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Z is for zenith #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

Z is for zenith and z-coordinate
The highest point in the sky
And another way to designate
Three dimensions on flat paper with X and Y.

A corner similar to x-,y- and z-axes

I found maths (or math, if you prefer) very difficult when it involved three dimensions. So let’s skip to zenith!

Having reached the last post in this challenge apart from the Reflections, which comes later, I suspect that hardly anyone has bothered with my links to Bible passages on Bible Gateway. The whole of the Bible is available online on that website in many different translations, which can be compared to help readers understand the meaning.

I find the Book of Psalms particularly helpful. Earlier on this blog a series of posts recorded the #psalmtweets I posted on Twitter. One psalm in particular reminds me of the word zenith – the highest point in the sky.

God is higher than the highest point! The paradox is that as St Paul pointed out to the people of Athens, He is also very close to us: ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ To read this in context please click the link. Acts 17:16-34.

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Y is for yardstick #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

Y is for yardstick – a measuring pole.
At three foot long it’s less than a metre.
With modern technology having a rôle
Other measuring techniques could be neater.

A yard brush is not a yardstick!

Yardstick is a word, like benchmark, which is often used figuratively. It is literally a measuring stick three feet long. Nowadays there are ways of measuring using laser technology. I have seen painters and decorators using this sort of device to measure a room.

The units used in the Bible were different from those used in modern-day Europe and North America. If you live somewhere else in the world, I’d like to see in the comments what units you use for length. That was my word for the Letter L and I wrote about units there.

The prophet Ezekiel had a detailed vision of the measurements for the new temple in Jerusalem after the exile. Ezekiel 40-44

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X is for X marks the spot #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

X marks the spot
Where treasure is hidden.
Can you find it or not?
Cheating is forbidden.

X in the sky

Well here I am at a notoriously difficult letter. Treasure maps with a cross marking the place to dig for treasure relate to real places in physical space. The sort of maps used for fund-raising events, where people pay money to stick a pin in a map and the one nearest to a spot previously chosen wins a prize, may not represent any location on earth.

People have marked the site of places that reminded them of their history throughout the ages. In the story of Samuel, he stood a stone on end as a memorial (aid to memory). It was called Ebenezer meaning stone of help. There is a Christian hymn with this word in it, “Here I raise my Ebenezer”. People unfamiliar with the Old Testament story do not understand the words.

Metal-detecting is a popular hobby. Sometimes people find really old artefacts. They may even find treasure.

Jesus Christ talked about treasure in some of his parables (stories with a deeper meaning).

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