Most major construction projects begin with a groundbreaking ceremony. I’m not sure where the idea for that came from; it’s been around for a long time. However, the Bible does suggest a reason for godly groundbreaking when the Lord tells Israel to “break up your fallow ground.” That old English farming term is used to translate a Hebrew term for “tillable” soil, ground that should be used to grow crops or to develop some resource that would increase the effectiveness of God’s people or demonstrate the majesty of the God of Israel.
ICR Discovery Center Groundbreaking
Israel had been languishing for some time, yielding to the lifestyle of the pagan natives surrounding them. Hosea was sent to challenge them to take advantage of who they were in the Lord, shake off the shackles of the ungodly, and turn the fallow (unused) ground to the purpose God had intended for it. God gives them the command to start working and states the promises that will come with their obedience and trust.
The Institute for Creation Research recently had the opportunity to break fallow ground on a project specially designed to uphold God’s truth and reflect His glory. On April 21, 2017, ICR held an official groundbreaking ceremony at its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, to initiate the construction of the ICR Discovery Center for Science and Earth History.
It was a special time to celebrate what God has done and will do through the work of ICR.
As one longtime supporter at the ceremony said,
We’ve followed the ICR ministry for a number of years…and what’s so exciting is to see [that] what God has revealed in nature is actually [affirming] of what the Scripture says God did. Just to see what is being built now—and the prospect for an even finer way of demonstrating this to people—is a tremendous joy.
The breaking of this ground will allow many more people to “seek the LORD” and His creation truth.
ICR has long had a vision to reach younger generations who are leaving the Christian faith because of the myth that science disproves the Bible. The ICR Discovery Center will showcase the wealth of scientific evidence affirming the biblical account of origins and Earth history.
ICR is in a unique position to initiate this venture because it employs the leading science research staff dedicated to the question of origins from a biblical perspective. ICR scientists have explored some of the most challenging questions of faith and science, and their research will be presented in innovative and engaging ways in state-of-the-art exhibits and a planetarium featuring 3-D imagery.
Will you help us build this exciting legacy tool?
Groundbreaking Ceremony Highlights
[Adapted with permission; originally posted as: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2017. Breaking Up Fallow Ground. Acts & Facts. 46 (6).]