|Job 26 |
1 [The words of Job and his friends show an understanding of God that is beyond this generation's imagination. My commentary is limited to the verses, which have survived translator's mistaken assumptions of their meaning, and which I have knowledge. But my understanding is incomplete to unravel the deep, deep meanings of many of the vaguely translated verses throughout the Book of Job. This Book is one of the least understood in the entire Bible, and it is one of the deepest in the revealing of God and the heavens. ]
But Job answered and said,
2 "How have you helped him who is without power? How do you save the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom? How have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4 By whose assistance have you uttered these words? And from whose spirit did your words originate?
5 The dead tremble beneath the waters and their inhabitants.1
6 Hell is naked [without concealment] before him, and Abbadon [the bottomless pit] has no covering [to be concealed].
7 He stretches out the northern skies over empty space, and hangs the earth upon nothing.
8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; yet the cloud does not burst to spill them.
9 He covers the face of the moon by spreading his clouds over its view.
10 He drew a circle on the face of the waters, as the boundary between light and darkness.2
11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
12 He divides the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smites proud Rhab [the king of pride, Satan].
13 By his spirit he has adorned the heavens; his hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Yet these are only a few of his ways; but how faint is the whisper we hear of him? Even the thunder of his power, who can understand it?"
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1 The dead tremble beneath the waters and their inhabitants. Job is alluding to the dimensions of earth, Hell, and heaven. George Fox described the physical dimension of earth being covered and overlaid by the kingdom of Hell, which is covered and overlaid by heaven. The place of the dead is referred to as Sheol or Hell interchangeably. On earth all fleshly men are immersed in darkness as though covered by waters; the dead are below us, trembling. Job and his generation are children of the survivors of the great flood of Noah, and so they would naturally couch many of their expressions in terms of covering waters. Even Genesis speaks of the waters in a spiritual sense: Now the earth became formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Gen 1:2... and Peter: and the earth also which was formed out of water and by means of water. 2 Pet 3:5.
2 He drew a circle on the face of the waters, as the boundary between light and darkness. Job is referring to the boundary between the dimensions of Hell and heaven. All the dimensions share the same physical space, but they are separate dimensions. God is the highest dimension, and this is how the Bible describes the sharing of the same physical space: he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live and move, and have our being, Acts 17:27-28; and One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6. And Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven in these words: The kingdom of God does not come with outward signs to be observed. Neither shall they say, Look here! or, Look over there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you and around you. Luke 17:20-21. For multiple dimensions to share the same physical space is not too hard to understand when you consider this fact: in every atom there is the nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, with electrons orbiting around the nucleus; but the vacant space between the orbiting electrons and the nucleus is a minimum of 10,000 times the size of the nucleus itself. The electrons are spinning so fast, our eye sees everything as solid; and we really don't know anything about the vacant space.
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