But in a looser sense, imaging is a reality that is broader than the creation of man. All of this imaging structure can in turn be related to the Trinity. It may be suggested, then, that the looser imaging seen in the outer circles of theophany is itself an expression, or an image, of the original imaging in God himself in his Trinitarian Being. The Son is the original Image. Images in creation reflect this original imaging.
The Spirit is present in the imaging process, as is hinted at by the reference to the spirit of the living creatures Ezek. The association thus invites us to see the physical world as imaging the presence of God in theophany.
Let us consider next the Tabernacle of Moses. The Tabernacle symbolizes the presence of God among his people Ex. In contrast to the temporary presence of God in theophany, it is permanent. Though heaven is the more intimate dwelling place for God, in a sense God fills all things, and the whole universe is therefore his dwelling Jer. The universe is his macrocosmic house, while the Tabernacle is his microcosmic house, imaging both God and the macrocosm.
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The tabernacle shows within it some imaging structure. The outer room, the Holy Place, is analogous to the inner room, the Most Holy Place, and can be said to image it. The courtyard, with dimensions analogous to the Holy Place, is an attenuated image of it. The physical features and beauty in the tabernacle reflect both the glory of God, their originator, and the glory of the macrocosm.
But Christ is also the mediator of creation, according to John So the tabernacle may also be related to the macrocosm and its order. One notable feature of the tabernacle is the use of simple spatial measurements. The Most Holy Place is 10 cubits long, 10 cubits wide, and 10 cubits high. The Holy Place is 20 cubits long, 10 cubits wide, and 10 cubits high, making it twice as long as the Most Holy Place, a simple ratio. In the other dimensions it is the same as the Most Holy Place, a ratio. The courtyard of the tabernacle is cubits long and 50 cubits wide, and thus exhibits the ratio found in the Holy Place.
These simple ratios are related to the theme of imaging, since the courtyard, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place are related to one another by imaging. In addition, various items of furniture in the tabernacle exhibit simple proportionalities. The simple proportionalities in the tabernacle, as microcosm, invite Israelites to wonder whether the macrocosm, that is the universe as a whole, exhibits proportionalities.
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The Greeks already found that such proportionalities cropped up in music. The music interval of an octave represents a ratio of either in the length of the vibrating strings or in the frequency of vibration. In particular, astronomy found proportionalities that related time to the position of heavenly bodies. It has remained for the further development of science to uncover proportionalities throughout the physical world. The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impressed.
According to the Second Law, acceleration is proportional to the force impressed. The constant of proportionality is the mass of the object. This leads to the simple mathematical formulation:. F is the force; m is the mass; and a is the acceleration. The force F is mass times acceleration, making the force proportional both to the mass and to the acceleration.
Proportionality is built into this most basic law, which finds repeated use in analysis of many kinds of physical interaction: vibrating strings, vibrating membranes and solids, flow of liquids and gases, and the movements in the solar system. Simple proportionality is built in. And, when we relate our discoveries in the macrocosm to the tabernacle as microcosm, we can affirm that the beauty of the simple proportions in the tabernacle is related to the beauty of the simple proportions in the macrocosm. Both are the product of beautiful designing on the part of God. But we can say something more.
In the tabernacle proportionality is an outcome of imaging. The Holy Place, the image, is proportional to the Most Holy Place, the object of which it is an image. Proportionality is a kind of imaging relation between the two features that are proportional. If so, proportionality is built on imaging, and can be traced back to the original imaging, namely the Son as the image of the Father.
God has been pleased to place within creation analogical replicas of the imaging relation between the Father and the Son. And it turns out that these replicas are not rare, but are to be found throughout the tabernacle microcosm, and, more notably, throughout the universe as macrocosm.
But in the light of biblical knowledge we can see relationships. We use the knowledge given to us by special revelation in Scripture, knowledge concerning the Trinity, knowledge concerning the Trinitarian activity in creation, and knowledge concerning the Tabernacle. Other instance of imaging relations occur in the very concept of acceleration that Newton used. Velocity in turn can be defined as change in position over time. Consider a simple example where a family is traveling to a city miles away.
In the first hour they travel 50 miles. In the second hour they travel a second 50 miles, for a total of miles, and so on. We make a simple table:.
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The proportionality is summed up by saying that the car is traveling at a speed of 50 miles per hour. The speed is a measure of the proportionality.
We can say that it builds on an imaging relation between distance and time. Imaging is thus built into the very concept of speed or velocity. Now what about acceleration? Manuel, Newton, Historian , chap.
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