Proverbs 8:28 (Mini Sermon)


28. Pro 8:28 - "When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:" A. When he established the clouds above: i. Wisdom was with God when He established the clouds and strengthened the fountains of the deep (Pro 8:30). ii. Establish v. - 1. To render stable or firm. a. To strengthen by material support iii. Cloud n. - II. Extant senses. 3. a. A visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the air at some considerable height above the general surface of the ground. iv. When God made the lower atmosphere out of denser air, He thereby established (rendered stable and firm) the clouds above the earth which are made of less dense watery vapor which therefore float above the heavier air below them. v. The clouds are the waters above the firmament (the second heaven, sky/atmosphere) (Gen 1:6-8). (see notes on Pro 8:27) B. when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: i. Strengthen v . - 1. trans. To give moral support, courage, or confidence to (a person); to encourage, hearten, inspirit, fix in resolution. 2. a. To give physical strength to, make stronger or more robust (a person, his body or members); to increase the functional vigour of (a bodily organ or its powers). 5. To reinforce (some material thing) by an additional support, added thickness, or covering. ii. At the same time that God divided the waters above the firmament from the waters below it, He also strengthened the fountains of the deep. iii. Fountain n . - 1. a. A spring or source of water issuing from the earth and collecting in a basin, natural or artificial; also, the head-spring or source of a stream or river. iv. The fountains of the deep are waters that come from deep below the earth's surface. a. At the time of the great flood of Noah's day, the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the waters in them sprang forth and flooded the earth (Gen 7:11). b. It was necessary for the fountains of the deep to be strengthened in the beginning of the creation in order for them to hold up for another 1650 years until the time when God broke them up and flooded the earth. c. God used His wisdom to design the earth in such a way that it would hold back the fountains of the great deep until the appointed time. d. This was an engineering marvel.
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