11/11/18 - THE PATHS OF THE SEA
“The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.” (Psalms 8:8)
Matthew Fontaine Murray (1806-1873) joined the Navy in 1825 at the age of 19. He served until he broke his right leg in a stagecoach accident (on land of course). He devoted himself to naval meteorology, navigation, and oceanography. Murray remembered the Scriptures he had learned as a youth and set out to find “the paths of the seas.”
Believing Ecclesiastes 1:7, he called attention to the fact that the ocean is a circulating system. He charted whale migration and advocated a Northwest Passage. He confirmed and mapped the Gulf Stream (50 miles wide and 3000 feet deep) which ocean vessels “ride” today to make their voyages faster and more efficient, just as they did in 1860 based on Murray’s faith in the accuracy of the Bible.
Murray wrote, “Whoever studies the sea must look upon it as a part of that exquisite machinery by which the harmonies of nature are preserved, and then will begin to perceive the developments of the order and the evidences of design.” (Physical Geography, 1859, p. 57)
Again, Murray, “I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches. What would you think of an historian who should refuse to consult historical records of the Bible, because the Bible was not written for the purposes of history? The Bible is true and science is true.” (as quoted by Charles Lee Lewis in Matthew Fontaine Murray: The Pathfinder of the Seas, 1297, p. 99)
Scientists and historians who examine the word of God find perfect harmony between its statements about the world and the events that it records and the truth in their respective disciplines. In fact, the Bible has been the world’s leading book in history, discovery, family, and lifestyle for hundreds and thousands of years. It is just as true today as it was when it was given by the Spirit to the inspired writers. Read it to grow in faith. Study it to have understanding. Trust it to guide your ways. Rely on it to help you grow. Obey it to have life through the Savior it shows to us.