"Science Proves the Bible True (4)"
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. (Ecclesiastes 1:7)
The Bible talks about the water cycle in the opening Scripture. Every day the Mississippi River dumps approximately 420 billion gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico. And when you think about the Thames, the Nile, and the Amazon, every day the same thing is happening in rivers all around the world. So, where does all that water go? The answer lies in the hydrologic cycle, which the Bible introduced almost three millennia ago:
The wise King Solomon wrote: If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie. (Ecclesiastes 11:3).
Amos the prophet said: The Lord, the Lord Almighty - he touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn; the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt; he builds his lofty palace in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth; he calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land - the Lord is his name. (Amos 9:5-6).
And Job’s friend Elihu said: How great is God - beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. (Job 36:26-28).
The idea of a complete water cycle was not fully understood by science until the seventeenth century. Yet more than two thousand years prior to the discoveries of brilliant minds like Pierre Perrault, Edme Mariotte, Edmond Halley, and others, the Bible clearly explained the water cycle! The truth is, your Bible is inspired, inerrant, reliable, and more up-to-date than tomorrow morning’s newspaper. Every newspaper has a correction column acknowledging its printed errors. Not the Bible! You can trust it to guide you right in every area of your life.
Read Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
(1) The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: (2) “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (3) What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? (4) Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. (5) The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. (6) The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. (7) All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. (8) All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. (9) What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (10) Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. (11) No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.