before God made the earth and its fields(Proverbs 8:26) Good News Translation
or even the first handful of soil.
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.(Proverbs 8:26) King James Version
IF Eden was at the top of a mountain that filled the whole Earth, and a river from Eden watered the surface of the whole land, THEN the concept of elevation will be found in the scriptural context.
We’re closing the loop on the idea that the topography of the dry land on the third day was a mountain that filled the whole Earth, the summit: Eden. We’re also deducing the original Earth’s hydrological cycle.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.(Genesis 2:10-14) ESV
The Psalms and Proverbs are generally regarded, even by supposed Biblical literalists, to be metaphors or similes that teach spiritual truths but which have been rendered as flowery poetic language. However, by applying Hypothesis 22 we can take them as a flowery poetic rendering of accurate physics that provide details about the process of creation or other scientific phenomena. Here’s an example:
“The Lord created me first of all,(Proverbs 8:22-31) Good News Translation
the first of his works, long ago.
I was made in the very beginning,
at the first, before the world began.
I was born before the oceans,
when there were no springs of water.
I was born before the mountains,
before the hills were set in place,
before God made the earth and its fields
or even the first handful of soil.
I was there when he set the sky in place,
when he stretched the horizon across the ocean,
when he placed the clouds in the sky,
when he opened the springs of the ocean
and ordered the waters of the sea
to rise no further than he said.
I was there when he laid the earth’s foundations.
I was beside him like an architect,
I was his daily source of joy,
always happy in his presence—
happy with the world
and pleased with the human race.
This passage is a chronologically accurate synopsis of the six days of creation. It’s where we find the idea that God created gravity on the second day. “when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,” is when God metaphorically set a compass on the deep. We draw a circle using a compass, which has a point, the focus, and draws a circumference. The focus is the foundation of the Earth, a gravitational singularity. The circumference is the location of the firmament. This isn’t the only way that we can deduce that gravity was created on the second day, but it’s where we begin to construct the doctrine. This is the subject of a large part of the Daily Devotion for February.
The piece of this puzzle which we’re interested in today is “the highest part of the dust of the world,” which looses a lot of meaning in the way it’s rendered in other versions than the KJV, like “the first of the dust of the world,” in the ESV, “the first handfuls of soil” in the GNT. If you know the wisdom and grace of God then you ought to know that if you go looking, seeking for something, then if it’s in God’s will you’ll find it. In this case it’s the Hebrew word rosh from which we get highest part or first.
Highest part: וְ֝רֹ֗אשׁ – rosh
- I. head of men and animals.
- II. head, chief, leader; chief of a family; chief priest, high priest.
- III. chief city metropolis.
- IV. chief, top, summit, of a mountain, column.
- V. first, chief, principal of anything; head-stone of the corner; chief, highest joy; most precious spices.
- I. head, first, foremost, beginning; Ge. 2:10 beginnings of streams; beginnings of the ways, cross-ways; of time, first of the months; from the beginning.
- VI. whole, number, capital, amount, sum, to make the sum, to number.
- VII. body, band, company.
- VIII. a poisonous plant, according to some, hemlock; others, colocynth. Gesenius, the poppy, whence opium; and then poison for general.
As you can see rosh is attached to a lot of meanings, all context dependent. The simplest way to understand rosh is the meaning head, as in the head of a tribe of people or the head of a statue. As such, most commentaries view the phrase the highest part of the dust of the world, as referring to the human race. The idea is that humanity is the most complex and intricate of all of God’s creation, as such it’s the top, topmost or summit of His achievement.
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.
We almost hate to do this to you but a literal interpretation of the phrase, in the context of the topography of the dry land, means that the highest part of the dust of the world, refers to the highest part (summit) of the dust of the world (a mountain that fills the whole Earth). It’s not poetry for the sake of being poetic, it’s a poetic rendering of the physical topography of the Earth.
|22||רֵאשִׁית – reshith||in the beginning|
|23||רֹאשׁ – rosh||from the beginning|
|26||רֹאשׁ – rosh||highest part|
To make this connection even stronger we can look to Genesis chapter 2 and see that the word root is used again, in the same context of physical topography, to describe the beginnings of the rivers Pishon, Gihon, Euphrates and Hiddekel. Here the word rosh is rendered heads, in this case the beginning of streams or headwaters of the four rivers.
This is an early sketch of ours which dates back to about 1999. The idea that there’s a mountain that fills the whole Earth is a theme that gets picked up by Daniel, it’s part of the doctrine of an absolute frame of reference, and which leads into unfulfilled prophecy about the Millennial Kingdom. The Daily Devotional for the month of November is where we discuss this in-depth, and We see very clearly that the mountain that filled the whole earth as seen in Daniel’s vision is a re-establishment of the original form of the earth as it was on the 3rd day of creation.
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