He Hangs the Earth on Nothing (1/10)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Job 24-28.

He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7).”

This is one of those passages that helps reinforce the validity and inspiration of the Bible. How were the ancients to know that the earth was suspended in space? How were they to know the earth was not resting upon some foundation, whether that foundation was the backs of elephants, turtles, or something else? Myths like these existed, but Job believed something that was not only different, but correct.

How could Job have known this about the earth? It certainly was not based on scientific discoveries of his day, satellite imaging, or anything else. The only way something like this could have been known in Job’s day was that God — the only one who could know this — revealed it.

All that the Bible says about the natural world harmonizes with true science. Yes, there are many who revere “science” and attack the Bible as a book of myths. But this is due to one of two things: either they are attacking the false theories of religious people and not the Bible, or they are promoting unproven “science” that can only be accepted by faith (i.e. the Big Bang, evolution, etc.). Paul warns about this:

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’ [science, KJV]” (1 Timothy 6:20).

The Bible teaches the truth about the natural world, even before the scientific community figures these things out.

Tomorrow’s reading: Job 29-31

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]


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