Tuesday, November 16, 2010

All the Days that Adam Lived

This past week, we've begun to talk about considering the study of mathematics in a new light. (See "Math: Not Just a Four-Letter Word.")

As we think about the nature, purpose, and propriety of math, I want to point you back to the way math expresses the beauty and order of the universe.

For example, did you ever stop to think about the math in the Bible?

Addition

3When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.

4Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.

5So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.

Genesis 5:3-5

Fractions

27'But if it is among the unclean animals, then he shall redeem it according to your valuation and add to it one-fifth of it; and if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to your valuation.

28'Nevertheless, anything which a man sets apart to the LORD out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything devoted to destruction is most holy to the LORD.

29'No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.

30'Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S; it is holy to the LORD.

31'If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it.

32'For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.

Leviticus 27:27-32

Geometry

15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.

Genesis 6: 15-18

What other examples can you think of?

I want to give you a challenge this week. What if, when we read Scripture, we were to pay as much attention to numbers as we do to words? How might that change the way we think about math?

Let's not forget that God is Lord of numbers as well as words. In light of that knowledge, let's not turn our back on an entire realm of His truth by rejecting mathematics. Instead, let's make it our goal to "[bring] every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).

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