Though I regularly go over Job 38:31,32 every two weeks as part of my memory verse review, this morning these verses became clearer in my mind. "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades.." the Pleiades stars come up in the eastern sky in the springtime, and the ancients associated them with the budding plant life all around them. Can you stop (bind) the trees from budding? "..or loose the bands of Orion?" Orion comes up in the winter time, when the wind, and the cold, and the snow seem to put a band over the plant life from growing, and stop man from working in the fields. "Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?" Mazaroth is known by us as the zodiac. The various twelve signs of Mazzaroth come up through the various four seasons of the year. There are spring constellations, summer constellations, fall constellations, and winter constellations. "...or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" Though we have a star today called "Arcturus," the ancients referred to the constellation we know of as "Ursa Major" (which contains "the Big Dipper") as "Arcturus." The ancients (as well as us) had a way of telling time by the way "Arcturus" would appear to move in a circle around the northern part of the sky. It takes twenty-four hours for the Big Dipper to swing around the North Star. So every hour space on the face of the celestial clock in the sky stands for two hours. The North Star is in the middle of the clock face, and the clock runs backwards as the two stars of the "Dipper away from the handle-end form the hour hand. We can recognize and use all these astronomical workings God has shown us in the sky, but we can not control them. God controls them as he shows in Job 38:31,32.
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