DAY FOUR “LET THERE BE BRIGHT LIGHTS AT NIGHT”
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19
The Source of ALL
I think all of you will agree that the Bible can be confusing at times. In fact, to be honest with you, the bible starts out that way. On day one God says “let there be light” and BAM! there was light! And to me, this makes total sense, because to do just about anything you need to have some “light on the subject”.
But then we find out that the sun, moon, and stars don’t show up till day four. OK God. What are you doing here? Creating light before the stellar objects that emit the light? Hmmm…
As I’ve struggled to understand this I must conclude that it is you O Lord, who is the source of light. You are light. You are the source of energy and matter. You are the source of space and time, yet you are outside of space and time. You are beyond knowing!
We See Through a Glass Darkly
As I struggle to understand God and his ways, I must conclude that no matter how powerful the telescope, how intelligent the man, we all “see through a glass darkly” and that we must await for a more complete revelation in eternity. And I’m OK with that.
The Heavens Declare… the Moon
David, the psalmist, proclaimed that the “heavens declare the glory of God”. The truth of this statement is most clearly manifested on a cold winter night when the moon and stars seem exceptionally bright.
Have you ever taken a walk in the snow at night in the brilliance of a full moon? There, on such a night, when the thermometer hovers at nearly zero your senses are elevated in every way. With Jack Frost nipping at your nose you can smell the scent of just pure clean air. And with your ears tucked under your cap you hear that distinctive sound of squeeky snow with every step. Pausing you peer above and see the vast array of stars twinkling like diamonds in the blackness of space, while the moon, if it is full, shines so bright that you can read without a light.
This memory, more surreal than real, is forever frozen in your mind.
The Sun-Moon-Earth Metaphor
The moon is more than a light at night. It is the source of our calendar “Moonth”, the cause of the tides, the influencer of reproductive cycles, and far more. I believe that the sun-moon-earth connection is a physical representation of the relationship between the Father, the Son, and His church. Here are some reasons that I believe make this connection…
The Moon Reflects
Just as the glory of the sun cannot be looked upon without going blind, so too would sinful man be destroyed in the presence of almighty God. It is only when we look upon Jesus that we can behold God. He is the fullest understanding we have of the true nature of God. He is the God-Man, fully human, fully divine.
The Lunar Foundation
In the book of Revelation, the woman, the church, is said to be standing on the moon, clothed in the sun. I believe the moon represents Christ because we know that the church’s foundation is Jesus.
The Solar Eclipse
The sun and the moon have exactly the same relative diameters when viewed from the earth’s surface. When the moon passes between the earth and the sun a solar eclipse occurs. When this happens, we can see the corona or “crown” circling the moon. This is the only time that we can safely see the glory of the sun. I believe that a complete solar eclipse represents Jesus death on the cross. For it was then that the full glory and grace of God could be seen by man. God created the sun-moon connection so it logically speaks to us of the mysteries of his love for all mankind.
The Throne of God… the Nebula of Orion
The constellation and nebula of Orion can be seen in it’s fullest glory during the winter months. It is awesome to behold even through a cheap telescope. It’s said to be a stellar nursery and the throne of God. To pier into these cloudy regions of the sky is to get a glimpse of the residence of our fire-breathing Creator God.
For Signs and Seasons
The lunar cycle, the apparent movement of the constellations across the night sky, the daily rotation of the earth, and it’s revolution around the sun, are all designed to provide us with signs and seasons to mark the passing of time.
In today’s world most people don’t pay much attention to the planetary motions. Instead of looking up at the Milky Way Galaxy we look down at our Samsung Galaxy.
Brothers, lift up your eyes to the heavens, and behold the power of God so that you are reminded of the eternal truth that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
So, as I conclude I would like to say that King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote the following lines that summarize the seasons of man on this earth.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
- a time to be born, and a time to die;
- a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
- a time to kill, and a time to heal;
- a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
- a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
- a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
- a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- a time to seek, and a time to lose;
- a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
- a time to rend, and a time to sew;
- a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
- a time to love, and a time to hate;
- a time for war, and a time for peace.
Whatever the season you may be in right now… it is always the season to love and serve Him my friend.
God has a special message for you that connects your spiritual experience with this nature observation. Jesus often used nature object lessons to teach deep spiritual truths and it’s still one of the most powerful ways he uses to connect your heart and mind.
If you will take a few minutes to reflect on what God is saying to you through his “still small voice” I think you will be excited and amazed.
What is God calling you to do today? Don’t ignore his voice… walk with him today!
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