I’ve been contemplating the stars lately. Mostly because of my Bible study. And tonight there is supposed to be a “super moon”. God willing the sky will be clear here so that I can get some good pictures. But my thoughts have been piecing God’s word together concerning the heavenly lights. We know that it was God who created them. He knows each one by name – which my mind cannot grasp.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, (Genesis 1:14-17 ESV)
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. (Psalm 33:6 ESV)
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (Psalm 147:4 ESV)
And somewhere back in history, as with many other Christian traditions, the world’s view got mixed into God’s view and trying to sort it all out for us gets messy.
I googled “who named the constellations” and the results gave credit to the ancient Romans and even further back to past civilizations, back to ancient Babylon. We know that Job speaks of the constellations and it is generally believed to be the oldest written book of the Bible. So when was the book of Job written? An uncertain 587 BC range is postulated in my study Bible. The author of Job seems to have used man given names for the constellations. Just as God allowed Adam to name the animals, He has apparently allowed man to give names to His stars. Names are a powerful thing in God’s way of thinking. He changed people’s names (Saul, Simon, etc). He writes our names on the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16). He will give us a new name (Rev. 2:17). The name of Jesus is powerful. He even named the stars. Although there is no way for man to see all of them let alone name all of the, God has named them.
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. (Isaiah 40:26 ESV)
who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; (Job 9:7-9 ESV)
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth? (Job 38:31-33 ESV)
Mazzaroth probably means the 12 constellations of the Zodiac. In Genesis God declares that the heavenly lights are for signs and for seasons. In the end, the sign of Jesus will appear in the sky. When the sun no longer shines, nor the moon, and the stars fall away, the sky will display the sign of Jesus through the darkness.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29-30 ESV)
What a great God we serve. He is creator of ALL. Stand in awe of Him. Don’t miss His hand in the creation around you. Give Him alone the glory He deserves. Be encouraged. Seek Him in His word. Press on.