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Bone Biology

Here are some insightful thoughts of some famous or somewhat famous people.

If you can^t explain it to a six year old, you don^t understand it yourself.
Albert Einstein

A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Groucho Marx

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
John Maeda

It^s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.
David Levithan

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Clare Boothe Luce

Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
Langston Hughes

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Ludwig Boltzmann

Biology is extremely complex yet simple. Far more complex than Darwin imagined or understood. And even more complex than modern day biologists are able to comprehend or to explain. Yet we simply eat, breathe and live.

Next let^s look at a passage of scripture to introduce the topic of marrow.

Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two~edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Let^s have a look at bone marrow to see what man knows and can explain to date.

What goes on where the marrow meets the bone?

Bone Marrow
The soft, flexible connective tissue within bone cavities is called bone marrow. Its primarily functions are to produce blood cells as well as fat cells, cartilage, bone cells and a few other types of tissue. There are two categories of bone marrow tissue: red marrow and yellow marrow. From birth to early adolescence, primarily red marrow is produced. As we grow and mature, increasing amounts of yellow marrow replaces the red marrow. On average, bone marrow can generate hundreds of billions of new blood cells daily.

Bone Marrow Structure
Bone marrow is divided into a vascular section rich with blood vessels and a non~vascular section. The vascular section contains blood vessels that supply the bone with nutrients and transport new blood stem cells and new mature blood cells away from the bone and into circulation to the rest of the body. Blood cell formation occurs in the non~vascular sections of the bone marrow. This area also contains immature blood cells, fat cells, white blood cells, and thin, branching fibres of reticular (net like) connective tissue. All blood cells are derived from bone marrow but some white blood cells mature in other organs such as the spleen, lymph nodes, and thymus gland.

Bone Marrow Function
Bone marrow generates blood cells primarily. Bone marrow contains two main types of stem cells; hematopoietic stem cells, found in red marrow, which are responsible for the production of blood cells and mesenchymal stem cells that produce the non~blood cell components of marrow including, bone cells, cartilage, fat, fibrous connective tissue (found in tendons and ligaments) and stromal cells that support blood formation.

Charles Darwin stated, perhaps many times in fairness:
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.

The body had to be put together or created to accommodate bones, marrow, blood vessels, blood, a heart to pump it, in a body to hold it all together, all simultaneously.

Well Charlie, consider your theory broken down.

Right where the marrow meets the bone is a complex blood and other tissues factory essential to the sustaining of the life of the body.

Charles Darwin also stated:
Any one whose disposition leads him to attach more weight to unexplained difficulties than to the explanation of facts will certainly reject my theory.

If one were able to observe the complex activities and biological processes that we know for a fact are going on continuously in very single living creature on earth they would certainly qualify as unexplained difficulties, as Darwin put it in his time, and his theory is therefore absolutely broken down, by his own admission, and is to be rejected or seriously edited.

Knowing the complexity and the utility and the requirements of the functions of the bone and marrow it brings greater understanding and meaning to Paul^s statement in

Ephesians 5:29 and 30 (NKJV)
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

That is the body, flesh and bones of Jesus. As we just saw the sustaining of the life of the body is done in great part inside the bones because that is where the marrow is and that is where blood is formed and the scriptures say that life is in the blood.

Genesis 9:4 (GNB)
The one thing you must not eat is meat with blood still in it; I forbid this because the life is in the blood.

We are warned in
Psalm 38:3 (NKJV)
There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin.

We are warned here that sin has the effect of removing health from the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV) gives more health insight and warning;
A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV) has words of advice to improve your health and that of others;
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Finally, the way of God is like medicine as we see in
Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

2016 Jacques Gauvin