Biblical Cosmology: Windows of Heaven

Waters from above is poured through the windows in Heaven from the solid sky and comes down as rain. This is how the ancient Israelites viewed the cosmos. As we saw in an earlier post, the incorrect view of ancient Israelites is converted into allegorical representation by God to deliver His message to His people in a way they can understand. In the same manner, here we will explore how God converts the windows of heaven into an allegorical representation.

Heaven have windows

Art by Carlos. S. Adapted from biblearts

The ancient Israelites believed that the firmament, earth and everything in it is covered by waters above and below. This is why the narrator of Genesis 1 describes how God creates the firmament between the waters.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Gen 7:11

Hence, rain is poured when the windows in heaven is opened and the waters above is poured into the earth. This is clearly explained in the story of Noah.

Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.

Ps 78:23-24

The ancient Israelites also believe that anything from God that falls on the ground comes through the doors or windows of heaven as we can read in the above passage. This same idea is also described in 2 Kings 7:1-2.

Blessings from heaven

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you [such] blessing That [there will] not [be room] enough [to receive it.]

Mal 3:10

When God spoke through prophets, He did not acknowledge the incorrect view of ancient Israelites regarding the windows in heaven but rather, He converted it into an allegory to make them understand that His blessings will be poured out like rain from sky.

Conclusion

Ancient Israelites believe that water is poured out of windows from a solid sky strong as a cast metal mirror and comes down as rain. They also believe that anything that falls from the sky comes out of doors and windows in heaven. When God in His infinite wisdom and knowledge speaks about the incorrect cosmological view of His people, He converts them into an allegorical representation to deliver His message in a way they can relate and understand.