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Scripture—Job 26:7

God stretches  northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.

Observation

Ancient cultures had many ideas of what supported the earth: a giant named Atlas, a turtle—but in the oldest book of the Bible, Job 26:7, it says “He hangs the earth on nothing.” God revealed the truth before science discovered it.

Application

I can trust the Word of God. Throughout the centuries various religious experts have disputed the historical accuracy of the Bible but, in time, it is the Bible, not the scholar that was proved reliable. In the 1880’s Dr. S. R. Driver, a noted religious scholar and commentator of the time said that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).  “In the time of Moses was supposed to have lived on the earth, men did not know how to write. So how could he have written the Pentateuch?” In 1887, the Tel el-Armana tablets were discovered by an Egyptian woman digging in ruins for fertilizer for her garden. The tablets confirmed the existence of biblical locations, as well as written language in the Canaanite areas at that time. Moses was educated as the son of a princess of Egypt and as such he would have very likely been able to read and write.

Other scholars disputed the existence of a Roman governor named Pontius Pilate, the procurator who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion. In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Antonio Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheater near Caesarea-on-the-Sea uncovered a cornerstone. On the face is an inscription which is part of a larger dedication which clearly says it was from Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea.” These are just two examples among many, many others.

As to scientific accuracy, in 1861 the French Academy of Science wrote a pamphlet purporting 51 established scientific facts that refuted the accuracy of the Bible. Today not one of those 51 “facts” is regarded as true. Science is ever changing. The Word of God remains.

The Earth is Suspended in Space

Ancient cultures had many ideas of what supported the earth: a giant named Atlas, a turtle—but in the oldest book of the Bible, Job 26:7, it says “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

 

 

The Earth is Round Not Flat

Columbus undertook his voyage east because he saw in Scripture that “it is He (God) who sits above the circle (chwug, Hebrew, meaning globe or sphere) of the earth.” Isaiah 40:22. In Columbus’ time the earth was believed to be flat.

Blood Supports Life as It Circulates through the Body

Leviticus tells us, “For it (blood) is the life of all flesh.” Leviticus 17:4

The circulation of blood throughout the body to support life was not discovered until 1628 by William Harvey.

Quarantine

The concept of quarantine that ended the Black Plague in the fourteenth century came from Leviticus 13:46: “As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp.”

What was considered reliable historical, archaeological, and scientific fact has changed through the centuries but the Word of God remains.

Prayer

My Father,

Thank You for what You have revealed in Your Word before it was “discovered” by man. You are beyond comprehension. Your works are truly marvelous. Thank You that You have given us Your Word so that we can know You and Your ways.

I love You,

me

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