example included the lesson of how, just as Jonah was sheltered from the waves by the "tomb" of a great fish, so too was Christ sheltered by the "waves" of evil people by the tomb ("Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people").

"2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple." (Jonah 2:1-4 KJV)

Two of the most well-known miracles of the Christ involved waves of the sea. In the first, as spoken of in the Scriptures all along before that time (e.g. "89:9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them" Psalm 89:9 KJV), the Messiah calmed the waves of a storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Raging Waves

"8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matthew 8:23-27 KJV)

The second famous incident involved the famous walking on the water - of Jesus, and of Peter.

"14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

14:29 And he said, Come.

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret." (Matthew 14:22-34 KJV)

Fact Finder: What sort of "waves" are going to be used for those who reject God's offer of salvation, by refusing to repent and truly obey Him?
See Heatwaves; also The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?

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This Day In History, May 27

893: Simeon I of was proclaimed Emperor of the first Bulgarian empire.

927: The Battle of the Bosnian Highlands; the Croatian army under King Tomislav defeated the Bulgarian Army.

1153: Malcolm IV was coronated as King of Scotland.

1328: Philip VI was coronated as King of France.

1564: John Calvin, prominent in the Protestant Reformation, died in Geneva.

1647: Peter Stuyvesant was inaugurated as the governor of New Amsterdam (it was later renamed New York when the English took the city from the Dutch).

1679: The English Parliament passed the Habeas Corpus Act, protecting citizens against false arrest and imprisonment. The main principles of the act were later incorporated into the U.S. Constitution.

1703: Czar Peter ("Peter the Great") founded the city of St. Petersburg as Russia's new capital.

1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi took Palermo in Sicily in his move to unite Italy.

1896: A tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri and East Saint Louis, Illinois killing 255 people and causing billions of dollars of damage.

1905: Nearly the entire Russian European Baltic fleet, that had sailed halfway around the world to the straits separating Korea and Japan, was sunk by the Japanese at the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War.

1907: A bubonic plague outbreak struck San Francisco, California.

1918: The Third Battle of the Aisne in France during the First World War. The battle lasted 8 days. The German operation, otherwise known as "The Battle of the Chemin des Dames" was briefly successful, but was stopped by the allies.

1926: A combined French and Spanish force of 250,000 men defeated independence Arab forces under Abd el-Krim in North Africa.

1927: The Ford Motor Company replaced the "Model T" with the "Model A."

1964: Jawaharial Nehru, Prime Minister of India, died at age 75.

1994: Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.

1999: The International Criminal Tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes in Kosovo.


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