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8:27 In Synch with the Creator

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking in a NASA photo.

When he prepared the heavens I [wisdom] was there; when he set a compass upon the face of the depth. Proverbs 8:27.

I hope I never forget the thrill of insight I experienced as I read Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time. Hawking was one of the great physicists of our age. In Brief History he showed that just a tiny bit of matter less and our universe would have blown apart at creation. A tiny bit more, and it would have collapsed on itself. The amount is so tiny that Christian astronomer Hugh Ross holds up a dime to demonstrate how much we are talking about. Imagine—one dime’s worth of matter is all that stands between a habitable and inhabitable universe. My thrill was because I recognized God at work.

Likewise, science is showing us that many, many things must be just right for the earth to support human life. It has to be the right size, with the right orbit around the right kind of star, in the right region of the right kind of galaxy, with exactly right proportions of carbon and water, metals and gases. Two hundred or more factors are now known which have to be right for a planet to support carbon-based life (the only possible kind in our universe). The discovery of over three hundred planets around other stars in the last decade has shown us just how difficult it is to find those “just right” conditions together in one place at one time. Truly we see God’s wisdom at work in fashioning our world.

This is Jesus’ doing. Scripture is unequivocal that everything we see was made through Christ and for him. Indeed, it is he who is speaking as wisdom personified in Proverbs 8:22-36. The lesson of this is that if anyone of us is not living for him, we are out of synch with the purpose of the universe we live in.

3:13ff God’s Wisdom in Christ

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Good Shepherd rescuing a lost sheep.

The Good Shepherd rescuing a lost sheep.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for its merchandise is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain from it than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her: and happy is every one who retains her.

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: then they will be life to your soul, and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely on your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid: instead, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.

As we uncover the secrets of the universe, and probe the workings of the human mind and body, we find an amazing richness of design. Whether on the grandest physical scale—the universe itself, or clusters of galaxies—or in the intricate workings of the smallest living cell, we find a wisdom which is almost incomprehensible.

We owe all of this to Christ. He is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24), and by him and for him all things were made (Colossians 1:15). The Christians who founded modern science believed this, and thought that they were but thinking Christ’s thoughts after him in their researches and experiments.

The promises of this passage of Proverbs are fulfilled in Christ.

• Length of days — Christ promises eternal life to whoever believes in him (John 5:24).
• Honor — We are told that when Christ comes in his glory he will be ashamed of whoever is ashamed of him now (Luke 9:26).
• Riches — Christ became poor so that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
• Pleasantness — Christ’s yoke is easy, his burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
• Grace — grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

Solomon instructs us to keep wisdom. Jesus instructs us to keep his words, and likens the man who does so to one who plants his foundation on rock (Matthew 7:24-25).

Are we afraid? Jesus is our consolation. He is the shepherd who protects our sheepcote with his very life (John 10).

This passage in Proverbs 3 and another in Proverbs 8 foreshadow Christ wonderfully.