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WHAT LIES BENEATH

Today, I read a fascinating article in the LA Times about the Great Pyramid of Giza. (I’ve pasted a link to the article at the bottom of this blog). Quoting from the article: An international team of scientists has discovered a large hidden cavity within Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, and they did it by looking for muons — particles sent to Earth by cosmic rays from space. The mysterious cavity, described Thursday (Nov. 1, 2017) in the journal Nature, is at least 30 meters long. And though the researchers aren’t sure whether it’s straight or inclined, whether it’s one large space or a series of smaller ones, the discovery has already triggered interest among archaeologists as to the purpose of the void.

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The pyramids of Giza are thousands of years old. Scientists have be trying to learn more about them for centuries, with mixed success. Quoting the LA Times article again: Other research teams have searched for hidden “chambers” by measuring tiny variations in the pyramid’s gravity or by using ground-penetrating radar. The results of those efforts have been inconclusive.

For this most recent effort, the researchers also used muons – subatomic particles that are produced when cosmic rays smash into the atmosphere.

These tiny particles can pass through hundreds of meters of rock before decaying or being absorbed. This turns out to be very handy for scientists who want to probe a pyramid somewhat in the way that doctors use X-rays to examine a bone inside your body.

So, using a new technique, these scientists discovered something new to them, which has been there all along – secrets hidden deep within walls they could not penetrate until the muons revealed them.

Isn’t our calling like that? We were searching for something – the meaning in life, a purpose for suffering, the answer to a million “why” questions. We are looking for something hidden from us, until God chooses to reveal Himself to us. Suddenly, we see that there is some deeper and greater purpose that has existed since the foundation of the world. 

The deep things of God have been hidden from this world, and hidden to us as well before our calling, but they are revealed to us now, as explained in 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 [NIV] However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived"-- the things God has prepared for those who love him--these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 

The Holy Spirit, then, is like the muons used by scientists in peering into the Great Pyramid of Giza – it reveals to us deep and hidden things of God. 

As amazing and glorious as this initial reveal is, there is another phenomenon that comes with studying God’s word over time. Even after years and years of reading the Bible, hearing sermons and attending Bible studies, I can read a scripture and have revealed to me a deeper meaning, a new perspective, a specific application to my life and walk that I never saw before. 

Has this happened to you? 

Jesus also acted as a revealer during the time He walked this earth in human form. Matthew 13:35 [KJV] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. He continues to reveal deeper meaning to us by the work of the Holy Spirit in us.

I understand that when I see a scripture afresh and understand a deeper meaning, that deeper meaning and application has been there all along – in the written word of God for centuries, in the plan and wisdom of God since before time began. It isn’t some new truth. It is only that the truth there all along is now revealed to me. 

This is one reason why it is helpful to study in different ways, or from different perspectives throughout our Christian journeys – reading the Bible end-to-end, doing a word study, considering the four gospels – their parallels and differences – and to discuss the Word with other believers. When we continue our efforts to dig into the Word, we are rewarded with deeper meaning. 

I’m excited that beneath the wisdom and plan that God has already shown to me, there lies hidden treasure and deeper truth yet to be revealed.

There are hidden things yet to be revealed to us, dear sisters. Let’s continue to examine the Word. Let’s always look for and be excited about the deeper things that lie beneath our current understanding - things which God stands ready to bring to light.

I welcome your thoughts, comments and questions. You can write me at Nancy@DynamicChristianMinistries.org.

REFERENCE: “Using particle physics, scientists find hidden structure inside Egypt's Great Pyramid” By Amina Khan

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-egypt-pyramid-giza-20171102-htmlstory.html#