“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Isaiah 40:22 NIV.
What does the circle of the earth mean? Circle in idioms means wholeness (click here).
And, sits enthroned means, overseeing or govern.
What the verse is saying; God oversee and governs the wholeness of the earth meaning, all that in it, God oversee it.
Heavens or the sky we see are like the canopy or like a tent for us to live in it. Without the seemingly like canopy, we will have no protection from the heat radiation of the sun hence, the blue sky you see is like a canopy and it covers the whole earth to protect us from sun’s radiation.
“He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.” Job 37:3 NIV
What do ends of the earth mean?
It simply means farthest places.
“He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth=farthest places
That is what it means in the context of the verse. Again, don’t take the verse literally. Creation is not that simple.
Making it flat is really an insult to God intelligence. Even experts are still trying to comprehend it, while, some already had figured it out making it so simple lowering God’s intelligence.
“Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved.” I Chronicles 16:30 NKJV
If you analyze the verse above, the term moved is too generic. Moved in reference to what? Because we cannot deny the fact that we experience an earthquake and when this happens, the earth moves. So, there must be a reference to which the earth does not move. Earth is immovable in respect to its orbit meaning, it stays in a fixed path going around the sun so that the seasons are liveable by all living things that are in it.
The earth is placed in an imaginary space-time plane and no one is holding it so that it rotates in an orbital path by its own.
As the verse says:
“He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.” Job 26:7 NKJV
“Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” Joshua 10:12-13 NKJV
The verse above is often used by flat earthers to prove that sun the one rotating and God had caused it to stop at the request of Joshua but, is this really what it means?
When a mere man requests something to God, the creator of everything will not verbatim follow your request. Like, say when you ask God for a son and He gives you a daughter, God knows what you really need than yourself.
It is the same as the verse above, in the context of it, what they actually need was time until the people had revenge upon their enemies. God knows this more than Joshua so, when He spoke to the Lord, the Lord gives what they need which was time. When God stopped the time, the sun and moon seemingly stopped from the vantage point of Joshua and the people. This is what has been recorded in the book of Jasher because it is written based on the human vantage point.
Actually, it’s a common idiomatic expression. I sometimes used it, especially If I want the day to be longer, sometimes I wished the sun to stopped so I can finish my daily work but I don’t mean it literally. One must learn to broaden his perspective and learn not just to understand things from owns vantage point because it has a limit.
“When He assigned to the sea its limit So that the waters would not transgress His command When He marked out the foundations of the earth,” Proverbs 8:29 NKJV
What is the foundation of the earth mentioned above? Well, in construction, the foundation is the solid ground. The earth foundation is the ground. Yes, the verse is saying that God marked out the solid ground of the earth.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen.” Revelation 1:7 CEB
Those who pierced him don’t just refer to the time when He was crucified but, it refers to all who hurt or rejected him. Meaning, good or bad, when He comes, all eyes will see Him. But how?
Well, God is very powerful that he can connect to our thought and appear in our vision even if sleeping or even if we’re in the opposite side of the world. Technically, if we take it literally, it is just impossible, even in a world that is flat. Why? Because how can those who are sleep still able to see since every eye will see? The verse is only possible if God will connect to our thought so that, sleeping or not, on the other side of the world or not, we are experiencing right in our very eyes a vision that he is coming down with the clouds. Though it’s a vision, it is happening in reality but to those who are not witnessing it, in reality, will still see it in their very eyes through vision whether we are sleeping or not.
How the earth was created on account of Genesis? Watch!
Flat earther basically based their conclusion on what they can observe through their naked eyes and perform logical thinking based on this.
But, our eye sight has limited perspective, though our line of sight can reach distance and perceive lights miles away as long as there is no blockage, the information it gets may not always what it seems.
In fact, our eye sight can be tricked. See here
By this alone, if you based the creation of God on what your eyes can perceived and perform logic from this then, you are limiting God’s creation to your own perspective.
God’s creation is very complex that even a person who can think in 5 dimensional hardly make sense of it. So please, don’t use the bible to justify that the earth is flat because it is an insult to God’s unfathomable intelligence.