The Bible is not a science book but it contains TRUTH. And yes, it contains stunningly precise guidelines and statements based on scientific facts which have been discovered only in the recent past.
In Genesis 17:12 God instituted circumcision on day 8 of life. Why day 8? Why not day one? It turns out a critical physiologic development happens between day 2 and day 9 of life with respect to platelet function and clotting. A leading pediatric hematology book describes the phenomenon of platelet hyporesponsiveness which spontaneously resolves by day 8 of life! It takes about a week before these circulating cellular fragments called platelets develop their full “stickiness” and are able to help prevent hemorrhage during circumcision. It is more than a mere coincidence that God would command Abraham to perform this ritual when platelet function reaches physiologic maturity.
Before humans understood the concept of a solar system with the Sun found at the center and the Earth rotating on its axis around the sun, Jesus knew this all too well. The Earth’s 24 hr rotation and exposure to the Sun is responsible for the simultaneous presence of night and day on opposite sides of the planet. Luke 17:34–36 tells us that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working at daytime activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night present on the planet at the same time! People had no concept of such phenomenon back then!
The prophet Isaiah also receives revelation from God that the earth is round: “It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptics maintain, but to a sphere. The Hebrew word used here literally means circle or circuit. Secular man discovered this many years later. It was in fact Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world.
In a written statement from Columbus’ own hand, he testified that it was from reading the book of Isaiah that he discovered that the world is round. He wrote (from his diary, in reference to his discovery of “the New World”): “It was the Lord who put it into my mind. I could feel His hand upon me … there is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures.”
Medical and scientific principles first mentioned in the Bible are many, and we will explore them in upcoming posts.
to be continued…