Monday, October 18, 2010

He made the stars also...

"...He set them in the vault of the sky to give light to the earth..." Genesis 1:16-17

That sounds simple enough. One short statement about God making the stars. Have you ever gazed at the heavens during a clear night? Or seen the wonders that are set up in the vault of the sky?

I have always been interested in astronomy. I think I did a model of the planets for a science project once in grade school. My sister used to lay on the ground with me at night and tell me the funny sounding names of constellations, such as: Casseopia, Big and Little Dipper, Orion, Taurus, or Leo. And showed me where to find stars and planets, like: Rigel, Canis Major, Venus, Mars, or the North Star. As a youngster, I had no idea what these wonders were or how massive they were compared to our sun. I just knew that it was amazing. And I have learned more amazing things about these things we call stars.

Did you know that the number of stars in the universe outnumbers the grains of sand on the earth? With the advances of space exploration through the efforts of NASA and the use of massive, space-travelling telescopes, scientists have captured incredible photographs of galaxies, star clusters, supernovas, black holes, nebulaes, globular clusters, and more.

We knew there was much to find but had no idea. God knew. Man has been star gazing and naming stars for centuries. God has every star named and knows the place where to find each one in space. Many of the stars were named after Greek and Arabic names. It will be interesting to learn what God's names of the stars are!

"The heavens declare the glory of God..." Psalm 19:1 "...without Him nothing was made that was made..." John 1:3 " Him all things are held together..." Colossians 1:17 "He who made the cluster of stars called Pleiades and the constellation Orion ...The Lord is his name..." Amos 5:8  "...He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south..." Job 9:9

We all know that people used to believe that the earth was flat and was the center of everything. That all the objects in the sky rotated around earth. In the 1700's, a suggestion of anything contrary to this was considered heresy and the suggestor was pegged as a pagan. Sky-gazers were trouble makers and had much to fear from the powerful theologians and government who were closely tied with them. The beliefs were eventually overhauled as astronomers invented bigger and better telescopes and continued to gather knowledge about what deep space revealed. What they saw agreed with the Word. Isaiah 40:22 speaks of how "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth..." and "...Look around you: Everything you see is God's—the heavens above and beyond..." Deuteronomy 10:14.  Space was full of discoveries.

Man doesn't like to be subject to authority. The notion of God and His creating all that was made just can't be the explanation of the beginning. Unfortunately, science would rather embrace their ideas of how the universe began. The "big bang" seems to be their answer of choice. I, however, cannot understand how an explosion of a single tightly-packed atom could result in perfect order and structure. Where did that first atom come from? Every explosion I've ever seen resulted in chaos and destruction. Physics was not a strong course for me in school, but I remember learning about how a state of order will eventually disinigrate and become subject to a state of disorder. Mass, energy, gravity, the lack thereof.... it takes it's toll on it's subject. If I blow up a deck of cards with a firecracker, I will not end up with a neatly stacked house. Explosions do not result in design. They just don't.

I was watching a show about astronomy the other day. It was mentioned that they are beginning to realize that the galaxies have orbits. They were not speaking of the orbits of the celestial bodies within the galaxies, but rather that the entire galaxies are all orbiting around something. Dare I say that "something" is the Creator? Orbits within orbits. This reminds me of Ezekiel chapter 10 where it reads, "And then I saw four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub. The wheels radiating were sparkling like diamonds. All four wheels looked alike, each like a wheel within a wheel...The wheels likewise were full of eyes. I heard the wheels called "wheels within wheels."

This chapter is probably not speaking of galaxies, but on the other hand, it may be. I don't think anyone knows for sure what it is talking about. But it is revealing another mystery of the many secrets of the Most High God. He is amazing. He is over all things. He made you, me, the beauty we can see with our eyes and the wonders we have yet to discover. His breath spoke the stars into existence and since He is still speaking, they are still being made. Why did He do this? Because He loves you and desires that you be with Him forever. He loves you more than you can ever know. Look to the heavens and see the work of His hands and ask Him to breathe His renewing breath life into you.

1 comment:

Jessica A. Kent said...

Wonderful! We were looking at some of those wonder-inspiring verses in Job tonight, about the awesomeness of God. And I like your thoughts about Ezekiel's wheels. I'm fascinated by them...!