REASONS TO TRUST THE BIBLE: (1) Historically Accurate: (2) Scientifically Accurate: (3) Prophetically Accurate: (4) Thematically Unified: (5) Geographically Accurate
somebody comes along and says, “Well, but the Bible is inspired when it speaks of sacred things; not when it talks about secular things like science and history and geography and all of that.”
You have to deal with that periodically.
There are those who say, “The history of the Bible is in error; the geography of the Bible is in error; the mathematics of the Bible is in error.
The scientific statements of the Bible are erroneous, but don’t worry, inspiration only guarantees the sacred, not the secular,” which is like saying, “God is good at religious things, but He really needs help in other areas, doesn’t do well with other data.” There are all kinds of people who want to attack the Bible on that basis.
Let me give you a couple of illustrations, kind of curious ones.
(1) Sun Stand Still
Well, one that you probably are somewhat familiar with is given, and we won’t look it up, in Joshua where it talks about the fact that the battle was going on, Joshua 10:12-14. It says that in the middle of the battle, the sun what? Stood still. The critics for years have laughed and mocked that and said, “The sun stood still? Now, how scientific is that? If there was an unchanging relationship between the earth and the sun, what it meant was the earth stood still. See, that’s scientific,” they say. “The Bible is so unscientific.”
But the fact is if you were there that day, it would look to you like the sun stood still. That same critic who wants to disparage what the Bible says would be the first guy in the morning to bounce out of bed, look out the back window of his house and say, “What a beautiful sunrise!”
That’s not a sunrise by the way, but nobody goes out and says, “Oh, what a lovely earth-revolving!” Nobody says that at night either. We say things like that all the time.
We say, “People in Australia live down under.” Down under what? That’s not any more down under than being here is, but that’s a figure of speech. We say, “Well, we searched the four corners of the earth.” What corners? There are some things we speak from human perspective that are not intended to be statements of the technical elements of scientific data.
(2) THE STORY OF THE FEEDING OF ISRAEL IN THE WILDERNESS
3)There are many like that where the Bible is supposedly in error, and it isn’t if you look closely. Numbers 11:31. This I think to be an interesting one. “There went forth a wind from the Lord.” Now, the children of Israel are wandering around the Saini at this time. They have to be fed, and so the Lord is going to feed them. How He feeds them is quite curious. He said, “A wind and it brought quail from the sea.” This wind blew in quail, and the quail came into the camp. It says that, “They came beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side.”
So not only were they around, but they were around for quite an extensive range of area. It says not only were they one day’s journey on that side of the camp, one day’s journey on this side of the camp, all filled with quail, but two cubits deep, two cubits deep, about two cubits deep. A cubit was originally sort of from your elbow to the end of your hand, maybe 18 inches give or take, so you’re talking three to four feet. It’s an about kind of figure.
Let’s take the critic who decided that it was kind of four feet. So, he thought he’d do some calculation. He said this is one the most ridiculous things he ever read. “You mean that one day’s journey on that side and one day’s journey on this side that that whole entire area around the camp of Israel is four feet deep in quail?”
- a wind from Jehovah] He employed a wind to reduce the deluge (Genesis 8:1 P ), to bring and remove the locusts (Exodus 10:13; Exodus 10:19 J ), and to drive back the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21 J ). brought quails across from the sea] Probably from the Gulf of Akaba. It is so understood by the writer of Psalm 78:26 who speaks of the east and the south wind. let them fall] left them. The wind suddenly lessened, and the quails came down tired with their long flight. Some of them may have fallen to the ground exhausted, as was frequently the case in quail swarms; but the main body of them were hovering above the ground at a height of about two cubits (c. one yard), and were easily netted. Quails fly northwards to Europe in large numbers in March, returning towards the end of September (see art. ‘Quails’ in Hastings’ DB. iv.).
Pulpit CommentaryVerse 31. – A wind from the Lord. A wind Divinely sent for this purpose. In Psalm 78:26 it is said to have been a wind from the east and south, i.e., a wind blowing up the Red Sea and across the Gulf of Akabah. And brought quails from the sea. On the “quails” (Hebrew, salvim – probably the common quail) see Exodus 16:13. The Septuagint has in both places ἡ ὀρτυγομήτρα, “the quail-mother,” the sense of which is uncertain. These birds, which migrate in spring in vast numbers, came from the sea, but it does not follow that the camp was near the sea. They may have been following up the Gulf of Akabah, and been swept far inland by the violence of the gale. Let them fall by the camp. Rather, “threw them down on the camp.” יִּטַשׁ עַל הַמַּחֲגֶה. Septuagint, ἐπέβαλεν ἐπὶ τὴν παρεμβολήν. Either the sudden cessation of the gale, or a violent eddying of the wind, threw the exhausted birds in myriads upon the camp (cf. Psalm 78:21, 28). Two cubits high upon the face of the earth. The word “high” is not in the original, but it probably gives the true meaning. The Septuagint, ὡσεὶ δίπηχυ ἀπο τῆς γῆς, is somewhat uncertain. The Targums assert that the quails “flew upon the face of the ground, at a height of two cubits;” and this is followed by the Vulgate (“volabant in acre duobus cubitis altiludine super terram”) and by many commentators. This idea, however, although suggested by the actual habits of the bird, and adopted in order to avoid the obvious difficulty of the statement, is inconsistent with the expressions used here and in Psalm 78. If the birds were “thrown” upon the camp, or “rained” upon it like sand, they could not have been flying steadily forward a few feet above the ground. It is certainly impossible to take the statement literally, for such a mass of birds would have been perfectly unmanageable; but if we suppose that they were drifted by the wind into heaps, which in places reached the height of two cubits, that will satisfy the exigencies of the text: anything like a uniform depth would be the last thing to be expected under the circumstances
So, he calculated. That would be 19,538,468,306,672 (nineteen trillion, five hundred and thirty-eight billion, four hundred and sixty-eight million, three hundred and six thousand, six hundred and seventy-two) quail. So, naturally, that was cause for great laughter. Sure, 19 trillion quail all piled up. But he only showed his ignorance.
The Hebrew Scripture doesn’t say they were stacked up from the ground up. What Scripture indicates in the Hebrew text is that God blew the quail into the wilderness from the Nile Valley, and the birds all came flying in about two cubits above the ground. That’s what it says.
Quail don’t usually just come in and hover about two cubits above the ground, but they were blown in there by the Lord. It was easy for the people to get them that way. They’d just reach out and say, “Which one would you like?” “I’ll take that one.” Take a stick and whomp that one in the head. The quail were coming in flying at that level and hovering in the area until all the people had all that they wanted.
Listen, when the Bible talks about science, when the Bible talks about history, when the Bible talks about mathematics, whatever it is the Bible talks about, it is the Word of God. God is infallible and His Word is equally infallible.
Critics want to mock the Scripture, and yet the Bible is scientifically accurate, contains the basic principles of science.