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  • Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.” Psalm

  • 66.5 God of Wonders

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  • For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being

  • understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they

  • are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 In the beginning God created the heavens and

  • the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.

  • And since the dawn of creation, God´s attributes are seen

  • and know by all. As a building requires a builder,

  • creation demands a Creator. And as an outstanding design points to a gifted

  • designer, our amazing universe reveals the glory of

  • an awesome Creator. God´s wonders surround us.

  • And these marvels reveal much about our Creator. Through creation we glimpse His power and

  • wisdom, His majesty and care.

  • Creation is speaking to those who will listen. I´m Dr. John Whitcomb.

  • Join us as we explore the message of creation, conscience, and the glory of God!

  • God of Power Throughout creation God´s power is displayed.

  • From the new growth of plants in the spring, to new life forming in the womb;

  • Wherever we turn the Creator´s energizing power

  • Is unmistakable. He guides the stars in their courses above,

  • He formed the majestic mountains, He maintains the beneficial seasons,

  • And in His hand is the life of every living thing.

  • The fact that we have a universe tell us that we need a Creator.

  • Because, you see, the universe has a beginning and therefore requires a cause.

  • The energy in the universe has a beginning and therefore requires a cause.

  • And people sayWell, okay, fine. God made the universe, but then who made God

  • ?” But you see, God is eternal.

  • God doesn´t have a beginning and therefore doesn´t require a cause.

  • And that may be a little hard to grasp, but there´s nothing irrational about an eternal

  • being. There is something irrational about something

  • popping into existence from nothing, ‘cause that

  • violates causality. “Before the mountains were brought forth,

  • or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You

  • are God.” Psalm 90.2 You know, a famous evolutionist was once asked,

  • where did the Big Bang come from? And he said simply, “If somebody ever asked

  • youwhere mass energy came from,

  • just ask them where God came from.” And I think he really said something much

  • more meaningful than he thought.

  • Something had to be eternal. Either mass energy is eternal or God is eternal.

  • Well, science has taught us a lot about mass energy.

  • One of the things is it wears out. Mass energy eternal doesn´t make any sense

  • at all. God is eternal, does make sense.

  • As we read in that first chapter of Hebrews: The heavens

  • The whole universe is growing old and wearing out

  • like a garment to be cast off but Thou, O Lord, endureth forever.

  • The Bible explains there´s one God who is the Creator

  • and the source of all life and energy. The forces of nature are energized and guided

  • by His hand. Who hasn’t´felt the rumble of an approaching

  • storm and considered God´s might?

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  • His lightnings light the world; the earth sees and trembles.” Psalm 97.4

  • Thunder clapping Thunderstorms are an amazing display of the

  • Creator´s might. An average thunderstorm pours down

  • several hundred million gallons of water Equivalent to the amount of water that flows

  • over Niagara Falls every 6 minutes. The same storm releases 10 million kilowatt

  • hours of energyequivalent to a 20 kiliton nuclear

  • warhead. And large, severe thunderstorms can be 10,

  • of even 100 more energetic. At any given moment, hundreds of storms are

  • occurring somewhere aroung the world.

  • This amounts to about 16 million thunderstorms each year!

  • Thunder clapping The accompanying lightning illuminates an

  • entire skyline. A bolt may reach over 5 miles in length,

  • contain over 100 million electrical volts, and soar the temperatures approaching

  • 50.000 degrees Fahrenheit in a split second hotter than the surface of the sun.

  • On average, lightning strikes the earth 100 times

  • every second. Several million bolts reach earth each day.

  • The tremendous power, the incredible speed, and the glaring flash are clear manifestations

  • of our Creator´s majestic power. Thunderstorms are an incredible phenomenon

  • in the atmosphere. They´re awesome. They´re powerful.

  • They´re frightening. They have all kinds of energy releases.

  • That´s basically what´s happening is a thunderstorm is releasing large quantities of energy in

  • our atmosphere By vertical motions.

  • Thunderstorms contribute a major amount to the water cycle.

  • The hydrologic cyclewater is evaporated from the oceans.

  • the vapor is drifted over the continents and then it falls

  • as rain and then flows back into the sea. Thunderstorms are a major part of that cycle,

  • where it converts that water vapor back into liquid water or rain and falls to the

  • earth. Lightning and thunderstorms in Scripture are

  • often used as a symbol of God´s wrath against rebellious

  • people. But everybody has been struck by the awesome

  • beauty of lightning and storm and the smell of the fresh air.

  • The lightning itself puts together two gases in the air

  • nitrogen and hydrogento make fertilizer. When the lightning stroke goes through the

  • air, it releases the nitrogen in the vapor form

  • and absorbs it into the water and it falls down and fertilizes

  • the ground. By thunderstorms.

  • Four thousand years ago job pondered the Almighty´s display

  • with these words: “He binds up the water in His thick clouds,

  • yet the clouds are not broken under it. He stirs up the sea with His power,

  • and by His understanding He breaks up the storm.

  • Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!

  • But the thunder of His power who can understand?” so thunderstorms and natural events

  • that are highly energetic. I think they are a lesson about if God can

  • do this, what must He be like ?

  • While we may not fully grasp this cumulative power,

  • these grand display should cause all to stand in awe of our great God.

  • Lift up yours eyes on high, and see who has created these things,…by the greatness

  • of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing.” Isaiah 40.26

  • Our sun is immense and its energy output enormous. The core of the sun is a scorching

  • 27 million degrees Fahrenheit! Though the sun is 93 million miles from earth,

  • sunlight is our main source of energy. Energy leaves the sun at the ferocious rate

  • of 5 million tons of matter per second.

  • This goes on day and night, year after year. There are many examples of God´s power in

  • nature. The whole universe came about by His word.

  • Psalm 33.9 says that God spoke it was finished. He commanded and it stood fast.

  • As one good example, consider our nearest star, the sun

  • the sun gives off more energy in one second than mankind

  • has produced since Adam and Eve. The sun actually provides its energy by nuclear

  • fusion, converting hydrogen into helium on a grand

  • scale. And this is true of all the stars.

  • In our own Milky Way Galaxy, we estimate 100 billions stars.

  • And beyond that, in deep space, we see 100 billion more galaxies.

  • One cannot begin to grasp the kind of energy and power

  • that we´re talking about, all created by God´s Word.

  • The sun heats the earth and it drives all of the weather systems on the earth

  • tornados, hurricanes, thunderstorms, just plain rain clouds, winds, all of that

  • is driven by the energy coming from the sun.

  • And the energy that we have on earth is only one billionth

  • of the amount of energy that´s coming from the sun!

  • To gain perspective, with the gain, of computer animation,

  • Lets now travel with the earth to then sum. At one hundred times the speed of light.

  • From this view we begin to appreciate the manigtude

  • of our home star. Over one million earths would fit inside the

  • sun. yet our sun is an average size star

  • many stars in our own galaxy dwarf it. Arcturus is the forth-brightest star in the

  • night sky. Though 200 trillion miles away, this orange

  • giant is visible to the naked eye.

  • by moving our sun next to Arcturus we can grasp

  • its immensity. Arcturus is 100 times brighter with a radius

  • 20 times greater than the sun´s.

  • yet even Arcturus appears small when compared with the super-giant Betelgeuse.

  • Betelgeuse has a radius 600 times that of our sun.

  • A reddish star, it shines a remarkable 60.000 times

  • brighter than the sun. However even Betelgeuse is not the largest

  • star in our galaxy. Several red super giants in the Milky Way

  • are even larger some with a radius 1500 times that of our

  • sun. One of the things in creation that I think

  • really exhibits God´s power, is the power released in stars.

  • The sun releases more energy in one second than a billion

  • major cities on the earthif there were a billion

  • would produce in a year And that´s just released in one second

  • you can imagine that! And of course there are stars that are even

  • more powerful than the sun.

  • And just imagine all that power. All those stars, billions of stars that are

  • in our galaxy, Billion of stars in other galaxies,

  • and yet the Bible describes the creation of all that energy, all that power,

  • With a single phrase: “He made the stars also.”

  • When we consider that these ratios present only a sliver

  • of our Creator´s power, certainly we can agree

  • with the psalmist when he exhorts: “Let all the earth fear the Lord.”

  • Of course the stars reveal more than raw power. Without the light of the sun, all life on

  • earth would soon perish.

  • The sun´s life-giving energy provides a constant reminder

  • of our Creator´s steadfast lovethe God who shines His gift of light on all.

  • He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty

  • in power; His understanding is infinite.” Psalm 147:5-5

  • The visible universe contains more than 100 billion galaxies.

  • Each of these galaxies has a diameter millions of trillions

  • of miles wide; and each contains hundreds of billions of stars

  • though incomprehensible, it is now estimated that the universe holds over a billion trillion

  • stars. Long before the introduction of the telescope,

  • scripture declared that man would be unable to determine

  • the exact number because there are so many. Of course the Creator knows the exact number,

  • and Psalm 147 declares that He even calls each star by name!

  • The power to create each of these stars, the wisdom to maintain their stellar courses,

  • and the incredible beauty displayed throughout the universe, combine to affirm

  • the Creator´s majesty and care. God has made the universe so vast.

  • All man can do is just marvel at this universe, the vastness of it.

  • And I say, God, You are soYou are so great!

  • And I think of what David said, “When I consider Your heavens,

  • the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars

  • that You have made, what is manthat Thou art mindful of him, or the son

  • of man that You should visit Him ?”

  • It´s estimated that there are over 100 billion stars

  • in our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. It is estimated that there are over 100 billion

  • galaxies in the universe.

  • Of course the Bible tells us that as the heavens are higher

  • than the earth, so are God´s ways above our ways and His

  • thoughts above our thoughts, so chew on that for a little bit - -

  • Think about how big the universe is compared to the earth,

  • Which is just the head of a pin by comparasion. Just how big is God´s universe ?

  • Travelling at the speed of light - - 186.000 miles per second - -

  • We could circle the earth seven times in one second.

  • However, to travel across the know universe at the speed of light would take 28 billion

  • years or more! Today most astronomers acknowledge that the

  • universe appears to be expanding.

  • This also agrees with the Bible which says God

  • stretches out the heavens like a curtain.” There are some examples in the Bible

  • of scientific foresight. One example that comes to mind in particular,

  • is in Isaiah 40:22 which talks about God stretching out

  • the heavens as a tent or as a curtain. And you might say, “Well, that is written

  • in a poetic way, so we´ve got to be careful.”

  • And yet, there are at least ten other places in the Bible where it talks about this stretching

  • out of the heavens.

  • And that is something that was only discovered in

  • the twentieth century when we found that, indeed,

  • all the galaxies appear to be, or virtually all of them appear to be moving

  • away from each other, as if the entire universe is being,

  • lo and behold, stretched out and expanded, just like the Bible says.

  • That´s obviously not something that people could have observed

  • in ancient times. That´s something that had to have been revealed

  • to them from above.

  • Unimaginably large, containing spectacular galaxies

  • and stunning nebulae, truly: “The heavens declare

  • the glory of God.” It´s not just the visible forces of nature

  • or our immense universe that reveals God´s might.

  • It turns out that there is tremendous energy present

  • in all matter - - even the tiny atom. Let´s explore one more example of the Creator´s

  • infinite power. “Consider the wondrous works of GodJob

  • 37:14 In the last century scientists have uncovered

  • the vast energy present in all matter.

  • The now well-know relation E=mc Squared states that

  • the potential energy of any matter is equal to its mass

  • times the speed of light squared. One of the great discoveries of the twentieth

  • century was the discovery E = mc Squared, that little

  • equation that most people have heard of

  • but maybe they don´t know what it means. What it really means is that energy has mass.

  • That doesn´t mean that energy can be exchanged for mass,

  • but rather, energy actually possesses mass. Energy weighs something, if you could put

  • it on a scale. Even light.

  • Even the light that is coming from this room, if I could put it on a scale, it would weigh

  • just a little bit. In the past century, scientists have explored

  • the concept of nuclear energy. It involves the formula E = mc Squared

  • made famous by Albert Einstein. In this formula, the “m” stands for mass

  • or matter, and “c” is the speed of light.

  • What the expression says is that it is possible to take matter

  • or mass and convert it entirely into energy. You take a mass and you annihilate it and

  • off comes light and sound and power and energy

  • and that also means that if we could take just a little bit

  • of mass and harness the energy from it, we could do some really incredible things.

  • You see that equation, the “c” in that equation,

  • E = mc Squared, “c” is the speed of light, which of course

  • is quite large. And c squared, the speed of light times itself,

  • that´s very, very large. So that tells us that even the tiniest amount

  • of mass has an enormous amount of energy associated