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Genesis 1:14-19 – part 2 – “He made the stars also”
Scripture tells us that there is an enormous number of stars (Heb. 11:12), and that each one of them is named by God (Ps. 147:4), and are part of the signs (Tokens) of the heavens (Gen. 1:14-16).
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Many in Scripture also speak of the majesty of the heavens: Psalm 33:6,9 – By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth... For He spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood fast.”
We may ask why God created such a vast universe and so many planets. The answer as to why He did this is found in Psalm 19:1-6 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.”
Everything God has made, be it you and I, wildlife, angels, or the stars and planets... it has ALL been created for His Glory!
Whatever is designed into the vast heavens, there is certainly the “speech: and “knowledge” of the Creator! Written like a huge signature across the universe is a language that speaks clearly to every human being over all time and in all cultures.
The Apostle Paul, maybe the best educated intellectual of all the New Testament writers, probably blew away a lot of people in his time by penning these words: “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20).
Let’s look at David’s words when he looked up at the stars. Maybe this can apply to all of us as a reminder today: Psalm 8:3-6 – “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.”
The human answer to that question would dump all of us into an irrelevant fog of insignificance. The great and omnipotent and omniscient Creator is so far beyond our pitiful and finite state that we should expect nothing but disdain and destruction from Him. But instead, He created us in His image and gave us the responsibility to manage His creation.
We rebelled, but the unifying theme of the Bible is God’s love toward us all. “God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The great evidence of the creation is one of the clearest demonstrations of the sufficiency and power of God to reclaim and reconcile us to Himself. When we look at the wonder of creation, we
should have all the more confidence that God is able to make a “new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph.4:24
Adam and Eve rebelled and sinned – God forgave. Noah sinned – God forgave. I rebelled and sinned – God forgave... You can enter your name here...
Everything about the 4th day of creation is designed to identify the appointments of God. Maybe the greatest message is recognized in a portion of Psalm 136:7-8 – “To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever – the sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever.”