The Book of Job reveals some Bible nuggets. Hundreds of years before scientific confirmation, it talks about Big Bang, particles clustering together to form celestial bodies and even an expanding Universe.
We’re examining the book of Job 38.17, “Have you with him (God) spread out the sky (H7834), which is strong (H2389), and as a molten (H3332) looking glass? (H7209)” Last week, we saw that strong relates to how the formation of the sky. Today we’ll see the Bible meaning of molten looking glass
Molten Looking Glass
A bronze molten disc, a reflective surface, appears as a projection since the book of Job 37:18 indicates “the sky is strong and as a molten looking glass.” There is a comparison between strong and molten looking glass; this is another Job-one-time-only-usage for the term looking glass, but has nothing to do with actual glass. The basic root is a mirror or something seen. There is no evidence that glass mirrors existed thousands of years B.C., and in all likelihood, this is referring to shiny, highly polished metal, such as bronze, which would serve the same purpose.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 6.8)
If this is your first time at this blog, I suggest you review these previous blog posts referring to how God’s finger worked in the formation of the Universe (from the Bible, whether you believe it’s fact or fiction). We have seen that the Biblical Hebrew when God ordained the stars = fashion (blog 1). Furthermore ordained = firm and stable (blog 2), garnish = royal pavilion and formation (blog 3), formed = dancing sand particles (blog 4), crooked = fleeing constellation, snake = hissing (universal echo) (blog 5) Stretch out = space like a 3-dimensional tent, curtain = fine beaten powder, the composition of the Universe (blog 6). Strong = catch, fasten, cleave, make hard – how the sky was formed (blog 7)
The King James Translators must’ve struggled with the entire book of Job, let alone 37.18. When God talks about the creation of the heavens and earth, there is a lot of unusual vocabulary. Without scientific knowledge, we have 400 years later; some words and concepts were certainly head-scratchers.
At about the same time, Galileo was proposing the Earth was not the center of the Universe, but instead revolving around the sun. The Church persecuted him for this teaching. Science and Religion were in turmoil–that hasn’t changed. Today science has established and proven certain facts and The Explanation in taking a fresh look at these Biblical Hebrew words in light of scientific facts. I want to help you with your own Bible study. Use the Bible Concordance at UnlockBibleMeaning.com, dig out those nuggets, mine Bible Meaning. The Bible might be much more relevant than you might think.
Have you with him (God) spread out the sky (H7834), which is strong (H2389), and as a molten (H3332) looking glass? (KJV).
.. can you join him in spreading out the skies (H7834), hard (H2389) as a mirror of cast bronze? (H3332). (New International Version).
Molten shows us how the looking glass, or in this particular case, the sky was formed. Strong points out the meaning of molten (H3332):
יָצַק yâtsaq yaw-tsak’; a primitive root; properly, to pour out (transitive or intransitive); by implication, to melt or cast as metal; by extension, to place firmly, to stiffen or grow hard:
KJV – cast, cleave fast, be (as) firm, grow, be hard, lay out, molten, overflow, pour (out), run out, set down, stedfast.
In this molten sky-shaping process, the minute particles, the small dust, adhere and cling to one another. “An evil disease, say they, cleaves fast (H3332) unto him: and now that he lies he shall rise up no more“ (Ps 41:8). Focus on the meaning of the vocabulary, cleave fast. These verses have meaning in their context, but we do not want to stray but rather focus on molten and its story. Remember, the 7th key to mastering Biblical Hebrew is: KJV word translations, all together, tell a story and give the full meaning of a Biblical Hebrew word. It’s that story of molten/cast bronze that I’m narrating here.
The cast bronze or molten mirror refers, indeed, to casting or molding metal (the elements). “And you shalt cast (H3332) four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it” (Exodus 25:12).
With time this seething molten mixture slowly cools down, and the mass becomes rigid. “When the dust growth (H3332) into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?” (Job 38:38). Voila—our holographic show reveals the end result of this process of the dust particles cleaving together and being molded into a solid and stable orb. “His heart is as firm (H3332) as a stone; yea, as hard (3332) as a piece of the nether millstone“ (Job 41:24).
Do you how the translations of H3332 (which I put in bold in Strong’s to highlight them for you) tell the story of the formation of the looking glass?
In this single verse in the book of Job 37:18, we have not just one, but two synonyms (strong, molten) that illustrate the remarkable method used by God to form the astral bodies…that is now described the same way by science.
And this brings us to the most enigmatic phrase in this verse: looking glass (KJV) and mirror (NIV); this is: רְאִי H7200.
H7209 רְאִי rᵉʼîy reh-ee’; from H7200 (רָאָה); a mirror (as seen):
KJV – looking glass.
It’s time you use UnlockBibleMeaning.com and do some study. Look up Job 37.18, switch to Strong’s concordance, click on H7209, and then its root H7200. You will learn that it is one of the most fundamental senses humankind possesses: to see–possibly the most crucial sensory mechanism for learning.
Strong’s definition for the onetime usage H7209 is rather laconic: The word mirror and the literal meaning as seen. As seen is the particular grammatical structure of the root verb to see. Let’s stay basic here and render this looking glass with its bare-bones meaning as seen and see what happens. With what I’ve explained, let’s bring deeper meaning to the question asked in Job 37.18. This question is still valid; it’s intended to make us meditate. Have you with him (God) spread out the sky (7834), which is strong (H2389), and as a molten (H3332) looking glass?
Were you with God when He stretched out those fine powdery, impalpable, invisible dust particles from Big Bang which violently caught, fastened and via seething heat cleaved to each other forming hard celestial bodies AS SEEN.
Galacti says, “Wow. Just look up at the sky and see with your own eyes. Something to ponder”. Visible then, visible now; this is the Origin of the Universe. Were you there? What do Einstein, Hawking, science, education, leadership, philosophy, religion, or you and I know about it? What is our role in it today?The Book of Job in the Bible via Biblical Hebrew reveals explicit details about Big Bang and the formation of the Universe hundreds of years before scientific discoveries and confirmation Click To Tweet Job 38.17: Were you with God when He stretched out and filled space with all those fine powdery, invisible dust particles which violently caught, fastened and via seething heat, cleaved to each other forming hard celestial bodies… Click To Tweet
More Dust and Powder
We shall close this chapter (and this planetarium show) with two final verses in the book of Job. I hesitated to use them in this context for the simple reason that they could have a double meaning, or that I might be trying to read something into them that isn’t fully there. I finally decided to include them because they add another aspect to this exciting subject.
The whole of chapter 38 of the book of Job is a forthright reply by God as to Job’s and all human petitesse, triflingness, and insignificance. God asks Job very fundamental questions (which we should consider from time to time): Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Who set the bounds of the sea? Who commands the morning? Who knows the treasures of the snow and hail? How is the east wind scattered? When we reach verse 31, the interrogations point to astronomical phenomenon: Can you bind Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?
We hear these questions voiced by God. The subject matter inquiry then turns to meteorology: Can you raise your voice to the clouds? Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Verse 36 deals explicitly with the nature of man: Who endowed the heart with wisdom? Or gave understanding to the mind?
After these thought-provoking inquiries, the text presents us with the two verses that pertain to our subject of the formation and expansion of the universe.
As you can readily see, the first impression is that these verses backtrack to meteorology and its effect on parched land (the water cycle). Possibly, but a closer look reveals other probabilities.
Let’s consider verse 38 first. Strong’s defines the word dust, number H6083.
עָפָר ʻâphâr aw-fawr’; from H6080 (עָפַר); dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud:
KJV – ashes, dust, earth, ground, morter, powder, rubbish
H6080 עָפַר ʻâphar aw-far’; a primitive root; meaning either to be gray or perhaps rather to pulverize; used only as denominative from H6083 (עָפָר), to be dust:
KJV – cast (dust).
We have here a further reference to powder: “And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder (H6083), and cast the powder (H6083) thereof upon the graves of the children of the people” (2 King 23:6).
Powder: the tiniest, most fundamental building blocks of matter. This same word also embraces the concept of scattering and casting as perceived in its root Strong’s number H6080 above. The Bang in the Big Bang is the impetus for the dispersal, the diffusion of the first elementary particles.
There is the unique usage of this word עָפַר H6080 in 2 Sam 16:13 (KJV): “And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast (H6080 unique usage) dust (H6083).” In other words, the dispersion of very fine particles. What happens to them?
In the previous context (beginning of this post), we saw that growth (H3332) refers to the dust cleaving together and firming up. Here we witness the same process of growth into hardness (H4165).
מוּצָק mûwtsâq moo-tsawk’; from H5694 (עָגִיל); properly, fusion, i.e. literally, a casting (of metal); figuratively, a mass (of clay):
KJV – casting, hardness.
H4166 מוּצָקָה mûwtsâqâh moo-tsaw-kaw’; or מֻצָקָה; from H3332 (יָצַק); properly, something poured out, i.e. a casting (of metal); by implication, a tube (as cast):
KJV – when it was cast, pipe.
Again the notion of fusion is apparent. 1 King 7:37 reveals the concept of molten metal cooling into a molded solid form, “After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting (H4165), one measure, and one size.”
The next highlighted word, clods, similarly conveys the message of small entities constituting larger ones. The word is Strong’s number H7263 רֶגֶב regeb reh’-gheb; from an unused root meaning to pile together; a lump of clay: KJV – clod. As I mentioned, this probably refers to the formation of lumps of clay due to a lack of rain. We are applying the concept to the formation of celestial bodies because of the reference to molten and fusion. And also, because of the final part of the book of Job 38:38, cleave fast together (H1692).
Here’s the definition from Strong’s number H1692:
דָּבַק dâbaq daw-bak’; a primitive root; properly, to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit:
KJV – abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.
Notice the concept of catching, adhering, and joining.
Judges 20:45 (KJV) indicates the principle of particles pursuing other particles: “And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued (H1692) hard after them to Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.”
Once having caught up, the specks join together: “And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining (H1692) to the wing of the other cherub” (2 Chronicles 3:12 KJV).
A well-known verse referring to marriage reveals how two become one, and we remember this message of joining: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave (1692) unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen 2:24).
Three chapters further on in the book of Job 41:15-17, God refers to a particularly ferocious animal called Leviathan (possibly, from the description, some crocodile). His depiction of the scaly hide is impressive “His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another that no air can come between them. They are joined (H1692) one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.”
It’s the same mechanism when atoms and molecules fuse to form larger bodies and more stable matter. Remember COBE, WMAP, and Planck satellite missions to take panoramic photographs of this fossil echo in Inventory of the Universe Chapter 1. It’s evidence that there are clumps of spatial matter that have been caught and pulled by gravity to adhere into gaseous clusters. They stick together and cannot be sundered–what a fantastic description of atoms, molecules, and the formation of the elements in the periodic table.
Considering this verse as an indication of the formation of astral bodies next week we’ll see its astonishing relation to its previous verse, Job 38:37.
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 6.8 of the book Origin of the Universe
In this post, there are references to Job-one-time-usage Biblical Hebrew words. Use the Bible tools at UnlockBibleMeaning.com to verify not only that they are a one-time-usage but think about their uniqueness in light of Big Bang–a unique phenomenon–that started off time and space and lead to you and me. Including the ability to read and study such events.
If you’ve been following these posts for a while, you’re beginning to see the method of using Biblical Hebrew words to tell stories. Above I related the story of:
H1692: דָּבַק dâbaq daw-bak’; a primitive root; properly, to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit:
KJV – abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.
Continue that story. Notice the other KJV translations (abide fast, follow close, overtake…). Look at the verses in which these words are found and add further details to the story of the word dabaq. Even from the English, you can see they give nuances of what took place during the formation of the Universe.
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