Jesus the Creator in Hebrews, Fractals & Blue Whales

Episode 19: Reminders of God as Creator are hidden all through the Scriptures. Today we look at the first two chapters of the Book of Hebrews and how it points at Jesus as the maker of all things. Then we learn about a fascinating way mathematical shapes work out in theory and in the natural world. Last, we hear about God’s biggest creature, the Blue Whale.

Computer generated Mandelbrot Set: WikiCommons

Created by Wolfgang Beyer with the program Ultra Fractal 3: WikiCommons image of the Day Sept 12, 2010

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Jesus the Creator: Hebrews Edition

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

NASA: Earth's Clouds from above with Moon to the side

And in verse 10 the author quotes Psalm 102 saying this is talking about The Son. I must admit, at places like this if a modern pastor was as free with the interpretations as the Biblical authors are it would bug me. But, God says every bit is just as He wanted it:

And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

Hebrews 2:10 says, For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Mandelbrot Sets: Fractals

 

That’s A Fact by the Institute for Creation Research is one of our favorite video series on creation science. They all last just over a minute and are packed with cool info. This one on the Mandelbrot set was particularly amazing to watch.

Since the video is so short, it left lots of room for more exploration. First, I ran into Dr. Jason Lisle’s picture filled explanation on Answers in Genesis of what Mandelbrot discovered and how it works.

Then, I went looking for examples of fractals in the natural world. After some digging, I found a long page with amazing pictures. Some are real, others are computer generated, and some are art from before Mandelbrot started his research, but following the same design principles.

Blue Whales

NOAA: arial view of Blue Whale

We got most of our information from National Geographic, which didn’t even mention anything about evolution. Nice!

The recordings of Blue Whale sounds are on Discovery of Sound in the Sea

National Ocean Service has a nice Kids’ PDF with a picture of a Blue Whale with a mouth full of water and krill.

The Marine Mammal Center in California added a few extra details

We also mention the new study of how Blue Whales feed.  We now know they wait until there’s enough krill to be worth chasing and then speed up to take a big gulp. Nothing shocking there, but it shows how hard it is to study these huge animals.