Day 75~ Jude 1; 2 Peter 1-3
Some of the wording in Jude is similar to that of 2 Peter, so scholars feel that these letters were written at roughly the same time. That is why we are reading it here in our chronologic reading.
The following verse stuck out to me, “The Lord will come like a thief, the heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Pet 3:10)
Since the verse talks of elements being destroyed by fire, I thought I would give you the quickest review ever given of elements, since I recently learned all about that in my geology class! 😜
Elements are the primary constituents of matter. When the Big Bang occurred hydrogen and helium were created in a millisecond. In extreme heat, these combined (fused) creating heavier elements like carbon and oxygen. Through the fusion process you can make everything on the periodic table up to iron! Fusion takes place in really hot stars.
When stars explode (supernovas) these elements float off into space, get attracted to each other by their gravitational pull, combine and start to form little planets. Each planetesimal has their own gravitational pull, some get sucked into others, creating bigger planets, others smash into pieces when they hit another, creating meteoroids.
Putting it simply, all the elements on our earth came from an old star that exploded. As the ball of elements gathered together, the dense elements sank to the center of the ball, the lighter elements stayed in the outer shell.
What would be the element that sinks to the center? Iron. What are the lighter elements? Everything that makes up rocks. That’s right, rocks are the ‘light weight’ stuff on top!
So, 91.2% of the Earth’s mass is made up of iron (in the core), oxygen, silicon and magnesium. I have had the privilege of learning how God uses these elements to form chemicals, minerals, glasses and rocks! It’s absolutely fascinating!!!
Now, I’m not going to debate if time since the Big Bang has been 12-20 billion years or if it was quicker than that. “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:9). What I would like to point out here in 2 Peter is that it says, the day of the Lord will come like a thief (meaning unexpected)…and the elements will be destroyed by fire. It was heat that brought elements into existence and it will be heat that takes them away! 😯
What all mankind needs to comprehend is that there was a “start” to this universe and there will be an end. Even my geology teacher admits that!
Yet, God created us, in his image, to be eternal souls. I love the question Peter asks in 3:11, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?”