Ps 19:1-7 (Heb) To the Chief Musician; a Psalm of David: The heavens declare the glory of [the Mighty] God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night stores up knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the Earth and their words to the end of the habitable world. In them He has set a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his wedding canopy, rejoicing like a hero to run his race. Its rising is from one end of Heaven, and its circuit period to the other end; and nothing is hidden from its heat.
This last Tuesday evening Evan and I went to the planetarium in Givata’im. It is the center for the Israel Astronomy Association, and is the only one in the country open to the public. It is interesting to learn about and to observe something “up there” in outer space – what we might call the second heaven. God the Father and the Son are on the Throne above them (Eph 1:20-21). The woman who presented the show explained the stars and the constellations that are visible now in the sky. The only problem was that all of her explanations, which excited her very much, come from pagan mythology. Whatever elements of truth may be in them are to are to be recognized as distortions and perversions of the true meaning which comes from the Creator Himself – YHVH God of Israel! This woman gave honor not to the God of Truth, but to the god of this world and age who wants to be worshipped as God. There is a Buddhist symbol of a serpent encircling the planet, and the Greek legend making the serpent a symbol for healing and life from the dead.
1Jn 5:19; Eph 2:2; 2Cor 4:3-6 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked one. . ., the prince of the power of the air. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. . . .For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
We do not honor God through this world’s wisdom, but rather, as little children or even as fools in the world’s estimation, through accepting what is written in His Word (1Cor 3:18-20; 4:6,10). Let’s consider just a few things in which the heavens tell of the glory of the Mighty God:
—Gen 1:14 lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and to be for signs and seasons, and for days and years
–size: so big that no one can measure (Jer 31:37)
–beauty: God is the penultimate artist. . .clouds of all shapes and imagination
–order and regularity: day and night; moon and sun for days, weeks, months, calendars (Jer 31:35-36; 33:25-27)
–perfect proportion of size and distance: Architect, design; eclipses of sun and of moon; heat and cold
–mystery: How can it be?!; full of wonder as we look, for instance, at the photos of Saturn
—Gen 9:12-17; Ezek 1:28; Rev 4:3 the rainbow as a sign of God’s glory
—Ps 19:3-5 (Heb) stories and legends around the world in all cultures
–God knows all the stars by name! (Ps 147:4)
–God portioned them out to all the peoples under the heavens, but we are to serve and worship Him (Dt 4:19-20), the Creator of the stars, moon, host of heaven, and He is our Savior.
–God told Abraham that just as the multitude of the stars, so would be his descendants (Gen 15:5)
—Ps 19: 6-7 (Heb) sun like a bridegroom coming out of its bridal chamber, and serving Earth
–Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings
–Jesus came out of His chamber—and will come again!—for His Bride, and He still serves us more than we serve Him
—sunsets – red;death of Messiah Jesus; sunrises – yellow, bright; light of new day; resurrection of Jesus
—Mt 2:1-2, 9-10 unique star led “wise” men to Jesus, born to be King of the Jews (star out of Jacob – Num 24:17)
–a sign which makes modern astrologers false prophets
—Hab 2:14; 1Cor 15:28; Rev 21:22-23 the present creation will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of YHVH; the new Heavens and new Earth will be filled with the glory of God; He will be the light and we will all be filled with his glory and love
—Jn 5:44-47 believing what Moses wrote about the beginning will help us to believe in Jesus, and also in what He says about things of the end
—Ps 8:4-5 (Heb) Your heavens, work of Your fingers. . .You have ordained. What is mortal man. . . !
–who are we to change the Word of God into the words of mere men?!
–Jesus came as the Son of Man that we could become sons of the Living God
Great is YHVH and worthy to be praised! Give glory and honor to YHVH God, Maker of Heaven and Earth! Amen.