March 26

The Pit of Corruption

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

(Isaiah 38:17-18) KJV

The Bible has names for all of the physical features of the Earth which have to be part of a model of it’s internal structure. “The pit” and “the pit of corruption” are phrases the Bible uses to refer directly to the molten core of the Earth.

We’ve constructed a model of the internal structure of the Earth based on the idea that a spherical Earth formed around a gravitational singularity. Gravity has a specific purpose: the permanent physical separation of light from dark, good from evil.

The Earth’s internal structure includes a great gulf of open space between the lower mantle and the surface of the core which is impassable. The inner surface of the lower mantle is a point of no return, as such escaping from the core is impossible. Today’s passage brings together these concepts.

Isaiah 38:17

  • IF a gravitational singularity was created for the purpose of drawing together all of the corruption and impurity in creation so that it can be disposed of,
    • AND the core of the earth is referred to as the pit,
  • THEN this is literally a pit of corruption.

Isaiah 38:18

  • IF the core of the earth, hell, is the destination for those who lived without trusting in Jesus Christ,
    • AND this is where they await the final judgement,
  • THEN those who go down to the pit can’t hope for thy truth:
    • everlasting life in the presence of God.

The words translated as pit of corruption in Isaiah 38:17 are missahat beli. It’s based on the root shacath. This is the form in which it appears in the following verse:

But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

(Psalms 55:23) KJV

The word translated the pit in Isaiah 38:18 is bowr which also occurs in the passages in Ezekiel where he describes a three stage descent into the pit:

  1. death,
  2. passage through the nether parts of the earth,
  3. descent into the pit.

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