WHERE IS THE GRAVE, UNDERWORLD, SHEOL & HADES JESUS EXPLAINS? Have thought about the world beneath your feet lately? Under your chair is the carpet. Under the carpet is concrete. Under the concrete is damp clay. Under the clay is bedrock. Under the bedrock lies a world stranger than fiction. We know less about the world 5 miles below us than we know about the world 5 billion miles above us.
In other words, we know almost nothing about the world beneath our feet. There is a place beneath our feet that most of us have never pondered. It is a dark world made up of layer after layer of silent, yet eloquent, witnesses. Tonight in the very rocks of the earth’s crust, under Tulsa and in every nation, in the land beneath our feet, and in the hills and valleys through which we travel reposes a vast cemetery. Therein lie the bones and shells, the teeth and trails of innumerable animals, along with the compressed and carbonized remains of immense forests that once filled a beautiful world. Here and there, scattered widely throughout the rocks, can be found artifacts or other fossil evidence even of the human life of long ago. We will study this world in a few weeks as we study Creation, the Fall, and Noah’s Flood.
What about the underworld? What most of us learned in school was topsoil goes down to the subsoil. Then we hit bedrock. Under that are the strange world of salt domes, oil deposits, subterranean caverns, and volcanic fissures. Scattered here and there are fossilized remains of plants and animals, coal and various other minerals, and so on. The Earth is made up of several of these different layers. The outer layer is called the Crust. It is made of lighter, less dense, rocks that average 10 miles thick. The deepest mine in the world is less than 2 miles deep, and nobody has ever been able to drill down further than 9 miles. Everything that exists below this depth is speculated as scientists piece together evidence from earthquakes and volcanoes.
The crust is not a continuous layer of rocks but consists of large masses, called plates, which are free to drift slowly across the surface of the planet, floating on the mantle rather like an iceberg floats in water.
The layer of rock below the crust is called the Mantle. This is about 1800 miles thick and contains most of the mass of the Earth. The upper part of the mantle is solid but at greater depths the heat causes the rock to behave more like a liquid. The high pressure, however, stops the rock from melting. It becomes ‘plastic’ at temperatures in excess of 1000°C and can flow. The rocks are mainly composed of iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), and oxygen (O) compounds.
The most sobering part of our earth is the core. This spot 4000 miles below us is filled with a flaming, boiling, liquid lake of fire, the temperature of which is some 12,400 degrees Fahrenheit. This evening the human race is separated from the fiery outpouring of earth’s core by only a thin 10-mile crust.
Now for just a moment ponder the plain words of God’s Word about another spot under your feet:
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust, you shall return.”
Genesis 4:11 “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
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