Daily Post: Volume
Math was not always my strong suit in school, but I did ok. Some people think that simple arithmetic is all that matters, as if making change from a $5.00 bill at MacDonalds is a great life achievement. However, mathematics is more than simple arithmetic, and we use it daily in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Do you want to design buildings and become a well-respected Architect? Better learn the math required, or your structures will collapse and people will die. Do you want to create the next new gourmet dish that people stand in line to devour? Better learn the math required for proper ingredient measurements or the line won’t even form. Do you want your teen-age son to learn how to avoid collisions in your car when he drives himself to school everyday? Then you better make sure he understands some basic principles of geometry, and distance measuring, or your car may end up looking like an accordion.
Measurements, and more specifically the principle of measuring volume, are different for sound, solids, liquids, and gases. For a quick and easy understanding of how each is different click HERE. I want to focus in this article on the Cube as my example, since I find it one which offers a great deal of mystery. Since all sides of a cube are the same measurement, the Volume of a cube is any side or edge cubed (AxAxA or A3). What makes this so mysterious is that inside the volume of any cube is the ability to subdivide the volume into 27 proportionately equal smaller cubes… see the image above. Stay with me here.
If you are bored to tears with this ho-hum article filled with math principles, how about I show you this image from the Bible? What if I were to tell you that I could give you an image of the greatest city known to man, that hasn’t even appeared on earth yet? And what if I told you its design were a CUBE? Watch this…
The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.
Do you see it? Length, Width, and Height are equal! The basic measurement is a Yard, according to human measurements (which are also angelic measurements), which is a CUBIC measurement. So the angel of God tells John the Apostle, that the city Jesus spoke of in John 14:2 (“I go to prepare a place for you”), is measured in yards, and the measurement of one side of this cube is 1,500 miles (2,640,000 yards). Think of this as the distance between Phoenix, Arizona to Richmond, Virginia. Now CUBE this image, since the measurement is only ONE side of the city! This one city would cover most of North America and extend upwards into the atmosphere for 1500 miles! The atmosphere of earth before reaching space is only about 62 miles! But God says this city – The New Jerusalem – will reach 1400 miles into space beyond our current atmosphere!
I hear the wheels turning in your brain right now. Some will say, “This guy’s a crazy nut! That’s impossible!” All you have to do is realize, everything about your life right now is based on faith and things you cannot see or even image. Do you see “how” the pill you take every day controls your blood pressure? Can you visibly see (with your naked eye) the blood coursing through your veins, keeping you alive? Just because you don’t see it, just because you can’t comprehend it, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. So, here’s the thing, is the 15003 miles an actual, literal measurement?
Dr. Charles De Haan said, “Always interpret every statement in the Word of God literally as meaning exactly what it says, unless it is definitely stated otherwise, or the structure and context are such that you can plainly see that the passage concerns a figure or a symbol.”
When will we finally realize that everything in Scripture is given to us for specific reasons?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Perhaps we should see the image at the beginning of this article as another measurement of volume. What if the information you now know, understand, and have applied in your life from the Bible is the solid cube? Can you see from this image that there is infinitely more that you could learn from His Word? God gave us these Scriptures so we would be adequately equipped for every good work.
My desire is to reach the full volume of His expectations for me!
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
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