Title: Weather and the Bible
00:10 – Episode Summary: DAN
- Today on the podcast we talk weather! Did you know it snows in Jerusalem… or that the lowest place on earth is in Israel? We’ll discuss all those things and more today on Digging Deeper!
00:30 – Show Open – DAN
- Welcome to Digging Deeper, the podcast where we talk about the geography, archaeology, people, and cultures of the lands of the Bible. You can learn more about all of us here at Appian Media and watch our free video series at www.appianmedia.org.
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1:00 – Barry’s Background
- Florida College, Florida State University – Meteorology – Physics, Mathematics
- Wife also has a degree in Meteorology
2:00 – The importance of weather.
- Because of the backgrounds that Tabatha and I have, people are always asking us about the weather. It is important to everyone.
- It was also important in the times of the Bible.
- Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee.
- John 10:22-23 – “At that time the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.”
- Ezra 9:9 – “And all of the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of the heavy rain.” It was in the ninth month, which would have put it in the time of our winter.
6:00 – What seasons do they have?
- Two seasons – Wet and Dry.
- We read about the “early and latter rains” in the Bible. The early rains fall around October and the latter rains fall around March/April.
- It can reach into early May.
- Advantage of leading tours in the summertime.
9:00 – Where does the rainfall?
- As a general rule, the farther north you go, or the farther in elevation that you go, the more rain that you will get in the year.
- There is a ski resort on Mount Hermon.
- London averages about 24 inches (60cm) of rain per year. Jerusalem averages about 22 inches (55cm) of rain per year.
- We will talk about the land a bit more after this break.
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15:00 – Elevation plays a huge role.
- Four geographical zones.
- Elevation and rain difference between Jerusalem and Jericho.
- Herod had different palaces in the two cities that he lived in during different parts of the year.
- On tours, when we get to Jerusalem, there is a difference in the temperatures (especially at night).
- Understanding a little about the weather, helps you to understand the Biblical stories even more.
21:00 – Final Thought
- In 1 Samuel 12, we have an account of Samuel addressing the people of Israel as he is getting older. The people have requested a king and Samuel has anointed Saul as king. However, Samuel is not happy with Israel’s decision and wants to speak to the people.
- They have gathered in Gilgal, which is just a few miles NE of Jericho and only gets a few inches of rain per year. At the end of his speech, Samuel says the following in verse 16: “Now therefore and stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes. Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call upon the Lord, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking for yourselves a king.” So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.
- Why did this event have such a profound effect on the people? I can think of three reasons:
- First, God had made it thunder and rain. That is remarkable. Imagine what that would have looked like.
- Second, God had made it thunder and rain in a place that rarely gets thunder and rain. Remember what we said earlier about the rain in Jericho? That area only receives about 4-5 inches of rain per year. And, when it comes, it certainly doesn’t come down like this.
- Before that I can tell you the third reason, I want to point out something in the passage. Did you notice the question that Samuel asked that seems totally out of context? “Is it not the wheat harvest today?” Why did he ask that question? Well, the wheat harvest is usually in May. After the latter rains have ended for the season.
- So, why did this event have such an impression on the people?
- God had made it rain.
- God had made it rain in a place that rarely gets rain.
- God had made it rain in a place that rarely gets rain at a time of year in which it never rains.
- And that’s why this had such an effect on the people.
- God’s Word is beautiful. But what is really interesting it that the deeper you dig, the more beautiful it becomes.
26:00 – Wrap up – Dan
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- Join us next time as we invite Tim, Manna and Riley Jones, friends of ours from Auburn, Alabama, into the studio. We had the chance to talk with him when we were in Israel last July and we would like to share part of that discussion with you.
- Until then, thank you joining us and we look forward to being with you on the next episode of Digging Deeper.