February 4th, 2018 is Boy Scout Sunday. Cub Scout Pack 188 will help us observe this anniversary by serving as ushers and liturgists (readers).
Each set of human chromosomes contains about 3 billion base pairs. If encoded digitally this would require about 6 billion bits. Allowing for uppercase and lower case letters plus some punctuation this could be written out in about 1 billion English letters. For my high school newspaper, we once assumed words would average about 6 letters. Thus the information in each cell of our bodies, just in our DNA, would generate about 175 million words. The books on the shelves beside me vary in size: big ones have more words to a page and more pages, but a typical book as about 300 words per page and 250 pages. Thus to write out all of the information in our chromosomes each cell would need about 2,200 books! The shelves in my office hold about 40 to fifty books so I would need about 50 shelves to hold all of the information needed to create one person. I would need whole room for all of those shelves. Then we would need to expand that library adding rooms for each and every other species of plants, animals, and other organisms. A huge library that would show the richness of God as the greatest designer.
Isaiah reminds us about the grandeur of God as seen through the creation:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
— Isaiah 40:28
When we remember that God is working in us and through us, having designed us for a particular purpose:
those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:31
I will have more to say about service and Isaiah 40:21-31 at 8:15 AM and 10 AM on Sunday, February 4th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
A Tip for Parents
The Gospels tell of several miracles. This Sunday will read to the children the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31). The purpose of miracle stories is to show that Jesus is more powerful than everything else.
I will explain relative power using the game Rock-Paper-Scissors, with a modification that Jesus could beat all of the other options.
Although we can use rocks, paper, and scissors as tools, we do not get to use Jesus as our tool. That is where this analogy breaks down. We must rely on God’s wisdom regarding answers to prayers.