“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…” Isaiah 40:22
One of the most used pieces of ammunition by those who don’t believe in God is – “the bible is written from the perspective that the world is flat” They look at quotes like, “Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” from the latter part of Isaiah 40:21 and reason, how could God inspire someone to write words for Him while believing the world is flat? Wouldn’t God allow all of those who are anointed by Him to fully understand all the truths of His creation?
It’s amazing how we allow education to prevent, cripple or extinguish faith in God. Especially science, astronomy and medicine. The more that God allows people to discover, the more people say God is not there. That man created God to explain what they did not understand.
Check out what 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 and 1 Corinthians 2:13 says…
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”[a]
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 2:13
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Now after reading those verses…go back to Isaiah 40. Consider this, the verse immediately after the one speaking of ‘the foundations of the earth’ states…
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…”
Wow! “Sits above the circle of the earth”. I’m no whiz in geometry, but the last time I checked a circle was ROUND. Wow, for those who are skeptical, here’s real bible evidence of knowledge that the earth was round in the what we call the late bronze to early iron age. Our God is awesome!!!
Now dig this…God is a God of order. He has always allowed different things to occur during different dispensations of time. Some find it hard to believe that people lived for hundreds of years as stated in Genesis. While, if you were living then, you would find it hard to believe that people would be able to travel by air hundreds of miles in a matter of hours.
As much as we think we know right now, with our educated selves, there is still more about the earth and universe that we DON’T know than that we DO know.
There is still so much we don’t know. So much we have not discovered. And, some things we may never discover.
If Jesus delays His return, future generations will look at our knowledge now that think that we were primitive in what we knew.
There is still so much our modern, contemporary, civilized selves haven’t overcome…
How dare us with our limited knowledge, come on God’s earth and through the little knowledge accumulated from others before us, we decide that there is no God? How foolish is that?
How would you like for someone to come into your house on a day and through observing one room out of many determine that you don’t live there?
Looking back at Isaiah 40…verse 21, ”the foundations of the earth” is in reference to time…from the beginning. One of the Hebrew words used for foundation in the Old Testament us Yasad…it means to establish, build up, to appoint or assign. It’s less about a literal foundation and more about establishing…beginning.
It’s speaking figuratively not literally. Much like today when we say ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’ fully knowing that the sun actually does neither.
Isaiah 40:22 is speaking of position and shape, ”above the circle of the earth”.
Use this as ammunition for when someone is critical of God’s existence due to what people knew thousands of years ago. And be very careful not to allow your education to weaken your faith.
Isaiah 40:21-23 (NKJV)
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He brings the princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless.