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8 He bindeth up [tsarar] the waters [mayim] in his thick clouds [`ab];
and the cloud [`anan] is not rent [baqa`] under them. KJV-Interlinear
8 'He wraps up the waters in His
clouds; And the cloud does not burst under
'He' in all of these verses is a reference to
God. And again, Job did not have the
knowledge of the meteorological sciences that we have today. Whether or not he had been to a mountain top
or high hills during his life and encountered fog or the mists of clouds is
possible, but that is not the purpose of his comments here.
It is God who devised a watering and cooling
system for this planet. We call it evaporation and condensation, but
Jobs comments here draw a line between that which God is able to do and that
which man is not able to do.
Look at our systems of irrigation. Today we have lots of machines, pumps,
plumbing and so forth which we use to water our lawns, and crop fields.
We even depend on good snowfalls in the winter
mountains, to provide a dependable water supply for each coming year. Cities are always having problems from year
to year in maintaining lake and reservoir levels.
But God has designed and implemented a system for
holding billions of gallons of water in the clouds of the atmosphere. Those clouds can be thousands of miles wide
and long, and tens of miles in height or thickness.
Gentle sprinkles or horrendous storms can come from
their rain. And yet while the vapor sits
high in the sky, the clouds do not tear or cave under the weight of so much
water. The clouds just seem to glide along
with the winds, to a destination that no one knows.
And yet man takes the clouds and the rain for granted,
as he does so many things in life. Back
in Jobs day, the population of the world could easily fit into a small area.
The population could easily travel to regions that had plenty of rain and
If there were no rain or water, then man just move on
until he found another good location for living.
But Jobs point here is that the systems which God has
created are so massive and yet so simple, but still man cannot duplicate
them. Nor does man seem to see the gift
of the creators' weather systems. They
are taken for granted.
But one day soon the population of the world will grow
to double what it is today, and then it will double again and again. Perhaps in a hundred years or perhaps in
two-hundred, humanity will come face to face with a dilemma. Water, where to find it, or how to live
The Tribulation accounts in Revelation, tells us that
water will be a big problem, in that the oceans will become useless and fresh
water will become scarce.
Ever since man was booted from the Garden, a region of
perfection, sin has brought with it a deterioration in the world around
us. That deterioration will reach its
maximum by the time of the Tribulation.
Everything is moving slowly in that direction.
It won't be until the Second Advent, which will mark
the beginning of the Millennium, when everything will almost instantaneously be
restored to its former perfect state.
But until then, we have Gods marvelous design right in
front of us, day in and day out. A design which should help us to focus our
attention on Him and His overall plan, and especially on His plan specifically
for each of our individual lives.
Job lived how long ago? And He could see it all. Is there a reason that we cannot figure it
all out now?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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