Let’s summarise what sort of medium the Bible hints at based on our earlier studies. There are three key things that I want to focus on – two that are related to the heavens (shamayim) and one that is related to the skies (shachaq). Continue reading
Songs are a powerful medium to communicate things. Hymns of the past combined Biblical truth in lyrics with memorable music. As I reflected on this, I wished that I could communicate some of the things I was learning in this Bible study using this medium. I am not a musician so I didn’t know how this could happen. Possibly my brother might compose something a little way down the track. Then I had this idea of taking the easy way out for less musical people – use the tune to a classic hymn and write my own lyrics to it. The hymn “To God be the glory” came to mind at this time. The end result was this Heavens Hymn. Continue reading
Firmament (raqiya) occurs 17 times in the Old Testament, of which nine of these are in Genesis 1 and a further five occurrences are in Ezekiel.
Let’s have a look at these references to see what we can learn from them.
God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Let’s go back to Genesis 1 and see what we can learn through a closer look at this.
God made the firmament.
He didn’t just separate the waters below and the waters above. He created something that required being made; something real, something physical. He made the firmament (King James Version) or expanse (New American Standard/New International Version). Continue reading