A study on Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament and divided the waters

The Torah teaches us everything, even when we don’t know it.  For instance, in Genesis 1:7 “And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.”   The firmament is the layer of air that envelops the Earth.  In other words, is this verse telling us that there is water in space? Yes.  Read on.

The Midrash (Oral Law) additionally comments on this Genesis verse.  It says, “The upper waters are more abundant than the lower waters.”   But in what form is this water they are referring to?  The Midrash refers to it in this manner:  “Had the Torah said: ‘Let there be a division between the waters on the firmament,’ we would have understood that the waters are located on top of the firmament. But the Torah actually says, ‘the waters which are above the firmament.’  In addition, the Midrash states that the water is frozen.

The inspiration and source of this blog post comes from The Coming Revolution,Science Discovers the Truths of the Bible, by Zamir Cohen. I highly recommend his book.  .” …The Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy (an encyclopedia of space research) noted- “In the morning of June 30, 1908, a fantastic explosion occurred in a central Siberia valley of river Podkamennaya Tunguska…  Witnesses described an enormous meteroric bolide or fireball which was visible in the sky for a few secondsSeismic shocks were registered.  The accepted opinion was that the event was due to the collision of a comet with Earth. Later is was calculated that it was a block of ice 40 meters in diameter, weighing 30,000 tons... Later Professor Fred Whipple from Harvard University, Director of Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory successfully proved that comets are made up of ice mixed with particles of dust and rock. A small comet contains approx. one billion tons of ice... Today, we know that all the water on Earth is just a single drop in the ocean, when compared with the incredibily large quantities of water that can be found in space”  – the firmament, just as the Torah said has water above and below the atmosphere.  How cool is our God?!

Ecclesiastes 1:9.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

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