The Earth: Flat, Like a Sheet

God answers Job, by William Blake
God answers Job, by William Blake

“Job, have you ever shown the dawn its place for taking hold of the ends of the earth, until the wicked are shaken from its surface?” Job 38:12-13

Is a bed-sheet flat? Ideally, yes—on a made bed. But, then again, while you sleep, you don’t want your sheet to lay any flatter than you yourself are. And, if you’re like me, sometimes, when it’s time to do laundry, you include the bed sheet, stripping it off the bed, and then using it as a bundle to carry all the dirty clothes in the hamper to the washing machine. At such moments, you want your bed-sheet to be roundish or ellipsoid.

From our point-of-view, we can safely say that the earth is certainly round, a globe, a sphere.

But, in His speech to Job, God is telling us: “To Me, my child, the earth is like a bed-sheet is to you. When I want to shake it out—when I want to send the wicked flying into the outer darkness like stink-bugs I have just flicked—when I want to do that, I will.”

Job wisely replies: “Behold, my Lord, I am of little account!”

Lord, Almighty One! We marvel at Your power. In Your mercy, count us among those You have chosen!

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