Why should we take God Seriously? Isaiah, the Exodus, plus Architectural Vaults

[Podcast Episode 58] When God wanted Israel to really listen, what did he remind them of? We look at Isaiah to see how creation plays a big part in our respect for God, then share a review of the Patterns of Evidence: Young Explorers series, and discuss how the ancients understood geometry to create vaulted ceilings.

Vaults in Luxor, Egypt

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Isaiah 48

Verse 3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

There’s no room here for millions of years of slow, natural processes!

Verses12-13 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.  Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

Patterns of Evidence: Young Explorers

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Both of these links take you to the single first episode. Apparently the last two of the five shows aren’t available as of May, 2017, but this first episode page lists “related products”, so it will work to get the sets whenever they come out.

BTW I forgot to mention one thing that bugged me as a Biblical creationist: The virtual Wall of Time was way too long. It extended off into the distance for the equivalent of close to 100,000 years further in the past. Errgh! But the issue didn’t come up and wasn’t made a big deal of. Obviously, the point is minor enough for two big creation ministries to carry the series!

Vaults

Notre Dame ceiling

Ceiling of the Notre Dame cathedral, Paris

Encyclopædia Britannica has a good article on the basic concepts of the vault with some nice pictures. See if you can figure out what kind of vaults are used to support that roof.

Notre Dame flying buttresses, photo credit: Lusitana

Those big external supports allow the main wall to be filled with windows rather than massive stones. So amazing!