Not Ex­pected To Live

Palawan Daily News - - Editorial -

Sir Isaac New­ton was one of the great­est sci­en­tists who ever lived. It was New­to­nian physics that con­trib­uted most to man land­ing on the moon. More than any other sci­en­tist, New­ton was re­spon­si­ble for lay­ing the foun­da­tion for clas­si­cal me­chan­ics, op­tics, and even math­e­mat­ics. As with many fa­mous peo­ple, some of the sto­ries about New­ton have grown with time. For in­stance, Voltaire says that New­ton was walk­ing among his fam­ily’s ap­ple or­chard when he saw an ap­ple fall from a tree, giv­ing him help in for­mu­lat­ing the the­ory of uni­ver­sal grav­i­ta­tion. New­ton says he was ac­tu­ally star­ing out a win­dow in his house when he saw an ap­ple fall from a tree.

Some other in­ter­est­ing de­tails about his life: Isaac’s mother re­mar­ried af­ter his fa­ther’s death and he so dis­liked his step­fa­ther that he threat­ened, as a teenager, to burn their house down with them in­side. His in­ter­est in school grew as a re­sult of a con­flict with a school bully who threat­ened young Isaac. He was smaller than the bully but de­cided to fight back and won. He then de­ter­mined to beat the bully in scholas­tics as well. He later at­tended col­lege and, be­cause of the Great Plague, went home for a time while the school was closed down. It was dur­ing this two-year pe­riod that he de­vel­oped his the­o­ries on cal­cu­lus, op­tics, and the law of grav­i­ta­tion. In his later life he be­came in­ter­ested in the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Bible and even wrote on the prophe­cies of Daniel and Rev­e­la­tion.

What many don’t know is that baby Isaac wasn’t ex­pected to live. He was born pre­ma­turely on Christ­mas Day in 1642. Isaac was named af­ter his fa­ther, who died three months be­fore he was born. He was so small his mother thought he might not sur­vive. She said he was tiny and could fit into a quart mug jar!

There are many sto­ries in Scrip­ture of ba­bies who al­most didn’t live. Per­haps the great­est is the life of Je­sus. Herod was an­gry when the wise men from the East did not re­turn from pay­ing a visit to the Christchild, and he later or­dered that all the chil­dren less than two years of age in Beth­le­hem be slaugh­tered. But God intervened and Joseph was warned in a dream to es­cape to Egypt.

God had plans for Isaac New­ton and he lived to be one of the great­est God-fear­ing sci­en­tists of all time.


For I know the thoughts that I think to­ward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an ex­pected end. Jeremiah 29:11

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