“When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, Proverbs 8:27
What does God's wisdom have to say about the heavens and the earth? What would God's wisdom have to say to even other issues - like say - gravity and the way our earth not only looks - but the way it functions? Some criticize the Bible because of statements and beliefs that churchmen of the past have held. Among these are the views that the earth was flat. What we might have to ask is whether these churchmen were coming to these conclusions due to a study of the Bible, or were they coming up with conclusions from their own imaginations and thinking?
The wisdom that God created before He made the world testifies that God was the one who established the heavens. He was the one who set them in place. Elsewhere in the Bible we read that God states that He hung the world on nothing. This statement went against early scientists who did not yet understand the whole idea of gravity or how it worked with various gravitational pulls in the universe. Yet we find the Biblical record very consistent with how things actually are in our universe.
The second half of this proverb states that God had "inscribed a circle on the face of the deep." This speaks of how the earth looks and functions - and amazingly - how gravity affects our planet. The word "inscribed" is actually a word that speaks of writing or carving words into something - and it spoke most often of the writing of laws and decrees. God wrote something into the very existence of the earth. There was a circle written into the waters of the earth - which was what this term, "the deep" meant when used in Scripture. According to the wisdom of God - the earth should take the form of a circle or sphere. This is because of what God had inscribed - or written into how the earth functions. What is spoken of here is the law of gravity. The gravity which functions all over our planet comes from the very cener of our planet - which tends to pull all things to that center. This is why when you look at our globe - all the water does not run off the bottom of the planet when it should rush there. Instead you see gravity pulling all things towards tthe center of the earth - thus making our earth a globe. The water responds to the law or inscribing of the Lord which holds all the waters in place.
What I find fascinating is that long before earth's fallible scientists ever grapsed gravity - the wisdom of God spoke of a situation where a round planet would be able to have water all over it - all equally held as gravity pulls all things toward the center of this planet. Thus we have a circular world - with the ability to have things pulled toward it equally from every direction. This is what the wisdom of God tells us long before Newton ever propounded on gravity or any of its laws. The reason for this is because God, who created this world, spoke of something like gravity over a thousand years before man ever fully understood how this world works. It works - according to God's wisdom. The churchmen who postulated such preposterous theories as a flat earth - should have been better students of the wisdom of God. Then they would have gotten things right - or at least biblical - but to be honest they are both the same thing.
Proverb a Day
Each day, we'll take a look at a verse from the chapter of Proverbs for the day. Our hope is to gain wisdom each day - and from that wisdom - to have understanding to make godly decisions in the throes of everyday life.
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