Today we will be studying Job 38:16-18. As a reminder, we have been talking about the Pre-existence, mostly about how Lucifer fell, and possibly about the creation of the world.
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
Huh... We go from talking about light to the sea? Oh wait, what did God create on the second day. He separated the waters from the land and made the firmament or atmosphere. So this makes sense, but are we quite there yet.
The springs of the sea, that could be rivers flowing into it. Or the depth of the sea could be the literal deepness of it.
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
The next one is interesting though. Talking about death, and its gates. Now this is a reference to the veil. The veil we pass through in birth and death. What does that have to do with the sea? First of all, there was the reference to the sea being like a womb in Job 38:8. So maybe this is birth and death. Another scripture that comes to mind is Revelations 20:13
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and adeath andbhell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
This is in reference to the end, the judgment, when Christ comes again. Makes sense that the beginning would be similar to the end.
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
Anyway, verse 18 then talks about the earth. The breadth or length of it. Basically the expanse of it. So this sea, this beginning leads to an end. It compasses everything. So maybe the earth is not really the earth, but the world and the purpose of all. Thus the statement God makes, "declare if thou knowest [IT ALL]". It all not just means every part of the earth, from the deepness of the seas to the tallest mountains, but literally everything. Every part and being in and of this life.
Whew Doggy this is some deep stuff. Now the question is, where are we in this Plan of Salvation over view? Maybe we will find out on the next few verses. Stay tuned.