Day 2

The Hebrew for Gravity: טָבַע

January 18, 2017

If you know anything about Matty’s Paradigm you should know that we break from every flavor of mainstream Creationism that ever existed by proposing that life began in zero-G and that gravity was created on the second day of creation. A strict literal interpretation of the Bible does not, as some people erroneously believe, require that the Earth is flat. In our attempt to harmonize the Bible with all observable physical phenomena and all legitimate science requires that we can account for the obvious: the Earth is spherical.

The second day of creation as described in the Bible is when God separated the waters below from the waters above with the construction of a firmament. The details of this have been discussed elsewhere. The physical mechanism that God employed to achieve this ordering of the physical universe was the creation of gravity. A singularity if you want to be technical. Singularity, singular, for there is only one. Matty’s Paradigm is a cosmological system that doesn’t require any dark matter or black holes to smooth out the bumps in its rocky physics.

Now I am pretty sure that this is a new idea. If anyone is aware of someone else thinking this up then please let me know.

So one of my Twitter Trolls asked me what is the Hebrew word for gravity. He is a devoted flat-earther so I am sure it was meant in a snarky way. Many people attempt to lay traps for me but they all turn out to be more weight in favor of Matty’s Paradigm:

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:10) KJV

The thing about doctrine is that it has to be consistent with the entirety of scripture. Pulling the occasional verse out of context and waving it as proof of an idea doesn’t do you any good if the idea is in opposition against the broad narrative of scripture. People who pull out verses and claim that they prove Jesus lied have obviously missed the boat, because the entire narrative of the plan of redemption is that Jesus lived a sinless life and that’s why his sacrifice is sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world.

That being said, the idea that God created gravity on the second day is pretty neat. It solves a major problem for both the construction of the firmament and for astronomy, since the center of gravity for the entire universe is obviously the Earth (just being honest folks). However, is this an example of taking a verse or two of scripture out of context and creating havoc with it?

We can put this to the test.

All ideas have to be tested against the scriptures if we are to be able to confidently assert that we understand the true meaning.

In Matty’s Paradigm we have accounted for several structural components of the earth that occur in the scriptures:

  • Dry ground (Genesis 1:9-10)
  • Eden (Genesis 2:8-15, 3:23)
  • Firmament of the heaven (Genesis 1:8-20)
  • Foundations of the earth (Isaiah 24:18, Jeremiah 31:37)
  • Foundations of the mountains (Deuteronomy 32:22, Psalm 18:7, Jonah 2:6)
  • Fountains of the great deep (Genesis 7:11, 8:2)
  • Great deep (Genesis 7:11)
  • Hell below (Isaiah 14:9)
  • Highest part of the dust of the earth (Proverbs 8:26)
  • Lowest hell (Deuteronomy 32:22, Psalm 86:13, Proverbs 15:24)
  • Open firmament of heaven (Genesis 1:20)
  • Paved work of sapphire stone (Exodus 24:10)
  • Pillars of the earth ( 1 Samuel 2:8, Job 9:6, Psalm 75:3, Psalm 104:3)
  • Sea of glass (Revelation 4:6, 15:2)
  • Third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2)
  • Waters above and waters below the firmament (Genesis 1:6-8)
  • Waters beneath the earth (Deuteronomy 5:8)
  • Windows of heaven (Genesis 8:2, Isaiah 24:18)

If we want to examine the scriptural basis of the concept of gravity let’s take a look at the references to the “Foundations of the Earth.”

There is a strict progression of events in Matty’s Paradigm that are necessary steps in the formation of Earth. Firstly the elements, molecules and structures of cells were formed, the Word of God was encoded as DNA, unicellular, colonial and multicellular life all developed in an aqueous environment with zero gravity.

At the beginning of the second day God metaphorically set a compass on the face of the deep (Proverbs 8:27). A drawing instrument compass, not a direction finding compass. The location of the point is a singularity: the center of gravity for the whole universe. The circle that was drawn is the location of the firmament. The moment that the gravity was activated an ordering of matter began. Heavy elements and dense compounds sank. Light elements and less dense objects were displaced outward. Gases came out of solution and an atmosphere began to form. It is at this point in the scriptural narrative where, if we are right, there should be a reference to a concept like this. The ancient Hebrew ought to have a concept of it. It’s almost like a predictive, testable hypothesis but instead of doing an experiment we are going to pull out the concordance and the lexicon.

We have great tools available today. My favorite is Bible Hub, but I poses the physical books that I would need to do the same kind of research. Simply typing “foundations of the earth,” in Bible Hub brings up all of the passages of scripture where this phrase occurs. We are going to need to examine the context where this phrase occurs for any other words or phrases that relate to the concept of gravity. If anything looks promising then we use the Strong’s numbers to look up the actual Hebrew word that was translated, so that we can find out where else it occurs in the Bible. We must check these references also to see if they are indeed consistent with the idea that gravity is a created thing that occurs at a specific moment in creation.

We pick our way through the many references until we get to Job 38:

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; (Job 38:1-6) KJV

God is directly addressing Job in this this fascinating speech which is clearly referencing the days of creation. Our phrase “foundations of the earth,” forms the subject of the following two verses. Here’s the same passage in a different translation.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,

Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?

“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone, (Job 38:4-6) HCS

On what were its bases sunk? That sounds like gravity to me. The word is the Hebrew word translated as thereof fastened.

taba: to sink, sink down

So we have the concept of sinking down directly tied to the moment in creation when the foundations of the Earth were established. Strong’s concordance is a little skimpy on the definitions on account of needing to control its physical size, so I turn to my trusty Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon.

An ancient Hebrew concept of gravity.

To sink, as in water, mud. That’s exactly what I’m saying happened on the second day when God created gravity. So let’s look at the other occurrences of this word to see if it occurs in this context. Of the 10 occurrences of this word, 8 refer to an individual or thing sinking into mud or mire. Jeremiah’s own plight of being dropped into a well is described with this word.

One occurrence is in Proverbs 8. Surprise, surprise. Proverbs 8, starting at verse 22, is a very detailed sequential explanation of the work that took place during the 6 days of creation from the perspective of Wisdom, an observer who is a personification of the Holy Spirit.

Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: (Proverbs 8:25-27) KJV

Our gravity concept, taba, is translated “were settled.” So then:

  • before the mountains were settled, before the hills, before God made the Earth or the fields or the highest part of the dust of the Earth (Ros, the location of Eden).
  • When he prepared the heavens, when he set a compass on the face of the water. (paraphrased)

We have a concept of sinking in water or mud at the precise moment in creation when God did the work of the second day: He established a singularity which caused the solid Earth to form within water, and simultaneously an atmosphere surrounded by a crystalline firmament, above which was more water.

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. (Isaiah 48:3)

I don’t know about you but I call that a theological slam-dunk.

Which brings me to the last occurrence of the word taba. This just happens to be the epic story of David and Goliath.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. (1 Samuel 17:49) KJV

The stone sunk into his forehead. Same word, taba.  Goliath is described as six cubits and a span in height. If a cubit is about 18 inches and a span half of that, that puts Goliath at 9.5 feet tall. I’m sure he was what you might call “big boned.” Now I’m sure that there are people out there who would speculate about how a simple farm boy with a sling and a pebble could cause the pebble to sink into the skull of a giant. No doubt there are people who would like to claim that Goliath had a genetic malformation of his skull which caused there to be a weak spot where the stone hit. Or we could understand the power of God and understand that he could create a pulse of gravity in the center of Goliath’s head that would suck the stone right into it.

It’s pretty ironic to think that there may have been a gravity assist in David’s victory over Goliath. Gravity assist is one more vain attempt by someone on Twitter to prove heliocentricity, but that’s another story.

David and Goliath. What a perfect way to illustrate the fact that we have destroyed the dominant paradigm of modern science. And what a perfect killing stroke to the absurdity of flat earth.

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