Wonders of Creation DVD - Transcription - Page #1Theodore Jaracz In the video to follow, you will find it to be of great interest to take a close look at Jehovahs creation. Although you will be amazed by the magnitude and intricacy of the physical world around us, look beyond the awesome material universe. See the qualities and personality of our Grand Creator. This will draw you closer to him. Is this difficult to do? Not really. But it does require that we make a conscious effort to contemplate Jehovahs marvellous creative works. Now, we warmly invite you to draw closer to your loving heavenly Father as you observe intently some of the wonders of his creation. father David could see who He is, His personality, by appreciating the things that He made. It helped him to draw close to God. You can draw close to Jehovah in the same way, from looking at what hes made on earth, to the stars above. Narrator Many enjoy looking at creation. But few realize that they are catching a glimpse into the mind and heart of our Grand Creator. Long ago, David learned about Jehovah through His inspired Word. But he also saw and drew close to Him through creation.
For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the worlds creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made.Romans 1:20.son Hey, Dad, look! father Hey. Hes a fast little guy, huh?! Lets go check this out. You know, theres a lot of amazing things to see out here. But you cant see them all with your eyes. son What do you mean? father Remember our family study? You wanted to know how you could really be Gods friend, really get to know him. Remember? son Yeah, I remember. You said by studying the Bible. father Thats right! And studying Gods Word is the best way. But, theres another way. Take King David, for example. What do you think he saw when he looked at the night sky? son The stars? father Thats right, but he saw more than that. He saw Jehovah. son But how could he see Jehovah in the stars? People cant see Jehovah.
When I see your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have prepared, what is mortal man that you keep him in mind, and the son of earthling man that you take care of him? (Ps 8:3, 4)David loved Jehovah, and saw Jehovahs power, wisdom, and love reflected all around him. The world we live in today is designed to distract us from our Creator. Do you take time to look beyond the man-made world? When you do, even something seemingly common becomes extraordinary as you open your eyes to see the One who made it. Life, our planet, the starry heavens looking at these will help you see Jehovah, drawing you close to him. At Genesis 15:5, Jehovah invited Abraham to look up to the heavens and count the stars. How many stars could he count? Our Milky Way galaxy contains over 100 billion stars. Can we even comprehend such a large number? Lets try by comparing each star in our galaxy to a page in a book. How long would it take to examine those pages? At the rate of a page per second, it would require over 3,000 years! In order to count them in your lifetime, you would need to turn about 50 pages per second for every moment of your life. We lack ability to even count the stars, yet, Jehovah knows each one by name. Looking beyond our galaxy, astronomers are finding that sections of the sky appearing nearly empty from earth are actually filled with thousands of other galaxies. But did Jehovah scatter them randomly? Even at this colossal scale, elegant organization is seen.
There is One who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell. (Isa 40:22)All of these massive celestial bodies are in constant motion. Their precise movements have been likened to the choreography of an elaborate ballet. Besides their vast numbers, the distance between stars is also mindboggling. Lets try to visualize the distance from our sun to its nearest neighbour star, Proxima Centauri.
Wonders of Creation DVD - Transcription - Page #2Imagine that we could shrink our Milky Way galaxy so that our sun was roughly the size of a soccer ball located near New York City. On this scale, Proxima Centauri would be almost 4,000 miles away, in Paris, France, a little smaller than a golf ball. Really, the sun is almost 25 trillion miles away from its nearest neighbour star. We only have to look at the stars to be filled with awe for Jehovah. Yet, as the book of Job describes, what we see are only the fringes of his ways. (Job 26:14) When the prophet Isaiah looked at the stars, he perceived Jehovahs qualities. Narrator But how did Jehovah form the earth to be inhabited? More abundant than any other substance on earth, water is often taken for granted. Yet, it is fundamental to life. By looking closer at water, what can we learn about the One who designed it? A single glass of water contains countless trillions of molecules. Each molecule has a deceptively simple design: two atoms of hydrogen attached to one atom of oxygen. The oxygen side has a slightly negative charge, and the hydrogen, a slightly positive charge. These opposite charges attract each other like tiny magnets, forming what are called hydrogen bonds. What results from this simple yet elegant design? As water gets colder, it contracts and grows more dense. However, unlike most liquids, as its temperature approaches the freezing point, something unexpected happens. Water begins to expand! As it freezes into ice, the hydrogen bonds between water molecules lock into place, crystallizing into a very open lattice. Due to this unique design, ice is less dense than liquid water and floats on top. This quality prevents much of the water in lakes, rivers, and even the oceans from eventually becoming solid ice. Instead, Jehovah created a natural insulator that preserves life in the liquid water beneath. Really, Jehovahs wisdom is seen in how he masterfully designed the sea and fountains of waters. (Re 14:7) This abundance of water could not exist if earth were not precisely placed within our solar system, some 93 million miles away from the sun! Had the earth been situated only 5% closer to the sun, scorching heat would have made life impossible. If the earth were placed only 1% farther from the sun, freezing temperatures would have covered much of the globe with huge sheets of ice. Jehovah also made the earth just the right size. If earth were slightly larger, its gravity would be stronger. Hydrogen, a light gas, would collect, being unable to escape the earths pull. In time, the atmosphere would be inhospitable to life. On the other hand, if our earth were slightly smaller, lifesustaining oxygen and surface water would escape. In either case, were the earth larger or smaller, life would not exist.
Raise your eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one of them is missing. (Isa 40:26)And how much power was necessary in the creation of this universe? There is incredible power found even at the atomic level of matter, but man has often used it destructively. In contrast, as a potter with clay, Jehovah skillfully used his dynamic energy to make all the matter of the universe.
The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling. (Ps 19:1)In modern times, we have peered into the far reaches of space and seen creation at an awe-inspiring scale.
Yours, O Jehovah, are the greatness and the excellency. Everything in the heavens is yours. In your hand there are power and mightiness. (1Ch 29:11, 12)When we raise our eyes to the heavens, we are seeing evidence of Jehovahs unparalleled power. son Jehovah is powerful, but, do you really think he cares about each of us here on earth? father Well, he shows that he cares in how he designed a comfortable home, made just right for us. Think about outer space and how barren it is, and yet the earth, its an oasis. Remember what Isaiah said, The Former of the earth and the Maker of it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited. (Isa 45:18)
Wonders of Creation DVD - Transcription - Page #3Both its size and proximity to the sun reveal that Jehovah formed the earth even to be inhabited. (Isa 45:18) Orbiting around our planet, we have a faithful witness that Jehovah purposefully designed our home. (Ps 89:37) Is the moon merely an object of beauty made to adorn the sky? The psalmist states that Jehovah made the moon for appointed times. (Ps 104:19) What purpose does it serve? With a diameter one-quarter that of the earth, the moon exerts a strong gravitational force on our planet, stabilizing the tilt of the earths axis of rotation. Without the moon, the earth would probably wobble over long period of time from nearly 0 to 85 degrees. This would have an extreme effect on our climate. On part of the earth temperatures would soar, while elsewhere they would plummet. Keeping our climate and seasons consistent, our moon is at once beautiful and essential to life. It is fitting that the Bible calls our moon a faithful witness in the skies. (Ps 89:37) When you hear the gentle sounds of water, when you feel the warmth of the sun, when you gaze up at the beautiful moon, give thanks to Jehovah, the one who lovingly prepared our earthly home. (Ps 136) But what draws us even closer to Jehovah in a personal way is life itself and how he designed us to enjoy it. father Michael, look how much fun theyre having. Were not robots. Jehovahs given us the ability to love and form satisfying relationships; to laugh and play. We can appreciate beautiful music, see in vivid colours, smell and taste an almost infinite variety! These things arent necessary for life, but, they add to our enjoyment! And what would life be like without these wonderful things? What if there was no music? What if there was no emotion? What if every food, even though nutritious, had the same colour, texture, taste, and smell? son That would be boring. father We could still survive, but would we enjoy life in the same way? Jehovah has made life absolutely wonderful here on earth. No wonder we want to live forever. Remember what King Solomon said? He has put time indefinite into our hearts. (Ec 3:11) Thats the way Jehovah made us. Narrator The more we observe creation, the more we appreciate that life is a gift, meant to be enjoyed. father Jehovah has given us so many things that fill us with happiness. Remember last years vacation? Yeah. What did you like about it? Liked the hiking, the beach, the sunsets. I loved the food, and I liked watching the animals. Yeah, we really savour the simple things in creation. Jehovah made us with the ability to enjoy life. And we see his creativity in the incredible variety of life on earth. Narrator The variety we see in the animal kingdom is breathtaking! In the oceans alone, we find moving things without number, living creatures, small as well as great. (Ps 104:25) The waters are teeming with life! Jehovahs many and varied works are wonderful. In addition to variety, the instinctive behaviours that we see attest to Jehovahs wisdom. How do birds find their way as they migrate thousands of miles? How do they know that flying in a V-formation conserves energy? How does a beaver know how to build a dam and what materials to use? Who teaches a spider how to measure out the geometric patterns of its web? What makes the diversity and behaviours we see in nature all the more wondrous is their source. Jehovah carefully concealed within each living cell a special type of molecule called deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA. Each DNA molecule is composed of a series of smaller molecules called nucleotides: cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine. These nucleotides are linked in long strands, twisted into a double helix. Just as individual letters can be arranged to make up different words, these four nucleotides, C, G, A, and T, are arranged in specific combinations to identify amino acids. In turn, these amino acids are the fundamental components of all living things. Incredibly, whether a majestic redwood, or an exotic orchid; a giant whale, or a newborn baby; the design for every living organism is recorded in the same formata personal DNA blueprint. Appropriately, the psalmist said:
How many your works are, O Jehovah! All of them in wisdom you have made. The earth is full of your productions. (Ps 104:24)But nowhere is Jehovahs wisdom and love more evident than in his creation of humans. From its very beginning, human life has potential far beyond that of any other creation on earth.
You kept me screened off in the belly of my mother. My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was woven in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing. (Ps 139:13-16)
Wonders of Creation DVD - Transcription - Page #4What makes us so unique? Of all of Jehovahs earthly creations, how are we different? Genesis 1:26 states that Jehovah went on to say: Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. We have been designed to reflect the personality of Jehovah himself! Our ability to reason, our inborn spiritual need, our capacity for love, all separate us from Gods animal creation. Further, in designing us, Jehovah gave us the potential to go on living forever! Our cells, the tiny building blocks that make up our body, are designed to continually regenerate. Jehovah also provided us with a masterpiece of design, made to last us forever. Our brain contains some 100 billion neurons. Each neuron is a special nerve cell with connections to thousands of other neurons, some with as many as 250,000 others. Collectively, they store the information that makes us who we are. Amazingly, our creative capacity and potential for learning is limitless! Observing life draws us closer to Jehovah. He designed us to learn forever, to enjoy life around us forever, and this makes us look forward to living forever. Out of love, Jehovah promises a life that we can only dream of! Jehovah will cleanse the earth and restore the paradise. In this new world, we will appreciate animal creation like never before! We can only imagine how rich the real life will be! As we grow to perfection, we will go on learning about life, our beautiful home, and Jehovah! Love, peace, and happiness will fill our hearts. Although the Paradise is yet future, taking time to discover Jehovahs creation will add purpose and meaning to your life right now. In vain, many have searched for purpose and meaning through careers, money, and entertainment. Mans world is designed to draw us away from Jehovah. Whether it does so or not is up to us. If you want to draw closer to Jehovah, open your eyes to the world around...