Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What is the Meaning of Job 38:14?

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, September 2015

This concept out of Job 38:12-14 is often misunderstood, and taken out of context to describe the earth being formed for the first time at the creation. As you can see by the illustration, Flat-earthers take Job 38:14 to mean that the earth was formed at the creation like a stamp that flattens out a piece of clay.

However, when reading the entire chapter of Job 38, it is clear, YaHuWaH is addressing Job, (verse 12) and asking him if he has “Commanded the morning, and caused the dawn to know his place.”

He continues in verse 13-14, explaining that each new day provides an opportunity for the inhabitants of the earth to “TURN” back to Messiah, who is “THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!” (John 8:12; 9:5). 

The Hebrew word for “TURN” is #2015, which means: TO RETURN, TO CHANGE, BE CONVERTED! 

In other words, the earth is given a chance each new day to REPENT! 

Our Messiah is a prophetic picture of “THE SUN,” as he is called “THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” in Malachi 4:2. 

Each new day brings the DAWN, which takes hold of the ends of the earth, by lighting up the entire half of the globe. 

This is the method by which YaHuWaH causes the WICKED to be “SHAKEN,” like rotten fruit that falls from a tree to the ground!

Ancient Clay seals are shaped like cylinders, like cardboard toilet paper rolls. They roll these over a piece of clay, and it forms images or shapes. This is what is meant in verse 14, when it says “THEY STAND OUT AS A GARMENT.” 

The Hebrew word for “GARMENT,” means the following: 

#3830 lbuwsh leb-oosh' or lbush {leb-oosh'}; from 3847; a garment (literally or figuratively); by implication (euphemism for a wife):--apparel, clothed with, clothing, garment, raiment, vestment, vesture. 

#3847 labash law-bash' or labesh {law-bashe'}; a primitive root; properly, wrap around, i.e. (by implication) to put on a garment or clothe (oneself, or another), literally or figuratively:--(in) apparel, arm, array (self), clothe (self), come upon, put (on, upon), wear. 

As you can see from the above definition, the earth turns daily, causing the inhabitants of the earth to turn back to the light of the world, which is the sun (symbolic of Messiah). 

As the earth turns, the light of the sun rolls over it, just like these clay seals roll over clay, causing the images to stand out and become visible. The word “garment,” is also a euphemism for “a wife,” because YaHuWaH is daily converting souls back to him, and making them his bride! 

And when these souls become his bride, he clothes them with a WHITE WEDDING GARMENT!

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