At the time of Job, Greek mythology taught that the world rested on the shoulders of Atlas, one of the great Titans, or Elder gods. Yet Job 26:7 says that God “hangs the earth on nothing” (literally, the earth rests in space without any visible means of support). 
Astronomers in antiquity counted the stars and estimated that they numbered about five thousand. But the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “the host of heaven [stars] cannot be numbered” just as the “sand of the sea [cannot be] measured” (Jer. 33:22).
Isaiah 40:22 refers to the earth as a “circle.” The Hebrew word used here is chug, which allows for the concept that the earth is a sphere. This is particularly interesting because people at that time generally believed that the earth was flat.
Ecclesiastes 1:6 relates that the wind blows “toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns” (nasv), a clear description of the great circular movements of earth’s winds.
Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 @ 4:06 AM CDT