â€œWhen he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep.â€ (Proverbs 8:27-28)
This chapter contains a beautiful description of some of Godâ€™s works during the creation week when God, in Christ, was creating and making all things. Christ Himself, personified as the divine wisdom, the word of God, is speaking.
Verse 27 speaks of His pre-existence before the creation of the space/time universe itself. At first the â€œearthâ€ matter was â€œwithout form,â€ with only a great â€œdeepâ€ of water. Then God â€œset a compassâ€ on the face of the deep, activating the gravitational forces which brought it into spherical form. The Hebrew word for â€œcompassâ€ means â€œsphere.â€ It is the same word used inÂ Isaiah 40:22, where it is said that God â€œsitteth upon the circle [i.e., â€˜sphereâ€™] of the earth.â€
Then God â€œestablished the clouds above.â€ The word for â€œcloudsâ€ means â€œthin mists,â€ undoubtedly referring to the great water canopy â€œabove the firmamentâ€ (Genesis 1:7). Finally, He strengthened the fountains of the deep, locking them under the â€œfoundations of the earthâ€ (Proverbs 8:29). The same strong fountains of the deep would later be broken up at the time of the great Flood. When the earth was finished, He â€œrejoiced in the habitable part of his earthâ€ (i.e.,Â Proverbs 8:31).
In all these and the other mighty works of creating and making all things, the Lord Jesus Christ assures us â€œI was there!â€ That further assures us, of course, that through all the ages to come, He will be there.
This remarkable eighth chapter of Proverbs concludes with the following exhortation, more relevant today than ever: â€œFor whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all that hate me love deathâ€ (Proverbs 8:35-36). HMM