Isaiah 40:21-22

Have ye not known?  have ye not heard?  hath it not been told you from the beginning?  have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in

Isaiah 40:21-22

There have been many questions asked in this chapter of Isaiah; mainly to help us better understand the greatness of God and the smallness of man.  The answer to all of the questions, including those asked in verse 21, is in verse 22: “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth…” 

God sits upon the circle of the earth.  I’m not exactly sure what that means, but one commentator did say it meant that he sits on the heavens that encircle the earth.  Whatever exactly it is that He does, it is clear that we can not do it.  It is also clear that, in comparison to Him, we are “as grasshoppers”.  Compared to the greatness of God, we are tiny and insignificant creatures.  When the Bible refers to people as “grasshoppers” and “worms” and “dust” and things like that, it kind of puts a lid on our pride.  We tend to get puffed up about our own importance, but it is important to remember that, apart from Him, we are nothing.  It is only because of Him that we are anything.  It is in Him and through Him that we find our true worth and value. 

God gives us another glimpse into His vast power in verse 22 with this statement: “…stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in”.  I enjoy camping, but setting up the tent is not usually all that enjoyable.  Sometimes the tent is difficult to set up.  But while I struggle with setting up a small tent to sleep one or two people, God has no problem at all setting up His “tent” – the heavens.  God speaks His “tent” into existence (I wish that worked for me).  God is so great that the vast and innumerable stars and planets and galaxies are like a curtain or a tent to Him.  I am going to think of this verse the next time I’m outside in the dark and look up at the stars.  God considers them like I would consider a curtain or tent.  What a truly amazing God we serve!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I really liked this:

    “But while I struggle with setting up a small tent to sleep one or two people, God has no problem at all setting up His “tent” – the heavens. God speaks His “tent” into existence (I wish that worked for me).”

    That is so amazing, and even more amazing is that when He says that He forgives our sins, they actually go out of existence… 🙂 Great entry!

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  2. Thanks! That is very true about forgiveness and our sins. “As far as the east is from the west” they have been removed. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, but what a blessed truth!

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