January 30, 2020
Volume 24, Number 4
“Prosthesis” is the name given to the world’s largest “tetrapod exoskeleton” (officially recognized by Guinness World Records). “Tetrapod” means it has four legs; “exoskeleton” refers to the fact that a person inside it pilots the movement of this robot. It stands just over twelve feet high, and is powered by a massive battery pack. The weight of this contraption comes in at just under two tons.
Jonathan Tippett, a Canadian, is the mastermind behind Prosthesis. He worked on the design for ten years, but spent less than a year assembling the parts. You can read more about this project and see a video of the robot in action by going to http://www.prosthesismechracing.com/
Why build such a monstrosity? It’s a machine made strictly for racing. This new sport, called mech racing, appears to be best suited for moonlike terrain. Technically it’s not a robot since it relies totally on the skills of the human sitting at the controls. Watching Prosthesis in action is like watching a science fiction movie.
We marvel over such feats of human ingenuity. But do we pause to marvel over the One who made humans?
We’re referring, of course, to God. Genesis 1:27 gives this description of His activity on Day 6 of Creation Week: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Prosthesis took several years to design and build. God’s incomparable wisdom allowed Him to create man in one day.
And what a creation our physical bodies are! No battery packs are required to power us; just ongoing nutrition and simple maintenance. The brain that controls functions we don’t even have to think about is more complex than super-computers. The heart that pumps life-giving blood throughout the body is capable of decades of service.
David assessed God’s abilities well in Psalm 139:14: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”
Paul declared to the philosophers of Athens, Greece the God they did not know: “He gives to all life, breath, and all things … in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:25,28). He made us! And yet many won’t acknowledge this superior, loving heavenly Creator (Romans 1:21).
Why did God make us? Paul answers: “… so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). Seek the Lord; that’s what He wants. Is that what we’re doing?
Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.
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Copyright, 2020, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson, Inc.).
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