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Hanging the Earth on Nothing

July 13, 2018

Earlier this week I came across this and decided it would be a perfect Faith Filled Friday blog. The sentences in italics are the notes at the bottom of the page in my Bible, KJV. I missed the sarcasm in verses 1-4 and had to go back to read them again. It’s almost the way Shakespeare would have said it. The phrase I like the best is in verse 7, hanged the earth upon nothing. I pictured it like hanging a Christmas ornament on a tree, only sans tree and wire hoop. Verse 14 ends with a powerful thought. There’s a lot we don’t know and don’t understand. I’m satisfied with waiting until I get to heaven to find out. ~ Connie

Job 26:1-14 – Job’s Third Reply to Bildad

But Job answered and said, How hast thou helped him that is without power? How did you save the arm that hath no strength?
How have you counseled him that has no wisdom? And how have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from thee?
vs 1-4 Job sarcastically accuses Bildad of not having an original thought in his head!
Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.
vs 6 destruction: Heb., Abaddon, the place of destruction, synonym for Sheol.
He stretched out the north over the empty place, and hanged the earth upon nothing.
vs 7 A remarkable description of what we now know to be a scientifically accurate description of the earth.
He bound up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
vs 8 May be a reference to the same state described in Genesis 1:7
He held back the face of his throne, and spread his cloud upon it.
vs 9 throne: the meaning is that God veils the heavens with clouds.
He encompassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
He divided the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smote through the proud.
By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.
vs 13 By his spirit: i.e., the wind blew away the storm clouds so that the heavens are garnished (lit., fair)
vs 5-13 An acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God over the various aspects of the universe.
Lo, these are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him? But the thunder of his power who can understand?
vs 14 Job’s magnificent conclusion is: How much knowledge of God there is beyond what we can see and hear.

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