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The Great Designer (Genesis 1-2)
The creation is such a marvellous reflection of God's wisdom and intelligence. The symbiotic nature of our world is amazing. God has built a "system" that runs effectively and efficiently. The sun rises and sets, the rain falls and evaporates, the wind blows, sea-sons come and go, crops grow and are consumed. The Spirit sustains everything, and it all works in harmony with the creation. Every element has it's part -it's role to play. The complexity is astounding. Consider the human eye. Consider the design. There are about 40 individual subsystems, including the retina, pupil, iris, cornea, lens and optic nerve. The retina has approximately 137 million special cells that respond to light and send messages to the brain. The retina includes cells that process black and white vision and slightly different cells which process colour images. The eye delivers and interprets up to 1.5 million plus messages every milli-second! Something this complex can't happen randomly, by happenstance -it shouts the work of a designer -of an intelligent being -of our God. We are still learning about much of the complexity of the eye and as we learn and critique the design, it continues to demonstrate the depth of knowledge and wisdom of the designer. Here are a few more interesting facts:
•One eye consists of more than two million working parts
•The muscles that move your eyes are the fastest and strongest in your body
•After our brains, our eyes are the second most complex part of our body
•Your iris has 256 unique characteristics which make it way better than finger prints for identification
•On average we blink 5.2 million times in a year
•Your eye can detect over 10 million colour hues, but it can't pick up ultraviolet or infrared light
•Each eye has a blind spot where the optic nerve attaches, but our eyes compensate with each other to fill it in
•The function of tears is to clean the eye, but we don't know why emotions cause tears also
•Your eyes will process over 24 million images in your life time, contributing to 85% of your knowledge.
And this is just one element of the creation. Psalm 139:14 says:"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well". The design of creation is a powerful testament to our God. In Romans 1:19-20, Paul says that through everything that God has made, no one should be without excuse for knowing God. God's creation is so extensive -our Earth, our Solar System, our galaxy, the universe as we currently understand it. Macro elements and micro elements -all with incredible complexity. As we study, as we ponder, as we investigate, we come to understand the majesty of our God. We develop insights into the marvel of His creative power. When we understand that God created from nothing, the marvel of His creation is even more impressive. Let's continue to learn. Let's fuel our faith with the knowledge of our God -of His greatness -of His marvelous power. Let's use this insight to bring glory to him.
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