Monday, July 24, 2017

JEHOVAH Suspends The Earth Over Nothing

Job 26:1-14 NIV


1Then Job replied:

2“How you have helped the powerless!
How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
3What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
And what great insight you have displayed!
4Who has helped you utter these words?
And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
5“The dead are in deep anguish,
those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6The realm of the dead is naked Before GOD;
Destructiona lies uncovered.

7HE Spreads Out the northern skies over empty space;

HE Suspends the earth over nothing.

8HE Wraps up the waters in HIS clouds,
yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
9HE Covers the face of the full moon,
spreading HIS clouds over it.
10HE Marks Out the horizon on the face of the waters
for a boundary between light and darkness.
11The pillars of the heavens quake,
aghast at His Rebuke.
12By HIS Power HE Churned Up the sea;
by HIS Wisdom HE Cut Rahab to pieces.
13By HIS Breath the skies became fair;
HIS Hand Pierced the gliding serpent.
14And these are but the outer fringe of HIS Works;
how faint the whisper we hear of HIM!
Who then can understand the thunder of HIS Power?”

Job 26

Over the empty place - על־תהוּ ‛al-tôhû, "Upon emptiness, or nothing." That is, without anything to support it. The word used here (תהוּ tôhû) is one of those employed Genesis 1:2

But it seems here to mean emptiness, nothing. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere Power of GOD. And hangs the earth upon nothing. - It has nothing to support it.

There is no certain evidence here that Job was acquainted with the globular form of the earth, and with its diurnal and annual revolutions. But it is clear that he regarded it as not resting on any foundation or support; as lying on the vacant air, and kept there by the Power of GOD. The sentiment here expressed by Job was probably the common opinion of his time.

Biblical references Psalm 93:1, 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30 include text stating that "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved." In the same manner, Psalm 104:5 says, "The LORD Set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved." Further, Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that "And the sun rises and sets and returns to its place" etc.

Galileo defended heliocentrism, and claimed it was not contrary to those Scripture passages. He took Augustine's position on Scripture: not to take every passage literally, particularly when the scripture in question is a book of poetry and songs, not a book of instructions or history. He believed that the writers of the Scripture merely wrote from the perspective of the terrestrial world, from that vantage point that the sun does rise and set. Another way to put this is that the writers would have been writing from a phenomenological point of view, or style.

So Galileo claimed that science did not contradict Scripture, as Scripture was discussing a different kind of "movement" of the earth, and not rotations.

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