Fractal Parts in the Bible: waters


A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set where a repeating pattern can be found at every scale. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. In Bible the Holy Spirit sets several symbols repeating from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelations in which truth of Core Will is established, without losing its integrity in whichever form the narrative has been reassembled: in its several parts each is true in harmony with the whole. Water is one such symbol.

In the Take for example the separations in the creation account

And God said,’ Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters (Gen.1:7). Also significant is the verse, ‘And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (vs.2) How long the Spirit moved is to be reckoned as God’s Time. Since this Account is provided by God we may assume that God thought it fit to separate these waters eventually.

What do we make of the waters? In the Bible many passages signify the nations as waters. ‘But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt (Is.57:20)’. Water as symbol for wickedness is derived from the passage where God judged the nations (Ge.6:5-6). the Great Deluge determined before God which nation was holy or not ‘And every living substance was destroyed… both man and cattle were destroyed from the earth(Ge.7:22). St. Peter in his epistle accounts only ‘eight souls were saved by water.’

Next we shall see water in connection with the garden that God had planted eastward in Eden. He had ‘not caused it to rain upon the earth,…But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground (Ge.2:6).’However a river went out of Eden to water the garden and from thence it was parted and became four heads (Ge.2:2:10). The manner the Holy Spirit specifies the territories each encompassed do indicate His aim: Here we have the nations of the earth and their progress being dependent on the waters below the firmament. These nations however thrive over passage of time, which take its toll after its own fashion. Do we not see same enacted even in our age? Progress is symbolized by consumables and the imagination of the people being fed on them corrupt their way upon the earth. God found nations similarly corrupted. Man was worthy of condemnation for ‘his heart was evil continually (Ge.6:5). Then as now.

In the Book of Ezekiel we read of the waters, which however is qualified as holy. Let us examine the vision of the holy waters(Ez.47). This issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward. By way of preface this vision is pendent on the vision of the temple described in the preceding chapters. The rivers rise so much so the prophet could not pass over (47:5).

This cannot be the waters which the Spirit normally associates with the waters below the firmament.

Then where these waters in Ezekiel’s vision could have proceeded from? These are holy which is emphasized by visual clues we are provided with.’…Behold ,at the bank of the river were many trees on the one side and on the other.(47:7). Compare with St. John’s vision towards the end of the Revelations. We read that ‘the pure river of the Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. The tree of Life stood on either side of the river (Re.22:1-2/KJ21).’ Ezekiel was predicting the ultimate fulfilment of the divine Will, which supersedes the Temple and the legal requirements: it shall be divine Mercy through and through.

This holy water was in the Creation Day and of which we read that God divided the waters, which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so (Ge.1:6-7).

Separation of the waters at the Creation Account according to the Holy Spirit defines two aspects of divine Mind: mercy and judgment. Noah after escaping judgment offered sacrifices and his service was like a sweet savour unto the Lord. What is point of such separations but to clarify what is holy before God and what is not. ‘He that is unjust, let him be unjust still…(Re.22: 11)’.

Such separations are represented with concrete examples and points to the Promised Land and the tabernacle where the Lord God shall dwell with people who were holy unto him. In the harmony of several parts scattered across the scriptures is clear the Divine Mind conceived it and God the Son set in operation while God the Spirit integrated both. Under the inspiration of the Spirit holy men of old wrote it down not realizing the full extent of divine Will.



About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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