Earth’s Rotation/Spinning on it’s Axis

“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It takes on form like clay under a seal, and stands out like a garment.”  – Job 38: 12 – 14


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1.  Job is writing this some 4000 years ago

2.  In the passage, God likens the coming of day to the earth’s being handled like clay by a potter:

  • “God asks Job if he has ever dictated the time of the morning or the location of the sunrise (dayspring). As soon as the sun is risen, its light will take hold of the ends of the earth in the sense that it touches all of the landscape, and the wicked are shaken out of it (the earth) in the sense that thieves, drunkards, adulterers, and others who practice their sins in darkness are forced to desist from these activities as they retreat from the light.”
  • “Also, the beauties of the earth are revealed by the light, and its coloration is made to appear as that of a beautiful garment.”
  • “Finally, the text asserts that God’s command of the morning derives from His control of the earth, which is turned as clay to the seal. Hence, the suggestion is that God regulates the morning by rotating the earth as a potter rotates the clay.” 1
  • The word used for “seal” is “khotham” – it means seal or signet ring 2

3.  For much of the world’s history, it has been geocentric and not heliocentric (i.e., that the sun rotated around the earth, not the earth rotating on its axis)

  • The Greeks did consider a heliocentric model @ 200 BC, but opted for the geocentric one
  • It wasn’t until Nicolas Copernicus came along in the 16th Century, that a sun-centered solar system was really demonstrated 3

4.  The Bible is accurate in its astronomy when it implies the earth is rotating

  • Incidentally, in Luke 17: 34 – 36 says that at the instantaneous 2nd Coming of the Lord, it will be nighttime for some and the middle of the day for others…