Note: my brainy professor-pastor friend Mark Berrier writes columns for his hometown paper. I’ll include a few/as blogs this week/as blogs.
Scientists call water “the maverick compound.” No scientist can tell us why water is a liquid. Everything in the universe acts according to its molecular weight—except water. According to its molecular weight, it should be two gasses, hydrogen and oxygen, all the way down to 142 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Then it should be a liquid from -142 to -148, and then a solid from then on down. But for some reason, it doesn’t do as it is “supposed” to. Instead, it is a liquid from 212 degrees down to 32 degrees; then as it cools, it becomes a solid. Again, opposed to everything else, water expands as it gets colder—or hotter. From 39.2 degrees, either hotter or colder, up or down, water expands.
Not only that, but according to Genesis 1:2, water at one time filled the universe: “…the Spirit of God was brooding over the waters….” Scientists tell us that if the whole universe was brought down to “absolute zero,” which is -273.15 degrees Celsius (or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit), all matter would shrink down until nothing existed! The only thing that would fill the universe would be water, because it expands as it cools. It is the first thing that exists, besides God, mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 1:2).
Water is absolutely essential for all life as we know it. Without water, everything dies. The surface of our planet is made up of about 70% water, and our bodies are also about 70% water. All plants and animals depend on water to survive.
Have you ever asked yourself how water can get up into the tops of trees, even the giant sequoia? Water does what scientists call “chinning itself.” Somehow, with just the right size straw, water actually climbs up the straw, and it appears there is no limit how high water can climb. Trees and plants can’t “suck” the water up inside themselves; the water climbs up in there itself. If you’ve ever had a roof leak, you know how water can wick to different places; the leak is often very hard to find.
Water is truly a miracle. Water can break steel or concrete when it freezes. Nothing can contain water and hold it if the water keeps getting colder. It will break any container as it expands. It can exert tremendous pressure. The colder it becomes, the more pressure it exerts.
If you were to electrolyze water, you are basically “burning” the water. When you do electrolysis, water burns, separating it into its two parts, hydrogen and oxygen, and you get twice as much hydrogen as oxygen. That’s why it’s called H2O. Recently, a “hydrogen car” has been invented. The only “pollution” left by burning hydrogen is pure water. Hydrogen may be the perfect fuel for a clean world.
II Peter 3:5 says that the universe was created “out of water and through water.” This agrees with Genesis 1:2. Water was there before even the Word of God spoke.
Jesus said, “I am the water of life.” If we are going to live, we need Jesus. Jesus gives life to all he touches. Maybe water is such an amazing miracle because Jesus is.