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“Our God is an orderly God—in His creation, with astronomy, you can predict when things are going to happen,” he says. “Knowing where stars were when Columbus sailed to where they will be next winter—the evidence for a Designer is overwhelming.”

Professor Henry Kuhlman

It is not difficult for people to see the order in the universe and point to God. The sun comes up every day, the seasons go through their annual cycle, Orion appears in the Northern hemisphere every winter. How odd it seems to think of a universe with no predictability, where the physical order would change in unpredictable ways and we could never know which season would come next and where, or if, the stars would show up.

Psalm 19 speaks to this order: The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Day after day they pour forth speech, and night after night they display knowledge. vs. 1-2

The physical order of the universe is evident in these first two verses. The repetition of order – day after day (ליומ יומ yom l’yom) and night after night (ללילה לילה lailah l’lailah) demonstrates the regularity of that order. Day after day pours forth speech (אמר amar) and night to night reveals knowledge (דעת da’at). That speech (amar) is the word of God in physical form. He speaks to us through His creation as Psalm 19 continues:

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world. ca. 3-4

You can travel anywhere you wish on the face of planet Earth, and the voice (קול kol) of creation is heard everywhere you go. The voices of the day-by-day and night-by-night revelation of God speak loudly and no one has an excuse for not hearing Him.

Though these witnesses are silent yet they speak so loudly that you cannot get away from their voice. Think of these words the next time you view a night sky and ask what the physical order in the universe is telling you. The Apostle Paul (Shaul) points to the same principle found in Psalm 19 and in Romans 1:

For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. v. 20

The physical order of the universe is so clear to mankind that we are all left without an excuse for not recognizing the Creator. Psalm 19 begins by describing how God has placed this witness in verse 1: “The heavens declare the glory of God.”

Declare is מספרים m’sopherim from the verb saphar. While the verb saphar means to count or tell, derived from the same root is sepher, a scroll or a book, along the same thought, a sopher is a scribe.

Here in Psalm 19, the m’sopherim is the telling. The heavens are in a sense the scroll of God who wrote His glory in a physical way by speaking His Word into His creation.

This is like the sopherim, the scribes of Israel who wrote His voice in another physical way using his verbal words. The first is a written revelation through “what has been made.” The second is a revelation through what has been written. Listen as Psalm 19 makes this transition.

The LORD’s Torah is perfect, restoring the soul. The LORD’s testimony is sure, making wise the simple. The LORD’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. The LORD’s commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever. The LORD’s ordinances are true, and righteous altogether. vs. 7-9

The physical creation is a pointer directing us first to the Creator God recognized in His revelation to the whole world, and then directing us to the Torah of God which points to the parallel but invisible moral order. In Psalm 19, we find both together as the sum of the declaration of God to His creation.

Where other organizations point to the message of God in His physical order, Answers in Exodus points to the message of God in His moral order and finds overwhelming evidence that points to our Creator and to our responsibility before Him.

One difference between the physical order and moral order is that violations of the physical order come much quicker and are easier to see.

How we ever got to the place where following the moral Torah order of creation violates following the God who created it is another story.

Answers in Exodus is here to return the disciples of Yeshua aka Jesus to the Torah he followed and on that platform end the practice of child sacrifice wherever we are able. And to do that we must understand how a Torah-centered worldview effects our practices in life.

With this in mind, view this video and ask yourself, “Where am I at in obeying the Creator?”

If you find yourself struggling with how an ancient document, like the Torah revealed through Moses effects a follower of Israel’s Messiah today, view this video and understand the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

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