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Creation Season 3: Water
Sermon originally presented October 21, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Thomas D. Harries
Water in Scripture
Water as a great power
Full of majesty:
4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves † of the sea,
majestic on high is the LORD!
Ability to control it a sign of God’s power, and of
7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm.
27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” (NRSV)
Parting the Red Sea
Water in the Wilderness at Meribah
Properties of Water
H2O, made of two hydrogen and an oxygen
Water is the only substance that occurs at ordinary temperatures in all three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas
Ice: Glaciers and ice caps, on water surfaces in winter, as snow, hail, frost and clouds
Liquid: Rain clouds dew. Covers ¾ of the earth’s surface in swamps, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Gas, or water vapor it occurs as fog, steam, and clouds.
Expansion on freezing
Water attains its maximum density at a temperature of 40 C (390 F)
Without this characteristic, Minnesota would be a very different place, one nearly devoid of fish, turtles, frogs, and many other forms of aquatic life.
Because most substance are somewhat soluble in water, it is frequently called the universal solvent
Seawater contains, in addition to concentrated amounts of salt, many other soluble compounds carried down to it by rivers and streams.
It acts as a catalyst for many important chemical reactions
In addition, water is good at holding things in suspension. Thus mud and dirt and many things that don’t actually dissolve in water can still be carried downstream by it.
Water is indeed a great and varied blessing in our lives.
Theme: How we are blessed by the natural world.
Animals, Plants, and now Water.
Water blesses us with its cleansing
Water also blesses us with its sounds
Source of life
11 But the land that you are crossing over to occupy is a land of hills and valleys, watered by rain from the sky,
12 a land that the LORD your God looks after. (NRSV)
Water in life
Major component of living matter
Let us give thanks today for the blessings bestowed on us by God through water:
NOTE: Some of the above information taken
Encarta Microsoft Corp. Version 1995.
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