Isaiah 40:21-24. “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers: that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.”
Verse 21 is literally “He that sitteth above the circle of the earth, or the round earth, so high above it that the inhabitants seem like grasshoppers or locusts. God looks upon man, from above, as a busy, agitated, moving, impatient, and raging multitude spread over the earth like locusts in bands over the plains of the East. This is a very striking illustration of the insignificance of man as viewed by God in the heavens.
The Hebrew word used in v. 22 makes it clear that the earth is a sphere. Isaiah spoke these words at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested that the earth might be a sphere. Such beliefs got people into a lot of trouble later on, because the flat earth was the accepted position of the Catholic church for a very long time.
Isaiah goes on to say that it is God Who stretched out the heavens like a tent in which mankind could dwell. It is God that brings low the princes and judges of the earth who hold themselves in such high favor. In fact, those who rant against God and think their own power is supreme will come to nothing. Even their names will be blotted from memory, and their family tree will wither and die when they get in God’s way. He will simply blow on them, and they will wither and die.
Think about it. How many descendants of Hammurabi can you think of? How many of Alexander the Great? Or Herod, King of the Jews when Jesus was born? The Caesars who persecuted believers in the centuries after Jesus returned to heaven? Can you name the descendants of Hitler? Kruschev? Stalin? Mao tse Tung?
Quick, the names of Barak Obama’s daughters? Yes, I thought of them, but it took me a minute–and this is recent history! Mr. Obama declared that America is no longer a Christian nation. He clearly doesn’t know Who he is dealing with.
It should be a comfort to all of us that God can, and has, dealt swiftly with the evil rulers of the earth who have considered themselves sovereign. They exist only for a time, and in time their empires crumble and disappear.
God alone is sovereign.