View from the pulpit

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

 

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VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               November 2019

Wonderfully made 

A recent report on BBC television revealed a current exploration on the seabed off Malaga for future mining of cobalt, a mineral required in the manufacture of batteries for mobile phones and in the production of electric cars.  An underwater camera revealed the blowing away of sand on the seabed to examine the cobalt content of the rocks.  When God made the heavens and the earth this mineral was distributed around the earth.

When examining the universe, its complexity and design, one is amazed at the wonder of this creation.  David said in Psalm 19 v 1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork”.  And in Psalm 8 he said “when I consider the heavens, the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  Davids observation and consideration of the stellar heavens caused him to marvel at the wonder of it all.  The book of Job is probably the oldest book of the Bible and he says in chapter 9 v 9&10 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, Pleiades and the chambers of the south.  Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.  Job knew the names of these constellations that God had put in the universe, he refers to them again in chapter 38.  Jobs conclusion of his observations was that God has done great things past finding out and wonders without number, I say Amen to that!

Genesis chapter 1 informs us several times God “made” on the six days of creation all the necessary components for planet earth to dwell in his great universe.  Like Job, we are amazed at the vastness of the universe and can only agree with the apostle John in chapter 1 v 3 of  his Gospel that “all things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made”.  The ‘intelligent designer’ of all this was God and the Word (Jesus Christ) was the one who brought it about.  Hebrews chapter 1 tells us that he not only brought it about  v2 “by whom also he made the worlds” but also that he upholds it by the word of his power in v 3. The future of planet earth is not in the hands of scientists or environmentalists with their global warming predictions, spending billions to ‘fix’ the problem.  Planet earth is in Gods hands and the coming judgements of the Great Tribulation will make global warming seem insignificant by comparison.

King David’s observations of the universe caused him to wonder but then when he thinks of the human body he states in Psalm 139 v 14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”.  The same complexity of design and order are seen in the creation of the human body.  Starting with the human brain, which contains 86 billion neurons that operate the nervous system throughout the body.  That statement alone has WOW factor, even before considering the circulatory system which carries the blood around the body.   With its red and white cells performing multiple functions of carrying oxygen to the cells and disposing of waste.  The muscular performance of the body is very important to its well being, enabling movement and strength to be experienced whether walking or working.  The human skeleton is the scaffolding upon which the body is built again Job says in chapter 10 v 11 “Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews”.  The wise man Solomon also asks in Ecclesiastes chapter 11 v 5 “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all”.   So an observation of the universe and the human body would help us to know that this did not come about by a random happening, but God in his infinite wisdom and majestic power has brought all life and material things into being.  Another evidence of a wonderfully made body is the function of cells and the complexity of DNA.   Another factor relating to the human body is the amount of minerals in each person.  There are five main minerals that the body is dependent upon, Calcium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Hydrogen and Oxygen, these elements reside in trillions of cells.  More trace elements are found one of which is Cobalt.  B12 is the most complex of the B vitamins and every cell requires it.  It is derived from the mineral cobalt, which is found all over the earth’s surface, some in minute quantities.  An animal feeding upon grass will ingest cobalt, and bacteria in the digestive system will convert the cobalt into vitamin B12.  These animals are part of the food chain that mankind will feed upon and therefore supply the necessary B12 to all the cells of the human body.

When a person is converted to Christ and the new birth takes place something new is wonderfully made.  The Bible in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 v 17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. Body, soul and spirit are included in the new man.  The soul and the spirit are made alive, the body awaits its transformation when the Lord comes again for his church.  When the soul and spirit are made alive something is wonderfully made for the morality of the individual. I Corinthians chapter 1 v 30 confirms that  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: The newly converted person immediately possesses a wisdom that they never had before and righteousness which they never knew in life previously and are set apart to live for God in the wonder of his great redemptive purpose.

Physically every body is wonderfully made but not everybody is made anew in Christ.  Are you?

 

God bless,     

 

Stan Burditt