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14 Thick clouds [`ab] are a covering
[cether] to him, that he seeth [ra'ah] not; and he walketh [halak]
in the circuit [chuwg] of heaven [shamayim]. KJV-Interlinear
14 'Clouds are a hiding place for
Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks
on the vault of heaven.' NASB
Eliphaz continues stating what he believes are the
sentiments of Job. He has concluded that
Job believes that God cannot see earth because of his great distance from
earth, that God cannot judge the earth because of the darkness that lies
between heaven and earth, that God cannot know of the evils that occur on this
earth because of the vast layers of clouds, and that God is simply too busy
with all of his duties in heaven, to be bothered with any administration of
22 It is He who sits above the vault 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. NASB
Eliphaz gives us a clue as to the relationship between
heaven and earth. And that clue is the reference to the vault in which earth
and this universe seem to be enclosed.
God walks the circuit, or the outside circumference of this vault. Heaven resides outside of this vault.
The universe is so huge, that man will never be able
to see heaven or God, even with centuries more of technological advances in
telescopes. Just as man cannot come to
know God now without salvation and a spiritual life, so too, mans sight is limited
to just this universe and no further.
Eliphaz has missed the point completely with regard to
what Job believes. But he does give us
good doctrine with regard to the administration and knowledge, and abilities of
The sun in our solar system is 93 million miles away
and yet its light can reach all of the way to earth. We can even get sunburned by its light.
The moon is not the source of light but there is
enough light from the sun to reflect off of the moon, and provide sufficient
light during our nighttime.
The stars are even further distant from our planet,
and their light is able to reach us, even through dense clouds of whatever is
out there in space, between them and us.
But God is not an inanimate object. He is not a
burning star. God is further still from
planet earth, and God is able to see perfectly, even into the secret hidden and
dark places of our soul.
God is able to see all things. There are no clouds, no barriers, nothing
which can hide things from Gods sight.
God is omniscient and omnipotent, and possesses all
foreknowledge of the history of all of creation, such that He can administer
everything with the mere power of His thoughts.
He is not overwhelmed with the vast magnitude of the details of
The work of creation is said to be the work of His
fingers, the work of salvation the work of His arm.
Imagine what God could do if He put both arms and legs
and His back into an effort!
This is of course figurative, but it should give you
pause to consider Gods infinite capabilities, given the magnitude of our
universe which is nothing more than a simple task for God.
What then is God capable of doing for you?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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