Stretching Out the Heavens

Okay, this one comes from left field, but hear me out…

While studying for my Prophets class I noticed again that Isaiah uses a unique, consistent description of the creation of the heavens. He says God “stretched them out.”

I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded. (Isa. 45:12)

Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand up together. (Isa. 48:13)

And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens… (Isa. 51:13)

Now, as an experiment, next time you are giving your kids a bath put your hands flat against each other under the water and stretch them out quickly away from each other. What happens? Small whirlpools called eddies are formed. As you stretch out your hands the water is displaced and the void is filled by swirling water that trails behind your hands.

As far as I know, the Big Bang Theory has no explanation for the orbital swirling motion of all the galaxies in the universe. If there was a “big bang” everything would be moving in a linear way directly out from the center point of origin. That’s not the case. The galaxies are a mass of swirling, circular motion.

If Isaiah’s language is more than poetry, and if God did indeed “stretch out” the heavens in some way, then the swirling galaxies may just be the eddies left behind from this awesome creative act.

I told you it was from left field, but it’s interesting to think about…..

2 Comments

  1. A Japanese April 2, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    That’s interesting thought! From Fall 2011, do we have a class of The Old Testamental Cosmology, right? 🙂

  2. C.J. Williams April 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi Kunio. Oh yeah, you can expect me to talk about creation in some detail! Good to see you here!

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