The cloud is not rent

36. The cloud is not rent –

Job 26:8 “He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.” The word for cloud describes an envelope that contains water. It is reasonable to ask why it does not rend and drop what it contains.

Take a cumulus cloud with a volume of about one cubic kilometer found about two kilometer above the ground. It is a cube one kilometer on each side. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide some estimates of air and cloud density and weight. In the final calculations, the one cubic kilometer cumulus cloud weighs one point zero, zero three billion kilograms. However, the air also has mass, so the cloud floats because the weight of the same volume of dry air is about one point zero, zero seven billion kilograms. So, it is the lesser density of the cloud that allows it to float on the dryer and more-dense air.

Certain conditions must occur for the vapor to condense and fall as rain. It is a finely balanced process. You are at liberty to ask how Job knows about it, and the answer is God told him, how else would he know, by scientific measurement?


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Who can number the clouds

35. Number the clouds –

Job 38:37 “Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,” It would be good for agriculture and primary production if we had some control over these things. Much science has gone into trying to discover how it all happens and perhaps it has to do with the number of clouds. But we cannot make it rain at will, and the result is famine and drought and economic chaos. There is mention of making it rain in a few verses. In each verse there is a pointer to the solution. But we will not know till we know.

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Ordinances of heaven

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Clouds, thunder and lightning

33. Clouds, thunder and lightning –

Job 26:32 “With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it [not to shine] by [the cloud] that cometh betwixt. 33 The noise thereof showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.” An awful blackness cuts off the power of the Sun and a chill hits the land. The change is swift and dramatic. The blackness is ominous. The light is withdrawn and then comes back in a form so startling everyone’s attention is focused.

The clouds occupy the low-pressure area or the hollow formed like a dish, or the palm of the hand, then the lightning is commanded and it strikes. The noise is like the thunder of the cannon of war but the cattle know they had better take shelter.

The Berkley Version translates this verse “His thunder announces His presence, the cattle feel warned of the storms.” The animals are aware of what it means. There is no confusion to them. How is it then that men have difficulty working it out?

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure of a nonmoving fluid (static) caused by the weight of the air above the measurement point. Atmospheric pressure at sea level is 14.7 lbs per square inch, expressed as 14.696 PSI or 1013.25 millibars, or 101.325KPa. High-pressure suggests fair-weather and low-pressure suggests possible storms. Low-pressure areas represent a trough for the clouds to occupy where high-pressure areas offer a barrier to approaching weather systems.

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Parting light

32. Parting light –

Job 38:24 “By what way is the light parted, [which] scattereth the east wind upon the earth?” The translators had difficulty here and so do we. There is a likelihood that if we understood what is meant here we would know something about our world we have not yet discovered. It seems to refer to the visible light spectrum of color from red through violet and perhaps the effects of light on the east wind.

Until Newton’s work became accepted, most scientists believed that white was the fundamental color of light; and that other colors were formed only by adding something to light. Newton showed this was not true by passing white light through a prism, then through another prism. If the colors were added by the prism, the second prism should have added further colors to the single-colored beam. Since the single-colored beam remained a single color, Newton decided the prism merely separated the colors already present in the light. White light is the effect of combining the visible colors of light in equal proportions.



Where light dwells

31. Where light dwells –

Job 38:19 “Where [is] the way [where] light dwells? and [as for] darkness, where [is] the place thereof, 20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths [to] the house thereof?” Light does not have a place. It is dynamic, always traveling. When light stops or dwells you have darkness. Job would not know anything on this matter, for scientists of recent years have produced the mathematics that proves the point. That Job could not know it is the point. That we can know it, witnesses to the author of this book. God is the only one who could have drawn attention to this information three thousand years ago.

In the parable, light is provided by God to dispel darkness. So it represents knowledge or enlightenment. Ignorance is described as darkness to which light must be supplied. There is no boundary to light and the path is straight. So light is something to which God draws attention, to convince us to pay attention.

That is profound for two reasons, only God could know and ask the question so long ago, and it is light that enlightens us. An honest person must respond to that. We cannot ignore this light.

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