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Genesis 1:1-2

“In the beginning

God created the Heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was formless and empty,

darkness was over the surface of the deep,

and the Spirit of God

was hovering over the waters.”

Deuteronomy 10:14

“To the Lord your God

belong the Heavens,

even the highest Heavens,

the earth

and everything in it.”

1 Chronicles 29:11

“Yours, Lord,

is the greatness

and the power   

and the glory

and the majesty

and the splendor,  

for everything in Heaven

and earth is Yours.

Yours, Lord,

is the kingdom;

  You are exalted as head over all.”

Listen to the Lord, as He speaks to Job…

And to us!!!

Job 38

“Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.

He said:

 ‘Who is this…

that obscures My plans   

with words without knowledge?

Brace yourself like a man;   

I will question you,   

and you shall answer me.

Where were you…

when I laid the earth’s foundation?   

Tell me, if you understand.

Who…

marked off its dimensions?

Surely you know!  

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footings set,    

or who laid its cornerstone—

while the morning stars sang together   

and all the angels shouted for joy?

Who shut up the sea behind doors    

when it burst forth from the womb,

when I made the clouds its garment   

and wrapped it in thick darkness,

when I fixed limits for it   

and set its doors and bars in place,

when I said,

‘This far you may come and no farther;   

here is where your proud waves halt?’

Have you ever given orders to the morning,   

or shown the dawn its place,

that it might take the earth by the edges   

and shake the wicked out of it?

The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;   

its features stand out like those of a garment.

The wicked are denied their light,   

and their upraised arm is broken.

Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea   

or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Have the gates of death been shown to you?   

Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?   

Tell me, if you know all this.

What is the way to the abode of light?   

And where does darkness reside?

Can you take them to their places?   

Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Surely you know, for you were already born!   

You have lived so many years!

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow

    or seen the storehouses of the hail,

which I reserve for times of trouble,  

for days of war and battle?

What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,   

or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,   

and a path for the thunderstorm,

 to water a land where no one lives,  

an uninhabited desert,

to satisfy a desolate wasteland   

and make it sprout with grass?

Does the rain have a father?   

Who fathers the drops of dew?

From whose womb comes the ice?  

Who gives birth to the frost from the Heavens

 when the waters become hard as stone,   

when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?   

Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]  

or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

Do you know the laws of the Heavens?  

Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Can you raise your voice to the clouds   

and cover yourself with a flood of water?

Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?   

Do they report to you, ‘Here we are?’

Who gives the ibis wisdom   

or gives the rooster understanding?

Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?   

Who can tip over the water jars of the Heavens

 when the dust becomes hard  

and the clods of earth stick together?

Do you hunt the prey for the lioness   

and satisfy the hunger of the lions

when they crouch in their dens   

or lie in wait in a thicket?

Who provides food for the raven   

when its young cry out to God   

and wander about for lack of food?”

 Oh, stop and ask yourself those questions!!

Psalm 8:3-9

“When I consider Your Heavens,
    the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which You have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
 You made them rulers over the works of Your Hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!”

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