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Spoke 5 - Hey

Deuteronomy, Daniel, Ephesians

The Blessing of Life

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

The Fifth Day
(Genesis 1:20ff)


One of the greatest miracles of Scripture is seen in the integration of the order of the Days of Creation with the things created on each day. Case in point - many of the creatures created on the Fifth Day exhibit a pattern of pentagonal (fivefold) symmetry. The Starfish, the Sanddollar, and the Sea Urchin, (all shown here) are but a few examples of creatures created on the Fifth Day.

sand dollar

As demonstrated in The Geometry of Art and Life This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window (pg. 91) there are fundamental physical reasons why the growth of organic structures (life) must be based on the Number Five, whereas the growth of non-organic structures such as crystals can be based on the numbers Three, Four, or Six but never Five. The Number 5 stands out from all other digits in its unique association with living things. Simply stated, both Scripture and Science reveal the Number Five as the Number of Life.

snow crystal
Hexagonal Symmetry
Snow Crystal

The basic reason for the difference between the geometry of life and that of crystals arises from how the growth occurs. Crystals grow by accumulating more material on the outside, so growth occurs by regular space-filling patterns which for purely geometric reasons can not be based on the Number Five. Crystals grow by material being added in a way that minimizes the potential energy of the final configuration so till no more motion occurs. Crystals are frozen in the very beautiful but "hard" and "sharp" minimal energy configuration.

sea urchin
Pentagonal Symmetry
Sea Urchin

Life, on the other hand, grows by integrating accumulated (eaten) material from the inside, which (again for purely geometric reasons) forces the expansion to follow patterns based on the Fibonnaci Sequence, which manifests in logorithmic spirals (such as seashells) and pentagonal symmetry. All of this fundamental physical geometry integrates with the structure of the Days of Creation. Such is the mystery of the infinite Wisdom of God, and the gift of His Holy Word!

The theme of Life dominates Spoke 5. It is deeply integrated with the Fifth Commandment, which Paul elaborates in Ephesians on Spoke 5:

Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Ephesisans 6.2f (Spoke 5, Cycle 3)

This is the "family" commandment that promises long life if we honor those who (in the natural sense) gave us our life. And just as the Fifth Commanment is "the first commandment with promise," so the Fifth Day is the first day God bestowed His Blessing upon His creatures:

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Genesis 1:22

The Fifth Day and the Fifth Commandment are also deeply integrated with the Fifth Book, Deuteronomy. Searching the entire Bible for all occurrences of the phrase "well with thee" found in the Fifth Commandment yields the following graph:

The green bar represents the verse from Ephesians where God reiterates the Fifth Commandment and adds the insight that it is the "first commandment with promise." The cc has a value of .96!. This is discussed in more detail in the article called Well With Thee

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